Dissent - In other Words


The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
~~ Archibald Macleish

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.
~~ Barbara Ehrenreich

Talent ... is most likely to be found among non-conformists, dissenters, and rebels.
~~ David Ogilvy

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.
~~ Edward R. Murrow

Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others… they send forth a ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
~~ Robert F. Kennedy

No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.
(about Senator Joseph McCarthy's accusations about Communism in the American government)
~~ Edward R. Murrow

The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.
~~ Eleanor Holmes Norton

It may well be that our means are fairly limited and our possibilities restricted when it comes to applying pressure on our government. But is this a reason to do nothing? Despair is not an answer. Neither is resignation. Resignation only leads to indifference, which is not merely a sin but a punishment.
~~ Elie Wiesel

The beginning of thought is in disagreement -- not only with others but also with ourselves.
~~ Eric Hoffer

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
(paraphrasing Voltaire)
~~ Evelyn Beatrice Hall

You've got to rattle your cage door. You've got to let them know that you're in there, and that you want out. Make noise. Cause trouble. You may not win right away, but you'll sure have a lot more fun.
~~ Florynce Kennedy

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
~~ George Orwell

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
~~ Harry S Truman

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.
~~ J. William Fulbright

Nothing is complete and thus nothing is exempt from criticism.
~~ James Luther Adams

Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed -- and no republic can survive.
~~ John F. Kennedy

We live in a country where we're supposed to have freedom of the press and religious freedom, but I think to some degree, there's a sense of fear in America today, that if you say the wrong thing, what some people will consider what is wrong, if you step out of line, if you dissent, whether you be an entertainer, that somehow and some way this government or the forces to be will come down on you.
~~ John Lewis

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
~~ Martin Luther King Jr

Non-cooperation is a measure of discipline and sacrifice, and it demands respect for the opposite views.
~~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

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. It begins as an attempt to do your work well, and ends with being branded an enemy of society.
~~ Vaclav Havel

Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
~~ William O. Douglas

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
~~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sad will be the day when the American people forget their traditions and their history, and no longer remember that the country they love, the institutions they cherish, and the freedom they hope to preserve, were born from the throes of armed resistance to tyranny and nursed in the rugged arms of fearless men.
~~ Roger Sherman, signer of the Declaration of Independence

It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.
~~ Samuel Adams

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