* That government is best which governs not at all
* Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well disposed are daily made the agents of injustice
*A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority
*…any man more right than his neighbors already constitutes a majority of one
*Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison
*A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority…but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight
*Know all men by these presents that I, Henry David Thoreau, do not wish to be regarded as a member of any incorporated society which I have not joined.
*They who know of no purer sources of truth, who have traced up its stream no higher, stand, and wisely stand, by the Bible and the Constitution, and drink at it there with reverence and humility; but they who behold where it comes trickling into this lake or that pool, gird up their loins once more and continue their pilgrimage toward its fountainhead.