Quotation Explorer - 'Dissent'

The right of dissent, or, if you prefer, the right to be wrong, is surely fundamental to the existence of a democratic society. That’s the right that went first in every nation that stumbled down the trail toward totalitarianism. - Edward R. Murrow
I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better. - Thurgood Marshall
A free society cherishes nonconformity. It knows that from the non-conformist, from the eccentric, have come many of the great ideas of freedom. A free society fertilizes the soil in which non-conformity and dissent and individualism can grow. - Henry Steele Commager
Soldiers of capitalism are the fathers of dissent. - kevin mcpherson eckhoff
My advice, as in everything, is to read widely and think for yourself We need more dissent and less dogma. - Camille Paglia
MACE, n. A staff of office signifying authority. Its form, that of a heavy club, indicates its original purpose and use in dissuading from dissent. - Ambrose Bierce
If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism; if our government is to function it must have dissent. - Henry Commager
The only voice of dissent you have to dispel is your own. - Anker Frankoni
The absence of dissent does not necessarily imply acceptance; just tolerance. - Lakshmy Menon Chatterjee
Who is an elected government in a constitutional democracy to decide it will not tolerate dissent - Christina Engela
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. - J. William Fulbright
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. - Salman Rushdie
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it. - Edward R. Murrow
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