Quotes of Disobedience

“ Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ Whenever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience. ”

- Thomas Chandler Haliburton

“ The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion. ”

- Frederick Douglass

“ Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices. ”

- George Bernard Shaw

“ 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

“ Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God. ”

- Benjamin Franklin

“ 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

“ It is not God that is worshipped but the group or authority that claims to speak in His name. Sin becomes disobedience to authority not violation of integrity. ”

- Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

“ It is my contention that civil disobediences are nothing but the latest form of voluntary association, and that they are thus quite in tune with the oldest traditions of the country. ”

- Hannah Arendt

“ Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ Wherever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience. ”

- Thomas Haliburton

“ In the short term, corporal punishment may produce obedience. But it is a fact documented by research that in the long term the results are inability to learn, violence and rage, bullying, cruelty, inability to feel another's pain, especially that of one's own children, even drug addiction and suicide, unless there are enlightened or at least helping witnesses on hand to prevent that development. ”

- Alice Miller

“ I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. ”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

“ I find this proposed amendment very, very, very, very shocking. And immoral. And, you know, if civil disobedience is the way to go about change, then I think a lot of people will be going to San Francisco. ”

- Rosie O’Donnell

“ There is all the difference in the world between the criminal's avoiding the public eye and the civil disobedience's taking the law into his own hands in open defiance. This distinction between an open violation of the law, performed in public, and a clandestine one is so glaringly obvious that it can be neglected only by prejudice or ill will. ”

- Hannah Arendt
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