If you’re a good citizen, you always do what the government expects.

Whether its a government, a school, or a group of friends, I want to be a good person, even if it makes me a bad "citizen." I want to retain who I am throughout life. I want to have the courage to change what I can, accept what I can't, and know the difference between the two.

Why has every man a conscience?

I ask permission to cross into the forbidden woods.
It is my duty to wash my hands of it
It has weighed on my thoughts.

The history of liberty is a history of resistance.

What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.

They force me to become like themselves
What whip lashed them to their knees in shame and submission?
The worship of the word "We."
They will forget themselves
Their every truth is not quite true.

Is uniformity of opinion desirable?
Imitation is suicide.
Men have avoided me, and women shown no pity, and children screamed and fled
Because it is my name.
At this moment i resolve to fight

I notice two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to mefootprints-in-the-sand.jpg
and error has fled before them
Get up, stand up
You could be honest too if you try.
Would you turn the other cheek?

Few have the greatness to bend history itself

But resistance is not futile
nor can in books be read the legend of a life more benedight.

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