„History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.“

—  James Fenimore Cooper, book The Last of the Mohicans
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„Nature wronged her in making her a woman. But for her sex she could have surpassed all the heros of history.“

—  Catherine of Aragon first wife of Henry VIII of England (1485–1536) 1485 - 1536
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„It is not heroes that make history, but history that makes heroes.“

—  Joseph Stalin General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1878 - 1953

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„The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth.“

—  H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
1920s, Context: The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty — and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies. Baltimore Evening Sun (12 February 1923)

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„So, we'll go no more a roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,
And the moon be still as bright.“

—  George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
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„Both sides (Taiwan and Mainland China) are so lovely and so many of their people are behaving like heroes and heroines, and yet Taiwan's former ambition to 'recover the mainland' has become a thing of the past.“

—  Wu Den-yih Taiwanese politician 1948
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„Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere.“

—  Emma Goldman anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches 1869 - 1940
Context: Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful moulder of human destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage? Free love? As if love is anything but free! Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love. Man has subdued bodies, but all the power on earth has been unable to subdue love. Man has conquered whole nations, but all his armies could not conquer love. Man has chained and fettered the spirit, but he has been utterly helpless before love. High on a throne, with all the splendor and pomp his gold can command, man is yet poor and desolate, if love passes him by. And if it stays, the poorest hovel is radiant with warmth, with life and color. Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere. "Marriage and Love" in Anarchism and Other Essays (1911)

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