Spanish...???? maybe.... George - over to you.
¡Mas vale morir de pie que vivir de rodillas!
It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!
There is a judgement that is attributed to the revolutionary Dolores Ibárri: "It is better to die standing than live on their knees", but ensures that it belongs to the Mexican Emiliano Zapata, (1879-1919), revolutionary leader, fought for defending his people's rights to land.