„Keep in mind that many people have died for their beliefs; it's actually quite common. The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.“

Variant: Are you willing to die for what you believe in? The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.
Source: Eragon

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American author 1983

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„My belief is that if we live another century or so — I am talking of the common life which is the real life and not of the little separate lives which we live as individuals — and have five hundred a year each of us and rooms of our own; if we have the habit of freedom and the courage to write exactly what we think;“

—  Virginia Woolf, book A Room of One's Own

Source: A Room of One's Own (1929), Ch. 6, pp. 117-118
Context: My belief is that if we live another century or so — I am talking of the common life which is the real life and not of the little separate lives which we live as individuals — and have five hundred a year each of us and rooms of our own; if we have the habit of freedom and the courage to write exactly what we think; if we escape a little from the common sitting-room and see human beings not always in their relation to each other but in relation to reality; and the sky, too, and the trees or whatever it may be in themselves; if we look past Milton's bogey, for no human being should shut out the view; if we face the fact, for it is a fact, that there is no arm to cling to, but that we go alone and that our relation is to the world of reality and not only to the world of men and women, then the opportunity will come and the dead poet who was Shakespeare's sister will put on the body which she has so often laid down. Drawing her life from the lives of the unknown who were her forerunners, as her brother did before her, she will be born. As for her coming without that preparation, without that effort on our part, without that determination that when she is born again she shall find it possible to live and write her poetry, that we cannot expect, for that would be impossible. But I maintain that she would come if we worked for her, and that so to work, even in poverty and obscurity, is worth while.

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„Courage is standing up for what you believe in. There are so many people who aren't willing to stand up. You've got to fight.“

—  Howard Stern American radio personality 1954

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„Rationalism doesn’t require “belief,” only observation. The real, measurable world doesn’t care what you believe.“

—  Joe Haldeman, book The Accidental Time Machine

Source: The Accidental Time Machine (2007), Chapter 12 (pp. 110-111)

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„What people believe is a measure of what they suffer.“

—  Peter de Vries American editor and novelist 1910 - 1993

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„My final belief is suffering. And I begin to believe that I do not suffer.“

—  Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968

Mi última creencia es sufrir. Y comienzo a creer que no sufro.
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„I think people have common sense and can tell what's real, what's right or what's wrong and work it out.“

—  Billie Piper English singer, dancer and actress 1982

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„The true measurement of a person's worth isn't what they say they believe in, but what they do in defense of those beliefs. If you're not acting on your beliefs, then they probably aren't real.“

—  Edward Snowden American whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor 1983

Penguin Books 2015 edition ISBN 978-0-241-97289-2, page 45.
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