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- But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? 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.
- I realized that the only purpose to revolution is to be able to love who you want, how you want, when you want and where you want...
- A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.
- Napoleon Bonaparte. Journal of International Affairs, By Columbia University. School of International Affairs, 1976, pg 94.
- The first duty of society is to give each of its members the possibility of fulfilling his destiny. When it becomes incapable of performing this duty it must be transformed.
- Alexis Carrel, Reflections on Life.
- Revolution: Political movement which gets many people´s hopes up, let´s even more people down, makes almost everybody uncomfortable, and a few, extraordinarily rich. It is widely held in high regard.
- Adolfo Bioy Casares, Descanso de caminantes, 2001.
- There are seasons, in human affairs, of inward and outward revolution, when new depths seem to be broken up in the soul, when new wants are unfolded in multitudes, and a new and undefined good is thirsted for. There are periods when...to dare, is the highest wisdom.
- William Ellery Channing, The Union (1829).
- The French Revolution qualitatively transformed all aspects of human culture, including science, for better or worse. The institutional ideological changes wrought in French science by the Revolution and its aftermath shaped the subsequent course of modern science everywhere. The essential underlying factor, as the Hessen thesis maintains, was the victory of capitalism, which the Revolution consolidated. The new social order spread to Europe and the rest of the world, everywhere subordinating the further development of science to capitalist interests.
- Clifford D. Conner, A People's History of Science (2005)
- Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
- The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionaries are philosophers and saints.
- Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind; and when the same thought occurs to another man, it is the key to that era.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: First Series, 1841.
- The succeessful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.
- Erich Fromm Escape from Freedom, 1941.
- A non-violent revolution is not a program of seizure of power. It is a program of transformation of relationships, ending in a peaceful transfer of power.
- Mohandas K. Gandhi, Non-violence in Peace and War, 1948.
- A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government.
- Goethe, Conversations with Goethe, 1824.
- The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it drop.
- Che Guevara. "Che Guevara: Revolutionary & Icon", by Trisha Ziff, Abrams Image, 2006, pg 69.
- In a revolution, one triumphs or dies (if it is a true revolution).
- At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality. Perhaps it is one of the great dramas of the leader that he or she must combine a passionate spirit with a cold intelligence and make painful decisions without flinching. Our vanguard revolutionaries must idealize this love of the people, of the most sacred causes, and make it one and indivisible. They cannot descend, with small doses of daily affection, to the level where ordinary people put their love into practice.
The leaders of the revolution have children just beginning to talk, who are not learning to call their fathers by name; wives, from whom they have to be separated as part of the general sacrifice of their lives to bring the revolution to its fulfilment; the circle of their friends is limited strictly to the number of fellow revolutionists. There is no life outside of the revolution.
In these circumstances one must have a great deal of humanity and a strong sense of justice and truth in order not to fall into extreme dogmatism and cold scholasticism, into isolation from the masses. We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force.
- Excerpts from the two paragraphs above have sometimes been quoted in abbreviated form: At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality... We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force.
- Variant translation: One must have a large dose of humanity, a large dose of a sense of justice and truth in order to avoid dogmatic extremes, cold scholasticism, or an isolation from the masses. We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity is transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force.
- Che Guevara, Man and Socialism in Cuba (1965), A letter to Carlos Quijano, editor of Marcha a radical weekly published in Montevideo, Uruguay; published as "From Algiers, for Marcha : The Cuban Revolution Today" (12 March 1965); also published in Verde Olivo, the magazine of the Cuban armed forces "Socialism and Man in Cuba" - Variant translation by Margarita Zimmermann
- State authority can never be an end in itself; for, if that were so, any kind of tyranny would be inviolable and sacred. If a government uses the instruments of power in its hands for the purpose of leading a people to ruin, then rebellion is not only the right but also the duty of every individual citizen.
- When hopes and dreams are loose in the street, it is well for the timid to lock doors, shutter windows and lie low until the wrath has passed.
- Eric Hoffer, The True Believer, 1951.
- 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, The Temper of Our Time, 1967.
- The first duty of a revolutionist is to get away with it. The second duty is to eat breakfast. I ain't going.
- Abbie Hoffman, spoken to police immediately prior to his 1968 arrest in Chicago; quoted in Marty Jezer's biography of him, "Abbie Hoffman: American Rebel".
- One should never put on one's best trousers to go out to battle for freedom and truth.
- Perhaps a revolution can overthrow autocratic despotism and profiteering or power-grabbing oppression, but it can never truly reform a manner of thinking; instead, new prejudices, just like the old ones they replace, will serve as a leash for the great unthinking mass.
- Immanuel Kant, What Is Enlightenment.
- The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.
- John F. Kennedy: "Message to Chairman Khrushchev Concerning the Meaning of Events in Cuba," April 18, 1961. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.
- Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
- John F. Kennedy, in a speech at the White House, 13 March 1962, Address on the first Anniversary of the Alliance for Progress.
- A great change is at hand, and our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution, that change, peaceful and constructive for all.
- A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.
- Robert Kennedy, Speech in the United States Senate (9 May 1966)
- You cannot buy the Revolution. You cannot make the Revolution. You can only be the Revolution. It is in your spirit or it is nowhere.
- This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.
- Revolution is not a dinner party, nor an essay, nor a painting, nor a piece of embroidery; it cannot be advanced softly, gradually, carefully, considerately, respectfully, politely, plainly, and modestly. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.
- Mao Zedong, as quoted in "Che Guevara: Revolutionary & Icon" (2006) by Trisha Ziff, p. 66.
- Keep this straight in your head: we are not fighting an alien invasion — we're leading a revolution. And today the battle begins.
- The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man. Unless he understands this, he does not grasp the essential meaning of his life.
- Huey Newton, Revolutionary Suicide, 1973.
- The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.
- George Orwell, in a letter to Malcolm Muggeridge (4 December 1948), published in Malcolm Muggeridge : A Life (1980) by Ian Hunter
- Most anarchists believe the coming change can only come through a revolution, because the possessing class will not allow a peaceful change to take place; still we are willing to work for peace at any price, except at the price of liberty.
- Lucy Parsons, in The Principles of Anarchism.
- Everywhere revolutions are painful yet fruitful gestations of a people: they shed blood but create light, they eliminate men but elaborate ideas.
- Manuel Gonzalez Prada, Horas de lucha, 1908.
- There is a revolution coming. It will not be like revolutions of the past. It will originate with the individual and with culture, and it will change the political structure only as its final act. It will not require violence to succeed, and it cannot be successfully resisted by violence. It is now spreading with amazing rapidity, and already our laws, institutions and social structure are changing in consequence. It promises a higher reason, a more human community, and a new and liberated individual. Its ultimate creation will be a new and enduring wholeness and beauty — a renewed relationship of man to himself, to other men, to society, to nature, and to the land.
This is the revolution of the new generation.
- The Revolution will not be televised. The Revolution will be no rerun, brothers. The Revolution — will be live.
- Similar though Marx and Thoreau may be in their accounts of the consequences of living in a society defined by money, their suggestions for how to respond to it are poles apart. Forget the Party. Forget the revolution. Forget the general strike. Forget the proletariat as an abstract class of human interest. Thoreau's revolution begins not with discovering comrades to be yoked together in solidarity but with the embrace of solitude. For Thoreau, Marx's first and fatal error was the creation of the aggregate identity of the proletariat. Error was substituted for error. The anonymity and futility of the worker were replaced by the anonymity and futility of the revolutionary. A revolution conducted by people who have only a group identity can only replace one monolith of power with another, one misery with another, perpetuating the cycle of domination and oppression. In solitude, the individual becomes most human, which is to say most spiritual.
- Curtis White, “The spirit of disobedience: An invitation to resistance,” Harper’s, April 2006, pp. 37-38
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 672-73.
- Revolutions are not about trifles, but spring from trifles.
- Aristotle, Politics, Book VII, Chapter IV.
- A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, speech in the House of Commons, on the Reform Bill (1866).
- Voulez-vous donc qu'on vous fasse des révolutions à l'eau-rose?
- Do you think then that revolutions are made with rose water?
- Sebastian Chamfort to Marmotel, who regretted the excesses of the Revolution.
- Ce n'est pas une révolte, c'est une révolution.
- It is not a revolt, it is a revolution.
- Duc de Liancourt to Louis XVI (July 14, 1789). Found in Carlyle's French Revolution, Part I, Book V, Chapter VII.
- Je suis le signet qui marque la page où la révolution s'est arrêtée; mais quand je serai mort, elle tournera le feuillet et reprendra sa marche.
- 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.
- Napoleon I, to Count Molé.
- Revolutions are not made; they come.
- Wendell Phillips, speech on public opinion (Jan. 28, 1852).
- Revolutions never go backward.
- Wendell Phillips, speech on progress (Feb. 17, 1861).
- I know and all the world knows, that revolutions never go backwards.
- William H. Seward, speech on the "Irrepressible Conflict" (October 1858).
- O God! that one might read the book of fate,
And see the revolutions of the times
Make mountains level, and the continent
Weary of solid firmness, melt itself
Into the sea!
- Seditiosissimus quisque ignavus.
- The most seditious is the most cowardly.
- Tacitus, Annales (AD 117), IV. 34.
- All oppressed people are authorized, wherever they can, to rise and break their fetters.
- The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
- If the abuse be enormous, nature will rise up, and claiming her original rights, overturn a corrupt political system.
- Samuel Johnson, Life of Samuel Johnson, 1763.
- No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution... Revolution is but thought carried into action.
- Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
- Revolution is not a one time event.
- The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
- The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
- The revolution […] is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.
- The most heroic word in all languages is revolution.
- It's a sad and stupid thing to have to proclaim yourself a revolutionary just to be a decent man.
- David Harris (ambiguous attribution).
- Too many so-called leaders of the movement have been made into celebrities and their revolutionary fervor destroyed by mass media. They become Hollywood objects and lose identification with the real issues. The task is to transform society; only the people can do that—not heroes, not celebrities, not stars. The revolutionary's place is in the community with the people.
- By the end, everybody had a label — pig, liberal, radical, revolutionary […] If you had everything but a gun, you were a radical but not a revolutionary.
- Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.
- There can be revolution only where there is a conscience.
- Graffiti written during French student revolt, May 1968.
- The revolution must take place in men before it can be manifest in things.
- Graffiti written during French student revolt, May 1968.
- To be a revolutionary is first of all to make sure of permanence and of one's good reception. After which intellectual masturbation is permitted.
- Graffiti written during French student revolt, May 1968.
- A revolution is not a bed of roses ... a revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.
- Fidel Castro, speech, 1961.
- At last I perceive that in revolutions the supreme power rests with the most abandoned.
- When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.
- Revolutions are the locomotives of history.
- 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.
- No revolution can ever succeed as a factor of liberation unless the MEANS used to further it be identical in spirit and tendency with the PURPOSES to be achieved. Revolution is the negation of the existing, a violent protest against man's inhumanity to man with all the thousand and one slaveries it involves. It is the destroyer of dominant values upon which a complex system of injustice, oppression, and wrong has been built up by ignorance and brutality. It is the herald of NEW VALUES, ushering in a transformation of the basic relations of man to man, and of man to society.
- Revolution is impossible until it's inevitable.