„We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free.
Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward.“

1990s, Inaugural celebration address (1994)

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„The United States, ever since its founding fathers, has had an ideal, a mission to the world. In the '40s, it sacrificed the lives of many young people to achieve the freedom of the world. Nowadays, we need to focus on democracy and free trade.“

—  Alan García Peruvian politician 1949 - 2019

President Bush Welcomes President García of Peru to the White House http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2007/04/20070423-1.html# (April 23, 2007)

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„When we surrender moral government to the courts, we have surrendered the very essence of freedom, we have surrendered its only real meaning--and we will not be free again until we get it back.“

—  Alan Keyes American politician 1950

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„We are all so guilty at the way we have allowed the world around us to become more ugly and tasteless every year that we surrender to terror and steep ourselves in it.“

—  Norman Mailer American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate 1923 - 2007

Source: In the Belly of the Beast: Letters From Prison

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„Hero is a misnomer. India is the only place left in the world where we call our stars heroes and heroines.“

—  Shahrukh Khan Indian actor, producer and television personality 1965

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„We live in a world with "free" content, and this freedom is not an imperfection.“

—  Lawrence Lessig American academic, political activist. 1961

May the Source Be With You (2001)
Context: We live in a world with "free" content, and this freedom is not an imperfection. We listen to the radio without paying for the songs we hear; we hear friends humming tunes that they have not licensed. We tell jokes that reference movie plots without the permission of the directors. We read our children books, borrowed from a library, without paying the original copyright holder for the performance rights.

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„Despite the advances we have made in our 12 years of freedom, we must also recognise the reality that we still have a long way to go... We should never allow ourselves the dangerous luxury of complacency, believing that we are immune to the conflicts that we see and have seen in so many parts of the world.“

—  Thabo Mbeki South African politician, President of South Africa 1942

The Fourth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Address, Johannesburg, South Africa https://www.nelsonmandela.org/news/entry/the-fourth-nelson-mandela-annual-lecture-address (29 July 2006)

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„Unlike storybook heroes and heroines but like many actual heroes and heroines, she was something of a social outcast.“

—  Pauline Kael, book State of the Art

As Simone Weil noted, it was the people with irregular and embarrassing histories who were often the heroes of the Resistance in the Second World War; the proper middle-class people may have felt they had too much to lose.
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„The heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives on this country's soil! You are in the soil of a friendly country now. Therefore rest in peace.“

—  Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Turkish army officer, revolutionary, and the first President of Turkey 1881 - 1938

A tribute to those ANZACs who died in Gallipoli (1934), this is inscribed on the Atatürk Memorial in Turakena Bay, Gallipoli http://www.mch.govt.nz/emblems/monuments/ataturk.html and at the Kemal Atatürk Memorial, Canberra
Original: (tr) Bu memleketin toprakları üstünde kanlarını döken kahramanlar! Burada dost bir vatanın toprağındasınız. Huzur ve sükun içinde uyuyunuz. Sizler Mehmetçiklerle yan yana koyun koyunasınız. Uzak diyarlardan evlatlarını harbe gönderen analar! Gözyaşlarınızı dindiriniz. Evlatlarınız bizim bağrımızdadır, huzur içindedirler ve huzur içinde rahat rahat uyuyacaklardır. Onlar bu toprakta canlarını verdikten sonra artık bizim evlatlarımız olmuşlardır.
Context: The heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives on this country's soil! You are in the soil of a friendly country now. Therefore rest in peace. You are side by side with the little Mehmets. The mothers who send their sons to the war! Wipe your tears away. Your sons are in our bosom, are in peace and will be sleeping in peace comfortably. From now on, they have became our sons since they have lost their lives on this land.

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„Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.“

—  Terry Pratchett, book Wyrd Sisters

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„So many selves, so many sensuous worlds,
As if the air, the mid-day air, was swarming
With the metaphysical changes that occur,
Merely in living as and where we live.“

—  Wallace Stevens American poet 1879 - 1955

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Context: One might have thought of sight, but who could think
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Speech found the ear, for all the evil sound,
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And out of what sees and hears and out
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As if the air, the mid-day air, was swarming
With the metaphysical changes that occur,
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