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.
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
The labor movement means just this: It is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.
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?
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
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.
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.
I do not know of any salvation for society except through eccentrics, misfits, dissenters, people who protest.
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.
A human being has been given an intellect to make choices, and we know there are other food sources that do not require the killing of a creature that would protest being killed.
I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.
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.
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty.
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.
I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason.
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