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    Capitalism proceeds through creative destruction. What is created is capitalism in a 'new and improved' form - and what is destroyed is self-sustaining capacity, livelihood and dignity of its innumerable and multiplied 'host organisms' into which all of us are drawn/seduced one way or another.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    I was watching the TV broadcasts interviewing people stranded at airports for days on end, losing their holidays, their important business meetings and the long-awaited ability to see their families... In short, suffering. No one complained, though! They kept repeating: we are so grateful for the care taken of our safety, for feeling. They were ready to surrender a good deal of their human dignity, individuality, freedom of choice.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    I would like to be remembered as someone who gave it all and went for it all, As a woman of strong conviction, character, dignity, and talent who always put God first.
    — Zulay Henao
    What loss is there in dignity, what worry is there of failure?
    — Zhuge Liang
    tags: loss  worries  dignity 
     
    True men" ... are strong willed, have dignity in their demeanor, serenity in their expression. They are cool like autumn, warm like spring. Their passions arise like the four seasons, in harmony with the ten thousand creatures, and no one knows their limits.
    — Zhuangzi
    The United States is prepared really to be engaged in the quest to get people in the world the dignities that they seek today, the social justice that they feel they're deprived of, and the common solution to global problems.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    The real tragedy is that we're all human beings, and human beings have a sense of dignity. Any domination by one human over another leads to a loss of some part of his dignity. Is one's dignity that big it can be crumbled away like that?
    — Yusuf Idris
    tags: loss  human  tragedy  real  dignity 
     
    We tend to suffer from the illusion that we are capable of dying for a belief or theory. What Hagakure is insisting is that even in merciless death, a futile death that knows neither flower nor fruit has dignity as the death of a human being. If we value so highly the dignity of life, how can we not also value the dignity of death? No death may be called futile.
    — Yukio Mishima
    Malaria kills and its main victims are children and women. We can stop this scourge so people can live with dignity and go to work and school.
    — Youssou N'Dour
    People who don't know how to summarize have no dignity. Neither do people who needlessly drag on their messy lives. They who don't know the beauty of simplification, of pruning away the unnecessary, die without ever comprehending the true meaning of life.
    — Young-Ha Kim
    tags: beauty  people  live  meaning  true  die  dignity 
     
    We don't live by just sleeping and eating. We need pride and dignity in our lives. Work gives you that.
    — Yoko Ono
    tags: work  live  dignity  pride 
     
    We artists have the dignity to tell the truth to the people, unlike politicians.
    — Yoko Ono
    tags: truth  people  dignity  artist 
     
    God tells me to cover myself, to hide my beauty and to tell the world that I'm not here to please men with my body; I'm here to please God. God elevates the dignity of a woman's body by commanding that it be respected and covered, shown only to the deserving - only to the man I marry.
    — Yasmin Mogahed
    tags: beauty  men  world  body  dignity  god  marry 
     
    A presidential campaign may easily degenerate into a mere personal contest, and so lose its real dignity. There is no indispensable man.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: men  personal  real  dignity 
     
    Obasanjo has openly endorsed violence as a means of governance, embraced and empowered individuals whose avowed declarations, confessions and acts are cynically contrary to the mandate that alone upholds the legitimacy and dignity of his office.
    — Wole Soyinka
    tags: violence  alone  dignity 
     
    Enslavement to your own weakness - be it an addiction to alcohol, or to a woman or to fame - it's degrading, and it means losing your dignity and your freedom.
    — Wojciech Kurtyka
    Poorly prepared for the dignity of life, I barely keep up with the pace of the action imposed. Reality demands.
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    tags: reality  action  dignity 
     
    I think the dignity of Congress and the dignity of the country demands something more than merely censure here.
    — William Weld
    tags: dignity  congress 
     
    If you make a fool of yourself, you can do it with dignity, without taking your pants down. And if you do take your pants down, you can still do it with dignity.
    — William Shatner
    tags: dignity  fools 
     
    Imprint deep upon your minds the principles of piety towards God, and a reverence and fear of His holy name. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and its consummation is everlasting felicity. Possess yourselves of just and elevated notions of the Divine character, attributes, and administration, and of the end and dignity of your own immortal nature as it stands related to Him.
    — William Samuel Johnson
    Women's rights in essence is really a movement for freedom, a movement for equality, for the dignity of all women, for those who work outside the home and those who dedicate themselves with more altruism than any profession I know to being wives and mothers, cooks and chauffeurs, and child psychologists and loving human beings.
    — William Ruckelshaus
    Reserve may be pride fortified in ice; dignity is worth reposing on truth.
    — William Rounseville Alger
    tags: truth  dignity  pride  worth 
     
    The privacy and dignity of our citizens is being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we have seen - a society in which government may intrude into the secret regions of a life.
    — William O. Douglas
    The free state offers what a police state denies - the privacy of the home, the dignity and peace of mind of the individual.
    — William O. Douglas
    tags: peace  dignity  mind 
     
    Men do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction. They fight for one another. And if you came through this ordeal, you would age with dignity.
    — William Manchester
    tags: men  age  fight  dignity 
     
    A man who couldn't make things go right could at least go. He could quit trying to get out of the way of life. Chuck routine. Live the real jeopardy of circumstance. It was a question of dignity.
    — William Least Heat-Moon
    tags: men  live  right  questions  real  dignity 
     
    Work is about more than making a living, as vital as that is. It's fundamental to human dignity, to our sense of self-worth as useful, independent, free people.
    — William J. Clinton
    Most illegal immigrants are not by nature lawbreakers. Most are looking for the chance to live in dignity. Nevertheless we must continue to discourage illegal immigration for it undermines control of our borders...and even more punishes hard-working people who play by the rules and who wait for their turn to come to the United States. Therefore we must enforce our laws, but we will do so with justice and fairness.
    — William J. Clinton
    For 60 years, Social Security has meant more than an ID number on a tax form; more than a monthly check in the mail. It reflects our deepest values - our respect for our parents and our belief that all Americans deserve to retire with dignity.
    — William J. Clinton
    In our hearts and in our laws, we must treat all our people with fairness and dignity, regardless of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. . . .
    — William J. Clinton
    tags: people  heart  law  gender  dignity  sexual  race 
     
    History will remember Nelson Mandela as a champion for human dignity and freedom, for peace and reconciliation.
    — William J. Clinton
    tags: peace  freedom  human  dignity 
     
    The world knows of Rosa Parks because of a single, simple act of dignity and courage that struck a lethal blow to the foundations of legal bigotry.
    — William J. Clinton
    tags: world  dignity  courage 
     
    I want to help communities put welfare recipients to work right now, without delay, repairing schools, making their neighborhoods clean and safe, making them shine again. There's lots of work to be done out there. Our cities can find ways to put people to work and bring dignity and strength back to these families.
    — William J. Clinton
    If we are to be as a shining city upon a hill, it will be because of our ceaseless pursuit of the constitutional ideal of human dignity.
    — William J. Brennan
    tags: human  dignity 
     
    If our free society is to endure, and I know it will, those who govern must recognize that the Framers of the Constitution limited their power in order to preserve human dignity and the air of freedom which is our proudest heritage.
    — William J. Brennan
    The quest for freedom, dignity, and the rights of man will never end.
    — William J. Brennan
    tags: men  freedom  right  dignity 
     
    If our free society is to endure, those who govern must recognize human dignity and accept the enforcement of constitutional limitations on their power conceived by the Framers . . . . Such recognition will not come from a technical understanding of the organs of government, or the new forms of wealth they administer. It requires something different, something deeper-a personal confrontation with the wellsprings of our society.
    — William J. Brennan
    At bottom, the battle has been waged on moral grounds. The country has debated whether a society for which the dignity of the individual is the supreme value can, without a fundamental inconsistency, follow the practice of deliberately putting one of its members to death.
    — William J. Brennan
    The calculated killing of a human being by the state involves, by its very nature, an absolute denial of the executed person's humanity. The most vile murder does not, in my view, release the state from constitutional restraint on the destruction of human dignity.
    — William J. Brennan
    With respect to the death penalty, I believe that a majority of the Supreme Court will one day accept that when the state punishes with death, it denies the humanity and dignity of the victim and transgresses the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. That day will be a great day for our country, for it will be a great day for our Constitution.
    — William J. Brennan
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