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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.

Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher

If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it.

Author: Art Buchwald

Profession:

Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony.

Author: Noam Chomsky (1928)

Profession: American Linguist, Political Activist

While there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

Author: Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926)

Profession: American Socialist Leader

A great wind swept over the ghetto, carrying away shame, invisibility and four centuries of humiliation. But when the wind dropped people saw it had been only a little breeze, friendly, almost gentle.

Author: Jean Genet (1910-1986)

Profession: French Playwright, Novelist

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.

Author: Vaclav Havel (1936)

Profession: Czech Playwright, President

We all have private ails. The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails.

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

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.

Author: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Profession: American Black Leader, Nobel Prize Winner, 1964

One who breaks an unjust 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 law.

Author: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Profession: American Black Leader, Nobel Prize Winner, 1964

Unfortunately, I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle.

Author: Marilyn Monroe (1926)

Profession: American Actress

I pondered all these things, and how men fight and lose the battle, and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it comes turns out not to be what they meant, and other men have to fight for what they meant under another name.

Author: William Morris (1834-1896)

Profession: British Artist, Writer, Printer

The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more needed than when the clamor of fife and drum, echoed by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all men fall in step and obey in silence the tyrannous word of command. Then, more than ever, it is the duty of the good citizen not to be silent.

Author: Charles Eliot Norton

Profession:

We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.

Author: Emmeline Pankhurst (1857-1928)

Profession: British Suffragette

I quietly declare war with the State, after my fashion, though I will still make use and get advantage of her as I can, as is usual in such cases.

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist