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REVOLUTION
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[ Also see Anarchy Communism Conservatism Democracy Dissension Force Freedom Government Liberty Mob Murder Opposition Rebellion Tyranny Violence War Washington, George ]

Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior.
      - Aristotle

Revolutions are not about trifles, but spring from trifles.
      - Aristotle, Politics (bk. VII, ch. IV)

A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        Speech,
        in the House of Commons, on the Reform Bill

General rebellions and revolts of a whole people never were encouraged, now or at any time. They are always provoked.
      - Edmund Burke

Revolutionaries are more formalistic than conservatives.
      - Italo Calvino, Il Barone Rampante (ch. 28)

Every revolution ends by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic.
      - Albert Camus

Insurrection, never so necessary, is a most sad necessity; and governors who wait for that to instruct them are surely getting into the fatalest course.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Do you think then that revolutions are made with rose water?
  [Fr., Voulez-vous donc qu'on vous fasse des revolutions a l'eau-rose?]
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort,
        to Marmotel, who regretted the excesses of the Revolution

Stimulants do not give strength, comets do not give heat, and revolutions do not give liberty.
      - Philarete Chasles (Victor Euphemion Chasles)

Tokenism does not change stereotypes of social systems but works to preserve them, since it dulls the revolutionary impulse.
      - Mary Daly

At last I perceive that in revolutions the supreme power finally rests with the most abandoned.
      - Georges Jacques Danton

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
      - John Dickinson, The Liberty Song

It is a rule in games of chance that "the cards beat all the players;" and revolutions disconcert and outwit all the insurgents.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The worst of revolutions is a restoration.
      - Charles James Fox

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

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.
      - Emma Goldman

The iron harrow of revolution crushes men like the clods of the field, but in the blood-stained furrows germinates a new generation, and the soul aggrieved believes again.
      - Francois Pierre G. Guizot

The working of revolutions misleads me no more; it is as necessary to our race as its waves to the stream, that it may not be a stagnant marsh. Ever renewed in its forms, the genius of humanity blossoms.
      - Johann Gottfried von Herder

The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.
      - Abbie Hoffman

Revolution is the larva of civilization.
      - Victor Hugo

All experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
      - Franz Kafka

It is not a revolt, it is a revolution.
  [Fr., Ce n'est pas une revolte, c'est une revolution.]
      - Francois la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt,
        to Louis XVI on July 14, 1789

Nothing has ever remained of any revolution but what was ripe in the conscience of the masses.
      - Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin

When a revolutionary party has not the support of a majority either among the vanguard of the revolutionary class or among the rural population, there can be no question of a rising. A rising must have not only the majority, but must have the incoming revolutionary tide over the whole country, the complete moral and political bankruptcy of the old regime--and a deep-seated sense of insecurity among all these irresolute elements.
      - Nikolai Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


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