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  • If the abuse be enormous, nature will rise up, and claiming her original rights, overturn a corrupt political system.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It's a sad and stupid thing to have to proclaim yourself a revolutionary just to be a decent man.
  • 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.
  • 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.