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
Talent ... is most likely to be found among non-conformists, dissenters, and rebels.
~ David Ogilvy
The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.
~ Eleanor Holmes Norton
The beginning of thought is in disagreement -- not only with others but also with ourselves.
~ Eric Hoffer
Free societies are societies in which the right of dissent is protected. ~ Natan Sharansky
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
In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.
~ J. William Fulbright
Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear. ~ Harry S. Truman
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it. ~ Edward R. Murrow
Non-cooperation is a measure of discipline and sacrifice, and it demands respect for the opposite views. ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi
You do not become a "dissident" just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual carreer. You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. It begins as an attemp0t to do yur work well, anmd ends with being branded an enemy of society. ~ Vaclav Havel
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us. ~ William O. Douglas
I stood among them, but not of them; in a shroud of thoughts which were not their thoughts. ~ Lord Byron