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bulletAnon: "Freedom of speech is a basic human right. If your religion is too weak to accept criticism then maybe you should consider upgrading to a different god. 1
bullet Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Turkish Republic and its first President: "Where there is no freedom, there is death and destruction."
bulletVicktor Frankl: "The last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
bulletPatrick Henry:
bullet"Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!" (Part of a speech delivered to the Virginia Convention, 1775-MAR)
bulletPatrick Henry: "He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression, for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
bulletFriedrich von Hayek: "Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and the burden of choice; it also means that he must bear the consequences of his actions... Liberty and responsibility are inseparable." (From "The Constitution of Liberty" (1960))
bulletDaniel Webster: "God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.

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bulletAdolf Hitler: "The great mass of people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one."
bulletOtto Von Bismarck (1815-1898): "People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election."
bulletAlfred McLung Lee & Elizabeth Bryant Lee: "Science flourishes on criticism. Dangerous propaganda crumbles before it." From "The Fine Art of Propaganda" (1939)
bulletGeorge Orwell: "The way to get a lie believed is to continue to REPEAT it".
bulletNicol Williamson playing the role of Merlin in the movie "Excalibur": "When a man lies, he murders part of the world"

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bulletAnon: "The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."
bulletMarcus Aurelius: "..and you will give yourself relief if you perform every act of your life as if it were the last."
bulletGillian Graham: "If you live your life out of memory, you live out of your history. That's what once was. If you live out of your imagination, you live out of your potential. That's what can be."
bulletWinston Groom: "Life is like a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you're gonna get." From the movie Forrest Gump.
bulletKierkegaard (1813-1855): "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
bulletA.S. Neill: "The function of the child is to live his own life –- not the life that his anxious parents think he should live, nor a life according to the purpose of the educator who thinks he knows best."
bulletJean-Paul Sartre: "It is up to you to give [life] a meaning."
bulletSocrates: "The unexamined life is not worth living."
bulletElton Trueblood: "A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit."

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