„I seek strength, not to be greater than other, but to fight my greatest enemy, the doubts within myself“

—  P. C. Cast

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„A stock operator has to fight a lot of expensive enemies within himself.“

—  Edwin Lefèvre, livro Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (1923), Chapter II, p. 14

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„We had to fight the enemy without in the Falklands and now we have to fight the enemy within, which is much more difficult but just as dangerous to liberty.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013
Second term as Prime Minister, Speech to 1922 Committee (19 July 1984) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/105563, quoted in John Campbell, Margaret Thatcher. The Iron Lady (London: Jonathan Cape, 2003), p. 361.

Muhammad Ali photo

„The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.“

—  Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016
Context: Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years. As quoted in Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties (1999) by Mike Marqusee<!-- p. 213 -->; also quoted in the International Socialist Review Issue 33 (January–February 2004) http://www.isreview.org/issues/33/muhammadali.shtml

Amir Peretz photo

„Translation: We have to ensure that there are no showcase operations here, or collective punishment, but I will have greater legitimatization for fighting terrorism than any other candidate.“

—  Amir Peretz Israeli politician 1952
צריך לדאוג שלא יהיו פה פעולות ראווה ולא ענישה קולקטיווית, אבל הלגיטימציה שתהיה לי להילחם בטרור תהיה גדולה יותר מאשר של כל מועמד אחר Source: Interview by Ari Shavit in Haaretz, March 3, 2006 http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasite/pages/ShArtPE.jhtml?itemNo=688970&contrassID=2&subContrassID=13&sbSubContrassID=0 http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArtVty.jhtml?sw=shavit+peretz&itemNo=689935

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Eric Hoffer photo

„It is doubtful if the oppressed ever fight for freedom. They fight for pride and power — power to oppress others.“

—  Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1898 - 1983
Context: It is doubtful if the oppressed ever fight for freedom. They fight for pride and power — power to oppress others. The oppressed want above all to imitate their oppressors; they want to retaliate. Quoted in War and Conflict Quotations: A Worldwide Dictionary of Pronouncements from Military Leaders, Politicians, Philosophers, Writers and Others (1997) by Michael C. Thomsett and Jean F. Thomsett Paraphrased variant: "I doubt if the oppressed ever fight for freedom..."

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Dorothy Thompson photo

„I shall pick no fight, nor seek to impose by force these standards on others. But let it be clear. If the fight comes unsolicited, I am not willing to die meekly, to surrender without effort.“

—  Dorothy Thompson American journalist and radio broadcaster 1893 - 1961
Context: I know now that there are things for which I am prepared to die. I am willing to die for political freedom; for the right to give my loyalty to ideals above a nation and above a class; for the right to teach my child what I think to be the truth; for the right to explore such knowledge as my brains can penetrate; for the right to love where my mind and heart admire, without reference to some dictator’s code to tell me what the national canons on the matter are; for the right to work with others of like mind; for a society that seems to me becoming to the dignity of the human race. I shall pick no fight, nor seek to impose by force these standards on others. But let it be clear. If the fight comes unsolicited, I am not willing to die meekly, to surrender without effort. And that being so, am I still a pacifist? "Dilemma of a Pacifist"(1937)

Larry Holmes photo

„When you constantly hear people talking about going the distance, going the distance, you can't help but wonder about it. I learned a lesson: next time I will fight my fight without that doubt.“

—  Larry Holmes American boxer 1949
After the Cooney fight, as quoted in "Sport: Larry Holmes: I Still Have It" by Tom Callahan in TIME (21 June 1982) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,925485-3,00.html.

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„There is no way I am going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country.“

—  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex a member of the British royal family 1984
Regarding his desire to be deployed in the Iraq War. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4248234.stm (2005).

Elizabeth I of England photo

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