„I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.“

—  Emiliano Zapata, As quoted in Heroes of Mexico (1969) by Morris Rosenblum, p. 112
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„Action men are the unvoluntary slaves of wise men.“

—  Fernando Pessoa Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher 1888 - 1935
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„Good slaves are free, but bad free men are slaves of many passions.“

—  Bion of Borysthenes ancient greek philosopher -325 - -246 v.Chr
As quoted by Stobaeus, iii.1.18

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„Slaves no doubt, but still men.“

—  Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius 5th century European writer 390 - 430
Saturnalia (c. 400).

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„When some one boasted that at the Pythian games he had vanquished men, Diogenes replied, "Nay, I defeat men, you defeat slaves."“

—  Diogenes of Sinope ancient Greek philosopher, one of the founders of the Cynic philosophy -404 - -322 v.Chr
Diogenes Laërtius, vi. 33, 43

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„Our fathers did not say it, because they did not mean it. They were men who meant what they said, and who said what they meant, and meaning all men, they said all men. They were patriots asserting a principle and ready to die for it, not politicians pettifogging for the presidency“

—  George William Curtis American writer 1824 - 1892
Context: The principle of our Revolution, as defined by its leaders with sublime simplicity, was, that as Liberty is a natural right of man, every man has consequent equal rights in society, subject indeed to limitation, but not to annihilation. 'But', cries Mister Douglas, in his Memphis speech last November. I quote his words,. It would have been very easy to say this. Our fathers did not say it, because they did not mean it. They were men who meant what they said, and who said what they meant, and meaning all men, they said all men. They were patriots asserting a principle and ready to die for it, not politicians pettifogging for the presidency.

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„Men perish but principles live.“

—  James Connolly Irish republican and socialist leader 1868 - 1916
Labour, Nationality and Religion (1910)

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