Quotations About / On: SURRENDER

  • 11.
    At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.
    (Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author, poet. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, ch. 31 (1969).)
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  • 12.
    Frenchmen, we do not accept your surrender. You surrender only to the enemy. If you're Vichy, fight us. If you're Frenchmen, join us.
    (Samuel Fuller, U.S. screenwriter. American commander (uncredited), The Big Red One, upon proffer of French surrender at invasion of North Africa (1980).)
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  • 13.
    The beast exists because it is stronger than the thing that you call evolution. In it is some force of life, a demon, driving it through millions of centuries. It does not surrender so easily to weaklings like you and me.
    (Martin Berkeley, and Jack Arnold. Lucas (Nestor Paiva), Revenge of the Creature, to the scientists who have come to capture the creature (1955). Story by William Alland (b. 1916).)
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  • 14.
    We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
    (Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Speech, June 4, 1940, House of Commons, London. Vol. 6, Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897-1963, ed. Robert Rhodes James (1974). After the retreat from Dunkirk, France.)
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  • 15.
    We can escape the commonplace only by manipulating it, controlling it, thrusting it into our dreams or surrendering it to the free play of our subjectivity.
    (Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian Situationist philosopher. The Revolution of Everyday Life, introduction (1967, trans. 1983).)
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  • 16.
    It is easy at any moment to surrender a large fortune; to build one up is a difficult and an arduous task.
    (Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXIV, 22.)
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  • 17.
    Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.
    (Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal Intime, entry for Dec. 17, 1856 (1882), trans. by Mrs. Humphrey Ward (1892).)
  • 18.
    The purpose of polite behavior is never virtuous. Deceit, surrender, and concealment: these are not virtues. The goal of the mannerly is comfort, per se.
    (June Jordan (b. 1939), U.S. poet, civil rights activist. repr. In Moving Towards Home: Political Essays (1989). "Civil Wars," (1981).)
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  • 19.
    'Tis no great valor to perish sword in hand, and bravado on lip; cased all in panoply complete. For even the alligator dies in his mail, and the swordfish never surrenders. To expire, mild-eyed, in one's bed, transcends the death of Epaminondas.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 9, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).)
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  • 20.
    'There are two modes of experience: direct knowledge
    and indirect knowledge. Neither is possible without

    There are two directions of enquiry: inward into the
    self and outward into the other. Both are halted by
    one obtuseness - lack of integrity.

    There are two styles of living: struggle and surrender.
    (Myself, forty years ago.)
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