Revolution Quotes

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Winning the World Cup is the most beautiful thing to have happened to France since the Revolution.
Emmanuel Petit

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

A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station.
Abbie Hoffman

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

We forget how he revolutionised acting. [On Marlon Brando]
Anthony Quinn

J'ai vecu. I survived. (Reply when asked what he did during the French Revolution)
Abbe Emmanuel Joseph Sieyes

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

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the State.
Albert Camus

The revolution of rising expectations (1950)
Harlan Cleveland

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

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

I suggested [in 1966] that we use the panther as our symbol and call our political vehicle the Black Panther Party. The panther is a fierce animal, but he will not attack until he is backed into a corner; then he will strike out. (Revolutionary Suicide)
Huey Newton

Methods of thought which claim to give the lead to our world in the name of revolution have become, in reality, ideologies of consent and not of rebellion.
Albert Camus

There was reason to fear that the Revolution, like Saturn, might devour in turn each one of her children.
Pierre Vergniaud

A revolution is an act of violence whereby one class shatters the authority of another.
James MacGregor Burns

We have a back four of players from Gillingham, Wrexham, New England Revolution and San Juan Jaboleth - heard of them?
Leo Beenhakker

Waste no time with revolutions that do not remove the causes of your complaints but simply change the faces of those in charge.
Francesco Guicciardini

Revolutionaries are more formalistic than conservatives.
Italo Calvino

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

We are creatures of the underworld. We can't afford to love! The Children of the revolution
Moulin Rouge

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind it only the slime of bureaucracy.
Franz Kafka

Every generation needs a new revolution.
Thomas Jefferson

There are not fifty ways of fighting, there's only one, and that's to win. Neither revolution nor war consists in doing what one pleases.
Andre Malraux

you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.
Mao Zedong

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
Paul Gauguin

The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing.
Douglas Engelbart

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

I guess with myself, I was probably the first woman to lift weights and do circuit training and to run the sand hills. [Revolutioning female tennis]
Margaret Smith Court

As to Bell's talking telegraph, it only creates interest in scientific circles: its commercial values will be limited. [hmm, history would tend to suggest that it helped revolutionise the world, actually]
Elisha Gray

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

Farce is tragedy played at a thousand revolutions per minute.
John Mortimer

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
Dwight Eisenhower

I meet fathers who talk about the issues of child care, some of them are going to parenting classes. But I believe we need this fathers' revolution
Gordon Brown

Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.
Barbara Tuchman

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

Revolutions are celebrated when they are no longer dangerous.
Pierre Boulez

I perceive that, in revolutions, the supreme power rests with the most abandoned.
Georges Jacques Danton

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

A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Taxation without representation is tyranny. (Watchword of the American Revolution.)
James Otis

Revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought.
Kwame Nkrumah

At the risk of sounding ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by feelings of love.
Che Guavara

The greatest challenge of the day is how to bring about a revolution of the heart.
Dorothy Day

The Cuban revolution had just taken place, and there was a tremendous discussion going on about it [on reading about Marxism]
Henry Flynt

Revolutions go not backward.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The onlooker had better wipe the sympathy off his face. What he has seen is a revolution, not the home of little cogs and drones. What he has seen is the dormitory of the next managerial class.
William Whyte Jr

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 H Humphrey

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

Clemency is also a revolutionary measure.
Camille Desmoulins

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



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