Dissent Quotes

Now, when people like Sen. Daschle stand up in the Senate and attack the president one day before the war starts, then that, to me, borders on lack of patriotism and I think it is wrong… there are people… who have got so much money they feel ashamed of it and they hate America… They […]

How can we pay attention to this spoiled, affluent, bored, rock-throwing generation who only want to tear down America without offering any solutions? Sometimes I have just spent 40 minutes in a taxi trying to get through the 15 blocks to the TV host who has asked the question. I wonder from whom we should […]

To respect Louis Farrakhan, we must understand, is simply to agree with him… If dissent is now also to be thought of as a form of ‘dissing,’ then we have indeed succumbed to the thought police.

No dissenter rides in his coach for three generations; he infallibly falls into the Establishment.

Many a man will have the courage to die gallantly, but will not have the courage to say, or even to think, that the cause for which he is asked to die is an unworthy one. Obloquy is, to most men, more painful than death; that is one reason why, in times of collective excitement, […]

In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects.

Dissent does not include the freedom to destroy the system of law which guarantees freedom to speak, assemble and march in protest. Dissent is not anarchy.

You know the washing machine where you wash your shirt Well it’s the stick in the middle that does the work It tugs and it twists and it may be mean But it loosens the dirt, gets the shirt darn clean And they call that stick – an Agitator.

This country always allows dissent if it’s not too dissentful.

You do not become a ‘dissident’ just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career. You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. […]