— Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary cri… 1905 - 1980
„Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.“
This is usually attributed to Emiliano Zapata, but sometimes to Aeschylus, who is credited with expressing similar sentiments in Prometheus Bound: "For it would be better to die once and for all than to suffer pain for all one's life".
— Alexey Navalny Russian anti-corruption activist 1976
Źródło: As quoted in "Net Impact: One man's cyber-crusade against Russian corruption" http://archive.is/FGqQE (4 April 2011), by Julia Ioffe, The New Yorker
— Emiliano Zapata Mexican Revolutionary 1879 - 1919
Prefiero morir de pie que vivir de rodillas.
As quoted in Liberation Theologies in North America and Europe (1979) by Gerald H. Anderson and Thomas F. Stransky, p. 281; this is sometimes misattributed to the more modern revolutionary, Che Guevara, and to "La Pasionaria" Dolores Ibárruri, especially in Spain, where she popularized it in her famous speeches during the Spanish Civil War, to José Martí, and to Aeschylus who is credited with a similar declaration in Prometheus Bound: "For it would be better to die once and for all than to suffer pain for all one's life." The phrase "better that we should die on our feet rather than live on our knees" was spoken by François-Noël Gracchus Babeuf in his defence of the Conspiracy of Equals in April 1797. In French it read, 'Ne vaut-il pas mieux emporter la gloire de n'avoir pas survecu a la servitude?' but translated this bears no resemblance whatever to the quote under discussion. see: The Defense of Gracchus Babeuf Before the High Court of Vendome (1967), edited and translated by John Anthony Scott, p. 88 and p. 90, n. 12.
¡Prefiero morir de pie que vivir siempre arrodillado!
I'd prefer to die standing, than to live always on my knees.
As quoted in Operación Cobra : historia de una gesta romántica (1988) by Alvaro Pablo Ortiz and Oscar Lara, p. 29
Men of the South! It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!
With an extension, as quoted in Timeless Mexico (1944) by Hudson Strode, p. 259
I would rather die standing than live on my knees!
It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!
I prefer to die standing than to live forever kneeling.
Prefer death on your feet to living on your knees.
— Euripidés ancient Athenian playwright -480 - -406 p. n. e.
— Terry Brooks American writer 1944
Źródło: Star Wars - Episode I: The Phantom Menace
„I am not afraid of reprisals, I have no children, no wife, no car, no debt. It might sound a bit pompous, but I'd prefer to die on my feet than to live on my knees.“
— Charb French caricaturist and journalist 1967 - 2015
Xavier Ternisien, A "Charlie Hebdo", on n'a "pas l’impression d’égorger quelqu’un avec un feutre" http://www.lemonde.fr/actualite-medias/article/2012/09/20/je-n-ai-pas-l-impression-d-egorger-quelqu-un-avec-un-feutre_1762748_3236.html, Le Monde, 20 september 2012.
— Manuel Zelaya President of Honduras 1952
Quoted in Miami Herald, September 24, 2009. http://www.miamiherald.com/honduras/v-fullstory/story/1248828.html
— Steve Biko anti-apartheid activist in South Africa 1946 - 1977
Quoted in Scott MacLeod, "South Africa: Extremes in Black and Whites" http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,975037,00.html, Time, March 9, 1992, p. 38
Quoted in "The Mind of Black Africa" (1996) by Dickson A. Mungazi, p. 159
— Ernesto Che Guevara Argentine Marxist revolutionary 1928 - 1967
— William Carlos Williams American poet 1883 - 1963
Źródło: The Farmers' Daughters
„Having a child changes every aspect of your life — for the better, of course. The sacrifices are large, but what you get in return is even bigger than the sacrifices you make. I feel, in a sense, ready to die because you are living on in your child. Not literally, not ready to die — but you know, that sort of feeling in a profound way.“
— Heath Ledger Australian actor 1979 - 2008
November 2007 interview remarks quoted by Susan Chenery, "Who Is That Man?" http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23097733-15803,00.html, In Touch Weekly, January 23, 2008.
— Frank Delaney Irish writer and journalist 1942 - 2017
„Death is better than a vegetating ignorant life; it is better to die on the battle-field than to live a life of defeat.“
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
Call to the Nation
— Michael Crichton American author, screenwriter, film producer 1942 - 2008
— D.H. Lawrence, książka Women in Love
Źródło: Women in Love (1920), Ch. 15
„It’s better to die than to live in the knowledge that you’ve done something that needs forgiveness.“
— Andrzej Sapkowski, książka Krew elfów
Źródło: Blood of Elves
— James Fenimore Cooper, książka Ostatni Mohikanin
The Last of the Mohicans (1826), Ch. 8