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Dissent Quotes

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

Related topics: Government Political Open Choice

May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

 

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
- Howard Zinn

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.
- James W. Fulbright

In the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy.
- Learned Hand

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In contrast, fear societies are societies in which dissent is banned.
- Natan Sharansky

Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon
find themselves exterminating dissenters.
Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the
unanimity of the graveyard.
- Robert Jackson

Discussion in America means dissent.
- James Thurber

The rightful claim to dissent is an existential right of the individual.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

Will dissent be permitted? The answer to that question
will determine whether the society is a free society or a fear society.
- Natan Sharansky

Free societies are societies in which the right of dissent is protected.
- Natan Sharansky

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.
- Eric Hoffer

Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent?
Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.
- Jacob Bronowski

Science exists, moreover, only as a journey toward troth.
Stifle dissent and you end that journey.
- John Charles Polanyi

It's much easier to make jokes about sensitive issues
if there is some dissent,
some conflict.
- Mo Rocca

It's so easy for propaganda to work,
and dissent to be mocked.
- Harold Pinter

We may be so eager to protect the right to dissent
that we lose sight of the difference between dissent and subversion.
- Richard Perle

When a man fails to see the truth of certain generally accepted views,
there is no law compelling him to provoke animosity
by announcing his dissent.
- George Henry Lewes

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion,
dissent, and debate.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

Neither with those nor with the others,
with all I agree and dissent; in all part of truth
and part of error must be seen.
- Michael Servetus

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

Dissent is the native activity of the scientist,
and it has got him into a good deal of trouble in the last years.
But if that is cut off, what is left will not be a scientist.
And I doubt whether it will be a man.
- Jacob Bronowski

Down through the centuries, this trick has been tried
by various establishments throughout the world.
They force people to get involved in the kind of examination
that has only one aim and that is to stamp out dissent.
- Pete Seeger

Throughout the lead-up to the war, CNN worked hard
to air all sides of the story.
We had a regular segment called Voices of Dissent in
which we spent time covering antiwar protests and interviewing
those who were opposed to the war with Iraq.
- Jim Walton

The corporate grip on opinion in the United States
is one of the wonders of the Western world.
No First World country has ever managed to eliminate
so entirely from its media all objectivity -
much less dissent.
- Gore Vidal

There are men - now in power in this country -
who do not respect dissent,
who cannot cope with turmoil, and who believe that
the people of America are ready to support repression
as long as it is done with a quiet voice and a business suit.
- John Lindsay

So now is the time, more than ever, for those who truly
value all the principles of democracy,
especially including dissent, to be the most forceful in speaking up,
standing up and speaking out.
- Jim Hightower

People may believe that there can be a society where
dissent is not permitted,
but which is nonetheless not a fear society because
everyone agrees with one another and therefore no one wants to dissent.
- Natan Sharansky

I used to feel so shy speaking to girls.
It was even worse when they were around their crew
because they would diss me.
- Chris Brown

Dissents are appeals to the brooding spirit of the law,
to the intelligence of another day.
- Charles Evans Hughes

Dissents speak to a future age.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who
is not born and bred a Dissenter.
- William Hazlitt

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

So that's the dissenter's hope: that they are writing
not for today but for tomorrow.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

In a number of cases dissenting opinions have in time become the law.
- Charles Evans Hughes

You can't come out on a record dissing the system and
be on a label that's connected to the system.
- Ice T

When you walk away from a really wonderful job like that,
you start messing with everyone's priorities.
It's like you're dissing them.
- Sherry Stringfield

I'm always dissing Ray and making fun of him,
talking about his money.
- Patricia Heaton

Yeah, I did see where the people dissing me were coming from.
But, it's like, anything that happened in the past between black and white,
I can't really speak on it, because I wasn't there.
I don't feel like me being born the color I am makes me any less of a person.
- Eminem

I do get angry some time, but if I let that feeling
take over it would only cloud my thinking and disable
me from making the right decision when it counts the most.
I just try to think about my mother,
children,
God, and of course my freedom.
- Lonnie Earl Johnson

Remove advertising, disable a person or firm from proclaiming
its wares and their merits,
and the whole of society and of the economy is transformed.
The enemies of advertising are the enemies of freedom.
- David Ogilvy

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

Angry and happy don't mix.
Flush out the angry,
and the happy has a place to put down roots.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For every minute you remain angry,
you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give yourself the gift of forgiving
everyone you are angry with -
for every action you resent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Speak when you are angry -
and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.
- Laurence J. Peter

No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy -
unless you let him.
- Napoleon Hill

Being angry is as close as a human being
can come to experiencing hell on earth.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You create stress in your life by getting angry,
and you can instantly remove
that stress by granting forgiveness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When angry, count to ten before you speak.
If very angry, count to one hundred.
- Thomas Jefferson

Life is like dancing.
If we have a big floor, many people will dance.
Some will get angry when the rhythm changes.
But life is changing all the time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

Being angry harms your physical,
emotional, and spiritual well-being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whenever you are angry, be assured that
it is not only a present evil,
but that you have increased a habit.
- Epictetus

"Fair" is not a useful concept.
Life is not "fair."
You can't make life "fair."
You can get angry.
You can complain about life not being "fair."
You can attempt revenge - perhaps violently.
You can inflict great suffering upon yourself
in the name of life being "unfair."
And Life is still not "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Cry for the souls of the angry,
for they sleep the troubled sleep of the damned.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My uncle Sammy was an angry man.
He had printed on his tombstone: What are you looking at?
- Margaret Smith

When one gets angry, it is always angry AT someone -
perhaps a friend or spouse, perhaps a stranger,
perhaps the nameless "they" - "those people at the bank wronged me,"
perhaps God, or perhaps oneself.
In any case, when one gets angry,
they want to find someone to be "responsible" for what happened.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am the Wizard. This world is mine.
I speak. It's done. My realm is fine.
My wand, my tongue. My sword, my voice.
It's good. It's bad. I speak my choice.
I say happy, or I say mad.
I say angry, or I say glad.
I name that drawing on the wall.
It's not graffiti after all.
The past has been broken. The prison's not real.
My word holds the magic - the power to heal.
Intent is my weapon - a sword from above.
Cruel hate, fear, and anger transmute into love.
This world's my joy. This mouth's my toy.
Reborn -I'm a brand new girl or boy.
I choose. I speak. My will is done.
Come join. Come play. This can be fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time.
Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have
the power to choose either.
- Wayne Dyer

An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.
- Cato

One should not lose one's temper unless one is certain
of getting more and more angry to the end.
- William Butler Yeats

There is nothing that so much gratifies an ill tongue
as when it finds an angry heart.
- Thomas Fuller

Always write angry letters to your enemies.
Never mail them.
- James Fallows

The world needs anger.
The world often continues to allow evil because it isn't angry enough.
- Bede Jarrett

Every time you get angry, you poison your own system.
- Alfred A. Montapert

During his training, a baseball player strives
to make each swing better than the last.
The repetition of a faulty swing would be worse than useless.
It would ingrain bad habits.
The same is true of emotional responses.
If we allow ourselves to continue to have the same angry responses,
we just entrench our anger habit.
But if we strive - through consciousness, visualization, and coaching -
to moderate our anger response,
over time, we can train ourselves to respond
to events as we choose - without anger.
You can't magically be free from anger tomorrow,
but you can put yourself on your own training program
that will reduce the frequency and intensity
of your anger response day by day, year by year.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a small thing has the power to make you angry,
does that not indicate something about your size?
- Sydney J. Harris

He that would be angry and sin not, must not be angry with anything but sin.
- John Ruskin


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