Quotation by Antonio Gramsci

I would like you to understand completely, also emotionally, that I'm a political detainee and will be a political prisoner, that I have nothing now or in the future to be ashamed of in this situation. That, at bottom, I myself have in a certain sense asked for this detention and this sentence, because I've always refused to change my opinion, for which I would be willing to give my life and not just remain in prison. That therefore I can only be tranquil and content with myself.
Antonio Gramsci (1891–1937), Italian political theorist. Letter, May 10, 1928, to his mother. Gramsci: Letters from Prison, no. 99, trans. by Raymond Rosenthal (1993).

Gramsci was arrested in 1926, when Mussolini outlawed the Communist Party, and spent the rest of his life in prison.
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