„I only ask of the Government to be treated as all other men are treated. If I cannot go to my own home, let me have a home in a country where my people will not die so fast.“
— Chief Joseph Nez Percé Chieftain 1840 - 1904
Lincoln Hall Speech (1879)
„I may not have a country with boundaries, but my country is in me. My country is in my soul and in my heart. I am Assyria.“
— Rosie Malek-Yonan Assyrian actress, author, director, public figure and human rights activist 1965
As quoted in The Crimson Field.
The Crimson Field (2005)
„And they — what I hear, you know, talking about our president. When I hear people saying quite unthinkable things about our president, when I see our president defaced, which is defacing our country. He's the leader of our country. He's the leader of the free world. It — my heart is very heavy.“
— Jon Voight American actor 1938
Speaking about criticism of then-President George W. Bush on the April 27, 2007 edition of <i>The O'Reilly Factor</i> http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,268940,00.html
„As I looked out on the crowd, I was witnessing things I had witnessed in the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina or in squares in Belgrade… it breaks my heart when I see it in my country.“
— Chris Hedges American journalist 1956
New York Times Reporter, Chris Hedges was Booed off the Stage and had his Microphone Cut Twice as he Delivered a Graduation Speech on War and Empire at Rockford College in Illinois. https://www.democracynow.org/2003/5/21/new_york_times_reporter_chris_hedges
„I profess implicit faith in two articles of my creed. This country of ours is the true land of promise. This race of ours is the chosen race.“
— Mahadev Govind Ranade Indian scholar, social reformer and author 1842 - 1901
„I own guns. I think they're a good tool to have out in the country, and I should be able to protect my home and my family.“
— Krist Novoselic Croatian-American rock musician 1965
„I thought I was doing my duty for my country. I didn't know I was going to be treated like a convict. Did it make better soldiers of the callow youths we were then? I doubt it.“
— Arnold Ridley Playwright, actor 1896 - 1984
On his service during World War I
Biography on Spartacus
„I don't believe in playing down to children, either in life or in motion pictures. I didn't treat my own youngsters like fragile flowers, and I think no parent should.“
— Walt Disney American film producer and businessman 1901 - 1966
Deeds Rather Than Words (1963)
Kontext: I don't believe in playing down to children, either in life or in motion pictures. I didn't treat my own youngsters like fragile flowers, and I think no parent should.
Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature. Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil, and that is what our pictures attempt to do.
„Unbearable becomes the pain in my heart —
When I think of my people, broken down,
broken by disease in mind and limb.“
— Subramanya Bharathi Tamil poet 1882 - 1921
"When I Think Of My People Broken Down", as translated in "The Poetry of Sri Lanka", in Journal of South Asian Literature, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Fall-Winter 1976), published by Asian Studies Center, Michigan State University, p. 11
Kontext: Unbearable becomes the pain in my heart —
When I think of my people, broken down,
broken by disease in mind and limb. On the edge of life they always linger;
For countless are the diseases
Of Ignorance and Hunger. And on treacherous paths to Slavery
like children blind, they would walk behind
strangers from over the sea. O, divine Land, blessed by the gods!
O, ancient Mother of Culture and Art!
Thy children today are spineless hordes.
— Layal Abboud Lebanese pop singer 1982
July 16, 2014; Interview by Insight Magazine http://www.insight-egypt.com/celebrities/layal-abboud/july-16/214
„We want freedom for our country, but not at the expense or exploitation of others, not us to degrade other countries…I want the freedom of my country so that other countries may learn something from my free country so that the resources of my country might be utilized for the benefit of mankind.“
— Lal Bahadur Shastri The second Prime Minister of the Republic of India and a leader of the Indian National Congress party 1904 - 1966
— Aeschylus, Agamemnon
Original: (el) δίχα δ' ἄλλων μονόφρων εἰμί
Quelle: Oresteia (458 BC), Agamemnon, line 757
„I think my own way. I don't think like you and my music isn't meant just for the patting of feet and going down backs.“
— Charles Mingus American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader 1922 - 1979
An Open Letter To Miles Davis (1955)
Kontext: I think my own way. I don't think like you and my music isn't meant just for the patting of feet and going down backs. When and if I feel gay and carefree, I write or play that way. When I feel angry I write or play that way — or when I'm happy, or depressed, even.
Just because I'm playing jazz I don't forget about me. I play or write me, the way I feel, through jazz, or whatever. Music is, or was, a language of the emotions. If someone has been escaping reality, I don't expect him to dig my music, and I would begin to worry about my writing if such a person began to really like it. My music is alive and it's about the living and the dead, about good and evil. It's angry, yet it's real because it knows it's angry.
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
Interview on Entertainment Tonight, as quoted in "Oprah Winfrey Offers Words of Wisdom in Wake of Deadly Las Vegas Shooting", KTVB (2 October 2017) http://www.ktvb.com/article/entertainment/entertainment-tonight/oprah-winfrey-offers-words-of-wisdom-in-wake-of-deadly-las-vegas-shooting-exclusive/480587423
Kontext: I feel like my soul is aching for the country. … There's not a day that goes by where I'm not putting on my shoes, or brushing my teeth, where I just think about the ordinariness of, people who just went to a concert, or the ordinariness of the day from people from 9/11, who were just doing an ordinary thing, and then you never get home. … So, I would say that these days of crisis and tragedy are to remind us all to be present in the ordinariness of our lives, that actually turns out to be extraordinary, when the person you love doesn't come home at night.
I pay attention to things, you know? … This is to make us all more awakened about our own life, and the fact that it shows up this way is a horror. But, as I heard someone say, seeing people coming together, helping each other — whether it's this crisis we're in or what we saw weeks ago in, in Houston, in Florida, and now in Puerto Rico — it shows the humanity of us all. So, it's an opportunity to show the best of ourselves, when the worst shows up.
„And I think America, if we're ever going to truly defeat terror without changing the character of our own country or compromising the future of our children, has got to not only say, "Okay, I want to shoulder my responsibilities, I want to create my share of opportunities" but we have to find a way to define the future in terms of a humanity that goes beyond our country, that goes beyond any particular race, that goes beyond any particular religion.“
— Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States 1946
Statement (May 21, 2004)
„I think that if men treat animals badly, they will almost certainly treat human beings badly in due course.“
— Malcolm Muggeridge English journalist, author, media personality, and satirist 1903 - 1990
Interview with Rynn Berry
„I have never knew what it was to sacrifice my own judgment to gratify any party and I have no doubt of the time being close at hand when I will be rewarded for letting my tongue speak what my heart thinks. I have suffered myself to be politically sacrificed to save my country from ruin and disgrace and if I am never again elected I will have the gratification to know that I have done my duty.“
— Davy Crockett American politician 1786 - 1836
Comments on his final election defeat (11 August 1835) Ch. 2; in Dr. Swan's Prescriptions for Job-Itis (2003) by Dennis Swanberg and Criswell Freeman, p. 45, part of this seems to have become paraphrased as "Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks." No earlier publication of this version has been located.
— Louis Riel Canadian politician 1844 - 1885
Immediately before his execution in 1885, when a guard asked him for a souvenir, as quoted in Fifty Mighty Men (1977) by Grant MacEwan, p. 45