„Have you ever fed a lover
With just your hands?
Close your eyes and trust it, just trust it.
Have you ever thrown
A fist full of glitter in the air?
Have you ever looked fear in the face,
And said I just don't care?“

Glitter in the Air, written by Pink, Billy Mann and Michele Mears
Song lyrics, Funhouse (2008)

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American singer-songwriter 1979

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„Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears.“

—  Gillian Anderson American-British film, television and theatre actress, activist and writer 1968

Excerpt from the foreword in Girl Boss: Running the Show Like the Big Chicks http://www.gilliananderson.ws/transcripts/99_00/99girlboss.shtml, by Stacy Kravetz (1999)
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„Do not fear death, but rather the unlived life. You don't have to live forever. You just have to live.“

—  Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting: Scholastic Book Guides

Variant: Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live.
Source: Tuck Everlasting: Scholastic Book Guides

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„I don't want to be your friend,
I just want to be your lover.“

—  Thom Yorke English musician, philanthropist and singer-songwriter 1968

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„Adieu, Francoise, my trusted wife;
Without you I'd have had a lonely life.
You cheated lots of times but then,
I forgave you in the end
Though your lover was my friend.“

—  Jacques Brel Belgian singer-songwriter 1929 - 1978

Seasons in the Sun" (1961), as translated by Rod McKuen from Brel's song "Le Moribond" ·  McKuen performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY__eaedtOA ·  Beach Boys performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzjIra9pheU
<p>Goodbye, Michelle, my little one;
You gave me love and helped me find the sun,
And every time that I was down
You would always come around
And get my feet back on the ground.</p><p>Goodbye, Michelle, it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky;
Now that the spring is in the air,
With the flowers everywhere,
I wish that we could both be there!</p>
As adapted in the Terry Jacks version (1974)
Context: p> Adieu, Francoise, my trusted wife;
Without you I'd have had a lonely life.
You cheated lots of times but then,
I forgave you in the end
Though your lover was my friend.Adieu, Francoise, it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky.
Now that spring is in the air
With your lovers ev'rywhere,
Just be careful; I'll be there.</p

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„For fear is but a poor safeguard of lasting power; while affection, on the other hand, may be trusted to keep it safe for ever.“

—  Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 BC

Book II, section 7; translation by Walter Miller
De Officiis – On Duties (44 BC)
Original: (la) Multorum autem odiis nullas opes posse obsistere, si antea fuit ignotum, nuper est cognitum. Nec vero huius tyranni solum, quem armis oppressa pertulit civitas ac paret cum maxime mortuo interitus declarat, quantum odium hominum valeat ad pestem, sed reliquorum similes exitus tyrannorum, quorum haud fere quisquam talem interitum effugit. Malus enim est custos diuturnitatis metus contraque benivolentia fidelis vel ad perpetuitatem.
Context: And we recently discovered, if it was not known before, that no amount of power can withstand the hatred of the many. The death of this tyrant (Julius Caesar), whose yoke the state endured under the constraint of armed force and whom it still obeys more humbly than ever, though he is dead, illustrates the deadly effects of popular hatred; and the same lesson is taught by the similar fate of all other despots, of whom practically no one has ever escaped such a death. For fear is but a poor safeguard of lasting power; while affection, on the other hand, may be trusted to keep it safe for ever.

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„I salute you, Freja, as your lover for ever. Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!“

—  William Joyce British fascist and propaganda broadcaster 1906 - 1946

Francis Selwyn, Hitler's Englishman op cit, p. 211
Last letter to his wife Margaret before he was hanged, 3 January 1946.

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„Dear Snæfríður, is it not clear to you how disastrous your words were, when you said just now that you do not fear the eye of God watching over you?“

—  Halldór Laxness Icelandic author 1902 - 1998

Reverend Sigurður
Íslandsklukkan (Iceland's Bell) (1946), Part II: The Fair Maiden

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