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.
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?
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
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.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
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.
I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.
Dick Gregory was a great comedian who went and got arrested, did hunger strikes, protests. It never hurt his career to be outspoken.
All the laws made for the betterment of workers' lives have their origin with the workers. Hours are shortened,wages go up, conditions are better----only if the workers 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.
For many of us the march from Selma to Montgomery was about protest and prayer. Legs are not lips and walking is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words, our march was worship. I felt my legs were praying.
You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it.
I think if I were over there in America, protest music would be more important. But I'm not going.
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.
Man, born of woman, has found it a hard thing to forgive her for giving him birth. The patriarchal protest against the ancient matriarch has borne strange fruit through the years.
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