Emily · Quoth Gwen Stefani (sort of), "I'm just a girl in the world studying Soviet-era legal dissidence in Bremen, Germany"
All my conscious life I have wanted to be a citizen - that is, a person who proudly and calmly speaks his mind. For ten minutes, I was a citizen.
— Vladimir Dremlyuga, one of seven to protest the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia on Red Square in 1968. I came across this quote while doing thesis research. Reading it made me tear up. As did typing it. Just now.