„They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation — the obligation to insure that their sacrifice will help to make this a better and safer world in which to live.“
Statement broadcast to the United States and the Pacific Fleet, after ceremonies in Tokyo Bay accepting the official surrender of Japan (2 September 1945); a portion of this is engraved on the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Kontext: Today all freedom-loving peoples of the world rejoice in the victory and feel pride in the accomplishments of our combined forces. We also pay tribute to those who defended our freedom at the cost of their lives.
On Guam is a military cemetery in a green valley not far from my headquarters. The ordered rows of white crosses stand as reminders of the heavy cost we have paid for victory. On these crosses are the names of American soldiers, sailors and marines — Culpepper, Tomaino, Sweeney, Bromberg, Depew, Melloy, Ponziani — names that are a cross-section of democracy. They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation — the obligation to insure that their sacrifice will help to make this a better and safer world in which to live. … Now we turn to the great tasks of reconstruction and restoration. I am confident that we will be able to apply the same skill, resourcefulness, and keen thinking to these problems as were applied to the problems of winning the victory.
— Oliver Stone American film director, screenwriter, and producer 1946
Oliver Stone: Satire and Controversy - Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s2gBKApxyk (Oliver Stone reminiscing about Charlie Sheen's comments on Platoon's relevance as message vs entertainment)
— Roger Waters English songwriter, bassist, and lyricist of Pink Floyd 1943
Melody Maker, August 1967
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1960s, A Christmas Sermon (1967)
Varianta: We must either learn to live together as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools.
„What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on earth. The belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations. The freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for comes with responsibilities as well as rights. And among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism. That's what makes America great.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
2012, Re-election Speech (November 2012)
Kontext: The role of citizen in our democracy does not end with your vote. America's never been about what can be done for us. It's about what can be done by us together through the hard and frustrating, but necessary work of self-government. That's the principle we were founded on. This country has more wealth than any nation, but that's not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military in history, but that's not what makes us strong. Our university, our culture are all the envy of the world, but that's not what keeps the world coming to our shores. What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on earth. The belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations. The freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for comes with responsibilities as well as rights. And among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism. That's what makes America great.
„If we have respect for our fathers and we have respect for our children, we will have a better life. I watched on TV when America sent men to the moon, and there were a lot of people whose names weren't given who helped make it possible. You don't have the names of those who run the computers and other things. But they worked together and this is what you have to have … Chinese, American, Jewish, black and white, people working side by side.
This is what you have to do to make this a better life. When you can give opportunity to everybody, we won't have to wait to die to get to heaven. We are going to have heaven on earth.“
— Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
Conclusion of Tris Speaker Award acceptance speech, as quoted in "800 Turn Out for Baseball Dinner" by Joe Heiling, in The Houston Post (January 30, 1971, p. 1-B)
„In this city 300 languages are spoken and the people that speak them live side by side in harmony.
This city typifies what I believe is the future of the human race and a future where we grow together and we share and we learn from each other.“
— Ken Livingstone Mayor of London between 2000 and 2008 1945
Press conference (8 July 2005)
„The expression that there is nothing to express, nothing with which to express, nothing from which to express, no power to express, no desire to express, together with the obligation to express.“
— Samuel Beckett, kniha Three Dialogues
Also quoted in "Conversations with Samuel Beckett and Bram van Velde by Charles Juliet" by Nicholas Lezard, in The Guardian (23 January 2010) http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/jan/23/conversations-samuel-beckett-van-velde
Three Dialogues (1949)
„I believe that the goal of life is to create community, to bring us together in love and compassion—to understand that it is my moral obligation to be concerned about your family, and yours to be concerned about mine. As human beings, we are in this together.“
— Bernie Sanders American politician, senator for Vermont 1941
Twitter, https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/ (3 July 2019)
2010s, 2019, July 2019
„If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, the women together ought to be able to turn back and get it right side up again! and now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.“
— Sojourner Truth African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist 1797 - 1883
Ain't I a Woman? Speech (1851)
„If a man who makes to another person, upon a solemn occasion, an assertion, upon which that person acts, he lies under an obligation to make good his assertion.“
— John Romilly, 1st Baron Romilly English Whig politician and judge 1802 - 1874
In Re Ward (1862), 31 Beav. 7.
„We have an obligation to make things beautiful. Not to leave the world uglier than we found it, not to empty the oceans, not to leave our problems for the next generation. We have an obligation to clean up after ourselves, and not leave our children with a world we've shortsightedly messed up, shortchanged, and crippled.“
— Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960
Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming (2013)
„Bush and bin Laden are really on the same side: the side of faith and violence against the side of reason and discussion. Both have implacable faith that they are right and the other is evil. Each believes that when he dies he is going to heaven. Each believes that if he could kill the other, his path to paradise in the next world would be even swifter. The delusional "next world" is welcome to both of them. This world would be a much better place without either of them.“
— Richard Dawkins English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author 1941
Gordy Slack, "The Atheist" http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2005/04/30/dawkins/index_np.html (), Salon.com
— George Sarton American historian of science 1884 - 1956
A History of Science Vol.2 Hellenistic Science and Culture in the Last Three Centuries B.C. (1959)
„We dare not do all that our opponents do. We dare not sacrifice everything for advantages. For what is an advantage to our opponents is deadly poison to us. The nobility say of themselves, noblesse oblige; so we may say, socialisme oblige, socialism imposes its obligations.“
— Wilhelm Liebknecht German socialist politician 1826 - 1900
No Compromise – No Political Trading (1899)
„And when we have that drink together which we both so richly deserve, I hope we can discover a way in which the mayoralty can continue to benefit from your transparent love of London, a city whose energy conquered the world and which now brings the world together in one city.“
— Boris Johnson British politician, historian and journalist 1964
2000s, 2008, First Speech As London Mayor (May 3, 2008)
„Those who have had the opportunity to be rescued from an addiction, whatever it is, we are obliged to talk about this and work together to let people know how to get out of it.“
— José José Mexican singer 1948 - 2019
„The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God's vision. Now, that must be our work here on Earth.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
2009, A New Beginning (June 2009)