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REBELLION
[ Also see Conspiracy Defiance Discontent Discord Disobedience Dissension Independence Mob Obedience Obstinacy Opposition Perverseness Quarreling Resentment Resignation Resistance Revolution Soldiers Treachery Treason Tyranny War ]

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
      - Unattributed Author,
        inscription on cannon near ashes of John Bradshaw on top of hill near Martha Bay, Jamaica, it is also the motto on Jefferson's seal

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
      - Anonymous

The worst of rebels never arm
  To do their king or country harm,
    But draw their swords to do them good,
      As doctors cure by letting blood.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Miscellaneous Thoughts
         (l. 181)

Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--Goethe's Works

An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.
      - Henry Clay

I hate every violent overthrow, because as much is destroyed as is gained by it.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Infidels in all ages have battled for the rights of man, and have at all times been the fearless advocates of liberty and justice.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

When all other rights are taken away, the right of rebellion is made perfect.
      - Thomas Paine

Insurrection of thought always precedes insurrection of arms.
      - Wendell Phillips

The hearts
  Of all his people shall revolt from him,
    And kiss the lips of unacquainted change.
      - William Shakespeare

This word, "rebellion," it had froze them up, as fish are in a pond.
      - William Shakespeare

Rebellion in this land shall lose his sway,
  Meeting the check of such another day;
    And since this business so fair is done,
      Let us not leave till all our own be won.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (King Henry at V, iv)

Unthread the rude eye of rebellion,
  And welcome home again discarded faith.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Melun at V, iv)

There is little hope of equity where rebellion reigns.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Old forms of government finally grow so oppressive that they must be thrown off even at the risk of reigns of terror.
      - Herbert Spencer

To resist violence is implanted in the nature of man.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Quell rebellion before it spreads.
      - Vespasian (Titus Flavius Vespasianus)


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