"No, there is a limit to the tyrant's power!
When the oppressed man finds no justice,
When the burden grows unbearable, he appeals
With fearless heart to Heaven,
And thence brings down his everlasting rights,
Which there abide, inalienably his,
And indestructible as stars themselves.
The primal state of nature reappears,
Wherein man confronts his fellow man;
And if all other means shall fail his need,
One last resort remains—his own good sword.
The dearest of our goods we may defend From violence.
We stand before our country,
We stand before our wives, before our children!"
[Johann Christoph Friedrich (von) Schiller] (1759-1805) German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and playwright
from the drama Wilhelm Tell, 1804
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