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Revolution quotes and quotations

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

Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and force a new one that suits them better.
Abraham Lincoln

It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.
Lenin

Revolutions are not trifles, but spring from trifles.
Aristotle

Make revolution a parent of settlement, and not a nursery of future revolutions.
Edmund Burke

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Aristotle

Revolution is not a onetime event.
Audre Lorde

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

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

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
Stephen Jay Gould

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

Revolutionaries are more formalistic than conservatives.
Italo Calvino

Do you think then that revolutions are made with rose water?
Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.
John Dickinson

The young are generally full of revolt, and are often pretty revolting about it.
Francois la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

I am the signet which marks the page where the revolution has been stopped; but when I die it will turn the page and resume its course.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Revolutions never go backward.
Wendell Phillips

Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder.
George Bernard Shaw

It is not a revolt, it is a revolution.
Francois la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

We have a lot of people revolutionizing the world because they've never had to present a working model.
Charles F. Kettering

Revolutions are not made by men in spectacles.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Revolutions are not made; they come.
Wendell Phillips

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
John Dickinson

I know and all the world knows, that revolutions never go backwards.
William Henry Seward

O God! that one might read the book of fate, And see the revolution of the times Make mountains level. and the continent, Weary of solid firmness, melt itself Into the sea!
William Shakespeare

Revolutionary moments attract those who are not good enough for established institutions as well as those who are too good for them.
George Bernard Shaw

The most seditious is the most cowardly.
Tacitus

Avoid revolution or expect to get shot. Mother and I will grieve, but we will gladly buy a dinner for the National Guardsman who shot you.
Dr. Paul Williamson

Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder.
George Bernard Shaw

The Revolution has not yet succeeded. Comrades, you must carry on!
Sun Yat-sen

Revolution: in politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.
Ambrose Bierce

Many of the world's troubles are not due just to Russia or communism. They would be with us in any event because we live in an era of revolution--the revolution of rising expectations.
Adlai E. Stevenson

I have not yet begun to fight.
John Paul Jones

Revolutionary movements attract those who are not good enough for established institutions as well as those who are too good for them.
George Bernard Shaw

Revolution is not a dinner party.
Sun Yat-sen