At his sentencing, when Sharansky was sent to long years in prison, he courageously turned to the judge and spoke these words: “Your honor, you think that you are free! You believe that because after the trial is over, you will go home, and I will be enslaved, because I will go to prison for a long time. However, you should know that of the two of us, I am the truly free man. True, my body will be enslaved, but my spirit will remain free because I will feel that I didn’t give in to your decrees and I remained faithful to my beliefs. But you, the judge, were told what to say in advance. True, your body is free, but you are not free to decide according to your beliefs. Your spirit is enslaved and that is far graver.”
From the book, Fear No Evil.