"The lucky thing was that I was Italian; when the other Italians saw me fight back, they came to my defence"
- Gregory Corso
About this Quote
This quote by Gregory Corso speaks to the power of uniformity and community. Corso is revealing his appreciation for becoming part of a bigger Italian community, as it allowed him to fight back versus an oppressor. The other Italians saw him fight back and, in turn, concerned his defence. This is a testament to the strength of a unified group, and how it can be used to safeguard its members. It likewise speaks to the value of standing up for oneself and others, and how it can influence others to do the exact same. Corso's quote is a pointer of the power of collective action and how it can be utilized to secure and empower individuals. It is a reminder that we are stronger together than we are apart.
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