Quotations: Revolution

A revolution is interesting insofar as it avoids like the plague the plague it promised to heal
Daniel Berrigan

Revolution is an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.
Ambrose Bierce

The Framers [of the Constitution] knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny.
Hugo Black

Revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets
Napoleon Bonaparte

Revolt and revolution both wind up at the same crossroads: the police, or folly
Albert Camus

The revolution... is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.
Fidel Castro

I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action.
Fidel Castro

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
G. K. Chesterton

Revolution is a serious thing, the most serious thing about a revolutionary's life. When one commits oneself to the struggle, it must be for a lifetime.
Angela Davis

All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution
Havelock Ellis

Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A revolution only lasts fifteen years, a period which coincides with the effectiveness of a generation
Jose Ortega Gasset

Revolution is not the uprising against preexisting order, but the setting up of a new order contradictory to the traditional one
Jose Ortega Gasset

In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters.
Paul Gauguin

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
Stephen Jay Gould

Revolution is the festival of the oppressed
Germaine Greer

Eager souls, mystics and revolutionaries, may propose to refashion the world in accordance with their dreams; but evil remains, and so long as it lurks in the secret places of the heart, utopia is only the shadow of a dream
Nathaniel Hawthorne

For the greatest revolutionary changes on this earth would not have been thinkable if their motive force, instead of fanatical, yes, hysterical passion, had been merely the bourgeois virtues of law and order
Adolf Hitler

Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit.
Abbie Hoffman

A great revolution in just one single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a society and, further, will enable a change in the destiny of humankind.
Daisaku Ikeda

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives
William James

Every generation needs a new revolution.
Thomas Jefferson

Don't worry, be crappy. Revolutionary means you ship and then test... Lots of things made the first Mac in 1984 a piece of crap - but it was a revolutionary piece of crap.
Guy Kawasaki

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

We have a lot of people revolutionizing the world because they've never had to present a working model
Charles F. Kettering

The more there are riots, the more repressive action will take place, and the more we face the danger of a right-wing takeover and eventually a fascist society.
Martin Luther King

Any revolutionary agitation exacts enormous sacrifices, not so much in terms of prison sentences and years of incarceration which have been raining down by the hundreds of years annually, as in terms of the manifold personal sacrifices sustained by
Peter Kropotkin

If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution
Abraham Lincoln

There was much in such a society that was primitive and insecure and it certainly could never measure up to the demands of the present epoch. But in such a society are contained the seeds of revolutionary democracy in which none will be held in slave
Nelson Mandela

May slavery be banished forever together with the distinction between castes, all remaining equal, so Americans may only be distinguished by vice or virtue... In the new laws, may torture not be allowed.
Jose Maria Morelos

In America, the land of the permanent revolution, ulcers and cancer often become, for the men at the top, the contemporary equivalent of the guillotine.
Ted Morgan

Those who hate most fervently must have once loved deeply; those who want to deny the world must have once embraced what they now set on fire.
Milly Queenie

Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder
George Bernard Shaw

Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.
Tom Stoppard

The Internet revolution is going to be like all the other revolutions we have seen in history. It's going to be over before a lot of us even know it started.
Adolfo Suarez

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
Mao Tse-Tung

Revolution is not a dinner party, not an essay, nor a painting, nor a piece of embroidery; it cannot be advanced softly, gradually, carefully, considerately, respectfully, politely, plainly and modestly.
Mao Tse-Tung

When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her.
Oscar Wilde

The seed of revolution is repression.
Woodrow T. Wilson

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