A Quote by James William Fulbright on democracy, dissent, faith, medicine, and value

In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects.

J. William Fulbright (1905 - 1995)

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on dissent, principles, protestantism, and religion

The religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principles of resistance: it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 123.

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A Quote by General Dwight David Eisenhower on acceptance, america, confusion, dissent, honesty, men, men and women, spirit, and women

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionist and rebel men and women who dare to disssent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

Dwight Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)

Source: Address, May 31, 1954

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A Quote by Carey McWilliams on dissent, errors, good, science, truth, and value

The value of dissent is not purely negative; it does more than protect us from error. It often points to the truth. One could make a good case for the proposition that the heroes of science, the arts, and the professions have been dissenters.

Carey McWilliams

Source: Not Subject to Change

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on direction, dissent, integrity, judgment, knowledge, mind, modesty, reality, thinking, and truth

No matter how vast your knowledge or how modest, it is your own mind that has to acquire it. It is only with your own knowledge that you can deal. It is only your own knowledge that you can claim to possess or ask others to consider. Your mind is your only judge of truth - and if others dissent from your verdict, reality is the court of final appeal. Nothing but a man's mind can perform that complex, delicate, crucial process of identification which is thinking. Nothing can direct the process but his own judgment. Nothing can direct his judgment but his moral integrity.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 935)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on authority, dissent, originality, and purpose

MACE, n. A staff of office signifying authority. Its form, that of a heavy club, indicates its original purpose and use in dissuading from dissent.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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