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Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good. Mahatma Gandhi
The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny. Wole Soyinka
In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence. Cesar Chavez
Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built. Abraham Lincoln
A riot is the language of the unheard. Martin Luther King Jr.
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
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. Frederick Douglass
The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated in a contemporary antagonism known as the generation gap. Spiro Agnew
If India wants her bloodbath, she shall have it. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Jail has indeed become a heaven for us. To serve India in the battle for freedom is honor enough .... But to suffer for the dear country! What greater good fortune could befall an Indian. Jawaharlal Nehru
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Americans–mostly under 30–are determined to destroy our society Richard Nixon
... every ticket purchased for the Peekskill concert will drop nickels and dimes into the basket of an un-American political organization... the time for tolerant silence that signifies approval is running out. Peekskill Evening Star
If it takes a bloodbath, then let's get it over with. Ronald Reagan
What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they ... could ... invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—–money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—–the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. ... That is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended—–civilizations are built up—–excellent institutions devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and cruel people to the top and it all slides back into misery and ruin. In fact, the machine conks. It seems to start up all right and runs a few years, and then it breaks down. They are trying to run it on the wrong juice. That is what Satan has done to us humans. C. S. Lewis
Boycotting: A Matter of Christian Stewardship and Personal Holiness…. A boycott is one of the very few means that the Christian community has of visibly and audibly expressing a united concern regarding the debasing of human life American Decency Association
It is the opinion of this meeting, that we immediately cease to import all commodities from every part of the world, which are subjected by the British Parliament to the payment of duties in America. It is the opinion of this meeting, that these measures should be pursued until a repeal be obtained of the Act for blocking up the harbor of Boston; of the Acts prohibiting or restraining internal manufactures in America; of the Acts imposing on any commodities duties to be paid in America; and of the Act laying restrictions on the American trade Virginia Albemarle County
Not the President, not me, and not the interior minister will allow weapons to be used against our own people Nikolai Tanayev
I shall rejoice on the day that you come here with troops... This land has grave need for your presence. There are a thousand abuses and political factions; but the moment you arrive all will disappear. Now they are sending a commission to you to propose a crown. Receive it as the infamous proposition deserves; and try, without resorting to the methods of Europe, to bring an end to this miserable existence at the hands of factions. Maria Antonia Bolivar
Cut off heads for me! Cut off heads for me! The French Revolution cut off forty thousand, and for all that the population did not diminish. Carlota Joaquina Teresa
Long live the Emperor, so long as he abides by the constitution. Anonymous
If the Blackshirts movement had any need of justification, the Red Hooligans who savagely and systematically tried to wreck Sir Oswald Mosley's huge and magnificently successful meeting at Olympia last night would have supplied it. They got what they deserved. Olympia has been the scene of many assemblies and many great fights, but never had it offered the spectacle of so many fights mixed up with a meeting. Ward Price
Do not say that someone has won and someone has lost. These are unappropriate, blasphemous words. We have all been scorched by the deadly breath of fratricide. Boris Yeltsin
Pray that we can come out alive. Martin Luther King Jr.
Mr. President, the Black masses are restless and we are going to march on Washington. A. Philip Randolph
How many of you are willing to go to jail for freedom? Martin Luther King Jr.
It is more honorable to walk in dignity than to ride in humiliation. Martin Luther King Jr.
There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, you can't take part. And you've got to put your body upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. Mario Savio
Protesting is Patriotic Anonymous
We Want Bread! Anonymous
Riot is the voice of the unheard. Maxine Waters
During civil disturbance, adopt such an attitude that people do not attach any importance to you --- they neither burden you with complicated affairs, nor try to derive any advantage out of you. Ali ibn Abi Talib
During times of stress, despair and frustration, people become increasingly irrational, and they do things which they never think they are capable of. And so we see hideous brutality perpetrated by the most gentle people Mahathir Mohamad
When you fire, two marksmen must identify the sniper you fire at. You first fire to chip the cement or wood near him and scare him; and then you fire to wound him, and only as the last resort do you fire to kill him. Andrew O'Meara
The goons in authority here do give us freedom to write, knowing full well that only a few people read anyway. What they cannot stand is that a writer should additionally give voice to the voiceless or organize them for action. In short, they do not want literature on the streets! And that is where, in Africa, it must be Ken Saro-Wiwa
With George McGovern we wouldn’t have Gestapo tactics in the streets of Chicago. Abraham A. Ribicoff
Who can protest and does not, is an accomplice in the act. Babylonian Talmud
We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal. Martin Luther King Jr.
On Tuesday morning a large group of women came and. demanded, peace .The next day they came again in a far greater number... they became unruly and many women were killed by the trained guard. Thomas Knyvett
Freedom of speech is useless without freedom of thought. And I fear that the politics of protest is shutting out the process of thought, so necessary to rational discussion. Spiro Agnew
My advice to the women of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias William Allan White
Don’t Shop Here: Nazi Made Anonymous
Don't terrorize. Organize. Don't burn. Give kids a chance to learn . . . The real answer to race problems in this country is education. Not burning and killing. Be ready. Be qualified. Own something. Be somebody. That's Black Power. James Brown
They can send us to prison, but they cannot silence us. The truth cannot be silenced. Roy Bourgeois
We shall guard as zealously the rights of the striker as those of the employer. But when riot is menaced it is different. The mob takes its own chance. Order will be kept at whatever cost. If it comes to shooting we shall shoot to hit. No blank cartridges or firing over the head. Theodore Roosevelt
I came to Congress hoping to change the world; I now hope to be able to leave with my dignity. Henry Hyde
You must build your House of Parliament upon the river: so…that the populace cannot exact their demands by sitting down round you. Arthur Wellesley
Monk barbeque shows. Madam Nhu
This is chaos—organized chaos at best. Aaron Broussard
How many more of other people’s children are you going to sacrifice for the lies? Cindy Sheehan
The N.Y.P.D. does not use police officers in any capacity to distribute misinformation. Paul J. Browne
Utilize undercover officers to distribute misinformation within the crowds Thomas Graham
Capitalism is so successful economically that it creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest. Joseph A. Schumpeter
In chaos there is opportunity Jed Babbin
Revolts, republics, revolutions, most no graver than a schoolboy’s barring out. Alfred Tennyson
You can listen to them [environmental protesters] but don’t stop your project—don’t stop your thinking. Richard M. Daley
A protest only has value if it arises from conviction, leaves a forceful impression, or develops consciousness Anton Pannekoek
We paid a big price for not stopping it -- that is the looting and the security -- because it established an atmosphere of lawlessness. We never had enough troops on the ground Paul Bremer
We are all sons and daughters of the Republic. Jacques Chirac
What began as a political protest turned into a class war and a racial pogrom. Barnet Schecter
Muslim consumers, … have a right to boycott whomever they want. Similarly, Western consumers have the right to support whomever they want, and privately owned newspapers have the right to publish cartoons without government interference. If there must be a clash of civilizations and cultures, let it be over these cartoons. The Danish cartoons are as important as fighting for Danzig once was. If the West is unwilling to fight this battle, slavery will inevitably come and slavery will be what it deserves. Paul Belien
Disorder brings about order. Corsican Proverb
The oppressed will make surer and faster progress if they eschew violence and depend, as they do mainly depend in their organizing and strike activities, on their solidarity, courage, capacity for suffering and sacrifice, and on non-cooperation where injustice becomes extreme A. J. Muste
Washington is a city of arrogance. Walter B. Jones
This elects me! Franklin D. Roosevelt
Our protest has one aim: to guarantee security for all citizens. Doctors as citizens are more vulnerable to terrorist attacks. We are not politicizing the issue. We are just drawing the government's attention to its primary duty. It should protect the lives of the citizens. Shershah Syed
As long as I am mayor there will be law and order in Chicago. Richard Joseph Daley
Our young people in increasing numbers are rejecting all forms or authority. Grayson Kirk
13 Dead. 0 Responsible. Anonymous
Bloody Sunday Anonymous
Bonus Expeditionary Force Anonymous
Brothers, Come Help Us Stop the Madness. Anonymous
Those citizens who chose to illuminate on the Glorious Occasion, will do it this evening at Six, and extinguish their lights at Nine o'clock. Decorum and harmony are earnestly recommended to every Citizen, and a general discountenance to the least appearance of riot. Anonymous
People Burnt at the Stake? Yes, In U.S.A. Humanity’s Message to U.S.A.: STOP LYNCHING! Anonymous
Sons of liberty Anonymous
TV Bastille Anonymous
We are not here because we want to be law breakers. We are here because we want to be law makers. Anonymous
While doctors consult, the patient dies. Anonymous
Ignorant, restless desperadoes, without conscience or principles, have led a deluded multitude to follow their standard under pretense of grievances which have no existence but in their imaginations. Abigail Adams
... a motley rabble of saucy boys, Negroes, and mulattoes, Irish teagues and outlandish jack tarrs. John Adams
Soldiers quartered in a populous town will always occasion two mobs where they prevent one. They are wretched conservators of the peace. John Adams
From hence, let fierce contending nations know What dire effects from civil discord flow. Joseph Addison
We are fighting in our own house. It is useless to live on burned ruins. Bhumibol Adulyadej
If one wants to pinpoint the causes of the riots, it would be this permissive climate and the misguided compassion of public opinion. Spiro Agnew
The era of appeasement has come to an end. The political and social demands that dissidents are making of the universities do not flow from sound basic educational criteria, but from strategic considerations on how to radicalize the student body, polarize the campus and extend the privileged enclaves of student power ... Spiro Agnew
John Brown was right, because he denied the validity of unrighteous and tyrannical enactments, and maintained the supremacy and binding obligation of the `Higher Law.' John Brown was right, in all that he did--in his spirit and object, in his measures and warlike instruments … if Washington and Hancock and Warren were right--if Putnam, and Prescott, and the soldiers under them, on Bunker Hill, were right--if the Revolutionary struggle was right--if Wallace, and Tell, and Wrinkelreid, and Leonidas were right, in resisting tyranny unto blood! John Albion Andrew
A general dissatisfaction unhappily prevailed among several of the lower orders of the people. This ill temper, which was partly occasioned by the high price of provisions ... too frequently manifested itself in acts of tumult and riot ... Annual Register
Civil disobedients are nothing but the latest form of voluntary association, and that they are thus quite in tune with the oldest traditions of the country. Hannah Arendt
[Youth] have exalted notions, because they have not yet been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations.... They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones; their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning.... All their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently.... They love too much, hate too much; they think they know everything: in fact, this is why they overdo everything. Aristotle
America will continue paying a high price in civil and ethnic unrest unless the nation commits itself to help the urban poor lead productive and respectable lives. Arthur Ashe
Generally, an agitator is a rough man of the [Irish nationalist Daniel] O'Connell type, who says anything himself, and lets others say anything. "You peg into me and I will peg into you, and let us see which one will win," is his motto. Walter Bagehot
I shall continue to be an impossible person so long as those who are now possible remain possible. Mikhail Bakunin
Has any anti-war demonstration ever stopped a war? Lucy G. Barber
Human agitation, with all the vulgarity of needs small and great, with its flagrant disgust for the police who repress it … that alone determines revolutionary mental forms Georges Bataille
Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children, the angering of the orderlies in the front parlor of the charnel house. Daniel Berrigan
Right here in Mississippi some people are about ready to lead a mob … In fact, I’m getting a little pink myself. Theodore G. Bilbo
Allow peaceful demonstrations and the next thing you know people will want a voice in running things. Herb Block
Vindicate the insulted dignity of government. James Bowdoin
... the fires of neglect. Barbara Boxer
You don't change the course of the country in twenty-four hours. Barbara Boxer
They [poor youth] don't have any respect for the property of others because they don't have any property. Thomas Bradley
Men do very little from love, a great deal from hate, most of all from indifference. Max Brod
You better go get yourself some guns. The only thing honkies respect is guns. H. Rap Brown; Jamil Abdullah
Violence is a American as cherry pie. H. Rap Brown; Jamil Abdullah
I say to Governor Wallace, no American can ever be an outsider anywhere in this nation. Ralph Bunche
This is one of the finest expressions of U. S. democracy at work. Ralph Bunche
The tyranny of a multitude [mob] is a multiplied tranny. Edmund Burke
This nation openly endorses, tolerates and legalizes the very abuses against which she originally waged a bloody revolution. Nannie Helen Burroughs
When civil fury first grew high And men fell out they knew not why. Samuel Butler
The more unpopular an opinion is, the more necessary is it that the holder should be somewhat punctilious in his observance of conventionalities generally. Samuel Butler
The anarchist is not at liberty to break the law because he reasons that all government is wrong. Benjamin N. Cardozo
As the first man from the Deep South in 130 years to be President of this nation, I say that these people in white sheets do not understand our region and what it's been through. They do not understand what our country stands for. Jimmy Carter
If I wasn't President, I'd be out on the streets myself and would probably take a swing at any Khomeini demonstrator I could get my hands on. Jimmy Carter
Keep so much suffrage noise going all over the country so that neither the enemy nor friends will discover where the real battle is. Carrie Chapman Catt
Recent events in Alabama, involving murder, savage brutality, and violence by local police [against civil rights protesters] ... have so aroused the nation as to make action by this Congress necessary and speedy. Emanuel Celler
Who are we to judge the people of Ecuador? We cannot condemn people when they take to the streets. Hugo Chavez Frias
We are creating a generation that is losing hope, and when people don't have hope then they have nothing to lose. And when people have nothing to lose it's a short step to rob or loot or riot or burn or even kill. Henry Cisneros
I mean no snub but presidents don't usually march. Bill Clinton
It was mother's day. A lot of policemen were at home with their mothers. Eugene 'Bull' Connor
Those weren't criminals in LA. Those were outraged citizens. John Conyers
We will send a petition to Washington with boots on. Jacob S. Coxey
Shoot to maim or cripple anyone looting any stores in our city. Richard Joseph Daley
This administration and the people of Chicago have never condoned brutality at any time, but they will never permit a lawless violent group of terrorists to menace the lives of millions of people, destroy the purpose of this national political convention, and take over the streets of Chicago. Richard Joseph Daley
We can't have the government of the United States shut down when a group doesn't like something. This is almost an act of insurrection. Thomas M. Davis III
We, as ministers, do not claim that by virtue of our ordination, we have become statesmen, especially competent to guide and direct the government in its public policy, or in the adoption of measures for carrying that policy out; but, as the accredited and appointed teachers of religion and morals in the community, we feel it to be our duty to let this community and the nation know, beyond all guesswork, that we present a united front against barbarity, cruelty, and atrocity committed by any man anywhere where the flag of the United States floats. E. Winchester Donald
The use of violence as an instrument of persuasion is … inviting and seems to the discontented to be the only effective protest. William O. Douglas
I do not know of any salvation for society except through eccentrics, misfits, dissenters, people who protest. William O. Douglas
Political or religious dissenters are the plague of every totalitarian regime. William O. Douglas
We should get inside, beat up the police and bust up the whole building. Where are your guns and bombs? Danica Draskovic
Oppression costs the oppressor too much if the oppressed stand up and protest. W. E. B. Du Bois
There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do not follow a multitude to do evil. Book of Exodus
Any government is concerned whenever you have public demonstrations in large measure. Nabil Fahmy
The press would rather cover a chanting demonstrator than cover the Speaker of the House. Newt Gingrich
Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state. Joseph Goebbels
Tell my friends to be brave and fearless and loyal to the great common people. William Goebel
If you allow students to do so [demonstrate], then workers will begin to do so over the slightest grievance, and if you have several such demonstrations, right away the impression is created that the government is not in control of the situation—that the place may become unstable, and that will have an impact on foreign investors. Goh Chok Tong
It is organized violence on top which creates individual violence at the bottom. Emma Goldman
“Student strike” has the same sort of emotional appeal to the French as “family farm” has in America. Adam Gopnik
Pluralism of opinions is not dissent but democratic centralism understood in a new way. Mikhail Gorbachev
An understandable prejudice of intellectual life leads us to view tilters at orthodoxy as courageous front-line innovators. Stephen Jay Gould
If every Negro said "I'm nonviolent," white folks would love it. But if we had to fight Russia and we said we're nonviolent and don't believe in killing nobody, we'd be hauled off to a concentration camp. Dick Gregory
It’s very easy to protest when you have a job Vincente Fox
What is going to rule our great commonwealth, the mob or the law? Henry Clay Frick
Our birthright under the 1st Amendment is to foster the voices of dissent. John Frohnmayer
The Boston Mob, raised first by the Instigation of Many of the Principle Inhabitants, Allured by Plunder, rose shortly after of their own accord. Thomas Gage
Disobedience to be "civil" must be sincere, respectful, restrained, never defiant, and it must have no ill-will or hatred behind it. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our very being. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Look for me in the whirlwind. Marcus Garvey
The conviction proceeds upon the ground that they had generally by speech and print advised large classes to commit murder Joseph E. Gary
He that is taken and put into prisoner chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy. Thomas Hobbes
The diabolical influence of communism on youth was manifested in the ... communist inspired riots in San Francisco, where students were duped into disgraceful demonstrations against a Congressional committee. J. Edgar Hoover
Civic murder … This free republic has killed five men for their opinions. William Dean Howells
Peacable assembly for lawful discussion cannot be made a crime. Charles Evans Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore .... Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? Langston Hughes
Riot makes for ruin. Reason makes for solution. Hubert Horatio Humphery
Violence breeds counter-violence. Hubert Horatio Humphery
They [the Jews] stand alone among nations in their stiff-necked resistance to kings. Book of III Maccabees
Public gatherings and marches may be freely held, provided arms are not carried and that they are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam. Iran
Better 100 years of tyranny than one day of anarchy. Islamic Proverb
Gentlemen, I shall be glad to see this mob on Capitol Hill. I will fix their heads on the iron palisades around the square to assist your deliberations. The leaders I will hang as high as Haman to deter forever all attempts to control the legislature of the Congress by intimidation and design. Andrew Jackson
The law is clear that the right to petition one's government for the redress of grievances may be exercised in large groups…. The right to protest should be commensurate with the enormity of the wrongs that are being protested. Frank Minis Johnson Jr.
A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a Klansman with a sheet on his back and mask on his face. They are lawbreakers, destroyers of constitutional rights and liberties and ultimately destroyers of a free America. Lyndon B. Johnson
We can not, we just must not, tolerate the sway of violent men among us. We must not permit men who are filled with hatred, and careless of innocent lives, to dominate our streets and fill our homes with fear. Lyndon B. Johnson
When violence strikes [riots], then those in public responsibility have an immediate ... job, not to analyze, but to end disorder. Lyndon B. Johnson
Mr. Mayor. I've decided the best place for the '68 [Democratic] convention is Chicago! You are the one who can handle it! Lyndon B. Johnson
A riot is somebody talking. A riot is a man crying out, "Listen to me, mister. There's something I've been trying to tell you and you're not listening. Nicholas Johnson
It was a bad looking mob. It was animated by the essence of revolution. Douglas MacArthur
The fact that people gather with placards is abnormal. Other countries would not allow that. Our democracy is in many cases excessive. Nong Duc Manh
Agitate, Agitate, Agitate. But only for a good cause and in a proper manner. Horace Mann
The commotions that have taken place in America, as far as they are yet known to me, offer nothing threatening. They are a proof that the people have liberty enough, and I could not wish them less than they have. If the happiness of the mass of the people can be secured at the expense of a little tempest now and then, or even of a little blood, it will be a precious purchase. Thomas Jefferson
The protest is part of the American way of life. Thurgood Marshall
[On urban unrest:] The only way to get respect is to be willing to use violence. Michael McGee
Black people don't own Harlem, so why should Black people care whether it burns down or not? Floyd B. McKissick
Such mobilizations are ripe territory for terrorists. It would be a shame to have another contingent of Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo clamoring for their children. Carlos Menem
Blackshirts aloft! Attention! I want no fighting under this roof. Oswald Mosley
School for Tortures and Assassins Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo
The nip of an ant hurts a martyr more than the cut and thrust of weapons, for those are more welcome to him than sweet, cold water on a hot summer day. Muhammad
Former good legislators have erred, and those of the best polity may err again, and enact laws which ought to be disobeyed and resisted. Samuel Langdon
You should not neglect agitation; each of you should make it his task. Ferdniand Lassalle
The essential mark of the agitator is the high value he places on the emotional response of the public. Whether he attacks or defends social institutions is a secondary matter. Harold D. Lasswell
Professional bums! Mel Lastman
We are incapable of maintaining peace and order and to enforce the law with the resources we have. Robert Lavigne
As soon as a certain number of living beings are gathered together ... they place themselves instinctively under the authority of a chief. In the case of human crowds the chief is often nothing more than a ringleader or agitator, but as such he plays a considerable part. Gustave Le Bon
What you farmers need to do is raise less corn and more hell. Mary Elizabeth Lease
The mob shouts with one big mouth and eats with a thousand little ones. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
If the laws of the state are openly at variance with the laws of God—if they inflict injury upon the Church—... then indeed it becomes a duty to resist them, a sin to render obedience. Leo XIII
A democratic society cannot tolerate mob rule. Mel Levine
Nothing is so sure of itself as fanaticism. Ludwig Lewishon
A man has not time to spend half his life in quarrels. If a man ceases to attack me, I never remember the past against him. Abraham Lincoln
A community has not ceased to be essentially law-abiding merely because it refuses to practice literal obedience. There is such a thing as orderly disobedience to a statute, a disobedience which is open, frankly avowed, and in conformity with the general sense of what is reasonable Walter Lippmann
God Help America! London Daily Mirror
… monster meetings London Times
The women behaved like demented creatures … The police behaved with self-control and good humor ... London Times
The fires of discord are busy in every city. Redress is sought in the street, in demonstrations, parades and protests which create tensions and threaten violence. We face, therefore, a moral crisis as a country and as a people. John F. Kennedy
Let us not be afraid of debate or discussion—let us encourage it. For if we should ever abandon these basic American traditions in the name of fighting Communism, what would it profit us to win the whole world when we have lost our soul? John F. Kennedy
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Martin Luther King Jr.
A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard. Martin Luther King Jr.
Something is stirring in the hearts and minds of the people. Martin Luther King Jr.
The non-violent way does not bring about miracles. Martin Luther King Jr.
Urban riots must now be recognized as a durable social phenomenon. They are a special form of violence ... mainly intended to shock the white community. Martin Luther King Jr.
A minority of malcontents, some justly, some unjustly, angry with the present state of things, will always exist in this world. Charles Kingsley
China remains too important for America's national security to risk the relationship on the emotions of the moment.... No government in the world would have tolerated having the main square of its capital occupied by tens of thousands of demonstrators. Henry A. Kissinger
We must accept the possibility of bloodshed if we are to bring about order. Vladimir A. Kryuchkov
Tragic Week Anonymous
Things are not so bad in that county as represented by rumor, and, in fact, from affidavits I have no doubt your Excellency has been deceived by the exaggerated statements of designing or half crazy men. I have found there is no cause of alarm on account of the Mormons; they are not to be feared; they are very much alarmed. David Rice Atchison
There was no other course than open defense of the law, which the circumstances fully justified; and I determined to make the voyage from Alexandria (Egypt) to New York without registering the nationality; thereby taking the risk of having my steamer seized by any vessel of war at sea or by the authorities of any port I might be obliged to touch at. Henry Honychurch Gorringe
Young barbarians of today, enter and sack the decadent civilization of this unhappy country; destroy its temples; finish off its gods; tear the veil from its [religious] novices and raise them up to be mothers to propagate the species. Alejandro Lerroux
It was to be feared that people everywhere might take their cue from Alexandria, and outrage their Jewish fellow-citizens by rioting against their synagogues and ancestral customs Philo Judaeus
When people come together in large numbers they become aware of their strength. Adam Zamoyski
One must always shoot; always shoot, general. Nicholas II
What a pity so few Nicholas II
It was horribly impressive – the banners, the processional, the atmosphere of virility and enthusiasm and the cheers that greeted Mosley’s ridicule of the democratic system. The audience consisted of young toughs from the shops and the banks and that type of ageing ex-serviceman who has pathetically retained his military rank from the war. Robert Bernays
Can I suggest that the sheriff and the district attorney, in the lunch break, go out and read the Constitution. Robert Kennedy
Too bad John Ashcroft’s mother didn’t believe in abortion. Cybill Shepherd
We are very well-trained soldiers and we are armed. We will start ambushes, bombings, and even suicide bombings. We will not let the Americans rule us in such a humiliating way. Tahseen A. Hussein
I would like to obey and place myself in subjection to every law of man. What then? Am I to disobey the law of God? Has any man a right to control my conscience, or your conscience? ...No man has a right to do it. John Taylor
Give every man his constitutional freedom, and the president full power to send an army to suppress mobs; and the states authority to repeal and impugn that relic of folly, which makes it necessary for the governor of a state to make the demand of the president for troops, in case of invasion or rebellion. The governor himself may be a mobber and, instead of being punished, as he should be, for murder and treason, he may destroy the very lives, rights, and property he should protect. Joseph Smith, Jr.
Shall we open the door to what may become the foulest proscription: state against state? Hezekiah Niles
Once the clutch of Jim Crow had loosened, opponents of civil rights shifted the “locus of attack” by injecting crime onto the agenda …. Fusing anxiety about crime to anxiety over racial change and riots, civil rights and racial disorder—initially defined as a problem of minority disenfranchisement—were defined as a crime problem, which helped shift debate from social reform to punishment. Vesla Mae Weaver
A movement that doesn't produce a backlash isn't much of a movement at all. Margaret Kimberley
Down with George, down with Pitt, down with the War. Anonymous
A demonstration sometimes doesn’t stop with expressing opinion….it moves to incitement to violence and then to violence Ahmed Nazif
Because it is not possible on the other side to build up an independent peace movement, we have more responsibility to do this on our side. To be active for our friends on the other side who are prevented from being active in the same way. Gert Bastian
Authority may be as much injured by words as by actions. Baruch Spinoza
A tiger, a panther, a buffalo, or a hog, rouses your uttermost energies for its destruction—you even risk your lives in its pursuit. How much higher game is a Thug’s! His is man: against his fellow-creatures in every degree, from infancy to old age, he has sworn relentless, unerring destruction! Philip Meadows Taylor
This is a breath of fresh air for our region—solving a political problem without resorting to violence … Karim Kawar
No great nation can long afford to be sundered by a memory George W. Bush
Islam + Sharia = Barbarism Anonymous
The use of violence as an instrument of persuasion is therefore inviting and seems to the discontented to be the only effective protest William O. Douglas
Violence, indeed, is the child of suppression. William Allan White
No moderate man views it in any other light than as an axiom, or self-evident truth, namely, that if any excuse for disobedience were once admitted, or any indulgence granted to these tender-conscienced inferiors there would be an end of all government in an instant; neither commands nor obedience could proceed one step further, but every individual instrument of power in that fatal society, astonished at the monstrous phenomenon, would stare at one another; all the wheels of the political machine would stop at once. nay would split into ten thou-sand pieces; every relation and connection of their parts would be instantly dissolved, and the beautiful whole would rush into a wild chaos of anarchy and confusion. John Witherspoon
You ask me, brother, why am I in here. Brother, why are you not in here? Martin Niemoller
Advocacy is in the courtroom—not out in the streets. Warren E. Burger
Somebody had to shock the world and let people know how great we could be if we only put our biases aside. John Carlos
I’ve never been involved in a Civil Rights campaign that was not ill-timed Martin Luther King Jr.
Our protest was a cry for freedom and for civil rights. We had to be seen because we couldn’t be heard. Tommie Smith
We have obtained concessions of inestimable value, not by beating the drum, not by ringing the tocsin, not by tearing up the pavement, not by running to the gunsmith’s shops to search for arms, but by the mere force of reason and public opinion. Thomas Babington Macaulay
We will have demonstrations until the injustices that have caused them are eliminated. Martin Luther King Jr.
I have to tell you, in my judgment, some of us sitting here today will not come back alive from this campaign. I want you to think about it. Martin Luther King Jr.
My feets is weary, but my soul is rested. Mother Pollard
Until the Negro votes on a large scale, we will have to rely more and more on mass direct action as the one realistic political weapon. Bayard Rustin
The nation’s priority is stability. Bashir Assad
Never Tire of Protesting George Seldes
Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought. Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder. Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings. Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction. Be heroes in an army of construction. Helen Keller
The Bill was talked out! Peaceful methods had failed…. As the year 1905 went on, the Liberal leaders counted upon early political office. Manchester – the Free Trade Hall – was again to be the scene of a rally at which the Liberal Party would utter their war cry for the General Election. Here was my chance! Now there should be an act the effect of which would remain, a protest not of word but of deed. Prison this time! Prison would mean a fact that could not fade from the record. Christabel Pankhurst
My head was forced back and a tube jammed down my nose. It was the most awful torture. I groaned with pain and I coughed and gulped the tube up and would not let it pass down my throat. Then they tried the other nostril and they found that was smaller still and slightly deformed, l suppose from constant hay-fever. The new doctor said it was impossible to get the tube down that one so they jammed it down again through the other and I wondered if the pain was as bad as child-birth. I just had strength and will enough to vomit it up again and I could see tears in the wardresses' eyes. Rosa May Billinghurst
My poor friends, you know as much about starting a riot as the Italians know about writing a symphony. Hector Berlioz
I am deeply disturbed by the senseless violence instigated by some leaders in pursuit of their personal political agenda. Mwai Kibaki
Wilkes and Liberty …. No Liberty, No King Anonymous
Well men have been engaged in this tomfoolery long enough and the Good Lord has seen fit to start having women engage in it also. Eliza Jane Thompson
Danger never came of working for the State, but only from indifference and resistance. Martin Heidegger
The notes of congratulations which this Senate sent across the Atlantic to the people of France on their deliverance from thraldom, have hardly ceased when the supremacy of mob-law and the destruction of freedom of the press are threatened in this capital of the Union. John P. Hale
For the past five years we’ve been deluged by programs for the unemployed, programs for the cities, programs for the poor. And we have reaped from these programs an ugly harvest of frustration, violence and failure across the land Richard Nixon
Syria cannot continue this way—killing their people Ban Ki-moon
Don’t tell us how to dress. Tell men not to rape! Anonymous
Slutwalk Heather Jarvis
You are the President of this country. Come to Dhaka, come and see how our poor Bengali people have been mown down by your bullets, how the laps of our mothers and sisters have been robbed and left empty and bereft, how my helpless people have been slaughtered. Come, I said, come and see for yourself and then be the judge and decide Mujibur Rahman
A little bit of agitation gives motivation to the soul, and what really makes the species prosper is not peace so much as freedom. Jean Jacques Rousseau
Ordination Regardless of Orientation! Keshet
Russia is not healthy for Jews and other living things. Anonymous
In 1982 over one million people gathered in Central Park of New York City to demonstrate against nuclear weapons. It was the largest demonstration in the history of the United States. Tad Daley
They got bailed out. We got sold out. Anonymous
The English will never cut each other's throats to the extent that we desire. duc de Choiseul; Etienne Francois
We cannot have a doubt that some alarming insurrection is in contemplation... [We] cannot but applaud the hitherto peaceful demeanor of many of the laboring classes, yet we do not calculate upon their remaining unmoved. Urged on by the harangues of a few desperate demagogues, we anticipate at no distant period a general rising, and possessing no power to prevent the meetings which are weekly held, we as magistrates are at a loss how to stem the influence of the dangerous and seditious doctrines which are continually disseminated Anonymous
Protest is liberty's ally. Martin Firrell
Reflection convinces [me] the more strongly of the inexpediency of attempting forcibly to prevent the meeting on Monday. Every discouragement and obstacle should be thrown in its way... [I have] no doubt that you will make arrangements for obtaining evidence of what passes; that if anything illegal is done or said, it may be the subject of prosecution. But even if they should utter sedition ... it will be the wisest course to abstain from any endeavor to disperse the mob, unless they should proceed to acts of felony or riot. Henry Addington
What? You want us to kill people? Take lives? Not on my watch. Walter Washington
If you athletes boycott the Olympics, it will be like a rock dropping in the water. The ripples and waves will be felt all over. You can be that rock. No one will die and that is the way to fight. Martin Luther King Jr.
This is not a recession. It’s a robbery! Anonymous
We’ll believe corporations are people, when Texas executes one. Anonymous
Reflection convinces [me] the more strongly of the inexpediency of attempting forcibly to prevent the meeting on Monday. Every discouragement and obstacle should be thrown in its way... [I have] no doubt that you will make arrangements for obtaining evidence of what passes; that if anything illegal is done or said, it may be the subject of prosecution. But even if they should utter sedition ... it will be the wisest course to abstain from any endeavor to disperse the mob, unless they should proceed to acts of felony or riot. Henry Addington
We cannot have a doubt that some alarming insurrection is in contemplation... [We] cannot but applaud the hitherto peaceful demeanor of many of the laboring classes, yet we do not calculate upon their remaining unmoved. Urged on by the harangues of a few desperate demagogues, we anticipate at no distant period a general rising, and possessing no power to prevent the meetings which are weekly held, we as magistrates are at a loss how to stem the influence of the dangerous and seditious doctrines which are continually disseminated Anonymous
Every man his skill must try He must turn out and not deny No bloody soldier must he dread, He must turn out and fight for bread. The time is come you plainly see The government opposed must be. Anonymous
Every man his skill must try He must turn out and not deny No bloody soldier must he dread, He must turn out and fight for bread. The time is come you plainly see The government opposed must be. Anonymous
Attempts have been made, in various parts of the country, as well as in the metropolis, to take advantage of the distress in which the laboring and manufacturing classes of the community are at present involved, to induce them to look for immediate relief, not only in a reform of Parliament on the plan of universal suffrage and annual election, but in a total overthrow of all existing establishments, and in a division of the landed, and extinction of the funded property of the country. England
Gentlemen, all power is, or ought to be, accomplished by responsibility. Tyranny is irresponsible power. This definition is equally true, whether the power be lodged in one or many; — whether in a despot, exempted by the form of government from the control of the law; or in a mob, whose numbers put them beyond the reach of the law. Idle, therefore, and absurd, to talk of freedom where a mob domineers! George Canning
I wish I could believe that Ancient War History justifies the indefinite prolongation of this war. The Jingos define it as 'an enormous quarrel between incompatible spirits and destinies, in which one or the other must succumb'. But the men who write these manifestos do not truly know what useless suffering the war inflicts...And the Army is dumb. The Army goes on with its bitter tasks. The ruling classes do all the talking. And their words convince no one but the crowds who are their dupes. The soldiers who return home seem stunned by the things they have endured...If only they would speak out and throw their medals in the faces of their masters; and ask their women why it thrills them to know that they, the dauntless warriors, have shed the blood of Germans. Siegfried Sassoon
Not one of us will have to raise a sword. Not one gun would we need to fire. The great cannon that will be fired is our unity. Louis Farrakhan
March on Washington A. Philip Randolph
The mobs that held fearful sway in our city during the memorable outbreak of violence in the month of July, 1863, were gathered in the overcrowded and neglected quarters of the city. The closely packed houses where the mobs originated seemed to be literally hives of sickness and vice …. To walk the streets as we walked them, in those hours of conflagration and riot, was like witnessing the day of judgment, with every wicked thing revealed, every sin and sorrow blazingly glared upon, every hidden abomination laid before hell’s expectant fire.... Here disease in its most loathsome form propagates itself. New York City Health Department
… there is undoubtedly in France a large floating mass of Republicans and Anarchists, ready at any moment to make a disturbance if there was no strong power to resist them; but the persons who would lose by convulsion are infinitely more numerous, and the National Guard of Paris, consisting of nearly 60,000 men, are chiefly persons of this description, and are understood to be decidedly for internal order, and for external peace. Henry John Temple
The Queen returns these communications to Sir James Graham, which are of a very unpleasant nature. The Queen trusts that measures of the greatest severity will be taken, as well to suppress the revolutionary spirit as to bring the culprits to immediate trial and punishment. The Queen thinks this of the greatest importance with respect to the effect it may have in Ireland, likewise as proving that the Government is willing to show great forbearance, and to trust to the good sense of the people; but that if outrages are committed and it is called upon to act, it is not to be trifled with, but will visit wrong-doers with the utmost severity. Queen Victoria
Passive resistance and boycotting are now prominent features of every great national movement. Benjamin Tucker
Passive resistance is the resistance which does not resist. Ferdinand Lassalle
There is not a tyrant in the civilized world today who would not do anything in his power to precipitate a bloody revolution rather than see himself confronted by any large fraction of his subjects determined not to obey. An insurrection is easily quelled; but no army is willing or able to train its guns on inoffensive people who do not even gather in the streets but stay at home and stand back on their rights. Neither the ballot nor the bayonet is to play any great part in the coming struggle; passive resistance is the instrument by which the revolutionary force is destined to secure in the last great conflict the people's rights forever. Benjamin Tucker
Poor people sometimes feel that they have no other recourse than to destroy the property of those who have it. Graca Machel
If a thousand [citizens] were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible. Henry David Thoreau
The soldier is applauded who refuses to serve in an unjust war by those who do not refuse to sustain the unjust government which makes the war Henry David Thoreau
Hundreds of policemen and detectives, swinging nightsticks, blackjacks, and bare fists, rushed into the crowd, hitting out at all with whom they came into contract, chasing many across the street and into adjacent thoroughfares and pushing hundreds off their feet. From all parts of the scene of battle came the screams of women and cries of men with bloody heads and faces. New York Times
Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people and destroying embassies. This path will not yield any results. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them. Wafa Sultan
…of all the causes of seditions and changes in the Republic, there is none greater than the excessive wealth of a few subjects, and the extreme poverty of the majority. Jean Bodin
We deeply deplore the recent acts of lawlessness and violence that have brought utmost disgrace to the fair name of India and the greatest misery to innocent people, irrespective of who were the aggressors and who were the victims. We denounce for all time the use of force to achieve political ends and we call upon all the communities in India, to whatever persuasion they may belong, not only to refrain from all acts of violence and disorder but also to avoid, both in speech and in writing, any incitement to such acts. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Forcible conversion was the other alternative to death for a non-Muslim. The ultimatum was given to the population of a village either to embrace Islam or to face death. Most Hindus and Sikhs preferred death to the shameful surrender of faith, and died, sometimes fighting and at other times with great tortures, at the hands of the sadist religious zealots of the Muslim League….women immolated themselves to escape dishonour at the hands of the maddened and ferocious lusting Muslim mobs. The assailants did not spare even little children. It was naked beastliness performing a devil’s dance. Children would be snatched from the hands of their parents, tossed on spears and swords, and sometimes thrown alive into the fire. S. Gurbachan Singh Talib
Keep your weapons pointed down. This is not Iraq. Russel Honore
The more I think about the President’s declaration as to the right of ‘self-determination’, the more convinced I am of the danger of putting such ideas into the minds of certain races. It is bound to be the basis of impossible demands on the Peace Conference and create trouble in many lands. What effect will it have on the Irish, the Indians, the Egyptians, and the nationalists among the Boers? Will it not breed discontent, disorder and rebellion? Will not the Mohammedans of Syria and Palestine and possibly Morocco and Tripoli rely on it? Robert Lansing
Nigeria first entered. . .'the dismal tunnel' on January 15, 1966, when the military overthrew all the institutions of a democratically elected government. . . If there is light at the end of this tunnel, it is imperceptible to anyone not paid to see it. Richard Joseph
We cannot, as a people, remain mute and free. Gerry Spence
Questioning the status quo can result in banishment, imprisonment, ridicule or being burned at the stake, depending on your era, your locale, and the sacred cows you wish to butcher. Gene Spafford
… he who will really fight for right, if he would live even for a little while, must have a private station and not a public one Socrates
Tell them, please, that I am deeply humbled by the goodwill, the self discipline, the courage, the wisdom of this group of Montgomery Negroes. Lillian Smith
Non-violence is backed by the theory of soul-force in which suffering is courted in the hope of ultimately winning over the opponent. But what happens when such an attempt fail to achieve the object? It is here that soul-force has to be combined with physical force so as not to remain at the mercy of tyrannical and ruthless enemy. Bhagat Singh
There are some who died because they were fasting, and they were crammed in tight. Thaksin Shinawatra
You can't disobey the rules every time you disapprove. However, when you're considering something that constitutes an extreme abridgement of your rights, conscience is the court of last resort. Mario Savio
I am not a political person. My involvement in the Free Speech Movement is religious and moral... I don't know what made me get up and give that first speech. I only know I had to. What was it Kierkegaard said about free acts? They're the ones that, looking back, you realize you couldn't help doing. Mario Savio
More noise occurs from a single man shouting than a hundred thousand who are quiet. Jose de San Martin
The first occasion since the conquest of Constantinople by the Turks on which Christians have dared resist soldiers in Stamboul. William White
Let us behave like ladies and gentlemen and refrain from damaging property. Hastings Kamuzu Banda
No Mobs—No Confusions—No Tumult. Samuel Adams
What was taken by force must be returned by force. Hamas
We cannot be silent on those laws of your country which, in direct contravention of God's own law, 'instituted in the time of man's innocence,' deny in effect to the slave the sanctity of marriage, with all its joys, rights, and obligations; which separate, at the will of the master, the wife from the husband and the children from the parents. Nor can we be silent on that awful system which either by statute or by custom interdicts to any race of man or any portion of the human family education in the truths of the gospel and the ordinances of Christianity…. we appeal to you very seriously to reflect and to ask counsel of God how far such a state of things is in accordance with His Holy Word, the inalienable rights of immortal souls, and the pure and merciful spirit of the Christian religion. we appeal to you very seriously to reflect and to ask counsel of God how far such a state of things is in accordance with His Holy Word, the inalienable rights of immortal souls, and the pure and merciful spirit of the Christian religion….We acknowledge with grief and shame our heavy share in this great sin. We acknowledge that our forefathers introduced, nay, compelled the adoption of slavery in those mighty colonies. We humbly confess it before Almighty God; and it is because we so deeply feel and so unfeignedly avow our own complicity, that we now venture to implore your aid to wipe away our common crime and our common dishonor. Anna Maria Bedford
When the prison, stake or scaffold can no longer silence the voice of the protesting minority, progress moves on a step, but not until then. Lucy E. Parsons
Fellow citizens: The hour to try your souls and to redeem your pledges has arrived. Stand together in face of the brutal, cowardly enemies of your race! Bring English tyranny to its knees. Pay no rent under any pretext! The government, with its bayonets, will learn in a single Winter how powerless are armed forces against the will of a united determined, and self-reliant nation. Charles Stewart Parnell
People Over Profits Anonymous
There is no speech that justifies mindless violence. Barack Obama
If you’re secure in your belief system you can shrug off criticism. The Islamic rioters about the movie are not secure. Salman Rushdie
The sight of blood to crowds begets the thirst of more, As the first wine-cup leads to the long revel. Lord George Gordon
The pitifulest thing out is a mob; that's what an army is--a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their mass, and from their officers. But a mob without any MAN at the head of it is BENEATH pitifulness. Mark Twain
This is an unlawful march. It will not be allowed to continue…. Troopers Advance! John Cloud
Political agitation, by the passions it arouses or the convictions it engenders, may in fact stimulate men to the violation of the law. Detestation of existing policies is easily transformed into forcible resistance of the authority which puts them in execution, and it would be folly to disregard the causal relation between the two. Yet to assimilate agitation, legitimate as such, with direct incitement to violent resistance, is to disregard the tolerance of all methods of political agitation which in normal times is a safeguard of free government. Learned Hand
The people of this country are remarkable for their hospitable reception of foreigners, and for their forgetfulness of past animosities. Napoleon Bonaparte, the greatest enemy that England ever had, was treated while at Plymouth with respect, and with commiseration while at St Helena. Marshal Soult, who had fought in many battles against the English, was received with generous acclamation when he came here as Special Ambassador. The King of the French, Mons. Guizot, and Prince Metternich, though all of them great antagonists of English policy and English interests, were treated in this country with courtesy and kindness. But General Haynau was looked upon as a great moral criminal; …. But Viscount Palmerston can assure your Majesty that those feelings of just and honorable indignation have not been confined to England, for he had good reason to know that General Haynau's ferocious and unmanly treatment of the unfortunate inhabitants of Brescia and of other towns and places in Italy, his savage proclamations to the people of Pesth, and his barbarous acts in Hungary excited almost as much disgust in Austria as in England, and that the nickname of "General Hyæna" was given to him at Vienna long before it was applied to him in London. Henry John Temple
All at present is quiet in Paris. There are Socialist risings in many parts of the country, but all these will do the President [coup leader Louis Napoleon] good, and strengthen his hands, for even the people who have been treated with indignity will pardon him if their châteaux are saved from an infuriated and brutal peasantry. Maria Liddell
Nothing could be less intelligent than to assume, as many respectable persons still manage to do, that the forms of agitation which are popularly summed up in the terms socialism, anarchism, feminism, and pacifism are mere eccentricities of unbalanced minds, seeking to cloak their hatred of restraint and their cowardice under theories of social regeneration. James Harvey Robinson
Agitate Educate Organize Anonymous
I have been in Washington for 22 years and have seen us kick the can down the road. Well there is no more road to kick the can down. John Boehner
Rosa Parks showed us all that one little person can make a whole bunch of noise without so much as a whisper. Richard Pryor
We protect the right of pacifists and other anti-war militants to assemble and advance their cause. But I don’t respect such people and I don’t shrink from exposing their ideas as destructive and suicidal. Pacifists are my enemy because wittingly or not, they serve the purposes of my enemy and jeopardize my freedom. Mike Rosen
If it's to be a bloodbath, let it be now. Appeasement is not the answer. Ronald Reagan
There are persons who constantly clamor. They complain of oppression, speculation, and pernicious influence of wealth. They cry out loudly against all banks and corporations, and a means by which small capitalists become united in order to produce important and beneficial results. They carry on mad hostility against all established institutions. They would choke the fountain of industry and dry all streams. Daniel Webster
if anyone was evicted it was the duty of his fellows to assemble in their thousands and reinstate him the next day James Daly
Capitalism is taking away all the opportunity from our children and grandchildren. Afghanistan
The Roman Catholic influence did not lend itself to activism in terms of social change. Joseph Lowery
In the long run even the most despotic governments with all their brutality and cruelty are no match for ideas. Eventually the ideology that has won the support of the majority will prevail and cut the ground from under the tyrants feet. Then the oppressed many will rise in rebellion and overthrow their masters. Ludwig von Mises
These people would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged. Oliver Cromwell
You don’t have to be a left winger to be angry at Wall Street. David Brooks
This is America. We don’t disparage wealth. We don’t begrudge anybody for achieving success. And we certainly believe that success should be rewarded. But what gets people upset – and rightfully so – are executives being rewarded for failure, especially when those rewards are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers, many of whom are having a tough time themselves. Barack Obama
If this is about holding meetings, if this is a social movement, where they gather 20, I will get up and gather 200,000 people. Where they gather 100,000, I will bring together 1 million from my party. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The signs and banners of protesters are the zoom lenses by which we can focus on the difficult issues of a society. Lewis D. Eigen
The March on Washington was not a climax but a new beginning. Bayard Rustin
We are on the threshold of a significant breakthrough, and the greatest weapon is the mass demonstration. Martin Luther King Jr.
Yesterday a crowd of women assembled on the public square and marching thence down Main, sacked several shoe, grocery and other stores. Their pretense was bread; but their motive really was license. Few of them have really felt want. The President went down amongst them and said a few words to them telling them that the course they were pursuing was the one most likely to bring scarcity of food on the city. . . . It was a real women’s riot, but as yet there is really little cause for one—there is scarcity, but little want. Josiah Gorgas
We … travelled through the enemy's territory on our way to the ferry and while the streets were very full and there were many waves and cheers, there was no lack of boos which amused me a good deal, for I rather think that that kind of demonstration is an asset in certain ways. After all the whole world can't think and feel alike! Eleanor Roosevelt
Unless we get white people into the streets with Negroes for the march [on Washington], the fight will appear to be between white people and black and not between justice and injustice. Bayard Rustin
How do you justify bringing such a large demonstration to Washington DC when the authorities believe that it would be impossible to bring more than 100,000 militant Negroes into Washington without incidents and possibly rioting Lawrence E. Spivak
HUGE CIA OPERATION REPORTED IN U. S. AGAINST ANTIWAR FORCES Seymour Hersh
Mr. President, we are going to march on Washington. The people are restless. The Black masses are restless. A. Philip Randolph
Kill As Many Of Us As You Want. We Are Not Going To Die Muslim Brotherhood
You cannot sit down at the negotiating table and still preach violence in the streets. John McCain
In all the Arab countries I have been in, the people have said that they were not demonstrating for food. They wanted dignity. Jeffery Goldberg
We use celebrity to the advantage of everything. Why not to the advantage of those who need to be liberated? My job was to convince the icons in the arts that they needed to have a presence in Washington on that day. Harry Belafonte
Jobs For All Now Anonymous
Uganda: Kill the Bill—Not the Gays Anonymous
“HEY BANKERS! YOU BREAK IT, YOU PAY FOR IT” Anonymous
One Nation Under Greed Anonymous
BUY STOCKS NOT POLITICIANS Anonymous
Stop Robbing The Middle Class To Pay The Rich Anonymous
I am against revolutions. We have had negative experience with coups and rallies in the past. We remember the shooting at the White House in Moscow The new Russian protest is the most beautiful, most peaceful, most intelligent protest in the world—not a single broken window, not a single burned care or victim. Yevgenia Chirikova
Violence is a great breeder of violence. Roy Jenkins
We are not afraid of their guns. Honduras army pattern is just 7000 men. If we take up arms, we would quickly run away so few soldiers. But our goal is to allocate the regime in a peaceful and honorable way. Women, children, youth, students, workers -- we all have united in a civic front against the coup. Even my 80 year old mother went to the streets and practiced non-violent resistance. Manuel Zelaya
The wise man who has charge of governing the empire should know the cause of disorder before he can put it in order. Unless he knows its cause, he cannot regulate it. Moizi
Where and when have riots and anarchy been provoked by wise measures? If the government had acted wisely, and if their measures had met the needs of the poor peasants, would there have been unrest among the peasant masses? Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
When hopes and dreams are loose in the streets, it is well for the timid to lock doors, shutter windows and lie low until the wrath has passed. For there is often a monstrous incongruity between the hopes, however noble and tender, and the action which follows them. It is as if ivied maidens and garlanded youths were to herald the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Eric Hoffer
“Activist” is a dirty word in the United States. We are not activists for any particular political position on most issues. We are activists only for ending government secrecy. Julian Assange
Nigger, we are tired of you and your mess now. If you aren’t out of this town in three days, we’re going to blow your brains out and blow up your house. Anomymous
The center of gravity has shifted from the courts to community action. Bayard Rustin
What is the rush? Is all of this done out of fear? Is the Congress of the United States to yield to threats of further demonstrations by minority group leaders—blackmail if you will? …. Is the Congress to comply by legislation with the demands and even riots of every organized minority group in the country? William Colmer
I’m sorry, dear, but I must go to jail. Mary Parkman Peabody
'Oh, glory, I've said it so many times already: We are not just Northerners. We are part of the U.S.A. Mary Parkman Peabody
We need some old people in this thing, We are just what they say we are - do-gooders. Mary Parkman Peabody
Before, the Negro in the South had always looked on the defensive, cringing. This time they were taking the initiative. Robert Moses
I must admit that this is a deliberate attempt to dramatize conditions in this city and state. We’re going to turn Selma upside down and inside out in order to make it right side up. Martin Luther King Jr.
The march is not conducive to the orderly flow of traffic and commerce within and through the state of Alabama. The additional hazard placed on highway travel by any such actions cannot be countenanced. Such a march cannot and will not be tolerated. George C. Wallace
Get those goddamned niggers! And get those goddamned white niggers. James Gardner Clark Jr.
The murder, savage brutality, and violence perpetrated by Alabama lawmen have so aroused the nation as to make action by the Congress necessary and speedy. Emanuel Celler
There never was a moment of American history more honorable or more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled Negroes. Martin Luther King Jr.
… white racism is essentially responsible for the explosive mixture (of private discrimination and segregation) that has been accumulating in our cities since the end of World War II. Otto Kerner Jr.
Providing employment for the swelling Negro ghetto population will require ...opening suburban residential areas to Negroes and encouraging them to move closer to industrial centers. Otto Kerner Jr.
The student protests of the 1960s were partly the outcome of the hypertrophy of the university and the resulting shortcoming in higher education. Walter Laqueur
“...the consequences of militancy do not disappear when the need for militancy is over. Germaine Greer
You can’t kill your own people and survive very long. James Baker
Draw no color line. A White rioter is just as dangerous as a Negro rioter. Anonymous
I believe in the honest feeling of the working people and in their unshakable loyalty to me. Therefore I forgive them. Nicholas II
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. Oscar Wilde
Most blacks are happy, except those who have had other ideas pushed into their ears. Pieter Willem Botha
I am writing to you to tell you of my decision to return to your Government the Carl von Ossietzsky medal for peace. I do so reluctantly and after two years of private approaches on behalf of Heinz Brandt, whose continued imprisonment is a barrier to coexistence, relaxation of tension and understanding between East and West... I regret not to have heard from you on this subject. I hope that you will yet find it possible to release Brandt through an amnesty which would be a boon to the cause of peace and to your country. Bertrand Russell
Any attempt at demonstrating (rallies) will immediately result in adequate and strict reaction by the armed forces. Seyran Ohanyan
… Negroes chased everywhere and killed when caught. William Steinway
We, who are now embarked in this cause, have to renew our determination, and in proportion as power is exerted against us to oppose ourselves to it as a wall of brass. Let us receive but not return its shocks; for if we abide by the law and pursue truth and justice we may suffer loss for a moment, but as certainly as Providence presides over human affairs every arm lifted against us shall not prosper, and against every tongue that contendeth with us we will obtain our cause. James Warren Doyle
… in your opposition to this pest of agriculture and bane of religion [the Tithe], keep always before your eyes a salutary dread of those statutes which guard the tithe. Let no violence or combination to inspire dread be ever found in your proceedings. Justice has no need of such allies. In these countries, if you only obey the law and reverence the constitution, they both will furnish you with ample means whereby to overthrow all oppression, and will secure to you the full enjoyment of every social right. James Warren Doyle
… let a firm Resolution be taken, by Male and Female, never to appear with one single Shred that comes from England, and let all the People say AMEN! Jonathan Swift
There are .. two choices: obedience to institutional authority or radical dissent from it. David D. Cole
We Seek DESEGRATED Public Schools Anonymous
They formed up in marching order, whilst at their lead rushed a man … shouting wildly, ‘Fall in and follow me’ …. As the crowd continued to advance an order was given: ‘Draw-Ready-Charge!’ Men in the crowd went down like ninepins, and the rest fled helter skelter. Constables wearing bandoliers filled with bullets and with rifles at the ready were jumping out of caged cars…. Batons were useless and the police were compelled to fire. Belfast Telegraph
BEING CONVINCED in our consciences that Home Rule would be disastrous to the material well-being of Ulster as well as of the whole of Ireland, subversive of our civil and religious freedom, destructive of our citizenship, and perilous to the unity of the Empire, we, whose names are underwritten, men of Ulster …. do hereby pledge ourselves in solemn Covenant, throughout this our time of threatened calamity, to stand by one another in defending, for ourselves and our children, our cherished position of equal citizenship in the United Kingdom, and in using all means which may be found necessary to defeat the present conspiracy to set up a Home Rule Parliament in Ireland. And in the event of such a Parliament being forced upon us, we further solemnly and mutually pledge ourselves to refuse to recognize its authority. In sure confidence that God will defend the right, we hereto subscribe our names. Anonymous
The police seemed to lose their head completely as they dashed into the crowds on their horses and slashed out with their clubs. Ray Stannard Baker
I’m just here chillin’ in Washington, about to get arrested. Elias Gonzales
The Man of Galilee, the Carpenter, the workingman who became the revolutionary agitator of his day soon found himself to be an undesirable citizen in the eyes of the ruling knaves and they had him crucified. Eugene V. Debs
No Stamp Act, No Sedition Act, No Alien Bills, No Land Tax, downfall to the Tyrants of America; peace and retirement to the President; Long Live the Vice President. David Brown
Since the conquest of Poland, 300,000 Jews in this land have been murdered in the most bestial manner. The German people are again sleeping on in obtuse, stupid sleep giving these fascist criminals the temerity and opportunity to continue to rage—and they are doing it…. Everyone is guilty, guilty, guilty! Sophia Magdalena Scholl
Mob rule can not be allowed to override the decisions of our courts. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Mob rule cannot be allowed to override the decisions of our courts. Dwight D. Eisenhower
If you have a vast organization, parade it before the enemy, openly show your power. If your organization is small, do what Gideon did: conceal the members in the dark but raise a clamor that will make the listener believe that your organization numbers many more that it does. If your organization is too tiny even for noise, stink up the place. Saul Alinsky
How long are we going to abdicate law and order—the backbone of civilization—in favor of a soft social theory that the man who heaves a brick through your window or tosses a fire bomb into your car is simply the misunderstood and underprivileged product of a broken home? Gerald R. Ford
The picture you exhibit and the accounts that are published, exhibit a melancholy verification of what our transatlantic foes have predicted; and of another thing, which is perhaps still more to be regretted, and is yet more unaccountable--that mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government. I am mortified beyond expression. I am lost in amazement, when I behold what intrigue, the interested view of desperate characters, ignorance and jealousy of the minor part of our fellow citizens, are capable of effecting; for it is hardly to be supposed that the great body of the people can be so short-sighted. George Washington
Kill the Foreign Devil! Kill! Kill! Kill! Boxers
An armed body of white men at Rock Springs, Wyoming, have attacked Chinese coal miners working for Union Pacific Railway ... Have driven Chinamen out of town into hills. Have burned their houses and are destroying railroad property; some 40 houses burned; 3 men known to be killed, many more believed to be. Mob now preventing some 500 Chinamen from reaching food or shelter. Francis Emroy Warren
Sometimes I feel like the government is more afraid of people telling the truth than they are of the protests and violence. Ilham Tohti
We’re Fighting for Democracy. Please Excuse the Inconvenience. Anonymous
When demonstrators are being civilly disobedient, they will in most cases be given a chance to adhere to the law before being arrested, and then if necessary, they will be arrested in a non-violent manner. Francis G. Slay
In order for non-violence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none. Stokely Carmichael; Kwame
A boycott is the most peaceful and passive kind of protest there is and can be. We do not say we hate you or even say that you are wrong. We just say that we don’t want to ride your bus. Stokely Carmichael; Kwame
Here we have a protest law. This law does not prevent protests but regulates them. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
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 and getting away with murder Colin Kaepernick
The most powerful government in the world shooting its starving veterans out of worthless huts. John H. Bartlett
We have faced tough challenges before. Believe me. I have decades of battle scars and an arrest record to prove it. Anat Hoffman
Burning the American flag should be punishable by loss of citizenship. Donald Trump
People have to carry on with their lives, so only so much direct action can take place. Anti-nuclear activism may look dormant from appearances, but it’s there, like magma. It’s still brewing, and the next trigger might be another big protest or political change, Koichi Nakano
One of the most underrated qualities of Republicans is that they police their own ranks. If you have a problem with a violent Republican racist, call some Republicans. They’ll solve it for you. But don’t call a Republican if you are simply offended by another person’s opinion. In that situation you want to call some Democrats to ridicule and physically attack the person with the objectionable opinion. By the way, I’m not a Republican. This is just an observation. I’ve been watching Democrats not police their own ranks – after the Berkeley violence for example – and it occurred to me that you don’t see that on the Republican side. Republicans generally appreciate free speech, but if someone attacks your family, your country, or your freedom in some physical form, keep some Republicans on speed dial. Scott Adams
I want you to leave here with a sense of mission. Martin Luther King is waiting for you to march with him. Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
Bring Democracy to America Before You Carry It To Europe Anonymous
As scientists we are not really trained how to shout and make a lot of noise, buit when we try it, we're not so bad at it after all. Geoffrey Supran
The vainglory of wishing to understand is dangerous, immoral and, above all, old-fashioned. The modern way – perhaps the final way - is to say: Go forward, without knowing why, as quickly as possible. Remy de Gourmont
It is difficult to conceive any more proper and appropriate symbol of militarism than that which the Anti- Preparedness' Committee has hit upon. What could be more like the heavy, stumbling, clumsy brutal foolery which is destroying Europe than those old monsters of the past, the armored dinosaurs? These beasts, all armor-plate and no brains, had no more intelligent way of living than that of 'adequate preparedness.' All their difficulties were to be met by piling on more and more armor, until at last they sank by their own clumsy weight into the marsh lands ... Here was an animal unable to do even a little intelligent thinking. Its brain cavity in proportion to the size of its body was more diminutive than that of any other vertebrate. Like the militarist, therefore, it was unable to conceive of any intelligent foreign policy. Moreover, its vision was limited. Its eyes were small and could look only in a sidewise direction. It could not look ahead. Walter G. Fuller
When it was all over, and I was left alone in my office, I put my face in my hands and wept. I could do nothing less. George Stillman Hillard
When federal marshals in Boston arrested Anthony Burns in 1854, a vigilance committee gathered at Faneuil Hall and declared that “resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” Heavily armed with axes and pistols, they marched to the courthouse, where, in the ensuing battle, a federal officer was killed. In response, President Franklin Pierce, a Northern Democrat, mobilized the U.S. Army and Navy to transport Burns back to Virginia, at a cost of $ 100,000 (roughly equivalent to $ 4 million in 2012). As soldiers escorted the fugitive down the streets of Boston, church bells tolled in somber protest, and homeowners and shopkeepers turned their American flags upside down in a show of defiance. Joshua M. Zeitz
We’ve got the liberal bastards on the run, and we’re going to keep them on the run. Richard Nixon
Heil Nixon Anonymous
How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates, 'freedom and justice for all,' that is so unjust to so many of the people living there? Colin Kaepernick
For the sake of Zion I will not be silent, For the sake of Jerusalem I will not be still, Till her justice emerge resplendent, And her triumph like a flaming torch. Book of Isaiah