Civil Disobedience Quotes

You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.

I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave […]

Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? Men generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them. They […]

If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth, – certainly the machine will wear out. If the injustice has a spring, or a pulley, or a rope, or a crank, exclusively for itself, then perhaps you may consider […]

One can say categorically that there is no constitutional right of civil disobedience to a valid law.

Social protest and even civil disobedience serve the law’s need for growth.

The core of the evil in true civil disobedience is that it weakens the bonds of law and compels the state to resort to power.

While the State may respectfully require obedience on many matters, it cannot violate the moral nature of a man, convert him into a serviceable criminal, and expect his loyalty and devotion.

I will have no laws. I will acknowledge none. I protest against every law which an authority calling itself necessary imposes upon my free will.