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Quotes of the Day for 14 July 2001 – Bastille Day

On this day in 1789 there were only seven prisoners held in the Bastille, but the fortress prison had come to represent all the real and imagined tyranny of the Bourbon monarchy. In the same way, when the crowds attacked the prison, it became symbolic of freedom and democracy.

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The quotes:

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take but as for me; give me liberty or give me death!
     - Patrick Henry

No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand.
     - J. Michael Straczynski

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.
     - Bertrand Russell

The White House is the finest prison in the world.
     - Harry S Truman

Two men look out through the same bars:
One sees the mud, and one sees the stars.
     - Frederick Langbridge


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