Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.
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.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
The labor movement means just this: It is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service.
Perhaps it's good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he's happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty.
I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.
There are always protests, whether you do something good or bad. Even if you do something beneficial, people say you do it because it's advertising.
Dick Gregory was a great comedian who went and got arrested, did hunger strikes, protests. It never hurt his career to be outspoken.
You can protest, you can protest peacefully, but keep things civil.
My mother understood human nature better and never chided. She knew that a man cannot be saved from his own foolishness or vice by someone else's efforts or protests, but only by the use of his own will.
Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance.
We must develop huge demonstrations, because the world is used to big dramatic affairs. They think in terms of hundreds of thousands and millions and billions... Billions of dollars are appropriated at the twinkling of an eye. Nothing little counts.
We of Africa protest that, in this day and age, we should continue to be treated as lesser human beings than other races.
I think if I were over there in America, protest music would be more important. But I'm not going.
We can't forget what happened on May 4th, 1970, when four students gave up their lives because they had the American constitutional right of peaceful protest. They gave up their lives. And to sing that song in that spot on that anniversary was very emotional for us.
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