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Quotation by Henry David Thoreau
If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (1849).
Thoreau by his account paid no poll tax for six years, for which he spent a night in jail in the summer of 1846, a gesture against the Mexican War declared that year.
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