Revolution Quotes

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Every oppressed individual, class, race and group begins to form a mental picture of a revolution.
Alexander Malina

Clemency is also a revolutionary measure.
Camille Desmoulins

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

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

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

The betting market is only going to get bigger and bigger and the internet revolution has brought a whole new set of people who would never go into the traditional bookies.
William Hill

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
Paul Gauguin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'There won't be any revolution in America,' said Isadore. Nikitin agreed. 'The people are all too clean. They spend all their time changing shirts and washing themselves. You can't feel fierce and revolutionary in a bathroom.'
Eric Linklater

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

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

Every generation needs a new revolution.
Thomas Jefferson

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

Owning your own home is America's unique recipe for avoiding revolution and promoting pseudo-equality at the same time.
Florence King

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

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

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

The revolution of rising expectations (1950)
Harlan Cleveland

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

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

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

The experience of the irrationality of the world has been the driving force of all religious revolution.
Max Weber

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

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

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

Britain is not a country that is easily rocked by revolution: In Britain our institutions evolve. [on the lack of revolution in Britain]
William Hamilton

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

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

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

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

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

Revolutionaries are more formalistic than conservatives.
Italo Calvino

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

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

Every revolution has its counter-revolution - that is a sign the revolution is for real.
C Wright Mills

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

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

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

Revolutions go not backward.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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



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