— 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
„Hannibal said that he had more to fear from Fabius who would not fight than from Marcellus who would.“
— Fabius Maximus politician and soldier
Moralia: Sayings of Kings and Commanders, Plutarch; English translation by Frank Cole Babbitt
„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 British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer 1919 - 2013
Context: 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. Paul Tanner, in "Free Women: 1"<!-- p. 173 -->
„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
Speaking at 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 Ancient Greek epic poet, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey 750
XII. 322–328 (tr. R. Lattimore); Sarpedon to Glaukos.
„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 Russian poet 1799 - 1837
Ch. 1, st. 25.
„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)
„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" <!-- p. 282 -->
„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
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