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I am a member of the rabble in good standing.


We are the people our parents warned us against.


Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.
The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.


Take away the violence and who will hear the men of peace?

peace violence

No one is more surprised than a revolutionary rebelled against.


No one can go on being a rebel too long without turning into an autocrat.
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.

conservatives revolution

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.


There are not enough jails, not enough police, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.

law revolt

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


The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace, and brotherhood.
Anyone who takes it on himself, on his own authority, to break a bad law, thereby authorizes everyone else to break the good ones.


To be happy all the time is one of the most nonconformist things you can do. . . . To be always joyful is not just rebellion, it's radical.


There are only two great currents in the history of mankind: the baseness which makes conservatives and the envy which makes revolutionaries.

conservatives politics

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.

America revolution

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

dissent patriotism

He who throws a bomb and kills a pedestrian, declares that as a victim of society he has rebelled against society. But could not the poor victim object: "Am I society?"

revolution society violence

What is a rebel?  A man who says no, but whose refusal does not imply renunciation.  He is also a man who says yes, from the moment he makes his first gesture of rebellion.

saying no saying Yes

If we like them, they're freedom fighters ... If we don't like them, they're terrorists. In the unlikely case we can't make up our minds, they're temporarily only guerrillas.


I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.  It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.
A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.


I have sometimes looked with wonder on the jargon of our times, wherein those whose minds reside in the past are called "progressive," while those whose minds are vital enough to challenge and mould the future are dubbed "reactionary."

language politics

That only a few, under any circumstances, protest against the injustice of long-established laws and customs, does not disprove the fact of the oppressions, while the satisfaction of the many, if real only proves their apathy and deeper degradation.

injustice law

We have petitioned, and our petitions have been scorned; we have entreated, and our entreaties have been disregarded; we have begged, and they have mocked when our calamity came. We beg no longer; we entreat no more; we petition no more. We defy them.


Be a nuisance where it counts; do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action. Be depressed, discouraged, and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption, and bad politics—but never give up.

giving up

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.


If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, "There lived a great people-a black people-who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization."

African-Americans civil rights movement inspirational

William Jennings Bryan compared the way a convention feels about demonstrations to the feeling of a big man whose wife "was in the habit of beating him. When asked why he permitted it, he replied that it seemed to please her and did not hurt him." . . . I am as desirous of being a good neighbor as I am of being a bad subject.