Tuesday, August 25, 2020


Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death

Tacitus, Annals 2.15 (tr. John Jackson):
Was there another course left for them but to hold their freedom or to die before enslavement?

aliud sibi reliquum quam tenere libertatem aut mori ante servitium?
Winston S. Churchill, The Gathering Storm = The Second World War, Vol. I (1948; rpt. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1985), p. 312:
Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves.

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