Clarence S. DarrowClarence S. Darrow, (1857-1938)

Clarence S. Darrow Quote

“The objector and the rebel who raises his voice against what he believes to be the injustice of the present and the wrongs of the past is the one who hunches the world along.”

Clarence S. DarrowClarence S. Darrow
~ Clarence S. Darrow

Address to the Court, People v. Lloyd, 1920

Ratings and Comments

Jack, Green, OH

Objectors and rebels may keep the world moving in the right direction, but it's more positive activists that keep it moving.

Joe, Rochester, MI

Thinking of PeTA, they hunch the world along too, but with negative activism.

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EGL, LA    2/14/07

Any kind of responsible and intelligent dissent that helps to make people aware of the dangers of the status quo is important. But what I like about the quote is the phrase, "hunches the world along." I admire the use of a word/phrase that no one has ever articulated in the same way-at least I have never heard this before.

Jack, Green, OH

I think I agree with EGL. I'll give Darrow a couple of extra stars for semantics, but protesters still only serves to cause intelligent discourse, not actually hunch the world along. We need them. but it takes the doers to get anywhere

E Archer, NYC

It is the rebel that breaks the chains of conformity.

Ken, Allyn, WA

It should be hard to change the world. Things are the way they are because the wisdom of generations have come to the conclusion that it is for the best. That is the basis of conservatism. It is not, however, universally true, so you still need the rebels to prod a resistant world along for changes that ought to be made.

Mike, Norwalk

Not shooting the messenger; the statement is often accurate as a single component within a much broader field of events. In the same court room, a defendant may claim a mind and heart felt obedience to justice and natural law’s inalienable rights and liberty while, the prosecutor’s raised voice can only broach wrongs and injustice against his system’s prevailing despotism and tyranny. As a component of focus  is the glass half full or half empty or . . .  Good comments here.


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