Quotations The Best Quotes About Rebellion  

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I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government. Thomas Jefferson

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What is a rebel? A man who says no. Albert Camus

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When the sword of rebellion is drawn, the sheath should be thrown away.

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It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them. T. S. Eliot

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A riot is the language of the unheard. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering. Edmund Burke

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The rebel can never find peace. He knows what is good and, despite himself, does evil. The value which supports him is never given to him once and for all -- he must fight to uphold it, unceasingly. Albert Camus

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Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion.

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I wouldn't have turned out the way I was if I didn't have all those old-fashioned values to rebel against. Madonna

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Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being. Albert Camus

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No one can go on being a rebel too long without turning into an autocrat. Lawrence Durrell

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Insurrection is an art, and like all arts has its own laws. Leon Trotsky

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Insurrection: Insurrection as soon as circumstances allow: insurrection, strenuous, ubiquitous: the insurrection of the masses: the holy war of the oppressed: the republic to make republicans: the people in action to initiate progress. Let the insurrection announce with its awful voice the decrees of God: let it clear and level the ground on which its own immortal structure shall be raised. Let it, like the Nile, flood all the country that it is destined to make fertile. Giuseppe Mazzini

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Anyone who can be proved to be a seditious person is an outlaw before God and the emperor; and whoever is the first to put him to death does right and well. Therefore let everyone who can, smite, slay and stab, secretly or openly, remembering that nothing can be more poisonous, hurtful, or devilish than a rebel. Martin Luther

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The burning of rebellious thoughts in the little breast, of internal hatred and opposition, could not long go on without slight whiffs of external smoke, such as mark the course of subterranean fire. Harriet Beecher Stowe

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All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears. Rebecca West

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The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well? You may say the wisest thing you can, old man, -- you who have lived seventy years, not without honor of a kind, -- I hear an irresistible voice which invites me away from all that. Henry David Thoreau

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I won't go back and live in the sea again. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Most commonly revolt is born of material circumstances; but insurrection is always a moral phenomenon. Revolt is Masaniello, who led the Neapolitan insurgents in 1647; but insurrection is Spartacus. Insurrection is a thing of the spirit, revolt is a thing of the stomach. Victor Hugo

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For as the interposition of a rivulet, however small, will occasion the line of the phalanx to fluctuate, so any trifling disagreement will be the cause of seditions; but they will not so soon flow from anything else as from the disagreement between virtue and vice, and next to that between poverty and riches. Aristotle

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"This is as 'alone' as I'm likely to get with you -- you're not half so fetching as your daughter." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Insurrection. An unsuccessful revolution; disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government. Ambrose Bierce

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"I want to live like a man." Janet Morris, Chris Morris