„Corrupted freemen are the worst of slaves.“

Prologue to the Gamesters.

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„The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves“

—  George Washington first President of the United States 1732 - 1799

Address to the Continental Army before the Battle of Long Island (27 August 1776)
1770s
Контексте: The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.

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„The worst of men is he who stops his contributions to charity, eats by himself, and whips his slave.“

—  Ali al-Rida eighth of the Twelve Imams 770 - 818

Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol.78, p. 335.
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„One people will we be, — a band of brothers;
No danger, no distress shall sunder us.
We will be freemen as our fathers were,
And sooner welcome death than live as slaves.
We will rely on God's almighty arm,
And never quail before the power of man.“

—  Friedrich Schiller, William Tell

Wir wollen sein ein einzig Volk von Brüdern,
in keiner Not uns trennen und Gefahr.
Wir wollen frei sein, wie die Väter waren,
eher den Tod, als in der Knechtschaft leben.
Wir wollen trauen auf den höchsten Gott
und uns nicht fürchten vor der Macht der Menschen.
Act II, Sc. 2, as translated by C. T. Brooke
Variant translation: We shall be a single People of brethren,
Never to part in danger nor distress.
We shall be free, just as our fathers were,
And rather die than live in slavery.
We shall trust in the one highest God
And never be afraid of human power.
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„It takes two to corrupt – the corrupted and the corrupter.“

—  Mobutu Sésé Seko President of Zaïre 1930 - 1997

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„It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.“

—  Frank Herbert American writer 1920 - 1986

Источник: General sources, Chapterhouse Dune (1985)
Контексте: All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted.

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„O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation.“

—  Francis Scott Key American lawyer and poet 1779 - 1843

A line in the final stanzas is comparable to "It made and preserves us a nation" in The Flag of our Union by George Pope Morris.
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Контексте: O say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation.
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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„A free Press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that freemen prize; it is the most dangerous foe of tyranny.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

You Get It In Black And White, Collier's, 28 December 1935
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„Immunity corrupts; absolute immunity corrupts absolutely.“

—  John W. Campbell American science fiction writer and editor 1910 - 1971

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„Mortal combat corrupts, and war corrupts absolutely.“

—  Poul Anderson, книга There Will Be Time

Источник: There Will Be Time (1972), Chapter 10 (p. 107)

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