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Timely: Sophie Scholl’s “I choose my own way to burn”

Zen Pencils — “Cartoon quotes from inspirational folks” — take some of the best quotes and statements out there and present them in comic form. They just updated their rendition of Sophie Scholl’s “I choose my own way to burn” statement to fit the current times. It’s worth reading:

Sophie Scholl’s “I choose my own way to burn” — part 1 of 8

Sophie Scholl’s “I choose my own way to burn” — part 2 of 8

“The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes.”

Sophie Scholl’s “I choose my own way to burn” — part 3 of 8

“Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves—or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small.”

Sophie Scholl’s “I choose my own way to burn” — part 4 of 8

“It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you.”

Sophie Scholl’s “I choose my own way to burn” — part 5 of 8

Sophie Scholl’s “I choose my own way to burn” — part 6 of 8

“But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death…” Sophie Scholl’s “I choose my own way to burn” — part 7 of 8

“…narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does.”

Sophie Scholl’s “I choose my own way to burn” — part 8 of 8

“I choose my own way to burn.”


Sophie Scholl

Sophie Scholl was a resistance fighter against the Nazis in Germany in the early 1940s. She was a key member of Weiße Rose — German for “White Rose” — a resistance group run by students at the University of Munich.  Weiße Rose distributed leaflets, painted graffiti, and took part in actions to call out the Nazis and inspired resistance against fascism.

The Nazis executed her at the age of 21 for treason on February 22, 1943.

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