Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislation? Thoreau and other Northern critics of the war viewed it as a plot by Southerners to expand slavery into the Southwest.
A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. In protest of slavery, Thoreau refused to pay taxes and spent a night in jail.
But, if I deny the authority of the State when it presents its tax-bill, it will soon take and waste all my property, and so harass me and my children without end. Only his vote can hasten the abolition of slavery who asserts his own freedom by his vote.
This, according to Paley, would be inconvenient. No man with a genius for legislation has appeared in America. He considered it an interesting experience and came out of it with a new perspective on his relationship to the government and its citizens. I was shown quite a long list of verses which were composed by some young men who had been detected in an attempt to escape, who avenged themselves by singing them.
I felt as if I alone of all my townsmen had paid my tax. The opponents of reform, he recognizes, are not faraway politicians but ordinary people who cooperate with the system. If I had known how to name them, I should then have signed off in detail from all the societies which I never signed on to; but I did not know where to find a complete list.
It is not armed with superior wit or honesty, but with superior physical strength. Associations formed elsewhere, springing from a feeling of humanity, or any other cause, have nothing whatever to do with it.
Indeed, I have reason to suspect myself on this head; and each year, as the tax-gatherer comes round, I find myself disposed to review the acts and position of the general and State governments, and the spirit of the people, to discover a pretext for conformity.
Such a fundamental immorality justifies any difficulty or expense to bring to an end.
They speak of moving society, but have no resting-place without it. Sometimes people assume that civil in this case means "observing accepted social forms; polite" which would make civil disobedience something like polite, orderly disobedience.
If imprisonment is the result, there is no shame in it — prison is the best place for a just man in an unjust society. Can we not count upon some independent votes?American author, naturalist, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau () is best known for his book Walden and his essay Civil Disobedience.
His lasting contributions to American literature focus on natural history, self-sufficient living, and individuality/5(5).
One of Thoreau's most influential writings, it has been published separately many times (Walter Harding's The Variorum Civil Disobedience, for example, appeared in ), included in volumes of selections from Thoreau (among them the Modern Library Edition of Walden and Other Writings of Henry David Thoreau, edited by Brooks.
42 quotes from Civil Disobedience and Other Essays: ‘The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. David Henry Thoreau's essay Civil Disobedience argues that if a government is being unfair, it is an individual's duty to stand up against it.
This Penlighten post briefs you on the Civil Disobedience summary for you in an effort to explain Thoreau's ideas better. Henry David Thoreau, the son of a Concord pencil-maker, graduated from Harvard in He worked a short while as a schoolmaster, but then began writing poetry.
He soon joined a religious, philosophical, and literary movement called Transcendentalism.
Henry David Thoreau's essay Civil Disobedience, published inhas influenced civil rights leaders from President John F. Kennedy to Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr. By advocating that citizens are obligated to actively (but not violently) oppose governmental rules that they believe to be unjust, Thoreau was asserting his faith in the power of the .Download