„I found a joy in myself, coming from the awareness that I want to fight.“

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„But joy has nothing about which it may be joyful. Far to come after the coming of being and to marvel in front of it, joy is consubstantial with being, joy founds it and forms it.“

—  Michel Henry French writer 1922 - 2002

Original: (fr) Mais la joie n'a rien au sujet de quoi elle puisse être joyeuse. Loin de venir après la venue de l'être et de s'émerveiller devant lui, elle lui est consubstantielle, le fonde et le constitue.
Source: Michel Henry, L'Essence de la manifestation, 1963, t. 2, § 70, p. 831
Source: Books on Phenomenology of Life, The Essence of Manifestation (1963)

„Joy! Joy! I triumph! Now no more I know
Myself as simply me.“

—  Attar of Nishapur Persian Sufi poet 1145 - 1221

"The Triumph of the Soul" as translated by Margaret Smith in The Persian Mystics
Context: Joy! Joy! I triumph! Now no more I know
Myself as simply me. I burn with love
Unto myself, and bury me in love.
The centre is within me and its wonder
Lies as a circle everywhere about me.
Joy! Joy! No mortal thought can fathom me.

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„I want to be the best fighter. I would like to fight in the biggest fights.“

—  Manny Pacquiao Filipino boxer, basketball player, singer and politician, dancer. 1978

Conference Call before the "Blaze of Glory: Pacquiao vs. Solis"
As quoted in "Manny Pacquaio/Bob Arum Conference Call Transcript," http://www.eastsideboxing.com/news.php?p=10519&more=1 at East Side Boxing (2007-07-04)

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„You don't want to fight the enemy anymore?"
"I don't want to fight anyone. I have no enemies. I want to go home.“

—  Ágota Kristóf Hungarian Swiss writer 1935 - 2011

Source: The Notebook, The Proof, The Third Lie: Three Novels

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„I don’t want the next generation to fight the same fight as I did.“

—  Ai Weiwei Chinese concept artist 1957

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„I hope those who shouted "Fascist" and "Nazi" are aware that before they were born I was fighting against Fascism and Nazism.“

—  Enoch Powell British politician 1912 - 1998

Source: Remarks to student hecklers at a speech in Cardiff (8 November 1968), from Simon Heffer, Like the Roman. The Life of Enoch Powell (Phoenix, 1999), p. 489

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„Before I die, I want to fight for life.“

—  Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947

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„I am a man of the people, bred amongst them, and it has been the greatest joy of my life to have had some part in fighting the battles of the class from whom I am proud to have sprung.“

—  David Lloyd George Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1863 - 1945

Speech in Manchester (21 April 1908), quoted in Better Times: Speeches by the Right Hon. D. Lloyd George, M.P., Chancellor of the Exchequer (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1910), p. 46.
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„I've found that people aren't really as different as they sometimes seem. We all have joy and tragedy in our lives. So it only follows that if I write something from my heart and stay true to myself, others will easily identify.“

—  Happy Rhodes American singer-songwriter 1965

"The Happy Rhodes Interview" in Homeground #48 (Summer 1993)
Context: I'm thrilled that people can get something out of my music. I have to attribute that to integrity and honesty. I've found that people aren't really as different as they sometimes seem. We all have joy and tragedy in our lives. So it only follows that if I write something from my heart and stay true to myself, others will easily identify.

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„Grosser light vanishes into eternal rays
Of all-pervading Cosmic Joy.
From Joy we come,
For Joy we live,
In the sacred Joy we melt.“

—  Paramahansa Yogananda Yogi, a guru of Kriya Yoga and founder of Self-Realization Fellowship 1893 - 1952

Quotes drawn from the poem "Samadhi"

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