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Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. William Penn
When the people contend for their liberty, they seldom get anything by their victory but new masters. George Savile
A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past. Fidel Castro
All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State. Albert Camus
No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots. Barbara Ehrenreich
You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution. Gilbert K. Chesterton
There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law. Abraham Lincoln
Our patience will achieve more than our force. Edmund Burke
Revolutions are the periods of history when individuals count most. Norman Mailer
A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station. Abbie Hoffman
The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun. R. Buckminster Fuller
Revolutions are the locomotives of history. Karl Marx
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution. Hannah Arendt
If Socialism can only be realized when the intellectual development of all the people permits it, then we shall not see Socialism for at least five hundred years. Vladimir Lenin
An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters. Henry Clay
Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against. Thomas Carlyle
When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. Victor Hugo
Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic. Albert Camus
Revolution is the festival of the oppressed. Germaine Greer
Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle. Edmund Burke
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. Thomas Jefferson
The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth. Mikhail Bakunin
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. G. M. Trevelyan
In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than to be magnanimous at an inopportune time. Leon Trotsky
A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
The worst of revolutions is a restoration. Charles James Fox
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
All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution. Havelock Ellis
Those who tortured me had no right to inflict such humiliation on a human being, physically upon my person, and morally upon themselves. Djamila Bouhired
The Army in Algeria is troubled by the recognition of its responsibility towards the men who are fighting and risking a useless sacrifice if the representatives of the nation are not determined to maintain Algeria as French. Raoul Salan
Thus will the Sharif Husain ... be made to suffer the humiliation which he has brought upon himself by having bartered the dignity conferred upon him by the Caliph of Islam [the Ottoman Sultan] for a state of enslavement to the British. Ahmed Djemal
Army of God. Anonymous
We can set the spark that lights the fire. John Brown
The big successful Communist revolutions occurred in poor agrarian societies–Russia in 1917 and China in 1949–not in industrialized societies, as Marx had predicted. William Easterly
Radical revolutionaries are so taken up with their theories about the rights of man, that they have totally forgotten his nature. Edmund Burke
The colored man looms large in the Communist plan to take over America, and he will say that government welfare programs were designed to attract large numbers of blacks to the cities, where they would foment a vicious race war... . Fred Koch
This you may … rely on, that none of them will ever submit to the loss of those valuable rights & privileges which are essential to the happiness of every free State, and without which, Life, Liberty & property are rendered totally insecure. George Washington
We would express to your Excellency the just Resentment which we feel at the Indignities offered to our worthy fellow Citizens in Boston and the frequent Violations of private property by the Soldiers under your Command. These Enormities committed by a Standing Army, in our opinion, unlawfully posted there in a time of Peace, are irritating in the greatest Degree, and if not remedied will endanger the involving all America in the Horrors of a civil War! Your Situation Sir is extremely critical. A rupture between the Inhabitants of the Province over which you preside and the Troops under your Command would produce Consequences of the most serious Nature: A Wound which would never be healed! It would probably establish Animosities between Great Britain & the Colonies which time would never eradicate! Samuel Adams
White society will not listen to preaching. They will not listen to their liberals. Liberalism has not grown within white society, and we blacks cannot stand idly by watching the situation. We can only generate a response from white society when we, as blacks, speak with a black voice and say what we want. Now has come the time when we, as blacks, must articulate what we want, and put it across to the white man, and from a position of strength. Steven Biko
It cannot be too often reiterated that this Government does not possess the weapons which would be needed to enable it to meet head-on the threat to national independence presented by the communist elements in foreign countries. This poses an extremely difficult problem as to the measures which our Government can take to prevent the communists from achieving success in the countries where resistance is lowest. George F. Kennan
When public rejoicing carries to their families the news of a victory, they will be able to say with the exultation of their enthusiasm: ‘I armed the hand of that valiant man who assures his glory and our liberty’. Maria San Martin
The blood of the Carrera cries for vengeance. Vengeance, fellow countrymen! Hatred eternal for the despots of South America... Chile is to be a mere colony of Buenos Aires, as she once was a colony of Spain... From the Argentine they send governors for your provinces, magistrates for your towns, generals and armies for you frontiers Jose Miguel Carrera
in times of revolution, it is dangerous to carry through fundamental changes suddenly, however reasonable and desirable they may be in themselves. This is to risk losing everything Bernardo O'Higgins
We decided to act carefully, concealing our aims, because if the movement were frankly revolutionary it would not be supported by the general mass of people... Since the natives are indifferent to the word liberty it is necessary to make them believe that the rising is undertaken simply to favor King Ferdinand. Ignacio Allende
I beheld absolutism in all its power; and I felt encouraged to enter into a struggle against Augustin I. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
If Brazil should decide on separation, let it be under your leadership, since you are bound to respect me, rather than under one of these adventurers. John IV
a government which goes counter to the will of the nation must be overthrown at once... It is dangerous to drive the people to despair and force them to demand by violence that which they as yet seek only by constitutional means. Tamoyo
Certainly the worker has nothing to lose by a change from government and capitalism to a condition of no government, of anarchy. ~ Alexander Berkman
Revolutions are not made with rose-water. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
Now I must defend with my blood the ideas that have come from my pen. Alexander Hamilton
At that stage my heart ruled my head Kamisese Mara
Do you trust the government? No? In that case, let’s overthrow it tomorrow. Ismail Enver Pasha
Most of them are military commanders, country notables and landowners, and educated people. It is inconceivable that such a group should incline to the theory of Communism. But if Western countries persist in applying unjust pressure, they may well throw themselves into Russia’s arms. Ahmet Izzet
Bloody revolutions are solid; bloodless ones are not permanent. But we have shed sufficient blood to come to this revolution. It has been shed not only on battlefields, but within the country…There have been many risings, all of which have been suppressed. Let us hope that there will be no more bloodshed. The first duty of our educated people is to enlighten and guide the opponents of our happy revolution. Kemal Ataturk
We encountered the greatest resistance when we abolished the caliphate. But the two-headed system could not go on for ever. It nourished the expectation that the sovereign would return under the guise of caliph…and gave hope to the [Ottoman dynasty]. Mustafa Ismet
The revolution is a torrent which sweeps aside those who resist it. Mahmut Esat Bozkurt
You charge that we stir up insurrections among your slaves. We deny it; and what is your proof? … you have failed to implicate a single Republican … If any member of our party is guilty in that matter, you know it or you do not know it. If you do know it, you are inexcusable for not designating the man and proving the fact. If you do not know it, you are inexcusable for asserting it, and especially for persisting in the assertion after you have tried and failed to make the proof. You need to be told that persisting in a charge which one does not know to be true, is simply malicious slander. Abraham Lincoln
This is where the rebellion was begun, and by God, this is where it will end. William Tecumseh Sherman
There are Abolitionists among us fully capable of organizing a military crusade, and of stirring up a servile insurrection in the Southern States. Raleigh, North Carolina, Register
The tea has been thrown overboard. The revolution of 1860 has been initiated. Charleston Mercury
It pains me to learn that things are even worse than is understood… A plot is forming to seize the Capitol on or before the 4th of March… William H. Seward
We have it within our power to begin the world over again. Thomas Paine
Repression can only go up to a point. When it becomes too acute, the instruments of repression, namely the army and the police, have been proved time and time again in history to have turned their guns on their masters. Lee Kuan Yew
The workers and peasants had created their own institutions to administer the cities in republican Spain, formed their own armed workers' squads to patrol the streets, and established a remarkable revolutionary militia force to fight the Francista [fascists of General Franco] forces -- a voluntaristic militia in which men and women elected their own commanders and in which military rank conferred no social, material, or symbolic distinctions. Murray Bookchin
The revolution eats its own. Capitalism re-creates itself. Mordecai Richler
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We did not have a revolution in order to have a democracy. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
I’m getting tired of all this. No more of this coup shit! Lyndon B. Johnson
They lose least who have least to lose. Rose Cecil O'Neill
Liberation is no longer, and can be no longer, merely a national concern. The dimension of the struggle, as Lenin and the Bolsheviks so clearly saw, is international: its road is the socialist revolution David Horowitz
O posterity, sweet and tender hope of humanity, thou art not a stranger to us; it is for thee that we brace all the blows of tyranny, it is thy happiness which is the price of our painful struggles: often discouraged by the obstacles that surround us, we fell the need of they consolations; it is to thee that we confide the task of completing our labors, and the destiny of all the unborn generations of men… Make haste, O posterity, to bring to pass the hour of equality, of justice, of happiness! Maximilien Robespierre
If the French delirium is not properly repressed, it may be more or less fatal to the heart of Europe for the pestilential air must inevitably ravage and destroy everything it approaches. Friedrich Melchior von Grimm
I cannot be at ease until Europe, and all of Europe, is in flames. And I dream of a universal crusade for liberty. Pierre Jacques Brissot de Warville
There is something satanic about the French Revolution that distinguishes it from everything we have known, and perhaps from everything we will ever witness. Joseph de Maistre
A totally new era in the history of mankind. Joseph Priestley
To quell all nations - to dethrone all Kings, and plant the Tree of Liberty in our Irish land. Defenders
The day of reckoning came, and that day was the Terror. The heirs of those who toiled made their account with the heirs of those who played. Francois Auguste Alexis Mignet
The French revolution was… to terminate the strife of kings among themselves, and to commence that between kings and people…. The princes of Europe, who had hitherto had no enemies but themselves, viewed it in the light of a common foe. Francois Auguste Alexis Mignet
Comrades! The revolt by the five kulak administrative regions must be suppressed without mercy. The interest of the entire revolution demands this, because we have now before us the "final decisive battle" against the kulaks. We need to set an example. You need to hang (most definitely hang, so that the public sees) at least 100 notorious kulaks, the rich, the bloodsuckers. This needs to be accomplished in such a way, that people for hundreds of miles around will see, tremble, know and scream out: let's choke and strangle those blood-sucking kulaks. Telegraph us acknowledging receipt and execution of this. Yours, Lenin…. P.S. Find some of the tougher people for this. Vladimir Lenin
All right, I can see the broken eggs. Now where's this omelet of yours? Victor Serge; Victor Lvovich Khibalchich
I have brought you to the ring, now dance if you can. William Wallace
The word Revolution, which we Socialists are so often forced to use, has a terrible sound in most people's ears, even when we have explained to them that it does not necessarily mean a change accompanied by riot and all kinds of violence William Morris
If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we are at no loss to perceive that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions of the human mind Wilhelm von Humboldt
There is always a certain glamour about the idea of a nation rising up to crush an evil simply because it is wrong. Unfortunately, this can seldom be realized in real life; for the very existence of the evil usually argues a moral weakness in the very place where extraordinary moral strength is called for. W. E. B. Du Bois
As things stand now the feudal lords are content to look on while the Shogunate carries on in a highhanded manner. Neither the lords nor the Shogun can be depended upon, and so our only hope lies in grass-roots heroes. Yoshida Shoin
As long as those responsible are still lurking in the shadows and this culture of silence remains, then certain sections of the community will remain insecure, intimidated and live in fear…. If we succumb to pardoning these men, then we are sabotaging and undermining our own ability to act without fear or favour. We reap what we sow. We will sow a culture of coups for our children. We must therefore, uphold the Rule of Law and Justice. Adi Koila Mara Nailatikau
Intolerance breeds injustice. Injustice invariably leads to rebellion and retaliation, and these will lead to escalation on the part of both making reconciliation almost impossible Mahathir Mohamad
The Regulars are coming out! Paul Revere
This will be the century of America. Gustav III
In the name of Almighty God and on the Holy Gospels, by this irrevocable and sacred oath I unite myself in body, in goods, in will and in my whole potential to the Corsican Nation, in such a way that I myself and everything that belongs to me shall belong to it without redemption. I swear to live and to die for it, to observe all its laws and to obey its legitimate leaders and magistrates in everything that is in conformity with the law. Jean Jacques Rousseau
A nation can only regenerate itself in a bath of blood. Denis Diderot
The Arab Freedom Movement is, in the Middle East, our natural ally against England. In this connection, the raising of rebellion in Iraq is of special importance. Adolf Hitler
The best hope to smash Fascism in the world. Frida Kahlo
Hitler aims to destroy all the Jews of Europe. The Jews of Lithuania are fated to be the first in line. Let us not be led as sheep to the slaughter. True, we are weak and helpless, but the only response to the murderers is self defense. Brethren, it is better to die fighting like free men than live at the mercy of the murders. Take Courage! Abba Kovner
Burn the Cossacks, leave nothing behind; slaughter the people; strap the ringleaders to the wheel and impale them; for this mob cannot be pacified except by cruelty. Peter I
In any insurgency, the insurgents are in a win-win situation. Even though there is anger towards the insurgents as the result of violence, there is also anger towards the authorities for not protecting people. Yaroslav Trofimov
In the modern world, it is not the poor and the oppressed who have led the great revolutions and/or carried out the worst deeds of violence; rather, it is militant vanguards from among the better educated and more moneyed circles of society. Efraim Karsh
An insurgency is the most difficult to fight of all military activities. John Abizaid
I never did begin the war with the two Houses of Parliament... They began war upon me... if anybody will look at the dates of what happened... they will see clearly that they began these unhappy troubles, not I... therefore I tell you I am the martyr of the people. Charles I
Peace. Now that he is dead, peace will return to my country. Charlotte Corday
Insurrection is an art, and like all arts it has its laws Leon Trotsky
And see the confluence of dreams That clashed together in our night, One river born of many streams Roll in one blaze of blinding light! George William Russell
Tell them that the Americans and Californians are not worth a cigar. They can't fight and are cowards. Tell them I have a good stronghold here with 2,000 armed men and they can't get me out of here for three years to come. Tell them also that I have plenty of money, horses, mares, sheep, etc. and tell them to come on! Antonio Garra Sr.
If I could effect a juncture with the other Indian tribes of California, and commence an attack upon all the Americans wherever we could find them that the Californians would join with us and help me driving the Americans from the country. … I might revenge myself for the payment of taxes, which has been demanded of the Indian tribes. The Indians think the collection of taxes from them to be a very unjust measure. Antonio Garra Sr.
If we lose this war, all will be lost – the world. If we gain this war, then it is forever; never will it stop; this war is for a whole life. Antonio Garra Sr.
So he sent for twelve Chasii, as they are called in Persian, who breathe murder, and sent them off quickly in the guise of ambassadors to the Sultan, having first suggested to them a way of killing his brother. "Go," he said, "and first have it proclaimed that you have certain secrets to reveal to the Sultan, and, when you have been granted an audience, go up close to him as if you wanted to whisper in his ear, and then slay him quickly." Then these ambassadors, or rather assassins, went off in very high spirits to kill the Sultan, just as if they had been invited to a dinner or a festivity. On arrival they found him drunk, and everything was made easy for them, because the guards entrusted with the watch over the Sultan were standing at some distance, so they approached him, and drawing their swords from under their arm, promptly dispatched the wretched man. For the characteristic of these Chasii is to rejoice in bloodshed, and to consider it a treat to be allowed to thrust their swords through a man's entrails. And if, perchance, others were to attack them at that very minute, and mince them up like sausage-meat, they reckon that kind of death an honor. Anna Comnena
I am always on the side of the revolutionists, because there never was a revolution unless there were some oppressive and intolerable conditions against which to revolute. Mark Twain
America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards. Claire Wolfe
To me, Central America is one large plantation; and I see the people's struggle to be free as a slave revolt. Alice Walker
You are giving them a sword if you say you will use a sword yourself. Emma Goldman
Only through perils and upheavals can Nations be brought to further developments. May the present upheavals lead to a better world. Albert Einstein
These ignorants who rule Egypt with force and with security agencies --- I call upon them to fear Allah, to return to Allah, and to reach out to this people, which attributes power and honor to you. Otherwise, the people will soon trample you underfoot, Allah willing. Mohammed Mahdi Akef
Allah clothed me with a robe. If He wills He will take it away from me, and if He wills He will keep it on me. Othman Bin Affan
Posterity will judge / Did we good or did we evil, / But for now - hand in hand - Let's move forward, our steps more sure! Hristo Botev
Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion. Scottish Proverb
I am appalled and ashamed that things should have come to such a pass in this country that I am skeptical of the ability of black revolutionaries to achieve a fair trial anywhere in the United States. Kingman Brewster, Jr.
If ever anarchy is triumphant, it’s triumph will last for but one red moment, to be succeeded for ages by the gloomy night of despotism. Theodore Roosevelt
In the name of all that is dear to you…we ask you to help… Those who have died for liberty…accuse you who are able to help and who have not helped… We have read an appeal to the UN and every honest man… Radio Free Europe
The Soviet monster stands at our gates…the eight days’ victorious revolution have turned Hungary into a free land… Neither Khrushchev nor the whole of the Soviet army have the power to oppress this new liberty… What can you do against Hungary, you Soviet legions? It is in vain to pierce Hungarian souls with your bayonets. You can destroy and shoot and kill: our freedom will now forevermore defy you… Radio Free Europe
A former executive of the United Fruit Company, now retired, Mr. Walter Turnbull, came to see me with two gentlemen whom he introduced as agents of the CIA. They said I was a popular figure in Guatemala and that they wanted to lend their assistance to overthrow Arbenz… Among other things, I was to promise to favor the United Fruit Company and the International Railways of Central America; to destroy the railroad workers union… Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes
I received a telegram from Allen Dulles in which he stated in effect that the revolution could not have succeeded but for what I did. Whiting Willauer
One authority, one gun… Ferhat Abbas
We shall be justified before God and man in resisting force with force. South Carolina
Resolved that a subscription should immediately be set on foot, for the relief of such poor inhabitants of Boston as are, or may be deprived of the means of subsistence, by the act of parliament for stopping up the port at Boston. New York City
The revolution... is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters. Fidel Castro
I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I would do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action. Fidel Castro
A new Russian Revolution is inevitable, and that it may come much sooner than anyone would now dare to hope… I do not believe it possible that the thirst for freedom and decency in the countries of the Soviet Empire can remain much longer unslaked, and that any attempt either to quench it by total repression or to satisfy it by real reforms, will be cataclysmically destructive of the eroded foundations of the entire State system. Bernard Levin
The great appear great to us only because we are on our knees;, LET US RISE! James Connolly
Some defeats are better than victories. A defeat endured as the result of contest conducted in a fair and honorable manner is a thousand times more creditable to the defeated party than a victory gained by all the mean and unscrupulous arts of the wire pullers. James Connolly
The revolution will stop at nothing. We have changed the nature of politics. Joseph Goebbels
To you, workers of Ireland, we address ourselves. AGITATE in the workshop, in the field, in the factory, until you arouse your brothers to hatred of the slavery of which we are all the victims. EDUCATE, that the people may no longer be deluded by illusory hopes of prosperity under any system of society of which monarchs or noblemen, capitalists or landlords form an integral part. ORGANIZE, that a solid, compact and intelligent force, conscious of your historic mission as a class, you may seize the reins of political power whenever possible and, by intelligent application of the working-class ballot, clear the field of action for the revolutionary forces of the future. James Connolly
Organizations don’t make revolutions. People do. David Hilliard
Unrest has its reasons. Song Baorui
What has commonly been called rebellion has more often been nothing but a glorious struggle in opposition to the lawless power of rebellious kings and princes Samuel Adams
The people in power will not disappear voluntarily, giving flowers to the cops just isn't going to work. This thinking is fostered by the establishment; they like nothing better than love and nonviolence. William S. Burroughs
Although the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in July, 1936, was followed by a far-reaching social-revolution in the anti-Franco camp -- more profound in some respects than the Bolshevik Revolution in its early stages -- millions of discerning people outside of Spain were kept in ignorance, not only of its depth and range, but even of its existence, by virtue of a policy of duplicity and dissimulation of which there is no parallel in history. Burnett Bolloten
We, the men and women, full and free, are conscious that the war that we have declared is our last resort, but also a just one. The dictators are applying an undeclared genocidal war against our people for many years. Therefore we ask for your participation, your decision to support this plan that struggles for work, land, housing, food, health care, education, independence, freedom, democracy, justice and peace. Subcomandante Marcos
You think that life is fire, that progress is eruption, that wherever you shoot you hit the future. No. Ruben Dario
A revolution [is] not a single act, but rather a chain of collisions and conflicts with the ruling class, which is never ready to submit itself to the will of a democratic majority, but rather defends its predominant position with all means at its disposal, with the help of the powers which the state has built up—the army, the police, the courts and the church Oskar Hippe
The apparent weak point of true socialist war policy lies in the fact that revolutions cannot be made “on command” Leo Jogiches
In most revolutions, where events are drawn out, particularly after the initial flush of victory, the masses can feel the gains of the revolution slipping from their hands. The advanced sections of the proletariat, realizing the dangerous situation, begin to become impatient and attempt to recapture the initiative Robert Sewell
We must continually stimulate the living politics of the street...it will be our task to try and break it (elections for the National Assembly) up by force. Otto Ruhle
The revolution is on the verge of winning. We cannot crush it but perhaps we can strangle it …. Perhaps it will be possible to divert the revolutionary energies into the legal channels of an election campaign. Max von Baden
Sire, you no longer have an army! Wilhelm Groener
If the Kaiser does not abdicate the social revolution is inevitable. I do not want it—in fact I hate it like sin. Friedrich Ebert
“Order prevails in Berlin!” You foolish lackeys! Your “order” is built on sand. Tomorrow the revolution will “rise up again, clashing its weapons,” and to your horror it will proclaim with trumpets blazing: I was, I am, I shall be! Rosa Luxemburg
In the class-struggle the conflict must always concern itself with immediate, practical objects Anton Pannekoek
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell Blair
Liberty has its roots in blood. Albanian Proverb
In any social revolution the one thing that keeps it alive is hope. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Arab world is ripe for internal revolution like the USSR and China in the past decade. Shimon Peres
Comrades! Don't take anything. This is the property of the People!' 'Stop! Put everything back! Don't take anything! Property of the People! …. Revolutionary discipline! Property of the People . ' Anonymous
Death to all Europeans Anonymous
Fists of Righteous Harmony Anonymous
FRIENDS! BRETHREN! COUNTRYMEN! That worst of plagues, the detested T-E-A, shipped for this port by the East India Company, is now arrived in this Harbor; the Hour of Destruction or manly Opposition to the Machinations of Tyranny stares you in the face; every Friend to his Country, to Himself, or to his Posterity, is now called upon to meet in Faneuil Hall, at nine o'clock T-H-I-S D-A-Y (At which Time the Bells will ring), to make a united and successful Resistance to the last, worst and most destructive Measure of Administration. Anonymous
Have patience, Radicals—Rome wasn't burnt in a day. Anonymous
The rebels have established posts along the river banks at strategic points. They appear and disappear at will. If our troops look to the east, the rebels escape to the west …. They concentrate their forces where the jungle is thick and in swampy areas where our troops cannot maneuver …. We have no intelligence … Anonymous
Land for those who work it. Anonymous
Let our wives die before they are abused, and our children, before they are taken into slavery. Anonymous
It is not something we order, but sometimes the excitement of the moment overcomes them. Anonymous
To resist him that is set in authority is evil. Anonymous
Workers in the National Guard: We the striking workers are your brothers. Our fight is your fight. Help us to win the strike…. Refuse to shoot or bayonet your fathers or brothers …. Fight with your class, the striking workers. Anonymous
The “terror” of the French Revolution lasted for ten years. The terror that preceded and led to it lasted for a thousand years. Edward Abbey
Let me live and I will do all you wish. Abd al-Hamid II
The first priority is to make the change from a revolutionary mentality to a civil society in which there is respect for law. Freih Abu Middain
In general, our generals were out-generalled. John Adams
In that way lies madness. John Adams
The [American] Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people. John Adams
We are in the midst of revolution, the most complete, unexpected, and remarkable of any in the history of the world. John Adams
In monarchy the crime of treason may admit of being pardoned or lightly punished but the man who dares rebel against the laws of a republic ought to suffer death. Samuel Adams
Tyranny may precipitate a revolutionary movement at any time. Alvey Augustus Adee
Those who believed in us as the Madhi, and surrendered, have been delivered, and those who did not were destroyed … Muhammad Ahmad; Madhi
... an act of insurrection. Clement Akpamgbo
All scholars are in unanimous agreement that using force to displace an already established Khalifa [Caliph] who is meeting his [religious] responsibilities is forbidden. Gharm Allah Al-Ghamdy
We will take up the ball of the Revolution where our fathers stopped it and roll it to the final consummation of freedom and independence for the masses. Anti-Renters
Better a hundred years of tyranny than one day of anarchy. Arab Proverb
People with children can never be good revolutionaries. Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Revolution, not elections! Jean-Bertrand Aristide
We shall prepare the coffee of reconciliation through the filter of justice. Through reconciliation, streams of tears will come to our eyes. Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Men start revolutionary changes for reasons connected with their private lives. Aristotle
Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions. Aristotle
Poverty is the parent of revolution. Aristotle
Revolutions break out when opposite parties, the rich and the poor, are equally balanced, and there is little or nothing between them. Aristotle
The government is formed and the seat of power is safe. Glora Macapagel Aroyo
Those who are inclined to compromise can never make a revolution. Kemal Ataturk
You can either have revolution or you can have revival. Jim Bakker
Before long, all those bloody butcheries and massacres [violent revolutions] must arouse against them everything that is human in man. Mikhail Bakunin
Revolutions are not improvised. They are not made at will by individuals, and not even by the most powerful associations. They come about through force of circumstances, and are independent of any deliberate will or conspiracy. Mikhail Bakunin
If Vietnam is divided, we will eventually lose it all. Bao Dai
... wasting the country's time and energy by just talking too much. Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir
A government needs 100 soldiers for every guerilla it faces. Fulgencio Batista
To die for the revolution is a one-shot deal; to live for the revolution means taking on the more difficult commitment of changing our day-to-day life patterns. Frances M. Beal
Patriots have been incapable of removing one brick from this structure by “working within the system.” … There are two paths open to those who love the great America of their forefathers. Louis Beam
We must begin the preparations necessary to retrieve our country from the hands of the enemy which now controls it. Louis Beam
The Catholic Church is and has been one of the strongest and most consistent counter-revolutionary forces in society. In [our] struggles we find this organization a formidable opponent. The reason for this is its ideological unity and its organizational centralization. If we revolutionists have not already learned these lessons in our experience, we could learn the value of ideological unity and organizational centralization from the Catholic Church. Max Bedacht
Rebellion! the very word is a confession; an avowal of tyranny, outrage, and oppression. It is taken from the despot's code, and has no terror for others than slavish souls. Judah P. Benjamin
You know how absurd is the fiction put forward by our enemies in the Northern states that the great Civil War which raged between 1861 and 1865 would never have taken place but for Jefferson Davis and myself. Such mighty convulsions, which amount indeed to revolutions, are never the work of individuals, but of divided nations. Judah P. Benjamin
American blood will run in the streets. W. Tapley Bennett
The removal of a tyrant is not merely justifiable; it is the highest duty of every true revolutionist. Alexander Berkman
The revolutionist has no personal right to anything. Everything he has or earns belongs to the Cause. Everything, even his affections. Alexander Berkman
It can't work—for Lenin and Trotsky are both extremely unpopular.... Lenin ... will never be able to dominate the Russian people. Herman Bernstein
He who has once been approved and accepted by his people, though he abuse his right, yet retains the basis of his authority as against his own private subjects, since an obligation entered upon publicly and by mutual consent cannot be dissolved and broken by the will of any private citizen. For were this otherwise, endless disorders, worse even than tyranny itself, would ensue… Theodore Beza
The past is buried and I mourn it with greater pain than many among you, because no human power can awaken it when the Crown itself has scattered ashes upon the coffin. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
In Prussia it is only kings who make revolutions. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
Liberalism is but childishness, which is easily brought to reason; but revolution is a force, and one must know how to use it. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
To fight against the government with any means is a basic right and sport of every German. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
The right of revolution is the inherent right of a people to cast out their rulers, change their policy, or effect radical reforms in their system of government or institutions, by force or a general uprising, when the legal and constitutional methods of making such changes have proved inadequate, or are so obstructed as to be unavailable. Henry Campbell Black
We are going through a terrible crisis. We do not know exactly what is going to happen, but in our hearts the pendulum of the seismograph is already swinging. Alexandr Aleksandrovich Blok
Those who connived in this crime against us … merits no more consideration than a wild beast, and should be killed without mercy or hesitation as opportunity offers. Ernest Blythe
In ten years of struggle and travail that beggar description, in ten years of suffering almost beyond human endurance, we have witnessed the indifference with which all Europe and even our brothers of the north have remained but passive spectators to our anguish. Simon Bolivar
A revolution is an idea that has found bayonets. Napoleon Bonaparte
Now we are governed by gentlemen. Jorge Luis Borges
I have no fear of losing the throne through revolution because I could always get a job in the United States as an [locomotive] engineer or college professor. Boris
The patriots … complain that our government is cold toward them, as if ashamed to own them. Henry Marie Brackenridge
A group oppressed, is a group enslaved ….Whenever a group, a community of people, in unison, feels that it is being oppressed, and that it wants to control its destiny, then that community has a moral right to seek effective redress, or demand to control its own destiny as appropriate Kombo Mason Braide
I came to the cities in a time of disorder When hunger ruled. I came among men in a time of uprising And I revolted with them. Bertolt Brecht
Americans have always been amongst the most revolutionary people of the world. Earl Browder
Proletarian dictatorship can become a practical order of the day in America only if President Roosevelt’s promise of a higher standard of living under the present system is defeated or betrayed. Earl Browder
the Distress of our oppressed Country, which now unjustly feels the baneful Effects of arbitrary Power. Brown University
If it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children, and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I say, let it be done. [He was executed.] John Brown
I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood. John Brown
The most dreaded of all wars, the war of the poor against the rich … will come and come with all its horrors. Orestes Augustus Brownson
Civil war was taught them [Americans] that "the sacred right of insurrection" is as much out of place in a democratic state as in an aristocratic or a monarchical state; and that the government should always be clothed with ample authority to arrest and punish whoever plots its destruction. Orestes Augustus Brownson
Let us look the danger fairly in the face. Secession is neither more nor less than revolution. James Buchanan
By a revolution in the state, the fawning sycophant of yesterday is converted into the austere critic of the present hour. Edmund Burke
Man has set man against man, Washed against unwashed. Edmund Burke
Make the revolution a parent of settlement, and not a nursery of future revolutions. Edmund Burke
Scots Wha Hae Robert Burns
Whenever an American requests to see me I comply, because I respect a people who acquired their freedom by firmness without excess. George Gordon Byron
Now, indeed, are the men of Ireland cowards if this moment for retribution, combat and victory, was to pass by unemployed. It finds them slaves, and it would leave them infamous. Margaret Callan
[Referring to El Salvador:] The economy can't really grow without first resolving the [civil] war. But the war can't be resolved without first fixing the economy. Roberto de Oliveira Campos
Paris fights today so that France can speak tomorrow. Albert Camus
Thought once awakened does not again slumber. Thomas Carlyle
No great revolution can happen in a state without revolutions or mutations of private property. Charles Carroll
If there be no right to rebellion against a state of things that no savage tribe would endure without resistance, then I am sure it is better for men to fight and die without right than to live in such a state of right as this. Roger Casement
Every revolutionary movement ... proposes the greatest number of achievements possible. Fidel Castro
History will absolve me. Fidel Castro
It is the duty of all revolutionary governments to help all the forces of liberation in whatever part of the world. Fidel Castro
I began the revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I would do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and a plan of action. Fidel Castro
There are only two groups I recognize in Cuba: those who wholly support the revolution and those who are joining the reactionaries. Fidel Castro
We can neither export revolution nor can the United States prevent it. Fidel Castro
Everyone has the right to possess a sufficient amount of the earth's goods for themselves and their family …. Persons in extreme necessity are entitled to take what they need from the riches of others. Catholic Church
Systematic recourse to violence put forward as the necessary path to liberation has to be condemned as a destructive illusion and one that opens the way to new forms of servitude. One must condemn with equal vigor violence exercised by the powerful against the poor, arbitrary action by the police, and any form of violence established as a system of government. Catholic Church
To put one's trust in violent means in the hope of restoring more justice is to become the victim of a fatal illusion: violence begets violence and degrades man. It mocks the dignity of man in the person of the victims and it debases that same dignity among those who practice it. Catholic Church
One can justifiably say that the decisions unanimously adopted by this great forum of Romanian Communists represents the wisdom and determination of our whole party and all our people. Nicolae Ceausescu
Be it Resolved, That we urgently call upon the wage earning class to arm itself in order to be able to put forth against their exploiters such an argument which alone can be effective: Violence. Central Labor Union
All the motive power in all of these [activist and revolutionary] movements is the instinct of religious feeling. John Jay Chapman
Every revolution is the consequence of one revolution and the beginning of another. Francois Rene de Chateaubriand
They preached equality in everything. And faithful to their doctrine, these forerunners of modern socialism robbed Mandarins and the rich of their property, which they distributed to the poor. The villages laboring under exorbitant tribute [taxes] were willing to swear allegiance. Jean Chesneaux
Overthrow the capitalist class. Chinese Communist Party
The world is not a big Red sea in which this country is being scuttled, but a vast arena of political upheaval, in which the quest for freedom, ever stronger, has overthrown the colonial empires of the past. It isn't a tidy world, nor is it a secure one. But it is one in which the United States set the revolutionary example. Frank Church
[American colonists] had no common national tradition except that against which they were revolting. Winston Churchill
The revolt against any oppression usually goes to an opposite extreme for a time; and that is right and necessary. Tennessee Claflin
The glorious spectacle of eighteen millions of people, struggling to burst their chains and be free. Henry Clay
The same effort that would get us Dominion Home Rule will get us a Republic. Michael Collins
We are sure to be losers when we argue with ourselves; it is a civil war, and in all such contentions, triumphs are defeats. Charles Caleb Colton
The professional revolutionist … gives his whole life to the fight for the interests of his class. A professional revolutionist is ready to go wherever and whenever the Party decides to send him. Comintern; Communist International
Loyalty ... is a realization that America was born of revolt, flourished in dissent. Henry Steele Commager
It is the historical mission of the Communist International to be the gravedigger of bourgeois society. Communist Party
No revolutionary movement is complete without its poetical expression. If such a movement has caught hold of the imagination of the masses, they will seek a vent in song for the aspirations, the fears and hopes, the loves and hatreds engendered by the struggle. James Connolly
No agency less potent than the red tide of war on Irish soil will ever enable the Irish race to recover its self respect … James Connolly
We do not think that the old heart of the earth needs to be warmed with the red wine of millions of lives. We think anyone who does is a blithering idiot. James Connolly
I can give you nothing but my life. I wish that my last breath might be of use to my fellow citizens and that my head`[after she was guillotined], carried through Paris, might be a signal to rally all the friends of justice …. I have shown you the way. You know your enemies. Arise, march, and strike! Charlotte Corday
I'm sure that we'll be received as patriots in our country, not the criminals we've been labeled in the United States. Edwin Cortes
When an upstart dictator in the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) succeeds in making this a one-party form of government, when the ballot is useless, I shall have the courage to stand up and advocate the use of bullets. Charles E. Coughlin
Jacobite rebellious spirit is so rooted in the nation’s mind that this generation must be pretty well wore out before this country will be quiet. William Augustus Cumberland
Where were the saints to try and change the social order, not just to minister to the slaves, but do away with slavery? Dorothy Day
Whenever we see a state conducted by measures contrary to those made use of in its foundation, we may be assured a great revolution is at hand. Maximilien De Bethune; Maximilien De Bethune; Duc de Sully
I wished only the well-being of my country in insurrection and independence. Francois Marie Thomas Chevalier de Lorimer
The wounds of my country will heal after the troubles of anarchy and bloody revolution. Francois Marie Thomas Chevalier de Lorimer
My execution, and the execution of my gallows companions, will be of use to you. May they show you what you can expect of the English government. Chavelier de Lorimier
The sorry path that remains for me to follow from an obscure prison to the gallows has been trodden by men with more merit than my own. Chavelier de Lorimier
The wounds of my country will heal after the troubles of anarchy and bloody revolution. The peaceful Canadian will see happiness and liberty on the St. Lawrence. Everything converges towards that end, even the executions; the blood and tears spilled on the altar of liberty today of watering the roots of the tree on which will fly the flag marked with the two stars of the Canadas. Chavelier de Lorimier
The peaceful path out of totalitarianism has never been tested. Gianni De Michelis
We’ve got to break away completely from the British, their King, their parliament, their government, their empire. And we will. Eamon de Valera
All revolutions invariably encourage bad characters and potential criminals. Ferdinand Victor Eugene Delacroix
… for promoting the liberty, safety, and interest of America. Delaware
If the citizens of the United States are to regain their freedom from excessive government, they must do so by means of a counterrevolution. Robert DePugh
Cut off their heads! Burn their houses down! Jean-Jacques Dessalines
Then join in hand, brave Americans all. By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall. John Dickinson
There is only one step from fanaticism to barbarism. Denis Diderot
In politics experiments mean revolutions. Benjamin Disraeli
Marxist revolutions generally happened in countries that otherwise could not have carried out an industrial revolution. Milovan Djilas
Marxist revolutions generally happened in countries that otherwise could not have carried out an industrial revolution. Milovan Djilas
People’s Constitution Thomas Wilson Dorr
The only books on revolution were published by communists. William O. Douglas
Outraged men will seek revenge. Frederick Douglass
No foreign enemies could threaten so much danger to this kingdom as doth now this beggarly nation. [Scotland] Robert Dudley
An intelligence service is the ideal vehicle for a conspiracy [against its own government]. Its members can travel about at home and abroad under secret orders, and no questions are asked. Every scrap of paper in the files, its membership, its expenditure of funds, its contacts, even enemy contacts, are state secrets. Allen Welsh Dulles
The right to rebellion is the right to seek a higher rule, and not to wander in mere lawlessness. George Eliot; Mary Ann Cross
Not one rebel or many rebels can change a government by force. Havelock Ellis
Revolutions do not go backward. Ralph Waldo Emerson
By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April's breeze unfurl'd, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. Friedrich Engels
It is too early to tell. Chou En-lai
The more globalized the world becomes, the less traumatic it is for nationalists to split from their states. Juan Enriquez
A person born in the middle class, as I was, educated in bourgeois institutions, … is poorly prepared to take a leading part in revolutionary activity. Clifton Fadiman
A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy. Guy Fawkes
That which violence wins for us today, another act of violence may wrest from us tomorrow. Francisco Ferrer
The more revolutions occur, the less things change. Georgie Anne Geyer
Though a revolution may call itself "national," it always marks the victory of a single party. Andre Gide
Very significant. My mission is to pacify Ireland. William E. Gladstone
Revolution is engendered by an indignation with tyranny, yet is itself pregnant with tyranny William Godwin
An attempt to scrutinize men’s thoughts and punish their opinions is of all kinds of despotism the most odious: yet this is peculiarly character of a period of revolution.... There is no period more at war with the existence of liberty. William Godwin
The past is lying in flames. The future will rise from the flames within our hearts. Joseph Goebbels
A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Revolution is but thought carried into action. Emma Goldman
Demonstrate before the palaces of the rich; demand work. If they do not give you work, demand bread. If they deny you both, take bread. It is your sacred right. Emma Goldman
A revolution should be constantly developed. There must be no marking time.... Should we again get stuck, we are in for trouble. Therefore—only forward! Mikhail Gorbachev
[On Russia's civil disorder:] Comrade deputies, the most essential thing now is to overcome the crisis, to restore order in the country. Mikhail Gorbachev
We are opposed to doctrines that seek to justify the export of revolution. Mikhail Gorbachev
The old system collapsed before a new one could be created. Mikhail Gorbachev
NOW MARK THIS—if the Expeditionary Force, and I ask for no more than 200 men, does not come in 10 days, the town may fall; and I have done the best for the honor of our country. Good Bye Charles George Chinese Gordon
The war is over and the rebels are our countrymen again. Ulysses S. Grant
We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again. Nathanael Greene
Bad as despotism is, doomed as it is to work its own ruin, the first fruits of its overthrow are not love and liberty. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
The use of armed force to make decisions in the political field must be eradicated from this continent. Guido Grooscors
This is the history of failure. Che Guevara
Our comrades are languishing in prison: amnesty cannot reach them, and we don’t want amnesty for them. We want them released by the industrial might of the proletariat, by class conscious action. Louis C. Fraina; Lewis Corey
To die for an idea is to place a pretty high price upon conjecture. Anatole France; Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault
The Americans have escaped from England. Frederick II
Rebellion must be managed with many swords; treason to his prince's person may be with one knife. Thomas Fuller
I have nothing more to offer than what General Washington would have had to offer, had he been taken by the British and put to trial by them. I have adventured my life in endeavoring to obtain the liberty of my countrymen, and am willing to sacrifice to their cause. Gabriel
During the ages, no rebellion has been of like importance with that of Woman against the tyranny of Church and State; none has had its far reaching effects. Matilda Joslyn Gage
Martyrdom does not end something. It is only the beginning. Indira Gandhi
If blood is to be shed, let it be our blood ... For man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hand of his brother, never by killing him. Mohandas K. Gandhi
The willing sacrifice of the innocent is the most powerful answer to insolent tyranny that has yet been conceived by God or man. Mohandas K. Gandhi
The foundation of our movement rests on complete non-violence, whereas violence is the final refuge of the Government. And as no energy can be created without resistance, our nonresistance to Government violence must bring the latter to a standstill. Mohandas K. Gandhi
Neither God, nor angels, or just men, command you to suffer for a single moment. Therefore it is your solemn and imperative duty to use every means, both moral, intellectual, and physical, that promise success .... Brethren, arise, arise! Strike for your lives and liberties.... Let your motto be resistance, resistance, resistance! Henry Highland Garnet
If the State cannot survive the anti-slavery agitation, then let the State perish. William Lloyd Garrison
His Britannic Majesty acknowledges the said United States … to be fee, sovereign, and independent states. George III
Is it possible that my people live in such awful conditions?... If I had to live in conditions like that I would be a revolutionary myself. George V
There’s no reason why an anarchist can’t be a saint. Francis George
A crank is a little thing that makes revolutions. Henry George
Society may hang a number [of anarchists] but their blood will work miracles in bringing about the downfall of modern corrupt society Albert Fischer
I am not a do-gooder. I am a revolutionary. A revolutionary woman. Jane Fonda
Revolutions do not always establish freedom. Millard Fillmore
The thousands of men who had died in the civil wars had given their lives to little discernable effect. Christopher Hibbert
The National Revolution has begun. Adolf Hitler
I was probably the only revolutionary ever referred to as "cute. Abbie Hoffman
Revolution For the Hell of It Abbie Hoffman
The first duty of a revolutionist is to get away with it. Abbie Hoffman
The Irish light as been extinguished by the foulest means that sword and tyranny ever practiced …. Any attempt to rekindle it is to be treated as sedition. Robert Holmes
The worst of tyrants, an usurping crowd. Homer
They sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. Book of Hosea
How the Russian revolutionists loved each other before they had anything to divide! Edgar Watson Howe
Revolution is always delightful in the preliminary stages. So long as it's a question of getting rid of the people at the top. Aldous Huxley
It is futile to expect a hungry and squalid population to be anything but violent and gross. Thomas Huxley
Fire in the lake: The image of revolution. I Ching
Better to die on one's feet than live on one’s knees., Mejor morir a pie que vivir rodillas. Dolores Ibarruri
A struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the Earth and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage system. Industrial Workers of the World
The army of production must be organized, not only for everyday struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown Industrial Workers of the World
If there is one safe generalization in human affairs, it is that revolutions always destroy themselves. William Ralph Inge
… a grand effervescence Ismail Pasha
A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.... Unsuccessful rebellions indeed generally establish the encroachment on the rights of people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governments so mild in their punishment of rebellion so as not to discourage them too much. Thomas Jefferson
Debt and revolution are inseparable as cause and effect. Thomas Jefferson
Was ever such a prize won with so little innocent blood? Thomas Jefferson
Revolutions breeds its own excesses. Roy Jenkins
I truly believe that to write about it and talk about it is the only way to prevent it from happening again. Ji-Li Jiang
If a sovereign oppresses his people to a great degree, they will rise and cut his head off. Samuel Johnson
It is a wrong form of government we are living under, and we, the workers stand for the overthrow of the whole damnable institution. Mary Harris Jones; Mother Jones
The bounty you must pay for freedom is to give the strength of your arms to put down tyranny. One short hour will deliver our country from the oppressor; and freedom in religion, peace and tranquility, equal laws and an improved country will be the prize. William Lyon Mackenzie
The promised land is now before us. Up then and take it. William Lyon Mackenzie
The conduct of (the) Government seems a mixture of timidity and cunning; afraid of insurrections, they court and provoke them. Norman Macleod
We will have no political future if we are not arrested. John Eoin MacNeill
The pogroms are oil for the wheels of revolution. Vladimir Madem
You have committed a crime against us and against the Revolution, Mayakovsky. All your words thunder with a voice like Niagara Falls. Mayakovsky, you have betrayed us. Abraham Bernard Magil
The people are fed up with politics and partisanship. Omar Hassan Sadek Mahdi
The only limit to the oppression of government is the power with which the people show themselves capable of opposing it. Errico Malatesta
A revolutionary should neither look nor act like one to get ahead in Canada. Preston Manning
Revolution is not a dinner party, not an essay, nor a painting, nor a piece of embroidery; it cannot be advanced softly, gradually, carefully, considerately, respectfully, politely, plainly and modestly. Mao Zedong
The enemy advances, we retreat. The enemy camps, we harass. Th enemy tires, we attack. The enemy retreats, we pursue. Mao Zedong
It is always those with little learning that overthrow those with much learning. Mao Zedong
The revolutionary war is a war of the masses; it can be waged only by mobilizing the masses and relying on them. Revolution is the proper occupation of the masses. Mao Zedong
Democracy, liberty and justice for ALL Mexicans. As long as these demands are unmet, there will be war in Mexico’s territory. Subcomandante Marcos
It is necessary to turn political crisis into armed crisis by performing violent actions that will force those in power to transform the military situation into a political situation. That will alienate the masses, who, from then on, will revolt against the army and the police and blame them for this state of things. Carlos Marighella
First, the urban guerrilla must use ... violence ... to win a popular base. Then the government has no alternative except to intensify repression. The police roundups, house searches, arrests of innocent people make life ... unbearable. The general sentiment is that the government is unjust, incapable of solving problems and resorts ... to the physical liquidation of its opponents ... Carlos Marighella
If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. Book of Mark
No act which is directed against the Inquisition can deserve the name of a rebellion. Philip van Marnix
They [Western Nations] enjoy freedom, prosperity, and peace. They live happily year after year. Their national life is millennial. Commerce, developed; military strong; industry and technology grew progressively. Political situation and scholarship are perfect. I am resentful that my country is by far more miserable than the Western nations. I am regretful that China, who had enjoyed a glorious past, has now become desperate. The nature of my people was originally not bad. Why could not they achieve higher accomplishments than the white people? Chiu Chin
Autumn rain and autumn wind sadden us. Chiu Chin
Insurrection is an art. Karl Marx
Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Karl Marx
That government is, or ought to be instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation, or community; ... and that when any government shall be found inadequate or contrary to these purposes, a majority of the community hath an indubitable, unalienable, and undefeasible right to reform, alter or abolish it, in such manner as shall be judged most conducive to the public weal. George Mason
Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. Book of Matthew
Since governments take the right of death over people, it is not astonishing that people should sometimes take the right of death over governments. Guy de Maupassant
Nothing endurable can be produced on a soil soaked with blood and moved by violent agitations. Ferdinand Maximilian
fueled above all by the resistance of the forces and ideas opposed to it. Arno J. Mayer
Insurrection as soon as circumstances allow. Guiseppe Mazzini
Insurrection—by means of guerrilla bands—is the true method of warfare for all nations desirous of emancipating themselves from a foreign yoke Guiseppe Mazzini
When you have an autocratic regime you have no guarantee that the regime will last beyond the autocrat. Derrick McGinty
Be it for the defense, or be it for the assertion of a nation’s liberty, I look upon the sword as a sacred weapon …. Abhor and stigmatize the sword? No, no, my lord, for at its blow a giant nation sprang from the waters of the Atlantic and by its redeeming magic, and in the quivering of its crimson light, the fettered Colony became a daring free Republic—prosperous, limitless and invincible. Thomas Francis Meagher
I am here to regret nothing I have already done, to retract nothing I have already said …. The history of Ireland explains this crime, and justifies it …. Thomas Francis Meagher
It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a good cause. H. L. Mencken
Throughout its history Islam has been marked by two trends: an intellectual trend that speculated on the philosophical foundations of the world and humanity, and another trend that turned political challenge violent by resort to force. Fatima Mernissi
We have two American flags always; one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it, it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it, it means danger, revolution. Henry Miller
Citizen Prince Nguyen Vinh Thuy Ho Chi Minh; Nguyen Ai Quoc
Revolution is the duty of the worker and the peasant masses and not of just a few heroes, hence the necessity to organize these masses and draw them into the struggle. Ho Chi Minh; Nguyen Ai Quoc
You can kill ten of my men for every one I kill of yours, but even at those odds, you will lose and I will win. Ho Chi Minh; Nguyen Ai Quoc
Watch out barefoot, the black man is coming. Vuyisile Mini
Never in our history has the country been confronted with so many revolutionary elements determined to destroy by force the government it stands for. John N. Mitchell
We can never beat England, can’t even remain long in a fight with her on her own terms. All we can do, and it should be enough, is to remain Irish in spite of her, and work out our destiny in the very many fields in which we are free to do so. Denis Patrick Moran
I am ready to do business with any established government, but I cannot help to make a government to do business with. J. Pierpont Morgan
Men fight and lose the battle, and the thing they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it turns out to be not what they meant, other men have to fight for what they meant under another name. William Morris
When you make your peace with authority you become authority. Jim Morrison
We must take things into our own hands. We must return to the Mosaic law of an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. What does it matter if 10 million of us die? There will be 7 million of us left, and they will enjoy justice and freedom. Elijah Muhammad
The "have nots" outnumber the "haves." No wonder the ruling class of every country grows more and more alarmed. Robert M. La Follette
While reform by the ballot is slow and discouraging, ... in a country where every citizen has the ballot—if there is not enough intelligence to use it to reform the government, would there be intelligence enough successfully to conduct a real democratic government—after they had established it by force. Robert M. La Follette
It is as natural for an American to sympathize with the cause of liberty as it is for a mother to love her own child. Fiorello H. La Guardia
A secure and independent agricultural peasantry is the only base on which a people rises. James Fintan Lalor
I want a prepared, organized, orderly and resistless revolution. James Fintan Lalor
Somewhere, somehow, and by somebody, a beginning must be made and that the first act of resistance is always, and must be ever, premature, imprudent, and dangerous. James Fintan Lalor
If the great servants of the public forget their duty, betray their trust and sell their country, or make war against the most valuable rights and privileges of the people; reason and justice require that they should be discarded, and others appointed in their room, without any regard to formal resignations of their forfeited power. Samuel Langdon
You can't build a new society by violating the rights of others. Jeri Lauber
The sudden political revolutions which strike the historian most forcibly are often the least important. The great revolutions are those of manners and thought. The true revolutions, those which transform the destinies of people, are most frequently accomplished so slowly that the historians can hardly point to their beginnings. Scientific revolutions are by far the most important. Gustave Le Bon
You want independence. Go ahead. You are not worth Russian blood or money. Aleksandr Lebed
You can't just be a revolutionary for 40 or 50 years. That means compromising. Joachim Lehmann
An anarchist is just a bourgeois turned inside out. Vladimir Lenin
In the end a funeral requiem will be sung over the Soviet Republic or over world capitalism. As long as capitalism remains we cannot live in peace. In the end one or the other will triumph. Vladimir Lenin
Comrades, the revolution is on. Vladimir Lenin
It all goes completely to your head. Vladimir Lenin
The revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat ... [is a] state that is democratic for the proletariat and the poor in general. Vladimir Lenin
We must be engineers of souls. Vladimir Lenin
We shall now proceed to construct the socialist order. Vladimir Lenin
Only idiots think that the proletariat will win a majority right away. First we topple the bourgeoisie. Then we seize power. That is the dictatorship of the proletariat. Vladimir Lenin
Inciting to revolution is treason, not only against man, but also against God. Leo XIII
The Church ... has always reproved the doctrines and condemned the men that rebel against the legitimate [secular] authority. Leo XIII
Not a single drop of blood, either of friend or foe, is upon my soul. Lydia Kamekeha Liliuokalani
… the most sacred right [revolution] to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. Abraham Lincoln
No choice was left but to call out the war power of the Government; and so to resist force, employed for its destruction, by force, for its preservation. Abraham Lincoln
The right of a State to secede is not an open or debatable question Abraham Lincoln
Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet. Abraham Lincoln
Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. Abraham Lincoln
I am struggling to maintain the government, not to overthrow it. I am struggling especially to prevent others from overthrowing it. Abraham Lincoln
If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might in a moral point of view, justify revolution—certainly would if such a right were a vital one. Abraham Lincoln
Be not deceived. Revolutions do not go backward. Abraham Lincoln
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 their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it. Abraham Lincoln
We are a revolutionary country with a revolutionary tradition. We want everyone to be democrats. Martin Lipsit
The masses of the working-people of Scotland have read history, and are no revolutionary levelers. David Livingston
The people generally ill treated, and contrary to right, will be ready upon any occasion to ease themselves of a burden that sits heavy upon them. They will wish and seek for the opportunity, which in the change, weakness, and accidents of human affairs, seldom delays long to offer itself John Locke
Keeping you [alive] is no profit; losing you is no loss. Khmer Rouge
A country where every man, be he fool or wise, is free to speak that which is in him, can never suffer a revolution. Charles Kingsley
No system disappears quickly because habits live on. Jeane Kirkpatrick
The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerilla wins if he does not lose. Henry A. Kissinger
Revolutions that cannot resist regicide—the French and the Russian come to mind—have a way of ending badly. Charles Krauthammer
Heard that the mob at Paris had rushed into the Senate and proclaimed the downfall of the dynasty, proclaiming a Republic! This was received with acclamation…. Not one voice was raised in favour of the unfortunate Emperor! How ungrateful! Queen Victoria
The Tories with their brats and wives Should fly to save their wretched lives. Anonymous
Resolved, that whoever shall aid or abet, or in any manner assist, in the introduction of tea from any place whatsoever, into this colony, while it is subject, by a British Act of Parliament, to the payment of a duty, for the purpose of raising a revenue in America, he shall be deemed an enemy to the liberties of America. Association of the Sons of Liberty of New York
For haveing upon specious pretences of publiqe works raised greate unjust taxes upon the Comonality for the advancement of private favorites and other sinister ends, but noe visible effects in any measure adequate, For not haveing dureing this long time of his Gouvernement in any measure advanced this hopefull Colony either by fortificacons Townes or Trade For haveing abused and rendred contemptable the Magistrates of Justice, by advanceing to places of Judicature, scandalous and Ignorant favorites For haveing when the Army of English, was just upon the track of those Indians, who now in all places burne, spoyle, murther and when we might with ease have distroyed them: who then were in open hostillity, for then haveing expressly countermanded, and sent back our Army, by passing his word for the peaceable demeanor of the said Indians, who immediately prosecuted theire evill intentions, comitting horred murthers and robberies in all places, being protected by the said ingagement and word past of him the said Sir William Berkeley [Governor of Virginia] Nathaniel Bacon
America is ungovernable. He who serves a revolution ploughs the sea. Simon Bolivar
Every revolution begins with someone whining. Dean Cameron
Rape was an insurrectionary act. It delighted me that I was defying and trampling upon the white man's law, upon his system of values, and that I was defiling his women. Eldridge Cleaver
As the important contest, into which we have been driven, is now become interesting to every European state, and particularly affects the members of the British Empire, we think it our duty to address you on the subject. We are desirous, as is natural to injured innocence, of possessing the good opinion of the virtuous and humane. We are peculiarly desirous of furnishing you with a true state of our motives and objects; the better to enable you to judge of our conduct with accuracy, and determine the merits of the controversy with impartiality and precision. Continental Congress
We are informed you have already been called upon to waste your lives in a contest with us. Should you, by complying in this instance, assent to your new establishment, and a war break out with France, your wealth and your sons may be sent to perish in expeditions against their islands in the West Indies. It cannot be presumed that these considerations will have no weight with you, or that you are so lost to all sense of honor. We can never believe that the present race of Canadians are so degenerated as to possess neither the spirit, the gallantry, nor the courage of their ancestors. You certainly will not permit the infamy and disgrace of such pusillanimity to rest on your own heads, and the consequences of it on your children forever. We, for our parts, are determined to live free, or not at all; and are resolved, that posterity shall never reproach us with having brought slaves into the world. Continental Congress
You see this palace is now yours, and the city is in your power; what do you think ought to be done? Michael di Lando
Harmony? No! Class war! Hatred to the death for the criminal bourgeoisie! El Socialista
Trotsky appeared later and after assembling Foreign Office force, announced himself Minister for Foreign Affairs whereupon entire force declined to serve and left department which is now closed, not even responding to telephone calls. Only department responding to telephone is Ways of Communication but Minister of Ways of Communication imprisoned. David R. Francis
There was no pity take of the poor people, who wrought never no manner of treason, yet they bought it dearer than the great personages, such as had done the evil and trespass Jean Froissart
The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal Erich Fromm
Send the Pope into permanent retirement and to turn the Vatican into a museum. Alessandro Gavazzi
There has been of late great excitement in consequence of the proceedings of a set of fanatics who are determined to emancipate all the slaves by a coup de main, and have held meetings in which black men and women have been introduced. These meetings have been attended with tumult and violence…. The police at length interfered, rather tardily, I should think; but the diabolical spirit which prompted this outrage is not quenched, and I apprehend we shall see more of it. Philip Hone
Enormous monarchies are probably destructive to human nature in their progress, in their continuance and even in their own downfall. David Hume
Miserable news from Paris. Another Revolution, barricades, the troops of the line fraternizing with the insurgent National Guards, two Generals shot, to more in the hands and tender mercies of the beastly cowardly Paris mob. Those Parisians are the scum of the earth, and Paris is the crater of the volcano, France, and a bottomless pit of revolution and anarchy. Robert Francis Kilvert; Francis Kilvert
The distinguishing feature of a revolutionary power is not that they feel threatened—such feeling is inherent in the nature of relationships between sovereign states—but that nothing can reassure it—only the complete elimination and/or destruction of that state. Henry A. Kissinger
What! those Papist Dogs, Rogues! Sacrament! If the King should send Three Thousand such I would cut them all off. Jacob Leysler
The social revolution of the nineteenth century can not draw its poetry from the past, it can draw that only from the future. It cannot start upon its work before it has stricken off all superstition concerning the past Karl Marx
The social revolution of the nineteenth century can not draw its poetry from the past, it can draw that only from the future. Karl Marx
Revolutions of ages do not oft recover the loss of a rejected truth, for the want of which whole nations fare the worse. We should be wary therefore what persecution we raise against the living labors of public men John Milton
Our action will have to be very violent in order to crush a strong and well-organized enemy [the Republicans] as soon as possible. Hence, all leaders of political parties, societies or unions not pledged to our movement will be imprisoned. Such people will be administered exemplary punishment [usually shot] so that movements of rebellion or strikes will be strangles. Emilio Mola
The Indians at length, thoroughly aroused by the cruelties of the Spaniards, by whom they were deprived of their liberty, forced to labor in the silver mines with inadequate food, and barbarously treated, finally rose, joined with tribes who had never been subdued, and gradually drove out or massacred their oppressors Sylvester Mowry
The victory he wishes to be conceded to the traitors of Emilia, would be a stimulus for future internal and external disturbers of other provinces to perpetrate the same things, when they saw the prosperous fortune of the rebels. Pius IX; Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti
Still dreadful news from Paris. The Commune have everything their own way, and they go on quite as in the days of the old Revolution in the last century, though they have not yet proceeded to commit all the same horrors. Queen Victoria
The United States is now, as the defunct Soviet Union was decades ago, the subversive agent of a world revolution. Stephen Schwartz
peace and harmony Spanish clerical newspaper
The Revolution has not yet succeeded. Comrades, you must carry on! Sun Yat-sen
[Revolts] will break out again, and if they do you will not be able to control them…. I cannot understand how you can expect slaves to be quiet, who are reading English newspapers. William Taylor
It is a valuable ingredient in the general estimate of our welfare that the part of our country which was lately the scene of disorder and insurrection now enjoys the blessings of quiet and order. The misled have abandoned their errors, and pay the respect to our Constitution and laws which is due from good citizens to the public authorities of the society. These circumstances have induced me to pardon generally the offenders here referred to, and to extend forgiveness to those who had been adjudged to capital punishment. For though I shall always think it a sacred duty to exercise with firmness and energy the constitutional powers with which I am vested, yet it appears to me no less consistent with the public good than it is with my personal feelings to mingle in the operations of Government every degree of moderation and tenderness which the national justice, dignity, and safety may permit. George Washington
I. George Washington, President of the United States, do hereby command all persons, being insurgents, as aforesaid, and all others whom it may concern, on or before the 1st day of September next to disperse and retire peaceably to their respective abodes. And I do moreover warn all persons whomsoever against aiding, abetting, or comforting the perpetrators of the aforesaid treasonable acts; and do require all officers and other citizens, according to their respective duties and the laws of the land, to exert their utmost endeavors to prevent and suppress such dangerous proceedings George Washington
The Revolution in America signaled the beginning of a new political era, that this revolution would necessarily determine an important progress in world civilization and that before long, it would cause great changes in the social order which then existed in Europe. Claude-Henri Saint-Simon; Claude-Henri de Rouvroy
Perhaps, I do not go too far when I say that, next to the introduction of Christianity among mankind, the American revolution may prove the most important step in the progressive course of human improvement. Richard Price
All the passions and prejudices of Europe were instantly set afloat. Mary Wollstonecraft
The collapse of a closed society does not always lead to an open society. George Soros
Dictators will be replaced, not by civil war and terrorism, but by organized nonviolent movements that will insure that freedom, human rights, and dignity will be honored under all flags. Coretta Scott King
I'm not a politician. I'm not a hero. I'm a messenger. It's very important that we study genocide because it has happened again and again. We made a mistake because we didn't believe Cambodians would kill Cambodians. We didn't believe that one human being would kill another human being. That's why we allowed them to kill us. I want you to know that genocide can happen anywhere on this planet. Together we can prevent genocide from happening again. Dith Pran
Whoever triumphs, the result of the present upheaval will doubtless be to keep the yoke of militarism as firmly as ever on the neck of the people of China. As Europe has learned to its sorrow, it is possible to win the war and lose the peace, so China is beginning to understand that that blessed word democracy does not mean peace, and that prosperity and order are not necessary corollaries of a successful revolution and a republican form of government. North China Herald
The Chinese Republic stands upon a base of sand, that the moderate men are looking forward to the re-establishment of a monarchy, the army to a military despotism or extended anarchy, the provinces to autonomy, and the robber Powers around China to spoliation on a scale even bigger than has hitherto been possible. Young China's friends have served the honest members of the party badly, by persuading Europe and America to accept as genuine the elaborate sham which has been erected, by talking of the solidity of the Republic and the acquiescence of the people. London Observer
The army, uncontrolled and uncontrollable, has already repudiated Young China; the horde of hungry politicians remains absorbed in futile arguments and sordid intrigues; the Government is without prestige, policy or power; three parties in the State, alike and pelf; the Cabinet is distracted by the advice of amateur politicians at the capital and the threats and protests of the provinces. J. O. P. Bland
I was involuntarily led into a short discussion … by your remarks on the conduct of the Boston people, and your opinion of their wishes to set up for independency. I am as well satisfied as I can be of my existence that no such thing is desired by any thinking man in all North America; on the contrary, that it is the ardent wish of the warmest advocates for liberty, that peace and tranquility, upon constitutional grounds, may be restored, and the horrors of civil discord prevented … George Washington
We cannot in this country conceive that there are men in England so infatuated as seriously suspect the Congress, or people here, of a wish to erect ourselves into an independent state…. I have never met one individual so inclined. John Adams
Now what do the Chinese Communists want? They don’t want Quemoy and Matsu. They don’t want just Formosa. They want the world. Richard Nixon
The Kuomintang is now pursuing a policy of blockhouse warfare, feverishly constructing their ‘tortoise-shells’ as though they were iron bastions. Comrades! Are they really iron bastions? Not in the least! Think of the palaces of the feudal emperors over thousands of years, were they not powerful with their walls and moats? Yet they crumbled one after another the moment the masses arose. The tsar of Russia was one of the world's most ferocious rulers, yet when the proletariat and the peasantry rose in revolution, was there anything left of him? No, nothing. His bastions of iron? They all crumbled. Comrades! What is a true bastion of iron? It is the masses, the millions upon millions of people who genuinely and sincerely support the revolution. That is the real iron bastion which no force can smash, no force whatsoever. The counter-revolution cannot smash us; on the contrary we shall smash it. Rallying millions upon millions of people round the revolutionary government and expanding our revolutionary war, we shall wipe out all counter-revolution and take over the whole of China. Mao Zedong
Divide our forces to arouse the masses, concentrate our forces to deal with the enemy. The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue. To extend stable base areas, employ the policy of advancing in waves; when pursued by a powerful enemy, employ the policy of circling around. Arouse the largest numbers of the masses in the shortest possible time and by the best possible methods. Mao Zedong
… the Chinese Red Army is an armed body for carrying out the political tasks of the revolution…. the Red Army should certainly not confine itself to fighting; besides fighting to destroy the enemy's military strength, it should shoulder such important tasks as doing propaganda among the masses, organizing the masses, arming them, helping them to establish revolutionary political power and setting up Party organizations. The Red Army fights not merely for the sake of fighting but in order to conduct propaganda among the masses, organize them, arm them, and help them to establish revolutionary political power. Without these objectives, fighting loses its meaning and the Red Army loses the reason for its existence. Mao Zedong
In difficult or critical times some comrades often have doubts about the survival of Red political power and become pessimistic. The reason is that they have not found the correct explanation for its emergence and survival. If only we realize that splits and wars will never cease within the White regime in China, we shall have no doubts about the emergence, survival and daily growth of Red political power. Mao Zedong
‘Crowning’ the landlords and parading them through the villages. This sort of thing is very common. A tall paper-hat is stuck on the head of one of the local tyrants or evil gentry, bearing the words ‘Local tyrant so-and-so’ or ‘So-and-so of the evil gentry’. He is led by a rope and escorted with big crowds in front and behind. Sometimes brass gongs are beaten and flags waved to attract people's attention. This form of punishment more than any other makes the local tyrants and evil gentry tremble. Anyone who has once been crowned with a tall paper-hat loses face altogether and can never again hold up his head. Hence many of the rich prefer being fined to wearing the tall hat. But wear it they must, if the peasants insist. Mao Zedong
Every revolutionary comrade should know that the national revolution requires a great change in the countryside. The Revolution of 1911 did not bring about this change, hence its failure. Mao Zedong
The forces of rural democracy have risen to overthrow the forces of rural feudalism. The patriarchal-feudal class of local tyrants, evil gentry and lawless landlords has formed the basis of autocratic government for thousands of years and is the cornerstone of imperialism, warlordism and corrupt officialdom. To over-throw these feudal forces is the real objective of the national revolution. In a few months the peasants have accomplished what Dr. Sun Yat-sen wanted, but failed, to accomplish in the forty years he devoted to the national revolution. This is a marvelous feat never before achieved, not just in forty, but in thousands of years. Mao Zedong
The main targets of attack by the peasants are the local tyrants, the evil gentry and the lawless landlords, but in passing they also hit out against patriarchal ideas and institutions, against the corrupt officials in the cities and against bad practices and customs in the rural areas. In force and momentum the attack is tempestuous; those who bow before it survive and those who resist perish. As a result, the privileges which the feudal landlords enjoyed for thousands of years are being shattered to pieces. Every bit of the dignity and prestige built up by the landlords is being swept into the dust. Mao Zedong
Our enemies are all those in league with imperialism -- the warlords, the bureaucrats, the comprador class, the big landlord class and the reactionary section of the intelligentsia attached to them…. As for the vacillating middle bourgeoisie, their right-wing may become our enemy and their left-wing may become our friend -- but we must be constantly on our guard and not let them create confusion within our ranks. Mao Zedong
Who are our enemies? Who are our friends? This is a question of the first importance for the revolution. The basic reason why all previous revolutionary struggles in China achieved so little was their failure to unite with real friends in order to attack real enemies. Mao Zedong
We do not recognize the Communist regime on the mainland. We consider them bandits. Madame Chiang Kai-Shek; Soong Mei-ling
I am imprisoned with a perception that will settle for nothing less than making a revolution in the consciousness of our time. Norman Mailer
Without the pen of Paine, the sword of Washington would have been wielded in vain. John Adams
Effective intervention ended Sierra Leone’s civil war, while nonintervention condemned Rwanda to genocide. Niall Ferguson
A flagrant grievance is to a rebel movement what an image is to a business. Paul Collier
Half of all civil wars are post conflict relapses. Paul Collier
Respecto Simon Bolivar
Having overthrown this one devil, we might be facing seven new devils . Pat Buchanan
It is not leaders who make movements; it is movements that make leaders. Daniel DeLeon
I'm a worker from America. I've been engaged in political agitation for a long time and I've acquired a certain amount of experience. Moisei Markovich Goldstein; Volodarsky
I declare that the Russian revolution is a cultural and constructive movement, the only movement capable of saving Russia from political dissolution Maxim Gorky; Aleksei Maximovitch Peshkov
Revolutions are always the deepest memories of a people Herman Gorter
Russia is now a horrible picture with its revolutionary double nature. It lies there like a huge wreck on the shore, broken up by its revolution. Herman Gorter
The starting-point in the brochure is not right. To my idea you are mistaken in your judgment regarding the analogy of the West-European revolution with the Russian one, regarding the conditions of the West-European revolution, that is to say the class-relations- and this leads you to mistake the cause, from which this Left Wing, the opposition, originates …. Therefore the brochure SEEMS to be right, as long as your starting-point is assumed. If, however (as it should be), your starting point is rejected, the entire brochure is wrong. As all your mistaken, and partly mistaken, judgments converge … Herman Gorter
A party is only revolutionary on condition of revolutionizing the heads of women and men. Paul Lafargue
It is to the interest of the workers’ party to embitter the conflicts which lacerate the capitalist class, instead of seeking to pacify them – these antagonisms quicken the disorganization of the ruling class Paul Lafargue
A bourgeois-and-workers' revolution is a betrayal of the working class Anatoly Lunacharsky
A force of tyranny which we Mexicans were not accustomed to suffer after we won our independence oppresses us in such a manner that it has become intolerable. In exchange for that tyranny we are offered peace, but peace full of shame for the Mexican nation Francisco Madero
With all honesty I declare that it would be a weakness on my part and treason to the people, who have placed their confidence in me, not to put myself at the front of my fellow citizens, who anxiously call me from all parts of the country, to compel General Diaz by force of arms, to respect the national will. Francisco Madero
We of the South are emphatically surrounded by a dangerous class of beings--degraded, stupid savages--who, if they could but once entertain the idea that immediate and unconditional death would not be their portion, would re-enact the St. Domingo tragedy. But the consciousness, with all their stupidity, that a tenfold force, superior in discipline, if not in barbarity, would gather from the four corners of the United States and slaughter them, keeps them in subjection. But, to the non-slaveholding States, particularly, we are indebted for a permanent safeguard against insurrection. Without their assistance, the white population of the South would be too weak to quiet that insane desire for liberty which is ever ready to act itself out with every rational creature Marysville Tennessee Intelligencer
Since the Russian revolutionary movement finally took the path of open struggle against absolutism, the question of the socialists’ political tasks has become the most vital and most burning question for our party. Because of it people have drifted apart who had been attached to each other by many years of joint practical work, because of it whole groups and organizations have fallen to pieces. It can even be said that all Russian socialists have temporarily been split into two camps supporting diametrically opposite views on “politics”. Extremes were unavoidable in this matter, as always in such cases. Georgi Valentinovich Plekhanov
Now that the great revolution has come one feels that however intelligent Lenin may be he begins to fade beside the genius of Trotsky Moisei Solomonovich Uritsky
Who wills the ends must not shrink from the means. Clara Zetkin
Coups usually follow national humiliation. Victor Davis Hanson
Havana.- If 1959 was the Year of Liberation, 1960 was the Year of the Agrarian Reform. The nation lived days of intense transformations, not only political but, also, in every aspect of social and individual activity of its citizens. Jean-Paul Sartre
His mission was to root out Demons and Manchus from the face of the earth, and to establish Taiping, the reign of eternal peace. In the meantime, retiring into the depths of his palace, he left the further conduct of earthly operations to his lieutenants, upon whom he bestowed the title of 'Wangs' (kings), while he himself, surrounded by thirty wives and one hundred concubines, devoted his energies to the spiritual side of his mission Giles Lytton Strachey
[As I am] informed that numbers of free negroes are desirous of enlisting, he gives leave to the recruiting officers to entertain them, and [will] lay the matter before the Congress, who, [I] doubts not, will approve of it George Washington
All schools will operate under the surveillance of the state. In order to obtain for Ottoman citizens an education of a homogenous and uniform character, the officials schools will be open, their instruction will be free, and all nationalities will be admitted. Young Turks; Ismail Enver Pasha; Djemal Ahmed; Talaat Mehmed
If they [the Russians] want to fight with me, let them come and we see who wins. Salman Raduyev
Revolutionary party headed by Council of Workmen-Soldiers' Deputies supported by garrison have taken over government of Moscow including administration post, telegraph. They have closed offices of all conservative newspapers. All relatively quiet. Consulate General will keep the Department fully informed and will take all necessary steps to protect American citizens and their interests. Maddin Summers
Slaves are bound by their love of justice to RISE AT ONCE, en masse, and THROW OFF THEIR FETTERS Charles Lenox Remond
While we must, by all available means, prevent the overthrow of the government, we should avoid planting and cultivating too many thorns in the bosom of society. Abraham Lincoln
The only path of liberation for black people is that which leads toward complete and radical overthrow of the capitalist class. Angela Davis
In order to evaluate revolutions and revolutionaries, one needs to observe them close up but judge the them at a distance. Simon Bolivar
If you want to ride the sled, pull it up the hill. Russian Proverb
Every kind of revolutionary work without exception is made very difficult in our country today by persecution from the police, but that does not mean that the white terror has achieved its aim, i.e., that it has “rooted out sedition”. Action calls for counteraction, persecution gives birth to self-sacrifice, and no matter how energetic the reactionary steps taken by the government, the revolutionary will always be able to evade them if only he devotes the necessary amount of energy to that purpose. G. V. Plekhanov
A revolutionary is not the revolution. G. V. Plekhanov
There are revolutionary committees that practice revolutionary violence, and anyone who opposes the will of the people will have to be chased. Anyone who is opposed to the will of the people becomes a foe of the people. The duty of the revolutionary committee is to practice revolutionary violence against the enemies of the revolution. Muammar Qaddafi
The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny. Maximilien Robespierre
It is with regret that I pronounce the fatal truth: Louis must die that the country may live. Maximilien Robespierre
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, we may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion Dwight D. Eisenhower
The right to revolt has sources deep in our history William O. Douglas
Citizens, we have reason to fear that the Revolution, like Saturn, will successively devour all its children, and only produce despotism and the calamities which accompany it. Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud
If you do not heed my advice, you will regret it, but it will be too late. Maria Theresa
The Chinese millions have given the world the greatest revolution of modern times in the most civilized manner known to history. We have emancipated ourselves from the imperial yoke, not by brute force, but by sheer reasoning and unparalleled toleration. Within the amazingly short period of 4 months, and without shedding over one hundredth part of the blood that has been shed in other similar revolutions, we have transformed our immense country from an empire of 4,000 years standing into a modern democracy. Ching Chun Wang
These are only a few of the reasons why we cannot be expected to be so confident of American non-interference in our affairs as British feel in relation to her own country. For the whole of this past year we have been subjected to pressures from the United States – and from Britain too before the change of Government – in relation to events in this country, particularly in relation to the post-revolutionary period in Zanzibar …. I am sure you will realize that there has been a reaction against the complacency with which we viewed our security questions before the mutiny of January this year. It may be that in consequence we see dangers where none exist, but if so this is a fault on the right side under the circumstances. Africa is going through an extremely difficult period of transition, and coup d’etats are not things in which any African Government can afford to take a merely academic interest Julius K. Nyerere
They (tyrants) should be attacked, not as ordinary enemies, but as assassins and rebellious brigands. Kings, aristocrats, tyrants, whoever they may be, are slaves in revolt against the sovereign of the land, who is the human race, and against the legislator of the Universe, who is Nature. Maximilien Robespierre
From this window we see the palace where the King is misled by perfidious counsels. Terror and fear have often issued from yon palace: let them return to-day in the name of the law, and let all those who inhabit that palace know that the King is alone inviolable, that the law will strike down the guilty without respect of persons, and that there is not a guilty head which can escape its sword. Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud
Louis XVI has broken his own crown. Jacques Pierre Brissot
Where a government has come to power through some sort of popular vote, fraudulent or not, and maintains at least an appearance of constitutional legality, the guerrilla outbreak cannot be promoted, since the possibilities of peaceful struggle have not been exhausted. Che Guevara
During and shortly after puberty human beings have an indubitable tendency to loosen their allegiance to all traditional rites and social norms of their culture Konrad Lorenz
If we do not carry on to the end, we will pay with tears of blood for the fear we now instill in the bourgeoisie. Errico Malatesta
Among the general Causes is, First, the unwillingness of the people to pay them [taxes]; arising from an opinion, that by delay and reluctancy they may wholly avoid them, with a suspicion that what is imposed is too much, or that what is collected is embezzled or ill expended, or that it is unequally levied and assessed…. Moreover, the peoples believing that Forms of Government shall in a few years produce any considerable alteration as to the wealth of the Subject; that the Form which is most ancient and present is not the best for the place; that any established family or person is not better then any new pretender, or even then the best Election that can be made; that Sovereignty is invisible, and that it is not certainly annexed unto some certain person or persons …. Causes of Civil War are also, that the Wealth of the Nation is in too few mens’ hands … the allowing Luxury in some, whilst others starve. William Petty
Make the people understand that they will never do anything great, that they will never make revolutions for themselves, for their true happiness, except when there are no rulers involved in any way in their movement: they must not be so distrustful of their own resources, and convince themselves that they, the people, are sufficient to be able to carry out a great undertaking Francois Noel Babeuf; Gracchus
A great revolution ... must ... be productive of hazard, vicissitudes, and perhaps calamity. But the question is for you, whether or no it is not worth while to pass through the ordeal of temporary suffering to establish permanent liberty. Feargus O'Connor
When a people consider themselves compelled by circumstances or by oppression, to appeal to arms and resort to their natural rights, they necessarily submit their cause to the great tribunal of public opinion. Stephen F. Austin
In the American provinces formerly subject to the Spanish Empire a brilliant scene is opened at present, the valor, the resolution of the heroes, the enthusiasm of the ancient and modern republicans have been displayed gloriously for the cause of national liberty. The sword of expiring tyranny has immolated in some places many victims; but from their blood new heroes have arisen. Bernardo Monteagudo
God forbid that these beautiful countries become, as did St. Domingue, a theatre of blood and of crime under the pretext of establishing liberty, let them rather remain if necessary one century more under the barbarous and imbecile oppression of Spain. Francisco de Miranda
As this war has for its first and chief aim to destroy in Venezuela the accursed race of European Spaniards, they must be debarred from joining the revolutionary forces, however patriotic and sound they may seem, since not a single one must remain alive. Simon Bolivar
Our hatred shall be implacable and the war shall be to the death. Simon Bolivar
Instead of contributing to the restoration of liberty they enlist of their own free will under the flag of the Spanish tyrants and most actively co-operate to our destruction Simon Bolivar
Unmanacle the slave… unsceptre the despot… erect an altar on the Inquisition’s grace, to raise a people to the altitude of freedom. Irish Friends of South American Independence
The time has come. It is Independence or Death! Dom Pedro I; Pedro IV
Caracas no longer exists, but its ashes, its monuments, the land it stood on, have remained glowing with liberty and covered with the glory of martyrdom. This comfort compensates for all the losses. Simon Bolivar
Let us recollect, brave and generous Greeks, the liberty of the classic land of Greece; the battles of Marathon and Thermopylae, let us combat upon the tombs of our ancestors who, to leave us free, fought and died. Alexandros Ypsilantis
Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Patrick Henry
The revolution can only defend itself by attacking. Armand Carrel
The cause of the Poles is the cause of Europe and I can boldly affirm that whoever does not honor the Poles… does not love his own motherland. Lajos Kossuth
The victories which the Poles obtained for a short period during May 1831 aroused my enthusiastic admiration: it seemed to me as though the world has, by some miracle, been created anew. Richard Wagner
Ideas ripen quickly when nourished by the blood of martyrs. Guiseppe Mazzini
Was it not enough to crucify Christ, Must you crucify all redeemers? Sandor Petofi; Alexander Petrovics
All the efforts of Lafayette, Kosciuszko and Garibaldi, and all the faith of Mazzini, Mickiewicz and Michelet, were defeated by the fundamental truth that the people they sought to liberate and make happy were simply not interested. Adam Zamoyski
One man’s democratization is another man’s destabilization. Ted Henken
If a revolution is to succeed, sometimes you must kill. Ruhollah Khomeini
Many inhabitants both of the town and country, are daily abused and insulted, by the troops. The devotion of God’s people, in their worshipping assemblies, is frequently interrupted, and marks of the utmost contempt are cast upon religion itself. Bodies of troops from time to time march into the country, with a view … to alarm, terrify, or awe the inhabitants to a submission. Jonas Clark
The simple fact is that when I took up my little sling and aimed at Communism, I also hit something else. What I hit was the forces of that great socialist revolution, which, in the name of liberalism, spasmodically, incompletely, somewhat formlessly, always in the same direction, has been inching its ice cap over the nation for two decades. Whittaker Chambers
I do not expect any help for a libertarian revolution from any Government in the world… Buenaventura Durruti
We want revolution here in Spain, right now, not maybe after the next European war. We are giving Hitler and Mussolini far more worry with our revolution than the whole Red Army of Russia. We are setting an example to the German and Italian working class on how to deal with Fascism. Buenaventura Durruti
It is possible that only a hundred of us will survive, but with that hundred we shall enter Saragossa, beat Fascism and proclaim libertarian communism. I will be the first to enter. We shall proclaim the free commune. We shall subordinate ourselves neither to Madrid nor Barcelona, neither to Azana nor Companys.... We shall show you Bolsheviks how to make a revolution. Buenaventura Durruti
Assuredly no one of us would ever propose to retain in France the fatal race of kings; we all know but too well that dynasties have never been anything else than rapacious tribes who lived on nothing, but human flesh. It is necessary completely to reassure the friends of liberty. We must destroy this talisman, whose magic power is still sufficient to stupefy many a man. I move accordingly that you sanction by a solemn law the abolition of royalty. Henri Gregoire
When the last dutiful & humble petition from Congress received no other Answer than declaring us Rebels, and out of the King’s protection, I from that Moment look’d forward to a Revolution & Independence, as the only means of Salvation; and will risque the last Penny of my Fortune, & the last Drop of my Blood upon the Issue. George Mason
Without destruction of the State, there is no revolution. Nosotros Group; Friends of Duruti
A revolution has taken place within the government but it has not yet penetrated civil society. Louis Saint-Just
Suppose we were to revolt from Great-Britain, declare ourselves Independent, and set up a Republic of our own-what would be the consequence? - I stand aghast at the prospect - my blood runs chill when I think of the calamities, the complicated evils that must ensue, and may be clearly foreseen. Charles Inglis
Pity is treason Maximilien Robespierre
... a legitimate revolution must be led by, made by those who have been most oppressed: black, brown, yellow, red, and white women—with men relating to that the best they can. Robin Morgan
Revolutions are not made for export Nikita Khrushchev
There is no example in history of a revolutionary movement involving such gigantic masses being so bloodless. Leon Trotsky
Our revolution should be the revolution of nations. The whole of Europe, the entire world should support it… Nations of the world! See how sacred is our cause. Support it for your own sake. Anonymous
If revolution insists upon overturning established order, let other peoples make the tragic experiment. There is no place for it in America. Warren G. Harding
If the colonies are independent states, separate and disunited, after this war, we may be sure of coming off by the worse. We are in no condition to contend with several of them. Our trade in general, and our trade with them, must be upon such terms as they shall be pleased to prescribe. What will be the consequence of this? Will they not be ready to prefer putting themselves under the protection of Great Britain, France, or Holland, rather than submit to the tyranny of their neighbors, who were lately their equals? Nor would it be at all impossible that they should enter into such rash engagements as would prove their own destruction from a mixture of apprehended necessity and real resentment. John Witherspoon
If a revolution is to succeed, sometimes you must kill. Ruhollah Khomeini
We promised loud and boasted high. To break our country’s chains or die; And should we fail, that country’s name will be a synonym for shame. Thomas Osborne Davis
Americans are defiant people; the don’t like authority. That was the revolutionary spirit. William M. Fowler Jr.
If a supposed insurrection in the sparse slave population of Northern Virginia throws the whole South into consternation, what kind of security will that section enjoy when thousands of ship loads of the same incendiary material have been brought from Africa, filling up the southern States? We appeal to the conservative men of the country to say which is the safest and best policy: the Democratic, which is striving to multiply and expand this volcanic element, or the Republican which seeks to limit and circumscribe it, and place it on the way of ultimate extinction. Chicago Tribune
A younger generation of Iranians, whose worldviews were forged in the atrocities of the Iran-Iraq War, have come to power, wielding a more fervently ideological approach to politics than their predecessors. The children of the Revolution are now its leaders. Matthias Kuntzel
Revolutions are the locomotives of history. Drive them full speed ahead and keep them on the rails. . . . Vladimir Lenin
I am an opponent of the Bolsheviks. I consider them enemies of my country. I know that they will bring the greatest suffering upon the people .... But if I were asked whether I regretted the revolution, I would say, no. And whatever my personal fate - if I were asked whether I'd live through the revolution again, I would say, yes. Andrei Ivanovich Shingarev
Well before the political or fighting phase of the national movement an attentive spectator can thus feel and see the manifestation of new vigor and feel the approaching conflict. He will note unusual forms of expression and themes which are fresh and imbued with a power which is no longer that of invocation but rather of the assembling of the people, a summoning together for a precise purpose. Frantz Fanon
The abolition of man-made laws cannot be achieved only through preaching. Those who have usurped the authority of God and are oppressing God's creatures are not going to give up their power merely through preaching. Sayyid Qutb
Give them Islam, proclaim to the world the program of Islamic government; maybe the kings and presidents of the Muslim countries will understand the truth of what we say and accept it. We would not want to take anything away from them; we will leave anyone in his place who faithfully follows Islam. Ruhollah Khomeini
We shall export our revolution to the whole world. Until the cry `There is no God but God` resounds over the whole world, there will be struggle…. Establishing the Islamic state world-wide belong to the great goals of the revolution. Ruhollah Khomeini
All great revolutions are led by aristocrats. Mark Shields
The generation which commences a revolution can rarely complete it Thomas Jefferson
To back away from France would be to undermine the cause of republicanism in America Thomas Jefferson
If, for the smallest faults, the people had a right to resist or depose their sovereign, no prince could maintain his authority, and the community would be continually distracted; such a situation would be directly contrary both to the end and institution of government, and of sovereignty. It is therefore right to overlook the lesser faults of sovereigns, and to have a regard to the laborious and exalted office, with which they are invested for our preservation Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
England, the country that turns whole nations into its proletarians … seems to be the rock against which the revolutionary waves break. Karl Marx
Gentlemen, you may soon have the alternative to live as slaves or die as free men Daniel O'Connell
The altar of liberty totters when it is cemented only with blood Daniel O'Connell
The US has always taken velvet revolution into consideration by promoting Western culture in the society and by causing strife between people and the government through propaganda, organizing certain individuals, psychological warfare and making intentional use of media, intellectual circles, university student's establishments and feminism movements in order to implement its interfering policies. Ahmad Khatami
It is authority that provokes revolution.... Ryszard Kapuscinski
If we are now to pay these debts to the English, for what were we fighting? Patrick Henry
I tell you that the new age has dawned, the age of holy anarchy. Juliusz Slowacki
The coming struggle will be fought by Europe as a whole for the sacred national rights of all peoples against tyranny. Arthur Gorgey
Conviction was not, courage failed, and truth was something to be doubted of. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Insurrections made by a few who attempt to raise the people in order to achieve a state of affairs that these very people do not understand, must fear defeat, their inevitable end. Carlo Pisacane
The mission of this corps will be, as it has always been, based on complete self-sacrifice for the regeneration of the fatherland. Guiseppe Garibaldi
Two things are from now on impossible in France: revolution and war. Louis Philippe
The free nations of the world are calling upon us, urging us not to abandon the basis of our national existence. God himself summons us, He who will one day call us to account. There are twenty million of us. Let us rise up at the same moment like one man, and no power on earth will overwhelm us. Then we shall enjoy a freedom the like of which has never been seen on earth. Anonymous
The speed with which armies collapse, bureaucracies abdicate, and social structures dissolve once the autocrat is removed frequently surprises American Policy makers. Jeane Kirkpatrick
If ballots don’t work, bullets will. Joyce Kaufman
Workers of my country, I have faith in Chile and its destiny. Other men will overcome this dark and bitter moment when treason seeks to prevail. Keep in mind that, much sooner than later, the great avenues will again be opened through which will pass free men to construct a better society. Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers Salvador Allende
Some in the West have long argued that because of the lack of a viable liberal alternative, supporting authoritarian regimes in Arab countries is the only political choice against the Islamists. Now, in Tunisia, as people flood into the streets demanding democracy, we see that this is not the case. It was not the case in Iran in 1979 either, but the West was so invested in the Shah that it failed to strongly back the liberal opposition. We don't have to repeat that error today. Khairi Abaza
Liberty will nevermore be without an asylum Marquis de Lafayette; Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier
Revolutions begin with enthusiasm but often end in tears. George Soros
We're not driving away the Turkish people nor their faith, but the Sultan and his laws. Vasil Levski
If I win - I win for all our people, if I lose - I lose only myself. Vasil Levski
There is no reason for Egypt to be under martial law. Ahmed Zewail
It is marvelous that I have walked for five years along the precipices of the Revolution without falling over them, and that I am still living; and I rest my head calmly upon the pillow of my writings... I have dreamed of a Republic such as all the world would have adored. I could never have believed that men could be so ferocious and so unjust. Camille Desmoulins
The great appear great because we are on our knees: Let us rise. Camille Desmoulins; James Larkin
Revolutions rarely end up as positively as they begin. Richard N. Haas
Liberty was realized when the citizens were . . . willing to sacrifice their private interests for the sake of the community Gordon S. Wood
I long to die for such a true cause; I wish to expire on the bed of glory; I wish to perish at my post. Casimir Pulaski
There is a hundred times more enthusiasm for this revolution in any café in Paris than there is in all the United States together. Louis du Portail
They were giving the substance of truth to what we were dreaming. Alexis de Tocqueville
I was singularly struck to see the unanimous eruption of such keen and all-embracing sympathy for the revolt of a people against a king. The American insurrection took hold of the imagination like some fashion. Louis Philippe Segur
This attempt to excite an insurrection among the slaves is one of the natural results of the agitation of the slavery question, originated and so persistently kept up by designing politicians, both of the North and the South for partisan purposes. It can be traced to no other cause, and unless the people of both sections rise in the majesty of their strength and put an end at once to this mischievous agitation, the page that records the bloody events of the last two days, will be but a preface to the history of a civil war in which the same scenes will be re-enacted on a larger scale, and end in the dissolution of our glorious Union. Tennessee Republican Banner and Nashville Whig Nashville
Those damn Presbyterian Indians! Joseph Brant
If you intend to set the colonies aflame, take care to run away by the light of it. William Franklin
Since the discovery of Columbus, there has been no event of equal importance to the human race. Anne Robert Jacques Turgot
… most accursed, wicked, barbarous, cruel, unnatural, unjust and diabolical. William Pitt the Younger
The taverns were the headquarters of the American Revolution. Daniel Webster
The American Revolution was a conservative revolution. William E. Gladstone
This is to inform all the Students that their Attendance at College Orders is hereby dispensed with … and that they are at liberty to return Home or prosecute their Studies elsewhere, as they think proper: And that those who pay particular Attention to their Studies that these as these confused Times will admit, shall then be considered in the same Light and Standing as if they had given the usual Attendance here. James Manning
Tarquin and Caesar each had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell, and George the Third may profit by their example ("Treason!" cried the Speaker of the House interrupting)—. If this be treason, make the most of it. Patrick Henry
Nations are liable to various revolutions in the state of their minds, and extent of their knowledge, as well as in their power and wealth …. Robert Henry
If bad institutions and bad men be got rid of only by killing, then the killing must be done. William Randolph Hearst
The National Socialist Revolution is not simply the taking of power in the state by one party from another, but brings a complete revolution of our German existence. Henceforth every matter demands decision, and every act demands responsibility. Martin Heidegger
We first understand the glory and the greatness of the Hitler revolution when we carry implanted deep within us this reflection: Everything that is great is in the midst of the storm. Martin Heidegger
There is a revolution in Germany, and we must ask ourselves, "Is there a revolution in the university?" No. The fighting is still in the skirmishing stage. Martin Heidegger
Ideas move fast when their time comes. Carolyn Heilbrun
When citizens have no political way to deal with revolution, they become counter-revolutionary. Tom Hayden
From the saintly and single-minded idealist to the fanatic is often but a step. Friedrich A. Hayek
Tecumseh is one of those uncommon geniuses which spring up occasionally to produce revolutions and overturn the established order of things. William Henry Harrison
Revolution is the right of slaves. Leivick Halpern
If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all forms of government. Alexander Hamilton
Shall the majority govern or be governed? Shall the nation rule or be ruled? Shall the general will prevail, or the will of a faction? Shall there be government or no government? Alexander Hamilton
If our Constitution is destroyed, if our right to free speech is denied, then we have the right to use whatever means necessary to survive and advance our position. Matthew Hale
The men who make revolutions are always despised by those who profit from them. Francois Guizot
At the risk of sounding ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by feelings of love. Che Guevara
One cannot pretend that the sending of a dozen men to a country will lead to a revolution. Che Guevara
The only way a revolution can triumph is through the force of arms. Che Guevara
Killing is evil ... All countries are different and progress should be achieved by peaceful means wherever possible. Che Guevara
I believe in the armed struggle as the only solution for those people who fight to free themselves. Che Guevara
Revolutionary death is the reality and victory the dream. Che Guevara
On every unauthoritative exercise of power by the legislature must the people rise in rebellion or their silence be construed into a surrender of that power to them? If so, how many rebellions should we have had already? Thomas Jefferson
It is never to be expected in a revolution that every man is to change his opinion at the same moment. There never yet was any truth or any principle so irresistibly obvious that all men believed it at once. Time and reason must cooperate with each other to the final establishment of any principle; and therefore those who may happen to be first convinced have not a right to persecute others, on whom conviction operates more slowly. The moral principle of revolutions is to instruct, not to destroy. Thomas Paine
It was easy to kill in South Africa –- to throw a bomb in a movie theatre, for instance - and create panic. But the leaders of the ANC rejected hatred of whites and violence against civilians. They were listened to Enuga Sreenivasulu Reddy
As a purely British organization, the Blackshirts will respect those principles of tolerance which are traditional in British politics. They have no prejudice either of class or race. Their recruits are drawn from all social grades and every political party. Young men may join the British Union of Fascists by writing to the Headquarters, King's Road, Chelsea, London, S.W. Esmond Cecil Harmsworth; Lord Rothermere
The 1956 Hungarian Revolution was a failure at the time, but it was a success in that it sowed the seeds of what we have today. George Soros
Forward, without ever turning back. ... All wars of independence have been obliged to suffer terrible tests. Miguel Malvar y Carpio
General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, and other military chieftains, have by force of arms, overthrown the federal institutions of Mexico, and dissolved the social compact which existed between Texas and the other members of the Mexican Confederacy Stephen F. Austin
This object we expect to obtain, by a total separation from Mexico, as an independent community, a new republic, or by becoming a state of the United States. Stephen F. Austin
That every people have the right to change their government, is unquestionable; but it is equally certain and true, that this change, to be morally or politically obligatory, must be effected by the free expression of the community, and by legal and constitutional means; for otherwise, the stability of governments and the rights of the people, would be at the mercy of fortunate revolutionists, of violence, or faction Stephen F. Austin
When a people consider themselves compelled by circumstances or by oppression, to appeal to arms and resort to their natural rights, they necessarily submit their cause to the great tribunal of public opinion. Stephen F. Austin
The Battle of Yorktown effectively ending the American Revolution was really a French military victory. Gordon S. Wood
If your ruler is just, then praise God; but if he is unjust, pray to God to rid you of him. Omar I; Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
It is a revolution; a revolution of the most intense character; in which belief in the justice, prudence, and wisdom of secession is blended with the keenest sense of wrong and outrage, and it can no more be checked by human effort for the time than a prairie fire by a gardener’s watering pot. Judah P. Benjamin
I have given you independence, now go and preserve it. Mujibur Rahman
I will not resign, I will not commit suicide, I will not leave the country. Arturo Frondizi
In the political, the social, the economic, even the cultural sphere, the revolutions of our time have been revolutions "against" rather than revolutions "for"... On the whole throughout this period the man--or party--that stood for doing the positive has usually cut a pathetic figure; well meaning but ineffectual, civilized but unrealistic, he was suspect alike to (by both) the ultras of destruction and the ultras of preservation and restoration. Peter Drucker
We have reasonable grounds to believe that the life of the state is being threatened Voreqe Frank Bainimarama
The basic feature of the Congo People’s Liberation Army was that it was a parasitic army…and demanded provisions and labor from the population, sometimes with extreme harshness. The peasants were at the mercy of groups who came on leave from the camps to demand extra food. Che Guevara
All those against the revolution must disappear and quickly be executed. Ruhollah Khomeini
The art of making war with success being the fruit of courage combined with prudence, intelligence and experience, a companion in arms of the great Frederick, who was with him during twenty-two years, seemed to us all a man most fit to assist Monsieur Washington. Pierre Beaumarchais
Has France absolutely decided to refuse us all succor, and thus become the victim of England and the laughingstock of Europe? . . . We offer France in return for secret assistance a treaty of commerce which will secure to her for a certain number of years after the peace all the benefits with which for a century we have enriched England Arthur Lee
I desire to serve your country as if it were my own, and I hope to find in the friendship of a generous people the true reward of a labor that I consecrate to them. Pierre Beaumarchais
Every fisherman reduced to poverty by the English, has become a soldier and vows he will avenge the ruin of his family and his country's liberty Pierre Beaumarchais
The quarrel between the colonies and the British government seems to become more serious every day . . . It may prove the most fatal blow to the authority of the metropolis. Comte de Vergennes; Charles Gravier
We are awaiting the moment when the fate of the Bostonians will be decided. General Gage will need much talent and much sagacity and patience to calm the spirit of insubordination which has possessed almost all the English colonists Gerard de Rayneval
I am beginning to have a poor opinion of their firmness. Their Republic, unless they correct its faults, ... will never be more than a feeble body capable of little activity ... I must own that I have little confidence in the energy of the United States. Comte de Vergennes; Charles Gravier
Unless a capital change takes place soon, it will be impossible for me to maintain our posts and keep the army from dispersing George Washington
I have never yet seen the time in which our affairs, in my opinion, were at so low an ebb as at the present. George Washington
It is with regret that I pronounce the fatal truth: Louis must die that the country may live. Maximilien Robespierre
Citizens, did you want a revolution without revolution? Maximilien Robespierre
Tell them from ME at MY request, for God’s sake, to cease these conversations and threatenings about the separation of the Union. It must hang together as long as it can be made to. Alexander Hamilton
The last king should be strangled with the entrails of the last priest. Jean Meslier
The modernizing elite in the technologically and economically poor nations responded to colonialism by seizing the power of the state and using it to change their societies, hoping to achieve justice at home and economic and cultural parity abroad. The politics of changing traditional social structures and processes by using state power did not always result in social progress and economic development, but it did lead to state supremacy and autocracy. In the more extreme cases autocratic regimes were transformed to either forward-looking or reactionary totalitarianism-of socialist-Marxist, fascist, or religious-fundamentalist types. These systems clearly failed or are failing. But at the time they were adopted, to many they represented hope and a promise of economic change, distributive justice, and a better future. Mahnaz Afkhami
No amount of arms and armies can help stabilize those governments which are unable or unwilling to achieve social and economic reform and development. Military pacts cannot help nations whose social injustice and economic chaos invite insurgency and penetration and subversion. John F. Kennedy
The revolution in Russia was terrible for the proletariat in the long years of its development- and it is terrible now. Herman Gorter
Ideas do not fall from heaven, and nothing comes to us in a dream. The change in the ways of thinking, lately produced by the historic doctrine which we are here examining and commenting upon, takes place at first slowly and afterwards with an increasing rapidity, precisely in that period of human development, in which were realized the great politico-economic revolutions, that is to say, in that epoch which, considered in its political forms, is called liberal, but which, considered in its basis, by reason of the domination of capital over the proletarian mass, is the epoch of anarchical production. Antonio Labriola
Who, if not the revolutionary intelligentsia, could promote the political development of the working class? G. V. Plekhanov
Today Chile is a country subjected by its Armed Forces to a regime similar to those that appeared in fascist occupied Europe. The country is under state of siege, all the cities under curfews, there are military tribunals established under the military code that like those established during times of war allow no appeal. There are mass arrest of the population and pogroms against foreigners, etc. The Chilean Armed Forces has declared war against the Chilean People… Miguel Enriquez
Communism has established centers of infection. François Duvalier
I'll continue fighting as long as these social injustices exist. Buenaventura Durruti
Gentlemen, since the settlement of that Constitution, now nearly two centuries ago, England has never experienced a revolution, though there is no country in which there has been so continuous and such considerable change. How is this? Because the wisdom of your forefathers placed the prize of supreme power without the sphere of human passions. Whatever the struggle of parties, whatever the strife of factions, whatever the excitement and exaltation of the public mind, there has always been something in this country round which all classes and parties could rally, representing the majesty of the law, the administration of justice, and involving, at the same time, the security for every man's rights and the fountain of honor. Benjamin Disraeli
All of you may be sure that I will not weaken for one moment. Francisco I. Madero
If we do not help the Libyan rebels, their blood will flow and it will be a stain on the French Flag. Bernard-Henri Levy
A free Cuba, working for the well-being of the people, was the aim of many of the men who supported Castro, but when it became evident that one tyranny was being supplanted by another some of them began to feel again the urge for the real freedom they had hoped for and fought for. Whereupon, they deserted. Eleanor Roosevelt
We in this country have to realize that that Castro revolution against General Batista came about because of conditions that had been allowed to continue over the years in which a large number of people of Cuba had been exploited, ignored and beaten down. Eleanor Roosevelt
The thought that I had been captured so soon, without having done anything for the revolution, made me feel ashamed. I thought: at least now, I must carry out my duty well under torture. Ashraf Dehghani
When it became clear that they [the Chinese Communists] were going to take power, … the American officials in China were of different minds: there were some who felt that Chiang should be supported to the last ditch, and there were others who felt that Chiang had served his purpose, he could not rule effectively, the communists would win anyway, and that therefore there had to be established a working relationship with the communists. John Paton Davies Jr.
Revolution against imperialism is not an action of inviting guests to have meal, writing articles, braiding, education, softness or fear of enemy. But it is a class wrath seized to topple another class Khmer Rouge
It is better to die fighting than to live begging. A. Philip Randolph
I had to decide whether I would be a lawyer by profession and a revolutionary at intervals, or a revolutionary by profession and a lawyer at intervals. Eleftherios Venizelos
To put on the garment of legitimacy is the first aim of every coup. Barbara Tuchman
I am not worried about this country ever going Communist. We have too much sense for that Harry S Truman
The culture of a revolution is not necessarily compatible with the culture of a Constitutional Democracy Graca Machel
Despite the unquestionable greatness of the Anglo-Saxon genius, it is impossible not to see that the laws of revolutions are least understood precisely in the Anglo-Saxon countries. Leon Trotsky
Root out the counterrevolutionaries without mercy, lock up suspicious characters in concentration camps... Shirkers will be shot, regardless of past service. Leon Trotsky
It is almost certain that we will fail. But how will future history judge the German people, if not even a handful of men had the courage to put an end to that criminal? Henning von Tresckow
The Anarchists are right in everything; in the negation of the existing order, and in the assertion that, without authority, there could not be worse violence than that of authority under existing conditions. They are mistaken only in thinking that Anarchy can be instituted by a revolution Leo Tolstoy
In revolutions, especially democratic revolutions, madmen, not those so called by courtesy, but genuine madmen, have played a very considerable political part. One thing is certain, and that is that a condition of semi-madness is not unbecoming at such times, and often even leads to success. Alexis de Tocqueville
Now that we have the revolutionary spirit, we must not lose sight of the brotherhood awareness. Temper the revolutionary spirit. Culture identification is needed, but we must not let it lead us to hatred. We can become intoxicated and lose sight of our real goal to fully participate in the political system of the United States. Reies Lopez Tijerina
If there ever are great revolutions there, they will be caused by the presence of the blacks upon American soil. That is to say, it will not be the equality of social conditions but rather their inequality which may give rise thereto. Alexis de Tocqueville
In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult part to invent is the end Alexis de Tocqueville
It is almost never when a state of things is the most detestable that it is smashed, but when, beginning to improve, it permits men to breathe, to reflect, to communicate their thoughts with each other, and to gauge by what they already have the extent of their rights and their grievances. The weight, although less heavy, seems then all the more unbearable. Alexis de Tocqueville
It was from Tito that I drew inspiration while searching for the best road to take and when making crucial decisions during our liberation struggle. I often thought, what would Tito do at that moment? Robert Mugabe
The government bodies known to you have presented me a resignation demand. Taking into account that the execution of the constitutional power of the president in the situation that has been created could pose serious danger to the stability of the country, I accept that demand and announce my resignation. Levon Ter-Petrossian
Independence can only be obtained and secured by a nation that has its spirit raging with determination: Independence or Death! Sukarno
If Germany surrendered to the forces of revolution either of the Left or to Right the state of Europe [would be] full of very ominous prospects. James Ramsay MacDonald
This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Gloria Steinem
Old forms of government finally grow so oppressive, that they must be thrown off even at the risk of reigns of terror. Herbert Spencer
When I see the worsening degeneracy in our politicians, our media, our educators, and our intelligentsia, I can’t help wondering if the day may yet come when the only thing that can save this country is a military coup Thomas Sowell
The people generally get accustomed to the established order of things and begin to tremble at the very idea of a change. It is this lethargical spirit that needs be replaced by the revolutionary spirit. Otherwise degeneration gains the upper hand and the whole humanity is led stray by the reactionary forces. Such a state of affairs leads to stagnation and paralysis in human progress. The spirit of Revolution should always permeate the soul of humanity, so that the reactionary forces may not accumulate to check its eternal onward march. Bhagat Singh
I am a person who has never used violence himself. My present opinion is that people who have obtained the ballot should use it and solve their problems in that way. In the case of peoples who have not obtained the ballot, and who cannot control their states, I again find in my own mind a division of opinion, which is not logical, but purely a rough practical judgment. My own forefathers got their political freedom by violence; that is to say, they overthrew the British crown and made themselves a free Republic. Also by violence they put an end to the enslavement of the black race on this continent. Upton Sinclair
Rise like Lions after slumber In unvanquishable number — Shake your chains to earth like dew Which in sleep had fallen on you — Ye are many — they are few. Percy Bysshe Shelley
The future of mankind, for the socialist, is simple: pull down the existing order and allow the future to emerge. Roger Scruton
It is repression that creates the revolutionary spirit of freedom. Robert Gerard Sands
My promises to the people for whom I have waged war have been fulfilled — to accomplish their independence and leave the choice of their rulers to their own will. The presence of an unfortunate soldier, however disinterested he may be, is not desirable in newly constituted states. On the other hand, I am tired of having it said that I wish to make myself King. In short, I shall always be ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for the liberty of the country, but as in the character of a simple private citizen and in no other. Jose de San Martin
The vessel of Revolution can arrive at port only on a sea reddened by torrents of blood. Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
It is not enough, citizens, to have destroyed the factions, it is necessary now to repair the evil that they have done to the country. Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
Happiness is a new idea in Europe. Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
Dare! — this word contains all the politics of our revolution. Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
Citizens, by what illusion could one persuade himself that you are inhuman. Your Revolutionary Tribunal has condemned three hundred rascals to death in a year. Has not the Spanish Inquisition done worse than that ... Have the English assizes butchered no one in that period? ... What of the kings of Europe, does anyone prate to them of pity? Ah, do not allow yourselves to grow soft-hearted! Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
In every Revolution a dictator is needed to save the state by force, or censors to save it by virtue. Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
Insurrection is the exclusive right of the people and of the citizen. Every foreigner, every man clothed with public authority, is outlawed if he proposes it and must be put to death as a usurper of sovereignty and as interested in fomenting troubles for the purpose of doing evil or of adorning himself. Insurrections taking place under a despotism are always salutary. Those which break out in a free state are sometimes dangerous for liberty itself, because the revolt usurps its sublime pretexts and its sacred name. Revolts in free states leave long and painful wounds which bleed a whole century. Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
One does not make revolutions by halves Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
The Revolution has grown cold; all its principles are weakened; there remains only red caps worn by intriguers. The exercise of terror has made crime blasé, as strong liquors made the palace blasé. Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
If revolution insists upon overturning established order, let other peoples make the tragic experiment. There is no place for it in America. Warren G. Harding
There was still another class of men who were opposed to secession in any case. Of these, William C. Wickham, of Hanover, and Jubal Early will serve as examples. They thought secession unnecessary and imprudent in any conceivable event. They believed that it offered no remedy for existing or possible ills, and that it could result only in the prostration of the South. They opposed it, therefore, with all their might; not only as not yet called for, but as suicidal in any event, and not to be thought of at all. And yet these men, when the war came, believed it to be their duty to side with their State, and fought so manfully in behalf of the South as to make themselves famous military leaders. George Cary Eggleston
They went to war against a preamble. They fought seven years against a declaration. They poured out their treasures and their blood like water, in a contest in opposition to an assertion. Daniel Webster
Anarchists know that a long period of education must precede any great fundamental change in society, hence they do not believe in vote begging, nor political campaigns, but rather in the development of self-thinking individuals. Lucy E. Parsons
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 E. Parsons
Let every dirty, lousy tramp arm himself with a revolver or a knife, and lay in wait on the steps of the palaces of the rich and stab or shoot the owners as they come out. Let us kill them without mercy, and let it be a war of extermination. Lucy E. Parsons
Revolutions are not push button affairs; rather, they evolve only if there exists a reservoir of hope and grievance that can be galvanized into popular action. Michael Parenti
Revolution is like a love story, When you are in love, your become a much better person. And when you are in revolution, you become a much better person. Alaa Al Aswany
One class did not overthrow another; the poor did not supplant the rich. But social relationships—the way people were connected one to another—were changed and decisively so. Gordon S. Wood
An armed uprising is inevitable and the time for it fully ripe. Vladimir Lenin
When people rise, they must have a goal worthy of them. Must paltry goods be of concern to them?... The people must rise up not to collect sugar, but to bring down the tyrants. Maximilien Robespierre
Francisco Franco’s military uprising against Spain’s elected government was an attempt, not so much to impose Fascism as to restore feudalism. George Orwell Blair
The people are like the sea and the guerrillas are like fish swimming in that sea. Without the sea there will be no fish. We have to drain the sea. Mengistu Haile Mariam
I am said to be a revolutionist in my sympathies, by birth, by breeding and by principle. I am always on the side of the revolutionists, because there never was a revolution unless there were some oppressive and intolerable conditions against which to revolute. Mark Twain
No people in the world ever did achieve their freedom by goody-goody talk and moral suasion: it being immutable law that all revolutions that will succeed must being in blood, whatever may answer afterward. Mark Twain
In the beginning, all men were alike and they lived in peace and they shared among them what they had. But now there are two kinds of men, the master and the slave. But there are more of us than there are of you, many more. And we are stronger than you, better than you. All that is good in mankind belongs to us. Howard Fast
The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement--but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims Joseph Conrad
Rebellion against a king may be pardoned, or lightly punished, but the man who dares to rebel against the laws of a republic ought to suffer death. Samuel Adams
It is an attempt to "spread the principles of the Revolution by every means throughout the whole of Europe." This program binds together both these individuals and their parties. The consequences for the peace of the world are clear and certain. If the revolutionary party carries out its program, "The sovereignty of the people," my minor crown will be broken, no less certainly than the mighty crowns of your Majesty, and a fearful scourge will be laid upon the nations; a century [will follow] of rebellion, of lawlessness, and of godlessness Frederick William IV
Plots, true or false, are necessary things, To raise up commonwealths and ruin kings. John Dryden
I hold it blasphemy to say that a man ought not to fight against authority: there is no great religion and no great freedom that has not done it. Mary Ann Cross; George Eliot
I never saw any of the diminutive Portuguese [slave masters], with their murderous countenances, without almost wishing for Brazil to follow the example of Haiti; and, considering the enormous healthy-looking black population, it will be wonderful if, at some future day, it does not take place. Charles Darwin
It was agreed that we should commence at home, on that night, and, until we had armed and equipped ourselves and gained sufficient force, neither age nor sex was to be spared: which was invariably adhered to. Nat Turner
Why does every nation on earth move to change their conditions except us [Arabs]. Why do we always submit to the batons of the rulers and their repression. How long will Arabs wait for foreign saviors? Faisal Al Qassem
After having met Captain Brown one Sunday evening at a lady's house, where I made a social call with my wife, I sent him twenty-five dollars as a present. I did it because I felt ashamed, after I had seen the old man and talked with him, and come within the reach of the personal impression which I find he very generally made on people, that I had never contributed anything direct towards his assistance, as one who I thought had sacrificed and suffered so much for the cause of freedom and of good order and good government in the Territory of Kansas. He was, if I may be allowed to use that expression, a very magnetic person, and I felt very much impressed by him. I confess I did not know how to understand the old gentleman fully, because when I hear a man talk upon great themes, touching, which I think he must have deep feeling, in a tone perfectly level, without emphasis and without any exhibition of feeling, I am always ready to suspect that there is something wrong in the man's brain. I noticed that the old gentleman, in conversation, scarcely regarded other people, was entirely self-poised, self-possessed, sufficient to himself, and appeared to have no emotion of any sort, but to be entirely absorbed in an idea which preoccupied him and seemed to put him in a position transcending an ordinary emotion and ordinary reason. In parting with him, as I heard he was a poor man, I expressed my gratitude to him for having fought for a great cause with earnestness, fidelity, and conscientiousness, while I had been quietly at home, earning my money and supporting my family in Boston, under my own vine and fig-tree, with nobody to molest or make me afraid.... I am constitutionally peaceable, and by opinion very much of a peace man, and I have very little faith in deeds of violence, and very little sympathy with them, except as the extremest and direst necessity. My sympathy, so, far as I sympathized with Captain Brown, was on account of what I believed to be heroic and disinterested services in defense of a good and just cause, and in support of the rights of persons who were treated with unjust aggression. John Albiooltn Andrew
'The national revolution has started. The building is guarded by six hundred heavily armed men. The barracks of the Reichswehr [army forces] and police have been occupied. Reichswehr and police are now on the march under the swastika banner! Adolf Hitler
If you want to prevent communism in this country, if you want to do away with labor troubles, pass laws here which shall be equal in their bearing upon all classes. Repeal your class laws James Baird Weaver
This forenoon ten Americans and twenty Russians went to the south cathedral, where the Boxers were looting, burning, and killing, killed seventy Boxers, captured ten, and took Catholic refugees to a place near the British Legation. In the afternoon twenty-five Germans and an equal number of French went to the same place, with much the same result, though not quite so many Boxers were killed Luella Miner
If the result of so many sacrifices was that the capitalists remain in control, what was the point of the revolution? Pol Pot
To keep you is no benefit, to destroy you is no loss Pol Pot
Bullets are not to be wasted. Pol Pot
Indiscriminate massacre was not their intention, after they obtained foothold, and was resorted to in the first instance to strike terror and alarm. Women and children would afterwards have been spared, and men also who ceased to resist Richmond Enquirer
Without rebellion, mankind would stagnate, and injustice would be irremediable. Bertrand; 3rd Earl of Kingston
The American war is over; but this far from being the case with the American revolution. On the contrary, nothing but the first act of the drama is closed. It remains yet to establish and perfect our new forms of government, and to prepare the principles, morals, and manners of our citizens for these forms of government after they are established and brought to perfection. Benjamin Rush
We are the most cosmopolitan race in the whole universe; but Irishmen should have a country; they have a right to the country of their birth. By the use and aid of one steel – the pen – our committee have taken possession of that right, and as their title one day may be disputed, I trust they will be able and willing to prove it by the aid of another steel – the sword. Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa
O Liberty, how many crimes are committed in thy name! Marie-Jeanne Roland de la Platiere
Even revolutions can only develop and mature the germs which already exist and have made their way into the consciousness of men; they cannot themselves create these germs or create new worlds out of nothing. Rudolph Rocker
Filipinos don't realize that victory is the child of struggle, that joy blossoms from suffering, and redemption is a product of sacrifice. Jose Rizal
Blandishments will not fascinate us, nor will threats of a "halter" intimidate. For, under God, we are determined that wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we will die free men. Josiah Quincy II
A dictator is often a revolutionary who has made a name for himself. A revolutionary is often a bourgeois who hasn't. Marco Denevi
Let us not allow the splits and splintering to frighten us. It is, indeed, a pity, but what can we do, since we are Bulgarians and all suffer from one common disease. If this disease had not been present in our ancestors, from whom we inherited it, they would have never fallen under the scepter of the Turkish Sultan ... Georgi Nikolov Delchev
There is one common struggle against those who have appropriated the earth, the money, and the machines. Voltairine de Cleyre
Recorded history starts with a patriarchal revolution. Let it continue with the matriarchal counterrevolution that is the only hope for the survival of the human race. Elizabeth Gould Davis
Several inhabitants have been killed and wounded, and nearly sixty within a short time carried into confinement and robbed of their property, and unless some protection is afforded, those who are of ability and inclination will retire into the country, and others will make their peace. The ardor of the people, (which is to be lamented,) has abated in consequence of their distresses, so that very little opposition is to be expected from them. Abraham Davenport
it is not the topping of a regime that determines the overall success of a revolution -- it's dismantling the past in favor of a better future. Mohamed El-Erian
The moment I heard of America I loved her. The moment I knew she was fighting for freedom, I burnt with the desire of bleeding for her. Marquis de Lafayette
The welfare of America is intimately linked with the welfare of all humanity. Marquis de Lafayette
When the government violates the people's rights, insurrection is ... the most sacred of rights and the most indispensable of duties. Marquis de Lafayette; Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier
Our [the French] Revolution is getting on as well as it can with a nation that has attained its liberty at once, and is still liable to mistake licentiousness for freedom. Marquis de Lafayette; Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier
What is this world? A complex whole, subject to endless revolutions. All these revolutions show a continual tendency to destruction; a swift succession of beings who follow one another, press forward, and vanish; a fleeting symmetry; the order of a moment. Denis Diderot
I would never have drawn my sword in the cause of America, if I could have conceived that thereby I was founding a land of slavery. Marquis de; Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier
When the government violates the people's rights, insurrection is, for the people … the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensable of duties. Marquis de; Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier
Mine is the soul of a free man; ever since my fourth year it has been nourished on hatred to kings Charles Jean Barbaroux
The ship of the revolution can only arrive in port on water red with blood. Bertrand Barere de Vieuzac
Pity me not. I am happier than you; for I am fighting to be free, while you are striving to enslave your countrymen. Francis Marion
Colonel Marion had so wrought the minds of the people, partly by the terror of his threats and cruelty of his punishments, and partly by the promise of plunder, that there was scarcely an inhabitant between the Santee and the Peedee that was not in arms against us Charles Cornwallis
I would welcome the news that the slaves had risen. Frederick Douglass
… something with monarchical power in it would be most effectual for the settlement of the nation Oliver Cromwell
New monarchies are demolished by their enemies; restored ones by their friends. Alphonse de Lamartine
A more mischievous idea cannot exist, than that any degree of wickedness, violence, and oppression may prevail in a country, that the most abominable, murderous, and exterminating rebellions may rage in it, or the most atrocious and bloody tyranny may domineer, and that no neighboring power can take cognizance of either, or afford succor to the miserable sufferers. Edmund Burke
Revolutions of state, many times, make way for new institutions and forms; and often determine in either setting up some tyranny at home, or bringing in some conquest from abroad. William Temple
Revolutions are not made, they come. Wendell Phillips
Our vengeance shall rival Spanish ferocity. Our goodwill is at last exhausted; and, since our oppressors compel us to mortal warfare, they shall disappear from America and our land shall be purged of the monsters that infest it. Our hate shall be inexorable and our war shall be to the death. Simon Bolivar
Let us hasten to break the chains of those victims who groan in their dungeons, awaiting salvation at your hands! Do not abuse their confidence! Do not turn a deaf ear to the lamentations of your brothers! Let us fly quickly to avenge the dead, to give life to the dying, freedom to the oppressed and liberty to all! Simon Bolivar
Agitated by revolutionary movements, these grow in proportion to the force that resists them. Simon Bolivar
Without delay and without exception, you will put to the sword every Spaniard in dungeon or hospital … Simon Bolivar
When thinking about the fall of any dictatorship, one should have no illusions that the whole system comes to an end like a bad dream… A dictatorship leaves behind itself an empty fields on which the tree of thought won’t grow quickly. It is not always the best people who emerge from hiding. Ryszard Kapuscinski
Our demands most moderate are – We only want the earth! James Connolly
In all the great wars of England, the war of the American Revolution, the war against the French Revolution, the Crimean War,, there were men who stood out against those ventures, and against a nation lashed to madness by the appeals and lies of its leaders. They were but a miserable minority, but history has triumphantly vindicated them. James Connolly
Christianity is in its nature revolutionary… the Kingdom of God is not a matter of getting individuals to heaven, but of transforming the life on earth into the harmony of heaven Walter Rauschenbusch
The absolutists of contract are the real parents of revolution. John Maynard Keynes
We could accept the drought because it was from Allah, but we could not accept that the government would do nothing. Abu Khalil
We will fight under one banner—the banner of Jesus Christ who is the Fuhrer … of the white people. Richard Girnt Butler
A few [South American territories] will constitute themselves as conventional federal republics; almost inevitably the larger territories will establish monarchies, some so wretched that they will devour their natural and human resources in present and future revolutions. Simon Bolivar
It is the growing periphery of the Arab world - the masses at its margins, not its feeble and decaying center - that is shaping the future of the region. Wadah Khanfar
Americans have a tendency to exalt the concept of a popular uprising. Nathaniel Philbrick
… a misguided, wild and apparently insane act William Lloyd Garrison
God is my judge. We were justified under the circumstances. John Brown
They have reduced the Iranian people to that of an American Dog. Ruhollah Khomeini
At the end of the day, violence was the only weapon that would destroy apartheid. Nelson Mandela
Government violence can only do one thing and that is to breed counter-violence. Nelson Mandela
Extremism in Syria cannot be contained within Syria. Mohammad Javad Zarif
In every revolution on Earth, consciousness came first. Gloria Steinem
In a democracy, when you have 20 million people in the street, you resign. Unfortunately, we don’t have a process of recall or impeachment as you have. It was a popular uprising rejecting Mr. Morsi’s continuing in power. Unfortunately, people had to call on the army to intervene. The army had to intervene because short of that, we would have ended up in a civil war. Mohamed El Baradei
With the view of operating on the sentiments of a religious people, scripture was pressed into his [Paine’s] service, and the powers, and even the name of a king was rendered odious in the eyes of the numerous colonists who had read and studied the history of the Jews, as recorded in the Old Testament. The folly of that people in revolting from a government, instituted by Heaven itself, and the oppressions to which they were subjected in consequence of their lusting after kings to rule over them, afforded an excellent handle for prepossessing the colonists in favour of republican institutions, and prejudicing them against kingly government. David Ramsey
Revolutions are like onions. You peel away layer after layer. Robin Wright
Religious doctrine and rhetoric … contributed in a fundamental way to the coming of the American Revolution and its final success …. Where political theory advised caution, religious doctrine demanded action. By turning Colonial resistance into a righteous cause, and by carrying the message to all ranks and in all parts of the colonies, ministers did the work of secular radicalism and did it better. Patricia Bonomi
Carolina minds had been poisoned with the principles which were imbibed and propagated from Boston and Rhode Island. William Bull Jr.
What passed at Charles Town ... although not equal in criminality to the proceedings in other colonies [the Boston Tea Party] can yet be considered in no other light than that of a most unwarrantable insult to the authority of this kingdom William Legge; 2nd Earl of Dartmouth
They had themselves suffered little, if at all, from the English government. Under it, they had prospered and multiplied. It required of this part of people great intrepidity, wisdom, and generosity to join their cause men already stigmatized as rebels. William Livingston
It is necessary that the exercise of every kind of authority under the said crown be totally suppressed. Continental Congress
The general temper of the People, as well here as other parts of America, is very warm. They look upon the Chastisement of Boston to be purposely vigorous, and held up by way of intimidation to all America; and in short that Boston is suffering in the Common Cause. John Penn
Between you and me, I think our affairs are in a very bad situation.; not so much from the apprehension of General Howe’s army, as from the defection of New York, Jersey and Pennsylvania. George Washington
The government has decided that the same force would be employed in America as if the inhabitants were French or Spanish enemies William Legge; 2nd Earl of Dartmouth
Washington’s Navy Anonymous
Whereas in his Majesty's province of Massachusetts Bay, in New England, an attempt hath lately been made to throw off the authority of the parliament of Great Britain over the said province, and an actual and avowed resistance, by open force, to the execution of certain acts of parliament, hath been suffered to take place, uncontrolled and unpunished, ...: and whereas, in the present disordered state of the said province, it is of the utmost importance ... to the reestablishment of lawful authority throughout the same, that neither the magistrates acting in support of the laws, nor any of his Majesty's subjects aiding and assisting them therein, or in the suppression of riots and tumults, ... should be discouraged from the proper discharge of their duty, by an apprehension, that in case of their being questioned for any acts done therein, they may be liable to be brought to trial for the same before persons who do not acknowledge the validity of the laws … English Parliament
It is needless to trouble your Lordship with daily Publications of determined resolutions not to obey the Acts of Parliament … The Country People are exercising in Arms… and getting Magazines of Arms and Ammunition … People are resorting to this town [Boston] for Protection…. Sedition flows copiously from the Pulpits. The Commissioners of Customs have thought it no longer safe or prudent to remain at Salem. Thomas Gage
The number of Loyalist émigrés who fled the United States ultimately exceeded the number of Frenchmen who fled their revolution. Kevin Phillips
… what a fearful waste it is that we have to go killing each other before even a difference of opinion can be settled amongst people of the same nation. Eleanor Roosevelt
Syria has become the great tragedy of the century—a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history. Antonio Guterres
The chemical massacre of Damascus, should not, and shall not go unpunished. Francois Hollande
When my husband and I had to escape from Czarist Russia with a price on our head [in 1905], we had utopian dreams of what Russia might become under a communist government with the Czar deposed but never really thought we would live to see it. But I did live to see my utopian dream come to reality. But it was not Russia. It is America, here and now. There is not a single thing that we revolutionists hoped for, that has not come to pass in America—the greatest country in human history. Natasha Love Bronfman
The Russian Bolsheviks sold out most of the hopes of us early communists. The standard of living increased, and education and medicine improved finally after the 1917 Revolution, but the Russians today have as little freedom as we had under the Czar. That is the tragedy of Russia. Natasha Love Bronfman
Of course we were communists. The Czar’s Secret Police and the newspapers said anyone who was against the Czar was a communist. So we were. Most of us revolutionaries in the early 1900s were young and had little idea of who Karl Marx was, much less his historical and economic theories. Communists wanted the people to be free and control the government and not the Czar. Today we call that democracy. Communism became something else in Russia.. Natasha Love Bronfman
These [Greek] colonels had been plotting for years and years. They were fascists. They fitted the classic definition of fascism, as represented by Mussolini in the 1920s: a corporate state uniting industry and unions, no parliament, trains running on time, heavy discipline and censorship … almost a classic fascist ideal. Robert V. Keeley
Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood overestimated the extent to which Egyptians identify with Islam. And now, with their violent repression of the Brotherhood, the generals who ousted Morsi risk underestimating it. Shibley Telhami
The ballot has failed us, but the bullet has not. Anwar al-Awlaki
There seemed to be no willingness to fight on the part of the dissident forces [anti Communists in Indonesia] … The dissident leaders have been unable to provide their soldiers with any idea of why they were fighting. Allen Dulles
We should do everything possible to stress the Holy War aspect Dwight D. Eisenhower
The insurgent can sow disorder anywhere, whereas the counterinsurgent—fighting on behalf of the government—has to maintain order everywhere. David Galula
… an army of Gatsbys wanting not to overturn the social order but only to belong to the upper crust. Siddhartha Deb
We obtained victory. The price was that we ruined the country. Lev Davidovich Bronstein; Leon
It was a transition of power, not by the ballot box…. The people who lost the election are now in power. The people who won the election are now in jail. Lindsey Graham
[In the French Revolution] there is much to approve and much to condemn…. An essential change was necessary for the happiness and dignity of a great people, long in a state of degradation. Robert Stewart Castlereagh
I have seen the future, and it works. Lincoln Steffens
Since 1775, the average insurgency has lasted 7 years and since 1945 it has lasted 10 years. Max Boot
Guerillas are cruel to the weak and cowardly in the face of the brave. John Keegan
Dignity Before Bread! Anonymous
Usually the impetus of a revolution is a relatively small group with positive goals but also a larger collection of people with resentments. Henry A. Kissinger
The struggle is my life. Nelson Mandela
In Arab countries where rebellion has succeeded in ousting leaders (or will), painful makeovers lie ahead. None will get through the change quickly. Most will stumble over daunting political and economic challenges. Some may fail. All will grapple to find the right blend of freedom and faith. Robin Wright
If the oppressor uses peaceful means, the oppressed will never resort to violence. But if the oppressor uses violence, then the oppressed have no other alternative than violence—to retaliate with similar forms. Nelson Mandela
We want peace, standing on our feet, not on our knees. Nelson Mandela
The Arab world’s wave of change was a century in the making, Why expect its effects to become clear in the space of months Rami G. Khauri
The fall of Arab autocrats creates more risks than opportunities for the United States. As Arab political horizons expand, the space for America to pursue its interest may well contract. Aaron David Miller
I call the war with our Brethren, in America an unjust and felonious war, because the primary cause and confessed origin of it is, to attempt to take their money from them without their consent … John Wilkes
Failed states have become breeding grounds for conflict. Renee De Nevers
It is time to reclaim this country for white people. If you want it, you’re going to have to get it the way the founding fathers got it — blood, blood, blood. Louis Beam
Hacktivism: The merger of hacking and political activism can wreak enormous havoc. Eugene Kaspersky
If you don’t actively reform, you will passively get reformed. Chen Guangcheng
The so called “Arab Spring” … is really a situation which is creating more threats so far than positive incentives. Sergei Lavrov
The more brutal the dictator, the harder to oust. Graeme Robertson
Few things are more likely to fuel insurgencies than taking land from people.. Lester R. Brown
You see people being lynched in public, while others take pictures of the scene. Mind you, this is the 21st century—not the French Revolution. Mohamed El Baradei
All the former prisoners are now the government. Shirley Temple
Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for the better in the sphere of our being .... We still don't know how to put morality ahead of politics, science and economy. Vaclav Havel
Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. Abraham Lincoln
All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State Albert Camus
A man in my situation, my lords, has not only to encounter the difficulties of fortune. and the force of power over minds which it has corrupted or subjugated. but the difficulties of established prejudice: the man dies, but his memory lives Robert Emmet
Institutions may crumble and governments fall, but it is only that they may renew a better youth, and mount upwards like the eagle. George Bancroft
Sedition is bred in the lap of luxury and its chosen emissaries are the beggared spendthrift and the impoverished libertine. George Bancroft
The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion Frederick Douglass
… the existence of bad guys in these countries doesn’t mean that their opponents are all good guys Thomas Friedman
A slave-owner who through cunning and violence shackles a slave in chains, and a slave who through cunning or violence breaks the chains – let not the contemptible eunuchs tell us that they are equals before a court of morality! Lev Davidovich Bronstein; Leon
Politically, [Latin] America is the same as it is physically: the land of the earthquakes. Jose Cecilio Diaz del Valle
We communist party members should infiltrate among the bandits....we can organize them into the struggle of revolution. Wang Ming
If you don’t act, the danger becomes stronger Ai Weiwei
The Tungans, more than the Han, are the enemy of our people. Today our people are already free from the oppression of the Han, but still continue under Tungan subjugation. We must still fear the Han, but cannot not fear the Tungans also. The reason we must be careful to guard against the Tungans, we must intensely oppose, cannot afford to be polite. Since the Tungans have compelled us, we must be this way. Yellow Han people have not the slightest thing to do with Eastern Turkestan. Black Tungans also do not have this connection. Eastern Turkestan belongs to the people of Eastern Turkestan. There is no need for foreigners to come be our fathers and mothers...From now on we do not need to use foreigners language, or their names, their customs, habits, attitudes, written language, etc. We must also overthrow and drive foreigners from our boundaries forever. The colors yellow and black are foul. They have dirtied our land for too long. So now it is absolutely necessary to clean out this filth. Take down the yellow and black barbarians! Long live Eastern Turkestan! Sabit Damulla Abdulbaki
Muslims and Christians are brothers. Du Wenxiu
I have always had one answer for Communists--kill them all. Ma Hongkui
Today Chile is a country subjected by its Armed Forces to a regime similar to those that appeared in fascist occupied Europe. The country is under state of siege, all the cities under curfews, there are military tribunals established under the military code that like those established during times of war allow no appeal. There are mass arrest of the population and pogroms against foreigners, etc. The Chilean Armed Forces has declared war against the Chilean People… Miguel Enriquez
… if the proletariat is to achieve victory, all the workers, irrespective of nationality, must be united. Clearly, the demolition of national barriers and close unity between the Russian, Georgian, Armenian, Polish, Jewish and other proletarians is a necessary condition for the victory of the proletariat of all Russia. Joseph Stalin
All ideological work must be subordinated to the interests of the Korean revolution Kim Il-sung
Henceforth we will tackle our enemies that come face to face with us and we will not be stabbed in from behind by internal foes... To this end, we will arm the allies and comrades of the broad masses without giving respite to reactionaries, and avenge the blood of our comrades double - and triple - fold. Mengistu Haile Mariam
I'm a military man, I did what I did only because my country had to be saved from tribalism and feudalism. If I failed, it was only because I was betrayed. The so-called genocide was nothing more than just a war in defense of the revolution Mengistu Haile Mariam
The Congress decisively rejects terrorism, i.e., the system of individual political assassinations, as being a method of political struggle which is most inexpedient at the present time, diverting the best forces from the urgent and imperatively necessary work of organization and agitation, destroying contact between the revolutionaries and the masses of the revolutionary classes of the population, and spreading both among the revolutionaries themselves and the population in general utterly distorted ideas of the aims and methods of struggle against the autocracy. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
Peaceful surrender of power by the bourgeoisie is possible, if it is convinced that resistance is hopeless and if it prefers to save its skin. It is much more likely, of course, that even in small states socialism will not be achieved without civil war, and for that reason the only program of international Social-Democracy must be recognition of civil war, though violence is, of course, alien to our ideals. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
Not a single problem of the class struggle has ever been solved in history except by violence. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
It is doubtful if the oppressed ever fight for freedom. They fight for pride and power — power to oppress others. The oppressed want above all to imitate their oppressors; they want to retaliate. Eric Hoffer
Fellow workers and peasants, this is the socialist and democratic revolution of the working people, with the working people, and for the working people. And for this revolution of the working people, by the working people, and for the working people we are prepared to give our lives. Fidel Castro
If we had paused to tell the people that we were Marxist-Leninists while we were on Pico Turquino and not yet strong, it is possible that we would never have been able to descend to the plains…. I am a Marxist-Leninist, and I will be a Marxist-Leninist until the last days of my life. Fidel Castro
Some civil wars are caused by one group within a country seeking its independence, while in other cases, the civil war itself leads one group or another to seek its independence as the solution to its problems. Daniel Byman
Across the region, those rights that we take for granted are being claimed with joy by those who are prying loose the grip of an iron fist. Barack Obama
This Insurrection is composed of great numbers of Sailors headed by Captains of Privateers. Thomas Gage
A country unpeopled and most unknown in the last war [French & Indian War] … it now abounds in the most active and most rebellious race of the continent, and hangs like a gathering storm on my left. John Burgoyne
To know whether it be in the interest of the Continent to be independent, we need only to ask this, simple question: Is it in the interest of a man to be a boy all his life? Thomas Paine
The American Revolution was as much a civil war as a revolution. Kevin Phillips
Rise up and fight the British for control of Iraq. This is Holy War [Jihad]. Haj Amin Al-Husseini
Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day … a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove that a deliberate and systematical plan of reducing us to slavery. Thomas Jefferson
The New England Governments are in a state of rebellion; blows must decide they are to be subjects of this country or independent. George III
The rebellious war now levied is become more general, and is manifestly carried out for the purpose of establishing an independent empire. George III
This [passing the Prohibitory Act] puts us in a complete war with America. Charles James Fox
… the war is now grown to such a height, that it must be treated as a foreign war, and that every expedient which would be used in the latter case should be applied in the former. Lord North; Frederick
We ought to act hostilely from this time forward by burning and laying waste the whole country. Thomas Graves
It was intended as a bill of coercion, to oblige the people of New England to submit to the just power of the mother country. Lord Suffolk; Thomas
The injuries of Boston have roused and associated every colony from Nova Scotia to Georgia. Your Province is the only link that is wanting to complete the bright, strong chain of union. Continental Congress
I am so restrained in all my military movements that it is impossible to undertake anything effectual Jonathan Trumbull
Take the most effectual measures to arresting, detaining and securing any Gunpowder, or any sort of Arms or Ammunition which may be attempted to be imported into the province under your government. William Legge
Very great Pains have been taken to starve the [American Patriot] Troops … in Boston, for no Article Necessary for the support of Life is suffered to be sent from any of the Provinces from New Hampshire to South Carolina, and in most of the sea-Ports persons are appointed to examine everything that is embarked and where it was going. Thomas Gage
The city looks in some streets as if the plague had been in it, so many houses being shut up. Gustavus Shewkirk
If America and Britain should come to a hostile rupture, I am afraid that an insurrection among the slaves will be promoted. James Madison
Three quarters of the [First] Rhode Island Regiment consists of Negroes, and that regiment is the most neatly dressed, the best under arms, and the most precise in maneuvering. Ludwig von Closen
Nothing can be more alarming to the Carolinas then the idea if an attack from Indians and Negroes. John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute
[My proposal is for] encouraging the negroes in that part of America to rise against their masters and for sending some regiments to support and encourage them in carrying the design into execution. The negroes would rise and embrue [soak] their hands in the blood of their masters. William Henry Lyttleton
Let not the historian be obliged to say that the Russian and German slave was hired to subdue the sons of Englishmen and freedom. Frederick Bull
America overthrew his government even though Mohammad Mosaddegh had shown no animosity toward us. He stood up to the British and trusted the Americans. He had hoped that the Americans would help him; he had friendly relations with them….Arrogance … required that the Americans ally with the British. They gathered money and brought it here and did their job. When they brought their coup into fruition and had returned the Shah …, they had the run of the country. Ali Khamenei
They want to bring the revolution down. One of the important means they have employed has been these economic sanctions. They say that the sanctions are not targeting the Iranian people, but they are lying! The sanctions are meant to cripple the Iranian nation…. They want to sever the ties between the people and the Islamic Republican system. Ali Khamenei
A revolution that cannot defend itself in an age of sedition, against various political and military coup attempts and other such acts, is not alive. This revolution is alive for it defends itself and indeed prevails and wins. Ali Khamenei
Had I been 10 days sooner, Quebec must inevitably fallen into our hands, as there was not a man there to oppose us. Benedict Arnold
I was much concerned upon my arrival to hear of the number of small armed vessels fitted out by the Rebels, and which had taken many unarmed Ones of Ours bringing stores and supplies to this place. Molyneux Shuldham
We have ordered the pilots not to board or bring in any [British] Man of War or transport ship Henry Laurens
A Caliph who disobeyed God deserves to be disobeyed and killed. Yazid III
One in 10 chance perhaps, but save Chile $10 million available best men we have make the economy scream Richard Nixon
Always remember that the aim of the insurrection is not the imposition of political and social transformations in the socialist or communist sense. Its aim is national liberation and the destruction of fascism. All other problems will be solved by the people through free popular consultation and the election of a Constituent Assembly once the whole of liberty is liberated. Palmiro Togliatti
The workers will obtain the satisfaction of a number of material demands, and the moderates in the student movement and the teachers will put through important university reforms… There will be some progress of course, but nothing basic will have changed and we will continue to challenge the system as a whole… Besides, I don’t believe the revolution is possible overnight like that … these adjustments can only be imposed by revolutionary action. Daniel Cohn-Bendit
France is perilously close to its final moments. Olympe de Gouges
Citizens! You can take my life but, despite yourselves, you will remember my predictions and my civic virtue. Olympe de Gouges
The women’s movement is at heart revolutionary for it aims at a fundamental reorganization of all forms of human living together, a reorganization that perhaps Social Democracy does not even dream of. Anna Kuliscioff
We are out to rebuild the world. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
Rebellions broke out, from the full-scale political revolution of Dorr’s rebellion in Rhode Island to urban violence and protest, often by out of work whites taking out their anger on African Americans or Irish Americans. In response, leaders had to come to terms with the role of force in a democracy. Johann N. Neem
To rebel against a powerful political, economic, religious, or social establishment is very dangerous and very few people do it, except, perhaps, as part of a mob. To rebel against the “scientific” establishment, however, is the easiest thing in the world, and anyone can do it and feel enormously brave, without risking as much as a hangnail. Isaac Asimov
The right of the revolution is the right of the future. Pieter Geyl
We are revolutionists from head to foot; revolutionists we were; revolutionists we are; revolutionists we shall remain until the very end. Leon Trotsky
A revolution is generally only evolution--an explosive sequence of events crowded into a short space of time, but leaving more of the ancient regime untouched than usually is at first apparent. Hugo Lerchenfeld
… the Communists, who take their inspiration if not their orders from Moscow, are now a recognized party or faction in every country, and in several constitute a danger to the existing order. Archibald Cary Coolidge
Rebellions which overthrow the governments of Mexico cannot be called revolutions. A revolution is a radical change, and if there is anything that has never been changed in Mexico it is the method of putting new public functionaries into office by rebellion. Toribio Esquivel Obregon
to participate in the funeral rights for tyranny. Joachim Heinrich Campe
May God help Russia. Nicholas II
This is only a preliminary step toward a similar revolution everywhere. Vladimir Lenin
The revolutionary government is the despotism of liberty Karl Georg Buchner
If any person has a good word for the previous government that is good enough for me to have him shot. Che Guevara
No revolution is worth anything unless it can defend itself. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
There will be neither barrier nor walls, neither official nor guard, there will be no more desert and the entire world will become a garden. Anacharsis Cloots
Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel! Che Guevara
It's embarrassing when you try to overthrow the government and you wind up on the Best Seller's List. Abbie Hoffman
The passing of state power from one class to another is the first, the principal, the basic sign of a revolution, both in the strictly scientific and in the practical political meaning of that term. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves. Che Guevara
The first liberating revolutions never destroyed the large landholding powers that always constituted a reactionary force and upheld the principle of servitude on the land. Che Guevara
Old forms of government finally grow so oppressive, that they must be thrown off even at the risk of reigns of terror. Herbert Spencer
… utopianism is probably a necessary social device for generating the superhuman efforts without which no major revolution is achieved. Eric Hobsbawm
It's not Mao Tse-tung who threatens southeast Asia, nor is it Ho Chi Minh. If all of Indochina becomes communist, we can thank America, its mistakes, blunders, crimes and imperialism which protects or launches invariably corrupt, dictatorial and unpopular regimes simply because they are anti-communist. Norodom Sihanouk
We will burn the old grass and the new will grow. Pol Pot
… revolution is in vain unless inspired by its ultimate ideal Emma Goldman
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. Emma Goldman
I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land can never be purged away but with blood. John Brown
No amount of moral admonishment or "indirect pressure" will guarantee that our demands are met, in the absence of our own organizational presence on the ground. Only by struggling ourselves can we convince our allies of our attachment to the revolution, to the land, and to our national rights. And only by struggling ourselves will we have the chance to impose our demands, in the face of all reactionary opposition. Monte Melkonian
As a first step, we should recognize that the Armenian people's fight for national self-determination is first and foremost the duty and task of the Armenian people themselves. We do not believe in benevolent friends, the inevitable triumph of justice, or covertly and cleverly manipulating the superpowers. If we are to achieve national self-determination, then we ourselves, the Armenian people, will have to fight for it. We believe in the power of organized masses and in the capacity of our people to determine their own future. We believe in revolution Monte Melkonian
It is not national interests we are upholding — we claim that the interests of socialism, the interests of world socialism, rank higher than national interests, higher than the interests of the state. We are defenders of the socialist fatherland. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
Nothing is easier for us than to talk of revolution. But we do not want a revolution if we cannot protect our fellow citizens from pillage and murder in reprisal … We rest on your promises given to us a month ago. We await your help and will answer with our heads for the success of the invasion. Isaac Jan Alexander Gogel
The great object of my life has been the independence of my country; for that I have sacrificed everything that is most dear to man…. The connection with England has been her bane. Theobald Wolfe Tone
Unless the rebels lay down their arms and release their prisoners I will proceed to set fire to and totally destroy the towns of Killinchy, Killyleagh, Ballynahinch, Saintfield and every farmhouse and cottage in the vicinity of those places, carry off the stock and cattle and out everyone to the sword who may be found in arms. George Nugent
Revenge! Glorious Revenge. Your name is as sweet as liberty! Vengeance, Irishmen, on your oppressors! Vengeance. Arise then United Sons of Ireland! Anonymous
Nothing but terror will keep them in order. It is plain every act of sedition originates in this town. Gerard Lake
Every day these blessed [Dutch] women come to the ships I great numbers—mothers, daughters, even little girls—bringing with them for our wounded all the numberless little comforts of Dutch homes, a tribute that comes from the hearts of the people. John Paul Jones
The greatest event in human history. 26 million of our fellow creatures … bursting their chains and throwing off in an instant, the degrading yoke of slavery—it is a scene so new, interesting and sublime, that the heart which cannot participate in the triumph, must either have been vitiated by illiberal politics, or be naturally depraved. Belfast News-Letter
The commotions in Ireland were so sudden and so violent that it was hard at first either to discern the cause or apply a remedy to that precipitate rebellion. Charles I
If any Irishman shall harbor or relieve any English that be suffered to escape them with his life, that it shall be penal even to death to such Irish, and so they shall be sure even though they put not those English to the sword yet they do as certainly and more cruelly cut them off that way than if they had done it by the sword... And they profess that they will never give over until they leave not any seed of an Englishman in Ireland Phelim O'Neill
The cause of the rebellion [Irish Rebellion of 1641] was the desire of the Romanists to recover the Church Revenues, worth about 110,000 per annum, and of the common Irish to get back all the Englishmen's estates, and of the ten or twelve grandees to get the empire of the whole. William Petty
The rising is no ways intended against our Sovereign Lord the King, nor the hurt of any of his subjects, either of the English or Scottish nation, but only for the defense and liberty of ourselves and the Irish natives of this Kingdom. Phelim O'Neill
The prisoners were driven into the water and there instantly and most barbarously drowned the most of them. And those … that came to the shore, the knocked on the head, and so after drowned them, or else shot them to death in the water. Elizabeth Price
This war is undertaken for the defense of the Catholic religion against the heretics …. We are warring against a she-tyrant who has deservedly lost her royal power by refusing to listen to Christ in the person of her vicar and through to subject Christ’s Church to her feminine sex on matters of faith. James FitzMaurice FitzGerald
The soldiers, being moved and much stirred with the loss of their fellows that were slain, and desirous of revenge, made request, or rather pressed to have the killing of them, which they did all …. There were slain that came out of the castle … 200… They be occupied still in killing, and have slain that they have found hidden in the caves and in the cliffs of the sea to the number of 300 to 400 more. Walter Devereux; First Earl of
We report on the mischiefs. perils, and estate of your land of Ireland, which is on the point of being lost …. The Irish, you enemies, of one assent and covenant, commence to levy war throughout all their land, burning, destroying and preying dearly on your lieges of those parts …. As an act of charity, send a good, sufficient chieftain, stocked and strengthened with men and treasure … as a noble and generous prince is bound to do for his lieges. Council of Kilkenny
One must not forget, however, that Russia had to free herself from the most frightful mis-government ever inflicted upon a long-suffering people. Edouard Herriot
Contrary to the ordinary conception, the real revolution at that time [1917] was not made in the cities, but in the villages. The essential content of the Russian revolution was the tremendous, elemental process which took place among the peasants and resulted in the disruption of the landed estates, the expulsion of the landed proprietors, most of them belonging to the nobility, from their villages, and the forcible appropriation of all private and state lands by the peasants. Vladimir Mikhailovich Zenzinov
History teaches that apparent power of organization and armed resistance are of no avail to a cause psychologically undermined. "Revolutions," as a matter of fact, are primarily psychological phenomena. Boris Alexandrovich Bakhmeteff
The policy now seems to be to squeeze out anyone who is tainted by strong fighting ideas…. It seems to me that official Sinn Fein is inclined to be ever less militant and ever more political and theoretical…. It is rather pitiful. Michael Collins
I’ll take my short revolver And my bandolier of lead, And live or die I can but try To avenge my country’s dead …. I’ve always hated slavery Since the day that I was born So I’m of to join the IRA And I’m off tomorrow morn Irish Republican Army
Violence is the only language understood by Mr. Lloyd George and his ministers. James Craig; Viscount
We are the most conservative revolutionaries that ever put through a successful revolution. Kevin O'Higgins
I think that in the eyes of the nation we both can and will oppose the whole aristocratic party and when the time comes, we shall do it openly … and eventually bring the whole affair into the open. Joan van der Capellen tot den Pol