You Say You Want a Revolution

Sunday, March 27, 2011 – You Say You Want a Revolution

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. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable. ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution. ~ G. K. Chesterton

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

Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. ~ George Orwell

Revolution is an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment. ~ Ambrose Bierce

A revolution is interesting insofar as it avoids like the plague the plague it promised to heal. ~ Daniel Berrigan

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

Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit. ~ Abbie Hoffman

Revolution is the festival of the oppressed. ~ Germaine Greer

A revolution only lasts fifteen years, a period which coincides with the effectiveness of a generation. ~ Jose Ortega y Gasset

Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering. ~ Tom Stoppard

All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution. ~ Havelock Ellis

Methods of thought which claim to give the lead to our world in the name of revolution have become, in reality, ideologies of consent and not of rebellion. ~ Albert Camus

Revolt and revolution both wind up at the same crossroads: the police, or folly. ~ Albert Camus

It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. ~ Henry Ford

In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult part to invent is the end. ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Anyone who makes plans for after the revolution is a reactionary. ~ Mikhail Bakunin

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. ~ Franz Kafka

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

We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution. ~ Eric Hoffer

People who talk about revolution and class struggle without referring explicitly to everyday life, without understanding what is subversive about love and what is positive in the refusal of constraints, such people have a corpse in their mouth. ~ Raoul Vaneigem

Revolution is not a goal in itself. ~ Ernest Mandel

Economically considered, war and revolution are always bad business. ~ Ludwig von Mises

We really only came around to accepting and integrating the propositional dimension of identity into a concept of ourselves at the time of the American Revolution. ~ Samuel P. Huntington

And if there’s any hope for America, it lies in a revolution, and if there’s any hope for a revolution in America, it lies in getting Elvis Presley to become Che Guevara. ~ Phil Ochs

There are not fifty ways of fighting, there’s only one, and that’s to win. Neither revolution nor war consists in doing what one pleases. ~ Andre Malraux

If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution. ~ Emma Goldman

The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so. ~ Ursula K. LeGuin

This is a revolution, damn it! We’re going to have to offend somebody! ~ Peter Stone

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

Fascism was a counter-revolution against a revolution that never took place. ~ Ignazio Silone

The job of the writer is to make revolution irresistible. ~ Toni Cade Bambara

With the first act of cruelty committed in the name of revolution, with the first murder, with the first purge and execution, we have lost the revolution. ~ Kate Millett

Eager souls, mystics and revolutionaries, may propose to refashion the world in accordance with their dreams; but evil remains, and so long as it lurks in the secret places of the heart, utopia is only the shadow of a dream. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Revolutionaries are more formalistic than conservatives. ~ Italo Calvino

Do you think then that revolutions are made with rose water? [Voulez-vous donc qu’on vous fasse des revolutions a l’eau-rose?] ~ Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

The young are generally full of revolt, and are often pretty revolting about it. ~ Francois la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt (to Louis XVI on July 14, 1789)

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, Androcles and the Lion

When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her. ~ Oscar Wilde

The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution. ~ Paul Cezanne


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