Civil disobedience is the active, professed refusal to obey certain laws, demands, and commands of a government, or of an occupying international power. Civil disobedience is commonly, though not always, defined as being nonviolent resistance. It is one form of civil resistance. In one view (in India, known as ahimsa or satyagraha) it could be said that it is compassion in the form of respectful disagreement.
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Famous quotes containing the words disobedience and/or civil:
“Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is mans original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.”
—Oscar Wilde (18541900)
“[I]t is a civil Cowardice to be backward in asserting what you ought to expect, as it is a military Fear to be slow in attacking when it is your Duty.”
—Richard Steele (16721729)