„Don't live to fight, fight to live.“

Source: Resurrection, 1971-1996

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„Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live.“

—  Adolf Hitler, book Mein Kampf

Variant: He who would live must fight. He who doesn't wish to fight in this world, where permanent struggle is the law of life, has not the right to exist.
Source: Mein Kampf

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„Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!“

—  Mary Harris Jones Irish-born American labor and community organizer 1837 - 1930

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Context: Your organization is not a praying institution. It's a fighting institution. It's an educational institution along industrial lines. Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!

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„With spirits dead why should men living fight?“

—  Torquato Tasso Italian poet 1544 - 1595

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Take it.

—  James Frey American screenwriter and media presenter 1969

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„For he who fights and runs away
May live to fight another day;
But he who is in battle slain
Can never rise and fight again.“

—  Oliver Goldsmith Irish physician and writer 1728 - 1774

The Art of Poetry on a New Plan (1761), vol. ii. p. 147.
The saying "he who fights and runs away may live to fight another day" dates at least as far back as Menander (ca. 341–290 B.C.), Gnomai Monostichoi, aphorism #45: ἀνήρ ὁ ϕɛύγων καὶ ράλίν μαχήɛṯαί (a man who flees will fight again). The Attic Nights (book 17, ch. 21) of Aulus Gellius (ca. 125–180 A.D.) indicates it was already widespread in the second century: "...the orator Demosthenes sought safety in flight from the battlefield, and when he was bitterly taunted with his flight, he jestingly replied in the well-known verse: The man who runs away will fight again".

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„It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.“

—  Alfred Adler Medical Doctor, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Personality Theorist 1870 - 1937

Quoted in: Phyllis Bottome, Alfred Adler: Apostle of Freedom (1939), ch. 5
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„I have to fight every single day to live my true life.“

—  Sandra Bullock American actress and producer 1964

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Context: I have to fight every single day to live my true life. I don't ever want to come home saying, "I should have spoken my mind. I shouldn't have let someone say something that I didn't feel was right." … [But] I have to remember that there's a balance. I'm in the entertainment business. We're here to entertain people, to make them laugh and forget.

„Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it; anything but live for it.“

—  Charles Caleb Colton British priest and writer 1777 - 1832

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Variant: Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it; anything but live for it.

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„Men who fight wars in Winter don’t live till Spring.“

—  Ursula K. Le Guin, Hainish Cycle

Source: Hainish Cycle, Planet of Exile (1966), Chapter 4 (The Tall Young Men)

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„If I was not fighting against child labor, I don't know what else I could do. It was always in my heart, I could not live without that“

—  Kailash Satyarthi Indian children's rights activist 1954

As quoted in "Person of the Week: Kailash Satyarthi" by Peter Jennings, at ABC News (14 May 2004) http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/PersonOfWeek/story?id=131826&page=1
Context: If I was not fighting against child labor, I don't know what else I could do. It was always in my heart, I could not live without that … It's really a kind of spiritual feeling which is difficult to explain … And the smiles come on the face of the children when they realize that they are free. … When you are living in a globalized economy and a globalized world, you cannot live in isolation, all the problems and solutions are interconnected, and so the problem of child labor in any part of the world is your problem. … The world should have one thing in mind — if the children are exploited in any part of the world, if the children are deprived of their childhood in any part of the world, the world cannot live in peace … The world cannot be human.

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