Quotes on unity
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"there was no bitterness at all. There's many a German who helped our wounded people down the communication trenches, even carried them down. There was no hatred between the forces. Although we were shooting at one another."- Private Harold Startin, Forgotten voices of the Somme' - Joshua Levine.
"You didn't hate them as individuals, no, no, you felt sorry for them."- Corporal Wilfred Woods Forgotten voices of the Somme - Joshua Levine. Many soldiers on both sides developed an attitude of 'live and let live' - periods where they would try and avoid killing the soldiers a few hundred yards in other trenches. The Generals and politicians on both sides hated this 'live and let attitude' and the bitterness of future battles often ended these periods of calm. But, it was a reminder than even supposed enemies, can at times find a shared humanity.
Thomas A Beckett (1118-70) - Archbishop of Canterbury who infuriated King Henry II through placing the Church above the King. Beckett was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral on the indirect orders of the King.
|Thomas More (1478 - 1535) Leading servent to King Henry VIII - Eventually beheaded for his refusal to accept Henry VIII's rejection of the Catholic Church and Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn.|
Joan of Arc -(1412 – 1431) Joan of Arc received Divine messages which helped the Dauphin of France to drive out the English from parts of France. She was arrested for her 'heterodox religious beliefs'. She was burnt at the stake for refusing to recant her experiences and communion with God.
The Oxford Martyrs - Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, and the Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. They were burned at the Stake in Oxford 1555 for refusing to renounce their Protestant faith and accept the Roman Catholic faith of Queen Mary I.
|Saint Peter (? - 65 AD), The leading apostle of Jesus Christ. Legend says he was crucified upside-down by the Romans. He asked to be crucified upside down so as not to copy the crucifixion of Jesus.|
|Maximilian Kolbe (1894- 1941) A Polish Franciscan friar. He was arrested by the Nazi's for sheltering refugees, from the Nazi's. He was executed at Auschwitz concentration camp after volunteering to take the place of a man who feared death.|
|Dietrich Bonhoeffer, (1906 - 1945) A German Lutheran Pastor who was a leading opponent of Hitler and the Nazis. He was eventually arrested and died in a concentration camp before the end of the war.|
|William Tyndale (1494–1536 ) was one of the first persons to print the Bible in English. Executed for blasphemy after years of avoiding capture.|
|Mansoor Al-Hallaj (858 – 922) A Sufi mystic who practised mysticism and preached a radical philosophy based on his spiritual experiences. Al-Hallaj claimed that in his mystical experiences he realised that 'I am the Truth'. He was sentenced to death for blasphemy, but during a prolonged execution he retained his equanimity and faith.|
|Thich Quang Duc, (1897 - 1963) was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk. He burnt himself to death (self-immolation) at an intersection in Saigon on June 11, 1963. He was protesting about the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government.|
|Charles de Gaulle. (1890 - 1970) Leader of the free French during WWII. Helped maintain French pride after the abject surrender of the French army and the creation of Vichy France. Led France out of Algeria after a bloody conflict. Repaid his thanks to the British by saying Non to British membership of the EEC.|
|Joan of Arc. (1412-1431) A young peasant girl, Joan of Arc helped inspire the French to throwing off the British occupation. Burnt at the stake by the Church for heresy.|
|Voltaire (1694 – 1778), was a French writer, essayist, and philosopher known for his wit, satire, and defence of civil liberties. He sought to defend freedom of religious and political thought, and played a major role in the Enlightenment period of the eighteenth century|
|Napoleon. (1769 – 1821) A French military and political leader. He safeguarded aspects of the French revolution by assuming control of France. He launched military campaigns across Europe making France the dominant power in Europe and helping to spread certain ideas of the French revolution, such as his Napoleonic code.|
|Marie Curie. (1867-1934) Great scientist who helped discover radiation. Helping to implement many X ray machines during the first world War. Won the Nobel Prize for both Chemistry and Biology.|
|Abbe Pierre (1912 – 2007) French Catholic priest. He was a member of the resistance during WWII. After the work he became involved in humanitarian charities - especially Emmaus which sought to help the homeless.|
|Coco Chanel. (1883-1971) One of the most innovative fashion designers, Coco Chanel was instrumental in defining feminine style and dress during the 20th Century. She was particularly influential in the 1920s, where she helped define new ideas about the clothes women could wear.|
|Marie Antoinette (1755 - 1793) Wife of King Louis XVI. Marie Antoinette is often held up as a symbol of Royal decadence and profligacy, which sparked the French revolution. Whether fair or not, she was executed in 1793 for treason and holding principles in opposition to the French revolution.|
|Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) - French impressionist painter. Monet was the leading impressionist of the Nineteenth / early Twentieth Century. His paintings, such as Waterlilies, were highly influential in the development of modern art.|
|Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) French post-impressionist painter. Famous paintings include, The Card Players, Still life with a curtain.|
|August Renoir (1841–1919) French painter, one of the early pioneers of impressionism. Also influenced by Italian renaissance. Famous works include Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette, On the Terrace.|
|Jean Monnet (1888 – 1979) was a French statesman who played a key role in founding the Coal and Steel pact which helped improve relations between France and Germany. In 1955, Monnet founded the action committee for the United States of Europe. His successfully lobbying led to the creation of the EEC 'Common Market' in 1958.|
|Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) - Impressionist painter. The term impressionism stemmed from Monet's influential work 'Impression, Sunrise' (Impression, soleil levant). Monet's paintings frequently depicted nature in impressionist style.|
|Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) - Post impressionist painter. Began his career in the impressionist mould but developed new innovative styles, providing a bridge between Nineteenth Century art and the cubist / modern art of Twentieth Century.|
|Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) Post impressionist painter, who contributed to the growth of avant-garde painting. Gauguin had a temperamental relationship with Van Gogh|
|August Renoir (1841–1919) Impressionist painter. Renoir played a key role in the development of impressionist painter. He was attracted to depicting human beauty and scenes of human society.|
|Camille Pissarro (1830–1903) Impressionist and post-impressionist painter. A very influential figure for both impressionists and the new generation of post impressionist painters.|
|Edgar Degas (1834–1917) Considered a forerunner of impressionism. He preferred the term 'realist' Degas was interested in depicting movement in art.|
|Édouard Manet (1832–1883) Manet contributed to the schools of 'Realism' and 'Impressionism' - playing a key role in the transformation to impressionism and modern art.|
|Charles-François Daubigny (1817–1878) Traditional landscape painter who was also seen as an important pre-cursor to impressionism.|
|Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) Romantic painter, inspired by the Venetian Renaissance painters and Rubens.|
|Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) Painter and sculptor associated with Dadaism.|
|Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890) - Post impressionist painter noted for boldness and vivid paintings. Born in Netherlands, he lived many years in France.|
“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”― Bob Marley
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”― Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Occasionally the tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.”― Thomas Jefferson
“Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.”― Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."― John F. Kennedy
Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.- John Dickinson, The Liberty Song.
A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government.- Goethe, Conversations with Goethe, 1824.
A non-violent revolution is not a program of seizure of power. It is a program of transformation of relationships, ending in a peaceful transfer of power.- Mohandas K. Gandhi, Non-violence in Peace and War, 1948.
The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.- Communist Manifesto, Engels and Marx
Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.
The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.- Communist Manifesto
Working Men of All Countries, Unite!
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and 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
“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”― Thomas Paine
“But I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is... to tell the truth.”― Howard Zinn, Marx in Soho: A Play on History
The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.- Che Guevar
“Little by little, the old world crumbled, and not once did the king imagine that some of the pieces might fall on him.”― Jennifer Donnelly, On French Revolution
O God! that one might read the book of fate,William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part II (c. 1597-99)
And see the revolutions of the times
Make mountains level, and the continent
Weary of solid firmness, melt itself
Into the sea!
|The USS Vincennes, one of the ships of the Ex. Ex., visiting Antarctica in 1840. (credit: US Navy)|
"In the late 1990s and early 2000s if you were going to be competitive and win the Tour de France you would have to be able to cycle between 6.4 and 6.7 watts per kilogram at the end of a day's stage.
"What we are seeing now, in the last three or four years, is that the speed of the front of the peloton [of] men like Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali, is about 10% down compared to that generation and now the power output at the front is about 6W/kg." (Are drug free cyclists slower?)