"I may die a beggar, but with the Grace of God, I will not die a slave.
I will not be filed, stamped, briefed, debriefed, or numbered...
My life is my own."
From the television show, The Prisoner
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That the idea for this TV show came from a "trip" that the actor Patrick McGoohan took with L.S.D. That it is a fantasy not reality. While I enjoyed the sentiment, it's important to remember it is still fantasy.
 -- Jamie, Nelson     
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    The quote, on its face, in the atmosphere of this blog, is an anthem for those that would be free. As the single statement applies to my life, it portrays significance. By way of example: I and my family have been sufficiently broke as not to have a vehicle to sleep in yet, I would not partake of SS or any other stolen booty for my sustenance.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Johann Hollar, Saint Paul, MN      
    You are becoming desperate when you have to reach to a television show for quotes about liberty.
     -- marc rosenbaum, los angeles     
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    words are made from mens minds. look at this quote. if i was in prison, placed there by a tyranny i would hope that i could use it. For in it is what i truly believe. my life is mine and my heavenly fathers. And no one may break that bond. i like it. and tip my hat to the man or woman who wrote it.
     -- Quisno, caldwell     
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    "I am not a number!' Cool show -- why hasn't someone brought it back?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    You know why they haven't brought it back Archer. They don't want to remind us that all we are to them is a number.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    Took an Irish New Yorker from Queens to create something like this (McGoohan) over there. I respect this so much i want to see the Passion to see that actor whipped. But on a more serious note, it is brilliant, because it is a lesson learned hard. A spy violating liberty loses liberty to the allusive #1, who is himself. His tyranny caused by his tyranny. Remade for AMC, it is something that US could relate to as a rerun better than most new productions in recent times. http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0061287/ Marc Rosenbaum, you half wit, it is a philosophical piece, at least the original one.
     -- G■l■k Zolt■n Buday, Vancouver, Paine County (Metro Van), BC     
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    The source is irrelevant. The words themselves experess an idea that should be heeded and understood. Save for the very miserable, this is an easy quote for people to understand.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Marc, are you serious ?? A great quote no matter where it came from.
     -- Jim K, Austin     
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    Commonsense sparks a knee jerk reaction from passive sheep who live in a false reality. With age, does not always come wisdom. Children die in old age for want of wisdom. Grace is translated in many ways, but much more than favor, it is unmerited favor. Eleos grace, is the Free gift for the forgiveness of sins, and is related to the misery that sin brings. God's tender sense of our misery displays itself in His efforts to lessen and entirely remove it - efforts that are hindered and defeated only by man's continued perverseness. Grace removes guilt, Mercy removes misery. It is also translated Endowed, as our Declaration is woven around this fundamental principle. For the grace of God that brings salvation hath appeared unto All men. Set at Liberty brings us to Freedom, Eleutheria liberty the completeness of the act of grace. Charisma grace, a divine gratuity, deliverance from danger. A spiritual endowment upon believers by the operation of the Holy Spirit in the churches. Charizomai grace, is to pardon and rescue, Charis removes guilt, the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life of the believer. " Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and to every good work reprobate." Titus 1:15,16. It is a rare thing to receive Grace, Mercy, and Peace. For the moment the world exist in a state of grace, individuals and nations. But this pause in time comes to a close, with the start of a new administration. It will be heavy handed, due to the rejecting, of the free gift of grace and liberty.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
    No matter the source .. whether from a storied t.v. program or a book based on fiction when the quote renders an obvious truth and rings for freedom and Unalienable Rights it should be held in high regard and great esteem.
     -- Mary - MI     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
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