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

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I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. John Adams

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Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F. Kennedy

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

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The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution. Hannah Arendt

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The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution. John Adams

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A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Revolutions are not made by men in spectacles.

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The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. Thomas Jefferson

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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

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History teaches us that the great revolutions aren't started by people who are utterly down and out, without hope and vision. They take place when people begin to live a little better -- and when they see how much yet remains to be achieved. Hubert Humphrey

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Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose, but their chains. .Workers of the world unite! Karl Marx

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In a revolution, as in a novel. the most difficult part to invent is the end. Alexis de Tocqueville

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The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed. Germaine Greer

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Plots, true or false, are necessary things, to raise up commonwealths, and ruin kings. John Dryden

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You said, They're harmless dreamers and they're loved by the people. -- What, I asked you, is harmless about a dreamer, and what, I asked you, is harmless about the love of the people? Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams. Tennessee Williams

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The dead have been awakened -- shall I sleep? The world's at war with tyrants -- shall I crouch? the harvest's ripe -- and shall I pause to reap? I slumber not; the thorn is in my couch; Each day a trumpet soundeth in mine ear, its echo in my heart. George Gordon Noel Byron^! 6th Baron Byron

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Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts -- it's what you do with what you have left. Hubert Humphrey

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A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another. Mao Zedong

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When people contend for their liberty they seldom get anything for their victory, but new masters.

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Revolutions never go backward. Wendell Phillips

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I have been ever of opinion that revolutions are not to be evaded. Benjamin Disraeli

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Every revolutionary ends up by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic. Albert Camus

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Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions. Aristotle

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Revolution, in order to be creative, cannot do without either a moral or metaphysical rule to balance the insanity of history. Albert Camus

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Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs. Denis Diderot

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A revolution does not last more than fifteen years, the period which coincides with the flourishing of a generation. José Ortega y Gasset

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More and more, revolution has found itself delivered into the hands of its bureaucrats and doctrinaires on the one hand, and to the enfeebled and bewildered masses on the other. Albert Camus

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The word revolution itself has become not only a dead relic of Leftism, but a key to the deadendedness of male politics: the revolution of a wheel which returns in the end to the same place; the revolving door of a politics which has liberated women only to use them, and only within the limits of male tolerance. Adrienne Rich

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The main effect of a real revolution is perhaps that it sweeps away those who do not know how to wish, and brings to the front men with insatiable appetites for action, power and all that the world has to offer. Eric Hoffer

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Although a system may cease to exist in the legal sense or as a structure of power, its values (or anti-values), its philosophy, its teachings remain in us. They rule our thinking, our conduct, our attitude to others. The situation is a demonic paradox: we have toppled the system but we still carry its genes. Ryszard Kapuściński

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The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so. Ursula K. Le Guin

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No one makes a revolution by himself; and there are some revolutions which humanity accomplishes without quite knowing how, because it is everybody who takes them in hand. George Sand

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If not us, who? If not now, when?

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If there is any period one would desire to be born in, is it not the age of Revolution; when the old and the new stand side by side, and admit of being compared; when the energies of all men are searched by fear and by hope; when the historic glories of the old can be compensated by the rich possibilities of the new era? Ralph Waldo Emerson

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In revolutions the occasions may be trifling but great interest are at stake. Aristotle

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Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth. Henrik Ibsen

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The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal. Erich Fromm

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The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement -- but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims. Joseph Conrad

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In every revolution there intrude, at the side of its true agents, men of a different stamp; some of them survivors of and devotees to past revolutions, without insight into the present movement, but preserving popular influence by their known honesty and courage, or by the sheer force of tradition; others mere brawlers, who, by dint of repeating year after year the same set of stereotyped declamations against the government of the day, have sneaked into the reputation of revolutionists of the first water They are an unavoidable evil: with time they are shaken off. Karl Marx

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The revolutionary spirit is mighty convenient in this, that it frees one from all scruples as regards ideas. Its hard absolute optimism is repulsive to my mind by the menace of fanaticism and intolerance it contains. No doubt one should smile at these things; but, imperfect Esthete, I am no better Philosopher. All claim to special righteousness awakens in me that scorn and anger from which a philosophical mind should be free. Joseph Conrad

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It is almost never when a state of things is the most detestable that it is smashed, but when, beginning to improve, it permits men to breathe, to reflect, to communicate their thoughts with each other, and to gauge by what they already have the extent of their rights and their grievances. The weight, although less heavy, seems then all the more unbearable. Alexis de Tocqueville

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The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man... not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology. Jean Genet

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We have wasted our spirit in the regions of the abstract and general just as the monks let it wither in the world of prayer and contemplation. Alexander Herzen

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We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution. Eric Hoffer

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Whether a revolutions succeeds or fails people of great hearts will always be sacrificed to it. Heinrich Heine

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All partisan movements add to the fullness of our understanding of society as a whole. They never detract; or, in any case, one must not allow them to do so. Experience adds to experience. Alice Walker

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If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions of the human mind. Wilhelm von Humboldt

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The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction. Plato

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Revolution today is taken for granted, and in consequence becomes rather dull. Wyndham Lewis