Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Quotes from 'Civil Disobedience,' by Henry David Thoreau

"The standing army is only an arm of the standing government."

"But a government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice ..."

"He who gives himself entirely to his fellow-men appears to them useless and selfish; but he who gives himself partially to them is pronounced a benefactor and philanthropist."

"There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men."

"Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison."

"But the rich man ... is always sold to the institution which makes him rich."

"Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government?"

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