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PADRE FRANCISCO
Freedom without a life is not freedom.
RAMÓN SAMPEDRO
A life without freedom is not a life.
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JULIA
Too bad there's no view of the sea.
RAMÓN SAMPEDRO
Just as well. This way I see it when I choose.
JULIA
What do you mean?
RAMÓN SAMPEDRO
When I'm in the mood, I concentrate and walk I out to the sea. I fly there.
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RAMÓN SAMPEDRO
The person who really loves me will be the one who helps me die. That's love, Rosa. That's love.
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RAMÓN SAMPEDRO
When you can't escape, and you constantly rely on everyone else, you learn to cry by smiling, you know?
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RAMÓN SAMPEDRO
Out to sea. Out to sea, and in the weightlessness of the deep where dreams come true, two souls unite to fulfill a single wish. Your gaze and mine, over and over like an echo, repeating silently: "Deeper, and deeper," beyond everything that is flesh and blood. But I always awaken and I always wish for death, my lips forever entangled in your hair.
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JULIA
Why choose death?
RAMÓN SAMPEDRO
Well, I want to die because I feel that a life for me, in this state has no dignity. I understand that other quadriplegics may take offense to my saying there's no dignity in this, but I'm not trying to judge anyone. Who am I to judge those who choose life? So don't judge me or anyone who wants to help me die.
JULIA
You think someone will help?
RAMÓN SAMPEDRO
Well, that depends on the powers that be. They'll have to overcome their fear. But hey, it's really no big deal. Death has always been with us and always will be. It catches up with all of us. Everyone. It's part of us. So why are they shocked because I choose to die, as if it were contagious?
JULIA
If this goes to court, they'll ask why you haven't explored all alternatives. Why refuse a wheelchair?
RAMÓN SAMPEDRO
Accepting a wheelchair would be like accepting the scraps of the freedom I lost. Think about this: You're sitting there, three feet away. What's three feet? An insignificant distance for any human being. But for me, those three feet that keep me from reaching you, from touching you, are an impossible journey. Just an illusion. A fantasy. That's why I want to die.
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RAMÓN SAMPEDRO
[in monologue] Only time and the evolution of consciences will decide one day if my request was reasonable or not.