Civil Disobedience Quotes

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. - Voltaire

 

Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one. - Chinese Proverb

 

Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Henry David Thoreau

 

Unjust laws have to be fought ideologically; they cannot be fought or corrected by means of mere disobedience and futile martyrdom - Ayn Rand

 

Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices. - George Bernard Shaw

 

By his disobedience of God's law, before man had exercised his power to bring children into the earth, not only Adam lost everything for himself, but his children were born as sinners, imperfect, and without the right to live. - Joseph Franklin Rutherford

 

I believe that Gandhi was correct. Non-violent civil disobedience is the only way to bring about change that allows people to enjoy the change and not get killed in the process. - Edward James Olmos

 

I have always looked on disobedience toward the oppressive as the only way to use the miracle of having been born. - Unknown

 

Dare to do things worthy of imprisonment if you mean to be of consequence. - Juvenal

 

Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one. - Chinese Proverb

 

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it. - Albert Einstein

 

No radical change on the plane of history is possible without crime. - Hermann Keyserling

 

When leaders act contrary to conscience, we must act contrary to leaders. - Veterans Fast for Life

 

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. - Voltaire

 

If... the machine of government... is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. - Henry David Thoreau

 

You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it. - Malcolm X

 

Human history begins with man's act of disobedience which is at the very same time the beginning of his freedom and development of his reason. - Erich Fromm

 

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may. - Mark Twain

 

Integrity has no need of rules. - Albert Camus

 

If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable. - Louis D. Brandeis

 

Laws are only words written on paper, words that change on society's whim and are interpreted differently daily by politicians, lawyers, judges, and policemen. Anyone who believes that all laws should always be obeyed would have made a fine slave catcher. Anyone who believes that all laws are applied equally, despite race, religion, or economic status, is a fool. - John J. Miller

 

Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices. - George Bernard Shaw

 

Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

We cannot, by total reliance on law, escape the duty to judge right and wrong.... There are good laws and there are occasionally bad laws, and it conforms to the highest traditions of a free society to offer resistance to bad laws, and to disobey them. - Alexander Bickel

 

It is necessary to distinguish between the virtue and the vice of obedience. - Lemuel K. Washburn

 

I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not so desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. - Henry David Thoreau

 

As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever. - Clarence Darrow

 

It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do. - Edmund Burke

 

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. - Robert A. Heinlein

 

Ordinarily, a person leaving a courtroom with a conviction behind him would wear a somber face. But I left with a smile. I knew that I was a convicted criminal, but I was proud of my crime. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

 
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