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“What I think right”

Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.
     — Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

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“Resistance to Civil Government”
(“Civil Disobedience”)

Thoreau wrote in protest of slavery and the Mexican-American War to reveal great truths. He places the individual over the state.

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