Monday, January 18, 2010

Civil Disobedience

Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.
~ Chinese Proverb

No radical change on the plane of history is possible without crime.
~ Hermann Keyserling

When leaders act contrary to conscience, we must act contrary to leaders.
~ Veterans Fast for Life

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may.
~ Mark Twain

You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it. ~ Malcolm X

Integrity has no need of rules. ~ Albert Camus

As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.
~ Clarence Darrow

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
~ Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Ordinarily, a person leaving a courtroom with a conviction behind him would wear a somber face. But I left with a smile. I knew that I was a convicted criminal, but I was proud of my crime.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr., March 22, 1956