"Dans la nuit qui m'environne, dans les ténèbres qui m'enserrent, je loue les dieux qui me donnent une âme à la fois noble et fière. Prisonnier de ma situation, je ne veux pas me rebeller. Meurtri par les tribulations, je suis debout, bien que blessé. En ce lieu d'opprobre et de pleurs, je ne vois qu'horreur et ombres les années s'annoncent sombres mais je ne connaîtrai pas la peur. Aussi étroit que soit le chemin, bien qu'on m'accuse et qu'on me blâme. Je suis le maître de mon destin, le capitaine de mon âme." - William Henley ♥
"Fourscrore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great Civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men living and dead who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember , what we say here but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these cause which they gave the last full measure of devotion. That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth." -Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address, Nov.19 1863.
"My life has always been a dead end street, with heavy eyes that shoot through me. I slipped somewhere in between what's right and wrong. And now I drown with every breath I take. I'm sick of feeling like I can't escape. I'll get out before I go insane, to somewhere I belong." -Valencia. ♥