„But it is not bravery; I have no choice. I wake up and live my life. Don't you do the same?“

Source: All the Light We Cannot See

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—  LeBron James American basketball player 1984

James not bothered by those rooting for him to fail, Steve Ginsburg, Reuters, June 13, 2011 http://ca.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idCATRE75C0T420110613,
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„Being gay isn't a choice, just like being black isn't a choice…I don't stop. I do not give up. I do not take America's 'no' to my identity for an answer.“

—  Saeed Jones American poet 1985

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„If I knew that I could die, I would live. My life, my death, my choice.“

—  Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015

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Context: I dare say that quite a few people have contemplated death for reasons that much later seemed to them to be quite minor. If we are to live in a world where a socially acceptable "early death" can be allowed, it must be allowed as a result of careful consideration.
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„This is my life. No one has the right to tell me how to live it or to question what I do. When you grow up, you will make your own choices. It will be your life and you it your way. I will never interfere. It must be awful for these people to have such boring lives that all they can do make them interesting is to talk about somebody else’s life. I am glad I provided with them with timepass conversation.“

—  Protima Bedi Indian model and dancer 1948 - 1998

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„I have made my choice, Hori. I will share my life with you for good or evil, until death comes…“

—  Agatha Christie, book Death Comes as the End

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„You do not come
On this moonless night.
I wake wanting you.
My breasts heave and blaze.
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Source: Kenneth Rexroth's translations, One Hundred More Poems from the Japanese (1976), p. 34

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—  Colm Tóibín Irish novelist and writer 1955

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—  Robin Wasserman American writer of speculative fiction for young people 1978

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