„Give me liberty, or give me death.“

—  Thomas Paine, buch Common Sense

Quelle: Common Sense

Letzte Aktualisierung 17. Dezember 2021. Geschichte
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Schriftsteller und Erfinder 1737 - 1809

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„I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!“

—  Patrick Henry attorney, planter, politician and Founding Father of the United States 1736 - 1799

1770s, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" (1775)
Kontext: It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, peace! But there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

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„Give me knowledge or give me death!“

—  Kurt Vonnegut American writer 1922 - 2007

As quoted in "An Interview with Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Carey Horwitz, Library Journal, Apr. 15, 1973: 1131
Various interviews
Kontext: All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values, and I say let's get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States—and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!

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„Please keep your victory
But give me little death.“

—  St. Vincent (musician) American singer-songwriter 1982

"The Apocalypse Song"
Marry Me (2007)
Kontext: All your praying moments amount to just one breath.
Please keep your victory
But give me little death.

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„This was the first nation in the history of the world to be founded with a purpose. The great phrases of that purpose still sound in every American heart, North and South: "All men are created equal" — "government by consent of the governed" — "give me liberty or give me death." Well, those are not just clever words, or those are not just empty theories.“

—  Lyndon B. Johnson American politician, 36th president of the United States (in office from 1963 to 1969) 1908 - 1973

1960s, The American Promise (1965)
Kontext: This was the first nation in the history of the world to be founded with a purpose. The great phrases of that purpose still sound in every American heart, North and South: "All men are created equal" — "government by consent of the governed" — "give me liberty or give me death." Well, those are not just clever words, or those are not just empty theories. In their name Americans have fought and died for two centuries, and tonight around the world they stand there as guardians of our liberty, risking their lives. Those words are a promise to every citizen that he shall share in the dignity of man. This dignity cannot be found in a man's possessions; it cannot be found in his power, or in his position. It really rests on his right to be treated as a man equal in opportunity to all others. It says that he shall share in freedom, he shall choose his leaders, educate his children, and provide for his family according to his ability and his merits as a human being.

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„Nothing struck me so much in the war as the disappearance of the individual, of the human being... I saw what the State machine was, that it destroyed the individual, absorbed him to itself, and I said, "Give me Liberty."“

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

That is what a complete Socialistic State would mean, once you carried it out. That is why I am a Liberal and not a Socialist. Socialism would enslave labour. For its own benefit, its own advantage, Socialism would in the end enslave labour. Liberalism has made labour free, and it is its business to preserve the freedom of labour.
Speech to the Lancashire and Cheshire Federation of the League of Young Liberals in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester (28 April 1923), quoted in The Times (30 April 1923), p. 17
Leader of the National Liberal Party

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„Give thought to life and liberty.“

—  Cyrano de Bergerac French novelist, dramatist, scientist and duelist 1619 - 1655

The Other World (1657)

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Ray Bradbury Foto

„As Man steps down in amiable wisdom
To give himself what no one else can give:
His liberty.“

—  Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012

Christ, Old Student in a New School (1972)
Kontext: That so much time was wasted in this pain.
Ten thousand years ago he might have let off down
To not return again!
A dreadful laugh at last escapes his lips;
The laughter sets him free.
A Fool lives in the Universe! he cries.
The Fool is me!
And with one final shake of laughter
Breaks his bonds.
The nails fall skittering to marble floors.
And Christ, knelt at the rail, sees miracle
As Man steps down in amiable wisdom
To give himself what no one else can give:
His liberty.

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„Bills of rights give assurance to the individual of the preservation of his liberty. They do not define the liberty they promise.“

—  Benjamin N. Cardozo United States federal judge 1870 - 1938

Other writings, The Paradoxes of Legal Science (1928)

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„The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.“

—  Edmund Burke Anglo-Irish statesman 1729 - 1797

Speech at a County Meeting of Buckinghamshire (1784)
1780s

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