„Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.“

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„That if any one man, choose to enslave another, no third man shall be allowed to object.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
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„To choose evil is to choose freedom—“freedom, emancipation from all restraint.”“

—  Georges Bataille French intellectual and literary figure 1897 - 1962
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