Justice is as strictly due between neighbor nations as between neighbor citizens. A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang.
– Benjamin Franklin to Benjamin Vaughan, 14 March 1785
If… the machine of government… is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
– Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobediance, 1849We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, Why We Can’t Wait, 1963
Write on my gravestone: “Infidel, Traitor.” –infidel to every church that compromises with wrong; traitor to every government that oppresses the people.
– Wendell Phillips