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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 ]

It is only by instigation of the wrongs of men that what we call the rights of men become turbulent and dangerous.
      - James Russell Lowell

We deplore the outrages which accompany revolutions. But the more violent the outrages, the more assured we feel that a revolution was necessary.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Great revolutions are the work rather of principles than of bayonets, and are achieved first in the moral, and afterwards in the material sphere.
      - Giuseppe Mazzini

The young are generally full of revolt, and are often pretty revolting about it.
      - Mignon McLaughlin

Those who give the first shock to a state are naturally the first to be overwhelmed in its ruin. The fruits of public commotion are seldom enjoyed by the man who was the first to set it a going; he only troubles the water for another's net.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

As men are affected in all ages by the same passions, the occasions which bring about great changes are different, but the causes are always the same.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

There is no revolution that can change the nature of man.
      - Benito Mussolini

I am the signet which marks the page where the revolution has been stopped; but when I die it will turn the page and resume its course.
  [Fr., Je suis le signet qui marque la page ou la revolution s'est arretee; mais quand je serai mort, elle tournera le feuillet et reprendra sa marche.]
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I),
        to Count Mole

Revolutions are like the most noxious dungheaps, which bring into life the noblest vegetables.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.
      - Thomas Paine

Political convulsions, like geological upheavings usher in new epochs of the world's progress.
      - Wendell Phillips

When Marmontel was regretting the excesses of the period, Chamfort asked: "Do you think that revolutions are made with rose-water?"
      - Wendell Phillips

Revolutions never go backward.
      - Wendell Phillips, Speech--Progress

Revolutions are not made; they come.
      - Wendell Phillips, Speech--Public Opinion

One revolution is just like one cocktail, it just gets you organized for the next.
      - Will Rogers

I know and all the world knows, that revolutions never go backwards.
      - William Henry Seward,
        Speech on the Irrepressible Conflict

O God! that one might read the book of fate,
  And see the revolution of the times
    Make mountains level. and the continent,
      Weary of solid firmness, melt itself
        Into the sea!
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (King Henry at III, i)

With the exception of capitalism, there is nothing so revolting as revolution.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Revolutionary moments attract those who are not good enough for established institutions as well as those who are too good for them.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        Androcles and the Lion

Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        Man and Superman--"The Revolutionist's Handbook"

No revolution can be made with silk gloves.
      - Joseph Stalin

The mills of our revolution grind well.
      - Joseph Stalin

The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end.
      - Adlai E. Stevenson

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

The most seditious is the most cowardly.
  [Lat., Seditiosissimus quisque ignavus.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (IV, 34)


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