„To me death is better than the defensive.“

Quoted in W. Lyon Blease, "Suvorof," 1926.

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russischer Generalissimus 1730 - 1800

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—  Robert Smith Surtees English writer 1805 - 1864

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„I spit on my life.
Death in battle would be better for me
than that I, defeated, survive.“

—  Gautama Buddha philosopher, reformer and the founder of Buddhism -563 - -483 v.Chr

This statement is made in reference to his battle against the personification of temptation to evil, Mara.
Quelle: Pali Canon, Sutta Pitaka, Khuddaka Nikaya (Minor Collection), (Suttas falling down), Sutta 3.2. Padhana Sutta

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„Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny.“

—  Aeschylus, Agamemnon

Variant translation: Death is softer by far than tyranny.
Quelle: Oresteia (458 BC), Agamemnon, line 1364

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„Death with honor is better than a life of degradation.“

—  Husayn ibn Ali The grandson of Muhammad and the son of Ali ibn Abi Talib 626 - 680

Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol.44 p. 192
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„There's nothing better than a party that turns into a death trap.“

—  Russell T. Davies Screenwriter, former executive producer of Doctor Who 1963

Doctor Who Confidential Series 2, Episode 5, "Cybermen" http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential/index5.shtml (Doctor Who documentary series, 2005)

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„The aims of life are the best defense against death.“

—  Primo Levi, buch The Drowned and the Saved

The Drowned and the Saved (1986)

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„There is no better way to know death than to link it with some licentious image.“

—  Georges Bataille French intellectual and literary figure 1897 - 1962

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„A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

1960s, Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam (1967)
Kontext: A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life's roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be changed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation. It will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, "This is not just." It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America and say, "This is not just." The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war, "This way of settling differences is not just." This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

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„Copulation is no more foul to me than death is.“

—  Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892

Quelle: Leaves of Grass: The First (1855) Edition

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