„I did not spittel a drop of blood, or steal a cent in all my life.“

Letter to Mrs.Glendower Evans http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/SaccoV/van-charlestown.html (22 July 1921)

Bartolomeo Vanzetti Foto
Bartolomeo Vanzetti
italienisch-amerikanischer Anarchist 1888 - 1927

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Indíra Gándhí Foto

„I am not interested in a long life. I am not afraid of these things. I don't mind if my life goes in the service of this nation. If I die today, every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation.“

—  Indíra Gándhí Indian politician and Prime Minister 1917 - 1984

Speech, Bhubaneswar, India (October 30, 1984), quoted in "Death in the Garden," by William E. Smith, Time (November 12, 1984) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,926929-3,00.html.

Georg Büchner Foto
The Mother Foto

„I belong to no nation, no civilization, no society, no race, but to the Divine. I obey no master, no rules, no law, no social convention, but the Divine. To Him I have surrendered all, will, life and self; for Him I am ready to give all my blood, drop by drop, if such is His will, with complete joy, and nothing in his service can be sacrifice, for all is perfect delight.“

—  The Mother spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo 1878 - 1973

from Collected Works of The Mother, Volume 2, Words of Long Ago, p.166 (February, 1920, Japan) http://www.sriaurobindoashram.org/ashram/mother/on_herself.php Also quoted by Debbie Magee, in "Auroville — The City Of Dawn in South India" (27 February 2009) http://serreal.ning.com/group/greencommunities/forum/topics/auroville-the-city-of-dawn-in, also in Beyond the Mask: The Rising Sign — Part I: Aries — Virgo, Part 1 by Kathleen Burt (1 January 2010) http://books.google.co.in/books?id=Q4kbBqVe0RIC&pg=PA46, p. 46
Sayings

Billy Joe Shaver Foto
Thomas Edison Foto

„I never did a day's work in my life, it was all fun.“

—  Thomas Edison American inventor and businessman 1847 - 1931

As quoted in Edison & Ford Quote Book (2003) edited by Edison & Ford Winter Estates.
Date unknown

William Shakespeare Foto

„All my life, I thought I was a Conservative. Now I know that I have never been one. The scales have dropped from my eyes.“

—  Keith Joseph British barrister and politician 1918 - 1994

Obituary http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-lord-joseph-1387217.html, The Independent, Monday 12 December 1994.
1990s

Miguel ángel Asturias Foto
Ferdinand Marcos Foto
Ayrton Senna Foto

„Racing, competing, is in my blood. It's part of me, it's part of my life; I've been doing it all my life. And it stands up before anything else.“

—  Ayrton Senna Brazilian racing driver 1960 - 1994

Interview at the 1989 Australian Grand Prix, November 1989 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6brLntJE8s

Diana Gabaldon Foto
Richard Nixon Foto

„I want to say this to the television audience. I made my mistakes, but in all of my years of public life, I have never profited, never profited from public service. I have earned every cent. And in all of my years of public life, I have never obstructed justice. And I think, too, that I can say that in my years of public life, that I welcome this kind of examination because people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook.“

—  Richard Nixon 37th President of the United States of America 1913 - 1994

I've earned everything I've got.
Televised press conference with 400 Associated Press Managing Editors at Walt Disney World, Florida. (17 November 1973)
Often transcribed as "I am not a crook."
'I Am Not A Crook': How A Phrase Got A Life Of Its Own http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=245830047, on National Public Radio
1970s

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Mikhail Gorbachev Foto

„My life’s work has been accomplished. I did all that I could.“

—  Mikhail Gorbachev General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1931

The Observer [London] (15 December 1991)
1990s

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Harry Harrison Foto

„Cold-blooded killing is just not my thing. I've killed in self-defence, I'll not deny that, but I still maintain an exaggerated respect for life in all forms.“

—  Harry Harrison, The Stainless Steel Rat

The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970)
The Stainless Steel Rat
Kontext: Cold-blooded killing is just not my thing. I've killed in self-defence, I'll not deny that, but I still maintain an exaggerated respect for life in all forms. Now that we know that the only thing on the other side of the sky is more sky, the idea of an afterlife has finally been slid into the history books alongside the rest of the quaint and forgotten religions. With heaven and hell gone we are faced with the necessity of making a heaven or hell right here. What with societies and metatechnology and allied disciplines we have come a long way and life on the civilised worlds is better than it was during the black days of superstition. But with the improving of here and now comes the stark realisation that here and now is all we have. Each of us has only this one brief experience with the bright light of consciousness in that endless dark night of eternity and must make the most of it. Doing this means we must respect the existence of everyone else and the most criminal act imaginable is the terminating of one of these conscious existences.

Meg Cabot Foto
Claude McKay Foto
Edie Sedgwick Foto

„All those little maneuvers I did out of things that were happening in my life that upset me.“

—  Edie Sedgwick Socialite, actress, model 1943 - 1971

Edie : American Girl (1982)
Kontext: I made a mask out of my face because I didn't realize I was quite beautiful. God blessed me so. I practically destroyed it. I had to wear heavy black eyelashes like bat wings, and dark lines under my eyes, and cut all my hair off, my long dark hair. Cut it off and strip it silver and blonde. All those little maneuvers I did out of things that were happening in my life that upset me.

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