If it is once again one against forty-eight, then I am very sorry for the forty-eight.
Free societies...are societies in motion, and with motion comes tension, dissent, friction. Free people strike sparks, and those sparks are the best evidence of freedom's existence.
The truth is that a vast restructuring of our society is needed if remedies are to become available to the average person. Without that restructuring the good will that holds society together will be slowly dissipated. It is that sense of futility which permeates the present series of protests and dissents. Where there is a persistent sense of futility, there is violence; and that is where we are today.
Disagreement produces debate but dissent produces dissension.
Dissent (which come from the Latin, dis and sentire) means originally to feel apart from others. People who disagree have an argument, but people who dissent have a quarrel. People may disagree and both may count themselves in the majority. But a person who dissents is by definition in a minority. A liberal society thrives on disagreement but is killed by dissension. Disagreement is the life blood of democracy, dissension is its cancer.
Resistance is thought transformed into feeling.
Change the thought that creates the resistance, and there is no more resistance.
Assent -- and you are sane -- , demur -- you're straightway dangerous -- , and handled with a Chain -- .
May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter.
The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all: it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.
A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.
No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels.
Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.
We may be so eager to protect the right to dissent that we lose sight of the difference between dissent and subversion.
Dissents speak to a future age.
Man is about to be an automaton; he is identifiable only in the computer. As a person of worth and creativity, as a being with an infinite potential, he retreats and battles the forces that make him inhuman. The dissent we witness is a reaffirmation of faith in man; it is protest against living under rules and prejudices and attitudes that produce the extremes of wealth and poverty and that make us dedicated to the destruction of people through arms, bombs, and gases, and that prepare us to think alike and be submissive objects for the regime of the computer.
We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder censorship, we call it concern for commercial viability.
The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
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.
It is the common failing of totalitarian regimes that they cannot really understand the nature of our democracy. They mistake dissent for disloyalty. They mistake restlessness for a rejection of policy. They mistake a few committees for a country. They misjudge individual speeches for public policy.