And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.
more Frederic Bastiat quotes
I thank God, we have not free schools nor printing; and I hope we shall not have these hundred years. For learning has brought disobedience, and heresy and sects into the world; and printing has divulged them and libels against the government. God keep us from both!
more Sir William Berkeley quotes
All our liberties are due to men who, when their conscience has compelled them, have broken the laws of the land.
more William Kingdon Clifford quotes
A free society cherishes nonconformity. It knows from the non-conformist, from the eccentric, have come many of the great ideas.
more Henry Steele Commager quotes
No duty, however, binds us to these so-called laws, whose corrupting influence menaces what is noblest in our being...
more Benjamin Constant quotes
But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
more Declaration of Independence quotes
When a legislature undertakes to proscribe the exercise of a citizen's constitutional rights it acts lawlessly and the citizen can take matters into his own hands and proceed on the basis that such a law is no law at all.
more Justice William O. Douglas quotes
Good men must not obey the laws too well.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
We must not overlook the role that extremists play. They are the gadflies that keep society from being too complacent.
more Abraham Flexner quotes
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. ... Freedom and slavery are mental states. Therefore, the first thing to say to yourself: 'I shall no longer accept the role of a slave. I shall not obey orders as such but shall disobey them when they are in conflict with my conscience'.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
Political agitation, by the passions it arouses or the convictions it engenders, may in fact stimulate men to the violation of the law. Detestation of existing politics is easily transformed into forcible resistance of the authority which puts them in execution...
more Judge Learned Hand quotes
We are reluctant to admit that we owe our liberties to men of a type that today we hate and fear -- unruly men, disturbers of the peace, men who resent and denounce what Whitman called 'the insolence of elected persons' -- in a word, free men.
more Gerald W. Johnson quotes
Freedom is independence of the compulsory will of another, and in so far as it tends to exist with the freedom of all according to a universal law, it is the one sole original inborn right belonging to every man in virtue of his humanity.
more Immanuel Kant quotes
To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.
more Soren Kierkegaard quotes
There comes a time when a moral man can't obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust.
more Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws, but conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.
more Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
Men are freest when they are most unconscious of freedom. The shout is a rattling of chains and always was.
more D. H. Lawrence quotes
If the innocent honest Man must quietly quit all he has for Peace sake, to him who will lay violent hands upon it, I desire it may be considered what kind of Peace there will be in the World, which consists only in Violence and Rapine; and which is to be maintained only for the benefit of Robbers and Oppressors.
more John Locke quotes
... whenever the Legislators endeavour to take away, and destroy the Property of the People, or to reduce them to Slavery under Arbitrary Power, they put themselves into a state of War with the People, who are thereupon absolved from any farther Obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God hath provided for all men against force and violence. ... [Power then] devolves to the People, who have a Right to resume their original Liberty, and, by the Establishment of a new Legislative (such as they shall think fit) provide for their own Safety and Security, which is the end for which they are in Society.
more John Locke quotes
Any single man must judge for himself whether circumstances warrant obedience or resistance to the commands of the civil magistrate; we are all qualified, entitled, and morally obliged to evaluate the conduct of our rulers. This political judgment, moreover, is not simply or primarily a right, but like self-preservation, a duty to God. As such it is a judgment that men cannot part with according to the God of Nature. It is the first and foremost of our inalienable rights without which we can preserve no other.
more John Locke quotes
Human progress is furthered, not by conformity, but by aberration.
more H. L. Mencken quotes
If you stop struggling, then you stop life.
more Huey P. Newton quotes
The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man. Unless he understands this, he does not grasp the essential meaning of his life.
more Huey P. Newton quotes
We were trying to increase the conflict that was already happening... we felt that we would take the conflict to so high a level that some change had to come.
more Huey P. Newton quotes
When we have begun to take charge of our lives, to own ourselves, there is no longer any need to ask permission of someone.
more George O'Neil quotes
[T]he people as ultimate sovereigns, retain the ultimate power -- and even the duty -- to overthrow any government that fails to respect their authority.
more Glenn Harlan Reynolds quotes
Conformity and obedience, Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, Makes slaves of men and of the human frame, A mechanized automaton.
more Percy Bysshe Shelley quotes
Heretics were often most bitterly persecuted for their least deviation from accepted belief. It was precisely their obstinacy about trifles that irritated the righteous to madness. Why can they not yield on so trifling a matter?
more Leo Shestov quotes
To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt.
more Elizabeth Cady Stanton quotes
The right to defy an unconstitutional statute is basic in our scheme. Even when an ordinance requires a permit to make a speech, to deliver a sermon, to picket, to parade, or to assemble, it need not be honored when it’s invalid on its face.
more Justice Potter Stewart quotes
As for adopting the ways which the state has provided for remedying the evil, I know not of such ways. They take too much time, and a man's life will be gone.
more Henry David Thoreau quotes
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.
more Henry David Thoreau quotes
Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
more Henry David Thoreau quotes
Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.
more Mark Twain quotes
The inherent right in the people to reform their government, I do not deny; and they have another right, and that is to resist unconstitutional laws without overturning the government.
more Daniel Webster quotes
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress had been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
more Oscar Wilde quotes
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