Civil Disobedience Quotes

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Integrity has no need of rules.
Albert Camus

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

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.

Civil Disobedience Quotes
Civil Disobedience Quotes

If we don’t rebel, if we’re not physically in an active rebellion, then it’s spiritual death.
Chris Hedges

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

New concepts should be introduced by the power of imagery.
Douglas Coop

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

An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.

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

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

If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.
Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.
Howard Zinn

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

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

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

I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.
Martin Luther King Jr.

One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

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

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

If you're not going to use your free speech to criticize your own government, then what the hell is the point of having it?
Michel Templet

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

It was civil disobedience that won them their civil rights.
Tariq Ali

When EVIL men make bad laws, righteous men disobey them.
Tarrin P. Luppo

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