Civil Disobedience - Henry David Thoreau

Civil Disobedience

By Henry David Thoreau

  • Release Date: 1866-01-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
Score: 4.5
From 672 Ratings


In it, Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War.


  • Great quick read

    By glizzybop
    All Americans should read through this
  • Timeless

    By daddygotem
    HDT speaks to us today as much as he did over 150 years ago. We probably should all reassess our allegiances, and reevaluate our priorities in this life.
  • Timeless

    By MuteLoudMouth
    Still relevant... thought provoking. HDT asks several questions that demand attention.
  • Thought provoking

    By ueuwiwwi
    Interesting thoughts on the purpose of government, the conduct thereof, and the behavior of peoples.
  • A must-read during these times.

    By TKoH
    While dated in its language at times, this is an excellent view that could be easily misconstrued if one were to ignore its core message.
  • A compelling admonishment of moral weakness full of brilliant and bold observations

    By SearchingNotReading
    Thoreau speaks boldly and unabashedly as he presents his libertarian views on government as well as on the great extent to which an individual must go to ensure that he has no part in any evil carried out by a government. He has harsh words for the vast majority of citizens, whom he admonishes for following the law rather than following what is morally right, and for being weak and hypocritical even in their critique of the government. Along the way, Thoreau makes brilliant and hard-hitting observations about society that cannot be denied and forces the reader to rethink the relationship between themselves and the state. The read is thought-provoking in the extreme.
  • Civil Disobedience

    By bryand.vinci
    Always a promisingly good read. Definitely interesting to see where our country came from politically and how we progressed. Introduced interesting values and ideals. I agree mankind should be self governed and have hopes one day we can achieve this goal.
  • Civil obedience

    By Kingliam46
  • Terrible

    By imachawk
    Worst book ever 10/10
  • Exposition on the relationship of Government and The Citizen

    By Craig Gorsuch
    A quick read that elegantly shows American Government is supposed to SERVE The People, and a reminder that all political power flows FROM The People. A bit anarchistic at times, but the principals hold up in contemporary society.