— William Kristol American writer 1952
Twitter post https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1038771343918096385 (9 September 2018)
„Fight on, brave knights! Man dies, but glory lives! Fight on; death is better than defeat! Fight on brave knights! for bright eyes behold your deeds!“
— Walter Scott Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet 1771 - 1832
„I would rather that this people should starve to death in the mountains, than to have the Lord Almighty hand us over to a cursed, infernal mob. I would rather go down to the grave in peace than to fight a mob, unless the Lord would give me enough Saints to fight and kill the poor devils; in such case I wish to live and fight them. But I never want to see a mob again drive and tread under foot the Saints.“
— Brigham Young Latter Day Saint movement leader 1801 - 1877
Journal of Discourses 3:224 (March 2, 1856)
„War is horrible, but slavery is worse, and you may be sure that the British people would rather go down fighting than live in servitude.“
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
Interview https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/01/winston-churchill-new-statesman-archive with Kingsley Martin for the New Statesman (7 January 1939)
„We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to accept truths that the great men have always known.“
— Doris Lessing, livro The Golden Notebook
Paul Tanner, in "Free Women: 1"<!-- p. 173 -->
The Golden Notebook (1962)
Contexto: We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to accept truths that the great men have always known. They have known for thousands of years that to lock a sick person into solitary confinement makes him worse. They have known for thousands of years that a poor man who is frightened of his landlord and of the police is a slave. They have known it. We know it. But do the great enlightened mass of the British people know it? No. It is our task, Ella, yours and mine, to tell them. Because the great men are too great to be bothered. They are already discovering how to colonise Venus and to irrigate the moon. That is what is important for our time. You and I are the boulder-pushers. All our lives, you and I, we’ll put all our energies, all our talents into pushing a great boulder up a mountain. The boulder is the truth that the great men know by instinct, and the mountain is the stupidity of mankind.
„I will fight with all the weapons within my reach rather than let myself be nailed to a cross or whatever.“
— Ernesto Che Guevara Argentine Marxist revolutionary 1928 - 1967
„We may lose the vote today, and the result may deal this party a grave blow. It may not be possible to prevent it, but there are some of us, I think many of us, who will not accept that this blow need be mortal: who will not believe that such an end is inevitable. There are some of us who will fight, and fight, and fight again, to save the party we love. We will fight, and fight, and fight again, to bring back sanity and honesty and dignity, so that our party – with its great past – may retain its glory and its greatness.“
— Hugh Gaitskell British politician 1906 - 1963
Speech at the Labour Party conference (5 October 1960) in opposition to a motion endorsing unilateral nuclear disarmament.
„Man, supposing you and I, escaping this battle,
would be able to live on forever, ageless, immortal,
so neither would I myself go on fighting in the foremost,
nor would I urge you into the fighting where men win glory.
But now, seeing that the spirits of death stand close about us
in their thousands, no man can turn aside or escape them,
let us go on and win glory for ourselves, or yield it to others.“
— Homér, Iliad
XII. 322–328 (tr. R. Lattimore); Sarpedon to Glaukos.
Iliad (c. 750 BC)
Original: (el) Ὦ πέπον εἰ μὲν γὰρ πόλεμον περὶ τόνδε φυγόντε
αἰεὶ δὴ μέλλοιμεν ἀγήρω τ' ἀθανάτω τε
ἔσσεσθ', οὔτέ κεν αὐτὸς ἐνὶ πρώτοισι μαχοίμην
οὔτέ κε σὲ στέλλοιμι μάχην ἐς κυδιάνειραν·
νῦν δ' ἔμπης γὰρ κῆρες ἐφεστᾶσιν θανάτοιο
μυρίαι, ἃς οὐκ ἔστι φυγεῖν βροτὸν οὐδ' ὑπαλύξαι,
ἴομεν ἠέ τῳ εὖχος ὀρέξομεν ἠέ τις ἡμῖν.
„The only thing worse than fighting a giant scorpion was fighting a giant scorpion who was trying to protect her young.“
— Suzanne Collins, Gregor and the Marks of Secret
Fonte: Gregor and the Marks of Secret
— G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
Patrick Dalroy in The Flying Inn (1914), p 295
„A man who's active and incisive
can yet keep nail-care much in mind:
why fight what's known to be decisive?
custom is despot of mankind.“
— Aleksandr Pushkin, livro Eugene Onegin
Fonte: Eugene Onegin (1823), Ch. 1, st. 25.
„Maine should be pleased that its animal
is not a waverer, and rather
than fight, lets the primed quill fall.
Shallow oppressor, intruder,
insister, you have found a resister.“
— Marianne Moore American poet and writer 1887 - 1972
Of the porcupine, in "Apparition of Splendor"
„I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that you call a Gentleman and is nothing else.“
— Oliver Cromwell English military and political leader 1599 - 1658
Letter to Sir William Spring (September 1643)
„In a fair fight, the don's man would almost certainly paint the walls with Locke and Calo's blood, so it stood to reason that this fight would have to be as unfair as possible.“
— Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora
Fonte: The Lies of Locke Lamora
„Why are […] female characters in combat roles wearing high-heels? With all the fighting, running and climbing these women have to do, dressing them in high-heels is clearly a decision rooted in sexualized aesthetic pleasure rather than believability.“
— Anita Sarkeesian American blogger 1983
<i> Body Language & The Male Gaze (Mar 31, 2016)</i>
Tropes vs. Women in Video Games (Feminist Frequency, 2013 - 2015)
„We have come out of the time when obedience, the acceptance of discipline, intelligent courage and resolution were most important, into that more difficult time when it is a man's duty to understand his world rather than simply fight for it.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Introduction to Treasury of the Free World (1946)
„We are a solid and united nation, which would rather go down to ruin than admit the domination of the Nazis…If the enemy does try to invade this country, we will fight him in the air and on the sea; we will fight him on the beaches with every weapon we have…We shall be fighting…with the conviction that our cause is the cause of humanity and peace against cruelty and wars; a cause that surely has the blessing of Almighty God.“
— Neville Chamberlain Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1869 - 1940
Broadcast (30 June 1940), quoted in Keith Feiling, Neville Chamberlain (London: Macmillan, 1946), p. 449.
„You call these baubles, well, it is with baubles that men are led… Do you think that you would be able to make men fight by reasoning? Never. That is only good for the scholar in his study. The soldier needs glory, distinctions, and rewards.“
— Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821
On awards, as quoted in Mémoires sur le Consulat. 1799 à 1804 (1827) by Antoine-Claire, Comte Thibaudeau. Chez Ponthieu, pp. 83–84. Original: "On appelle cela des hochets; eh bien! c'est avec des hochets que l'on mène les hommes… Croyez-vous que vous feríez battre des hommes par l'analyse? Jamais. Elle n'est bonne que pour le savant dans son cabinet. Il faut au soldat de la gloire, des distinctions, des récomponses."
„If we don’t view our fellow activists as human beings rather than symbols of what’s right or wrong with the movement, then whom are we fighting for?“
Remembering Pioneering Feminist Shulamith Firestone http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/174721/jewish-feminist-shulamith-firestones-lessons/?utm_source=t.co&utm_campaign=&utm_content=general-general&utm_medium=jd.fo-other#ixzz2QH2HKUQg "Jewish Daily Forward," April 11, 2013