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Henry David Thoreau

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Biography - Henry David Thoreau:

American essayist, poet and philosopher.
Born: 1817 - Died: 1862
Period:
19th century
Place of birth: United States
United States

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.




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Article IV – Liberty consists of doing anything which does not harm others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of each man has only those borders which assure other members of the society the enjoyment of these same rights. These borders can be determined only by the law.
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There are two ways of contesting, the one by the law, the other by force; the first method is proper to men, the second to beasts.
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Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.
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People must help one another it is nature's law.
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Article V – The law has the right to forbid only actions harmful to society. Anything which is not forbidden by the law cannot be impeded, and no one can be constrained to do what it does not order.
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Article VI – The law is the expression of the general will. All the citizens have the right of contributing personally or through their representatives to its formation. It must be the same for all, either that it protects, or that it punishes. All the citizens, being equal in its eyes, are equally admissible to all public dignities, places and employments, according to their capacity and without distinction other than that of their virtues and of their talents.
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Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
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Often he who omits an act does injustice, not only he who commits an act.
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The right of the strongest is the strongest wrong.
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The danger of success is that it makes us forget the world's dreadful injustice.
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To tolerate is to take upon oneself; a tolerance that comes into being on the backs of others is no longer tolerance. To tolerate the suffering of others, to tolerate an injustice of which we are not a victim or an atrocity that we are spared is not tolerance but selfishness, indifference, or worse.
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It is never too late to give up our prejudices.
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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
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It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
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It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
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The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
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Love must be as much a light as it is a flame.
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