Revolution Quotes

 A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another. 
Author: Mao Tse-Tung
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 1893  - d.  December 1976
  
 Academia forcibly tells you about all the great men and revolutionaries, and rebels, especially the rebels, who have changed the world for the better. But they wouldn't notice him were he standing right in front of them. 
Author: Eli Khamarov
Nationality: Chinese   
 Alienation produces eccentrics or revolutionaries. 
Author: Jenny Holzer
Nationality: American
b. December 1950
  
 All orthodox opinion - that is, today, ''revolutionary'' opinion either of the pure or the impure variety - is anti-man. 
Author: Wyndham Lewis
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1882  - d. 07 March 1957
  
 All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door. The violence of revolutions is the violence of men who charge into a vacuum. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration. 
Author: Warren Gamaliel Harding
Nationality: American
b. December 1865  - d.  December 1923
  
 Art is either a plagiarist or a revolutionist. 
Author: Paul Gaugin
Nationality: French
b. 7 June 1848  - d. 8 May 1903
  
 Art is either plagiarism or revolution. 
Author: Paul Gauguin
Nationality: French
b. 07 June 1848  - d. 08 May 1903
  
 As a result of the feminist revolution, ''feminine'' becomes an abusive epithet. 
Author: Wyndham Lewis
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1882  - d. 07 March 1957
  
 At the risk of sounding ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by feelings of love. 
Author: Che Guevara
Nationality: Argentinean
b. 14 June 1928  - d. 910 December 1967
  
 Bistromathics itself is simply a revolutionary new way of understanding the behavior of numbers. Just as Einstein observed that space was not an absolute but depended on the observer's movement in space, and that time was not an absolute, but depended on the observer's movement in time, so it is now realized that numbers are not absolute, but depend on the observer's movement in restaurants. 
Author: Douglas Adams
Nationality: English
b. 11 March 1952  - d. 11 May 2001
  
 Clemency is also a revolutionary measure. 
Author: Camille Desmoulins
Nationality: French
b. 02 March 1760  - d. 05 April 1794
  
 Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action. 
Author: Orison S. Marden
Nationality: American
b. December 1850  - d.  December 1924
  
 During my eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think. 
Author: Bernard Mannes Baruch
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1870  - d. 20 June 1965
  
 During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the continuous revolution of the marketplace. It is the understanding that allows to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 He felt with the force of a revelation that to throw up the clods of earth manfully is as beneficent as to revolutionize the world. It was not the matter of the work, but the mind that went into it, that counted -- and the man who was not content to do small things well would leave great things undone. 
Author: Ellen Glasgow
Nationality: American
b. 22 March 1873  - d. 21 November 1945
  
 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. 
Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1890  - d. 28 March 1969
  
 I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars.  
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 I believe we would be happier to have a personal revolution in our individual lives and go back to simpler living and more direct thinking. It is the simple things of life that make living worth while, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest and living close to nature. 
Author: Colette
Nationality: French
b. 28 January 1873  - d. 03 August 1954
  
 Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs. 
Author: John H. Vincent
Nationality: French   
 If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence, it would have been worthwhile. 
Author: Samuel Eliot Morison
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1887  - d. 15 May 1976
  
 If there is any period one would desire to be born in, is it not the age of Revolution; when the old and the new stand side by side...when the glories of the old can be compensated by the rich possibilities of the new era? This time...is a very good one... 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience. 
Author: Mao Tse-Tung
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 1893  - d.  December 1976
  
 In revolutionary times, a worthless person can get ahead. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Chinese   
 In revolutions the occasions may be trifling but great interests are at stake. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hard put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery, but the friction. Fear secrets acids; but love and trust are sweet juices. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 It was possible to fear that the Revolution might, like Saturn, devour each of her children one by one. 
Author: Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud
Nationality: French
b. 31 May 1753  - d. 31 October 1793
  
 Make revolution a parent of settlement, and not a nursery of future revolutions. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 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. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 Most revolutionaries are potential Tories, because they imagine that everything can be put right by altering the shape of society; once that change is effected, as it sometimes is, they see no need for any other. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 No Sire, it is a revolution. 
Author: Duc de la Rochefoucaluld-Liancourt
Nationality: French
b. December 1747  - d.  December 1827
  
 No woman is really an insider in the institutions fathered by masculine consciousness. When we allow ourselves to believe we are, we lose touch with parts of ourselves defined as unacceptable by that consciousness; with the vital toughness and visionary strength of the angry grandmothers, the fierce market women of the Ibo's Women's War, the marriage-resisting women silk workers of pre-Revolutionary China, the millions of widows, midwives, and the women healers tortured and burned as witches for three centuries in Europe. 
Author: Adrienne Rich
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1929
  
 Numbers written on restaurant bills within the confines of restaurants do not follow the same mathematical laws as numbers written on any other pieces of paper in any other parts of the Universe. This single statement took the scientific world by storm. It completely revolutionized it. So many mathematical conferences got held in such good restaurants that many of the finest minds of a generation died of obesity and heart failure and the science of math was put back by years. 
Author: Douglas Adams
Nationality: English
b. 11 March 1952  - d. 11 May 2001
  
 Of Burkes Reflections on the Revolution in France: He pities the plumage, but forgets the dying bird. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 Owning your own home is America's unique recipe for avoiding revolution and promoting pseudo-equality at the same time. To keep citizens puttering in their yards instead of sputtering on the barricades, the government has gladly deprived itself of billions in tax revenues by letting home ''owners'' deduct mortgage interest payments. 
Author: Florence King
Nationality: American
b. 05 January 1936
  
 Perfect works are rare, because they must be produced at the happy moment when taste and genius unite; and this rare conjuncture, like that of certain planets, appears to occur only after the revolution of several cycles, and only lasts for an instant. 
Author: François Rene de Chateaubriand
Nationality: French
b. 4 September 1768  - d. 4 July 1848
  
 Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 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. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 Really, all revolutions have been caused by middle-class people. They're not caused by workers, who are rather conservative. Social progress is usually achieved by middle-class people who do drink a bit of champagne - and go on the rampage. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 Revolution is the festival of the oppressed. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 Revolution: in politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 ''Revolution'' today is taken for granted, and in consequence becomes rather dull. 
Author: Wyndham Lewis
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1882  - d. 07 March 1957
  
 Revolutionary movements attract those who are not good enough for established institutions as well as those who are too good for them. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Revolutionary politics, revolutionary art, and oh, the revolutionary mind, is the dullest thing on earth. When we open a ''revolutionary'' review, or read a ''revolutionary'' speech, we yawn our heads off. It is true, there is nothing else. Everything is correctly, monotonously, dishearteningly ''revolutionary.'' What a stupid word! What a stale fuss! 
Author: Wyndham Lewis
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1882  - d. 07 March 1957
  
 Revolutions are not about trifles, but spring from trifles. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Revolutions are not made by men in spectacles. 
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1809  - d. 7 October 1894
  
 Revolutions are not made for export. 
Author: Nikita Khrushchev
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 April 1894  - d. 11 September 1971
  
 Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 In the relations of a weak Government and a rebellious people there comes a time when every act of the Literatureities exasperates the masses, and every refusal to act excites their contempt.  
Author: John Silas Reed
Nationality: American
b. December 1887  - d.  December 1920
  
 The best security against revolution is in constant correction of abuses and the introduction of needed improvements. It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary. 
Author: Richard Whately
Nationality: English
b. 1 February 1787  - d. 8 October 1863
  
 The computer revolution... will alter the entire nervous system of social organisation. 
Author: Simon Nora
Nationality: French
b. December 1921
  
 The great battleground for the defense and expansion of freedom today is the whole southern half of the globe... the lands of the rising peoples. Their revolution is the greatest in human history. They seek an end to injustice, tyranny and exploitation. More than an end, they seek a beginning. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The more dubious and uncertain an instrument violence has become in international relations, the more it has gained in reputation and appeal in domestic affairs, specifically in the matter of revolution. 
Author: Hannah Arendt
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1906  - d. 4 December 1975
  
 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. 
Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Nationality: American
b. 10 September 1941  - d. 29 May 2002
  
 The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution. 
Author: Hannah Arendt
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1906  - d. 4 December 1975
  
 The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal. 
Author: Erich Fromm
Nationality: American
b. 23 March 1900  - d. 18 March 1980
  
 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. 
Author: Emma Goldman
Nationality: Lithuanian
b. 27 June 1869  - d. 14 May 1940
  
 The word ''revolution'' itself has become not only a dead relic of Leftism, but a key to the deadendedness of male politics: the ''revolution'' of a wheel which returns in the end to the same place; the ''revolving door'' of a politics which has ''liberated'' women only to use them, and only within the limits of male tolerance. 
Author: Adrienne Rich
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1929
  
 There is in fact no such thing as art for art's sake, art that stands above classes, art that is detached from or independent of politics. Proletarian literature and art are part of the whole proletarian revolutionary cause. 
Author: Mao Tse-Tung
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 1893  - d.  December 1976
  
 There is such a thing as a general revolution which changes the taste of men as it changes the fortunes of the world. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 The founders proclaimed to all the world the revolutionary doctrine of the divine rights of the common man. That doctrine has ever since been the heart of the American faith. 
Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1890  - d. 28 March 1969
  
 Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 To be a revolutionary you have to be human being. You have to care about people who have no power. 
Author: Jane Fonda
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1937
  
 We are the men of intrinsic value, who can strike our fortunes out of ourselves, whose worth is independent of accidents in life, or revolutions in government: we have heads to get money, and hearts to spend it. 
Author: George Farquhar
Nationality: Irish
b. December 1678  - d. 29 April 1707
  
 We have a lot of people revolutionizing the world because they've never had to present a working model. 
Author: Charles F. Kettering
Nationality: American
b. 29 August 1876  - d. 24 November 1958
  
 We live in a time when automation is ushering in a second industrial revolution. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 We might hypothetically possess ourselves of every technological resource on the North American continent, but as long as our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless, our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles, our process may be ''revolutionary'' but not transformative. 
Author: Adrienne Rich
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1929
  
 What we call little things are merely the causes of great things; they are the beginning, the embryo, and it is the point of departure which, generally speaking, decides the whole future of an existence.One single black speck may be the beginning of a gangrene, of a storm, of a revolution.  
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 What's the use of a revolution without general copulation. 
Author: Peter Ulrich Weiss
Nationality: Swedish
b. 8 November 1916  - d. 10 May 1982
  
 When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. 
Author: Victor Hugo
Nationality: French
b. December 1802  - d.  December 1885
  
 When one makes a Revolution, one cannot mark time; one must always go forward - or go back. He who now talks about the ''freedom of the press'' goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 Women hate revolutions and revolutionists. They like men who are docile, and well-regarded at the bank, and never late at meals. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 You cannot make a revolution in white gloves. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 You cannot make a revolution with silk gloves. 
Author: Joseph Stalin
Nationality: Russian
b. 21 December 1879  - d. 5 March 1953
  
 Many counter revolutionary books have been written in favor of the Revolution. But Burke has written a revolutionary book against the Revolution. 
Author: Novalis
Nationality: German
b. 02 May 1772  - d. 25 March 1801
  
 One of the best things to come out of the home computer revolution could be the general and widespread understanding of how severely limited logic really is. 
Author: Frank Patrick Herbert
Nationality: American
b. 8 October 1920  - d. 11 February 1986
  
 War means an ugly mob-madness, crucifying the truth tellers, choking the artists, sidetracking reforms, revolutions, and the working of social forces.  
Author: John Silas Reed
Nationality: American
b. December 1887  - d.  December 1920
  
 Using the standard library can and should revolutionize the way C++ is taught. It is now possible to learn C++ as a higher level language. 
Author: Bjarne Stroustrup
Nationality: Danish
b. 30 December 1950
  
 It is time to effect a revolution in female manners - time to restore to them their lost dignity. It is time to separate unchangeable morals from local manners. 
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
Nationality: British
b. 27 April 1759  - d. 10 September 1797
  
 There we were in the middle of a sexual revolution wearing clothes that guaranteed we wouldn't get laid. 
Author: Denis Leary
Nationality: American
b. 18 August 1957
  
 America, when it became known to Europeans, was, as it had long been, a scene of wide-spread revolution. 
Author: Francis Parkman
Nationality: American
b. 16 September 1823  - d. 08 November 1893
  
 The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall. 
Author: Che Guevara
Nationality: Argentinean
b. 14 June 1928  - d. 910 December 1967
  
 During the long struggle intervening between the age of Vespasian and that of Odoacer, during all the preliminary ethnographical revolutions which preceded the great people's wandering, the Netherlands remained subject provinces. 
Author: John Lothrop Motley
Nationality: American
b. 15 April 1814  - d. 29 May 1877
  
 The people who watch movies don't really pay attention. The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions was written as one. 
Author: Justin Timberlake
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1981
  
 You can have a revolution wherever you like, except in a government office; even were the world to come to an end, you'd have to destroy the universe first and then government offices. 
Author: Dr. Karel Capek
Nationality: Czechoslovakian
b. 9 January 1890  - d. 25 December 1938
  
 The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution. 
Author: Paul Cezanne
Nationality: French
b. 19 January 1839  - d. 22 October 1906
  
 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. 
Author: Andre Malraux
Nationality: French
b. 3 November 1901  - d. 23 November 1976
  
 All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 Every revolutionary ends by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 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. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 Do you think that revolutions are made with rose water? 
Author: Nicolas Chamfort
Nationality: French
b. 6 April 1741  - d. 13 April 1794
  
 Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 The decisive moment in human evolution is perpetual. That is why the revolutionary spiritual movements that declare all former things worthless are in the right, for nothing has yet happened. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 It is the same with revolution; so long as the proper spirit is spreading amongst our young men, we are satisfied that it spreads without bombast or parade. 
Author: Henry Lawson
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 June 1867  - d. 2 September 1922
  
 My only desire is that all of our Party and people, closely united in struggle, construct a peaceful, unified, independent, democratic and prosperous, and make a valiant contribution to the world Revolution. 
Author: Ho Chi Minh
Nationality: Vietnamese
b. 19 May 1892  - d. 2 September 1969
  
 When a sixth of the population of a nation which has undertaken to be the refuge of liberty are slaves, and a whole country is unjustly overrun and conquered by a foreign army, and subjected to military law, I think that it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize. What makes this duty the more urgent is the fact that the country so overrun is not our own, but ours is the invading army. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed. 
Author: Maya Angelou
Nationality: American
b. 4 April 1928
  
 Revolutionaries do not make revolutions. The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and then they can pick it up. 
Author: Hannah Arendt
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1906  - d. 4 December 1975
  
 The cry passed from mouth to mouth: 'Bakunin!' Garibaldi, who was in the chair, stood up, advanced a few steps and embraced him. This solemn meeting of two old and tried warriors of the revolution produced an astonishing impression. Everyone rose and there was a prolonged and enthusiastic clapping of hands. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 Anyone who makes plans for after the revolution is a reactionary.  
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 If you took the most ardent revolutionary, vested him in absolute power, within a year he would be worse than the Czar himself. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 To my utter despair I have discovered, and discover every day anew, that there is in the masses no revolutionary idea or hope or passion. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 I will not instigate revolution. 
T.V. Series: The Simpsons
Nationality: American   
 Generals think war should be waged like the tourneys of the Middle Ages. I have no use for knights; I need revolutionaries. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 If today I stand here as a revolutionary, it is as a revolutionary against the Revolution. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 The consequences of things are not always proportionate to the apparent magnitude of those events that have produced them. Thus the American Revolution, from which little was expected, produced much; but the French Revolution, from which much was expected, produced little. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 Accordingly, since nothing prevents the earth from moving, I suggest that we should now consider also whether several motions suit it, so that it can be regarded as one of the planets. For, it is not the center of all the revolutions. 
Author: Nicholaus Copernicus
Nationality: Prussian
b. 19 February 1473  - d. 24 May 1543
  
 Hence I feel no shame in asserting that this whole region engirdled by the moon, and the center of the earth, traverse this grand circle amid the rest of the planets in an annual revolution around the sun. Near the sun is the center of the universe. Moreover, since the sun remains stationary, whatever appears as a motion of the sun is really due rather to the motion of the earth. 
Author: Nicholaus Copernicus
Nationality: Prussian
b. 19 February 1473  - d. 24 May 1543
  
 I can easily conceive, most Holy Father, that as soon as some people learn that in this book which I have written concerning the revolutions of the heavenly bodies, I ascribe certain motions to the Earth, they will cry out at once that I and my theory should be rejected.  
Author: Nicholaus Copernicus
Nationality: Prussian
b. 19 February 1473  - d. 24 May 1543
  
 When steam first began to pump and wheels go round at so many revolutions per minute, what are called business habits were intended to make the life of man run in harmony with the steam engine, and his movement rival the train in punctuality. 
Author: George William Russell
Nationality: Irish
b. 10 April 1867  - d. 17 July 1935
  
 The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us? 
Author: Dorothy Day
Nationality: American
b. 8 November 1897  - d. 29 November 1980
  
 A revolution only lasts fifteen years, a period which coincides with the effectiveness of a generation. 
Author: Jose Ortega y Gasset
Nationality: Spanish
b. 9 May 1883  - d. 18 October 1955
  
 Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Contrary to what you've just seen, war is neither glamorous nor fun. There are no winners, only losers. There are no good wars, with the following exceptions: The American Revolution, World War II, and the Star Wars Trilogy. If you'd like to learn more about war, there's lots of books in your local library, many of them with cool, gory pictures. 
T.V. Series: The Simpsons
Nationality: American   
 Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite! 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 Revolutions are the locomotives of history. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 The English have all the material requisites for the revolution. What they lack is the spirit of generalization and revolutionary ardour. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 Great success, great profit, great performances, etc. etc. ... France is becoming more and more philistine towards music, and the more I see of foreign lands the less I love my own. Art, in France, is dead; so I must go where it is still to be found. In England apparently there has been a real revolution in the musical consciousness of the nation in the last ten years. We shall see. 
Author: Hector Berlioz
Nationality: French
b. 11 December 1803  - d. 8 March 1869
  
 At last I perceive that in revolutions the supreme power rests with the most abandoned. 
Author: Georges Danton
Nationality: French
b. 26 October 1759  - d. 5 April 1794
  
 In revolutions Literatureity remains with the greatest scoundrels. 
Author: Georges Danton
Nationality: French
b. 26 October 1759  - d. 5 April 1794
  
 Now since France has three times in sixty years failed to obtain practical results from Political revolutions, all Europe is apt to press forward into new Social doctrine to regulate the future. 
Author: Lajos Kossuth
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 19 September 1802  - d. 20 March 1894
  
 A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation; furthermore, not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 An old African leader says about leadership, he says that leadership should never be shared; it should always remain in the hands of the dispossessed people. We will lead the revolution. 
Author: H. Rap Brown
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1943
  
 In terms of the revolution, I believe that the revolution will be a revolution of dispossessed people in this country: that's the Mexican American, the Puerto Rican American, the American Indian, and black people. 
Author: H. Rap Brown
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1943
  
 The only politics in this country that's relevant to black people today is the politics of revolution - none other.  
Author: H. Rap Brown
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1943
  
 We happen to be the vanguard of that revolutionary struggle because we are the most dispossessed. 
Author: H. Rap Brown
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1943
  
 We talking about revolution because that's the era that you're caught in. 
Author: H. Rap Brown
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1943
  
 The spirit of revolution, the spirit of insurrection, is a spirit radically opposed to liberty. 
Author: François Guizot
Nationality: French
b. 4 October 1787  - d. 12 September 1874
  
 Revolutions are always verbose. 
Author: Leon Trotsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 7 November 1879  - d. 21 August 1940
  
 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 revolt. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 I arrived in Paris at a moment when the bourgeoisie had become revolutionaries, giving the past it's honor due. 
Author: Christian Lacroix
Nationality: French
b. 16 May 1951
  
 The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 The seed of revolution is repression. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one. 
Author: Marianne Williamson
Nationality: American
b. 8 July 1952
  
 Britain is not a country that is easily rocked by revolution. In Britain our institutions evolve. We are a Fabian Society writ large. 
Author: William Hamilton
Nationality: Scottish
b. 8 March 1788  - d. 6 May 1856
  
 Thinkers may prepare revolutions, but bandits must carry them out. 
Author: Ingrid Newkirk
Nationality: British
b. 11 June 1949
  
 If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions on the human mind. 
Author: Wilhelm von Humboldt
Nationality: German
b. 22 June 1767  - d. 8 April 1835
  
 The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed. 
Author: Germaine Greer
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1939
  
 If a working class Englishman saw a bloke drive past in a Rolls-Royce, he'd say to himself 'Come the social revolution and we'll take that away from you, mate'. Whereas if his American counterpart saw a bloke drive past in a Cadillac he'd say 'One day I'm going to own one of those'. To my way of thinking the first attitude is wrong. The latter is right. 
Author: Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 December 1937  - d. 26 December 2005
  
 American capitalism is predatory, and American politics are corrupt: The same thing is true in England and the same in France; but in all these three countries the dominating fact is that whatever the people get ready to change the government, they can change it. The same thing is not true of Germany, and until it was made true in Germany, there could be no free political democracy anywhere else in the world - to say nothing of any free social democracy. My revolutionary friends who will not recognize this fact seem to me like a bunch of musicians sitting down to play a symphony concert in a forest where there is a man-eating tiger loose. For my part, much as I enjoy symphony concerts, I want to put my fiddle away in its case and get a rifle and go out and settle with the tiger. 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering. 
Author: Tom Stoppard
Nationality: British
b. 3 July 1937
  
 The great cause of revolutions is this, that while nations move onward, constitutions stand still. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 The correct method lies in dialogue. The conviction of the oppressed that they must fight in their liberation is not a gift bestowed by the revolutionary leadership, but the result of their own conscientização. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The revolutionary's role is to liberate, and to be liberated, with the people - not to win them over. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 To simply think about the people, as the dominators do, without any self-giving in that thought, to fail to think with the people, is a sure way to cease being revolutionary leaders. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 Scientific and humanist revolutionary leaders, on the other hand, cannot believe in the myth of the ignorance of the people. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The task of revolutionary leaders is to pose as problems not only this myth, but all the other myths used by the oppressor elites to oppress. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 For if the people join to their presence in the historical process critical thinking about that process, the threat of their emergence materializes in a revolution. Whether one calls this correct thinking 'revolutionary consciousness' or 'class consciousness,' it is an indispensable precondition of revolution. The dominant elites are so well aware of this fact that they instinctively use all means, including physical violence, to keep people from thinking. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 In a dynamic, rather than static, view of revolution, there is no absolute 'before' or 'after,' with the taking of power as the dividing line. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The road to revolution involves openness to the people, not imperviousness to them; it involves communion with the people, not mistrust. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 The behavior and reactions of the oppressed, which lead the oppressor to practice cultural invasion, should evoke from the revolutionary a different theory of action. What distinguishes revolutionary leaders from the dominant elite is not only their objectives, but their procedures. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 I intrepret the revolutionary process as dialogical cultural action which is prolonged in 'cultural revolution' once power is taken. In both stages a serious and profound effort at conscientização - by means of which the people, through a true praxis, leave behind the status of objects to assume the status of historical Subjects - is necessary. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 Finally, cultural revolution develops the practice of permanent dialogue between leaders and people and consolidates the participation of the people in power. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 Only in the encounter of the people with the revolutionary leaders - in their communion, in their praxis - can this theory be built. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 No revolution that has ever taken place in society can be compared to that which has been produced by the words of Jesus Christ. 
Author: Mark Hopkins
Nationality: American
b. 1 September 1813  - d. 29 March 1878
  
 Our revolutionary message is that a self-disciplined people can create a political community in which an ordered liberty will promote both economic prosperity and political participation. 
Author: Irving Kristol
Nationality: American
b. 22 January 1920
  
 If you cry "Forward" you must be sure to make clear the direction in which to go. Don't you see that if you fail to do that and simply call out the word to a monk and a revolutionary, they will go in precisely opposite directions?  
Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Nationality: Russian
b. 29 January 1860  - d. 15 July 1904
  
 A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power. 
Author: Robert Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 8 November 1831  - d. 24 November 1891
  
 When is revolution legal? When it succeeds! 
Author: August Strindberg
Nationality: Swedish
b. 22 January 1849  - d. 14 May 1912
  
 The Church is in crisis today not because it failed to adjust its teaching and practices to the sexual revolution, but because it tried both to be true to its teachings and to keep in step with an immoral age, which is an impossibility. The way for the Church to restore its lost moral authority is to retrace its steps. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 I saw in the Revolution of 1848 an act of great justice. I thought that a test of the Republican form was possible in France under better conditions that those of 1792. I sincerely accepted this test. I was with this idea that I entered the Assemblée Nationale, and that I sat on the extreme left, so as immediately to give a sign of my adherence to the type of government that the force of things had just imposed on France. The 15 May weakened me to the foundations of my hopes. It brought to light for me the schemes and the passions that unerringly reach toward a Civil War, a profound, unavoidable, fierce fight, in which the extreme left would play a role for which I did not want, for anything on Earth, to take responsibility. The Monarchist parties raised their heads again; I did not want to serve them, I could not without compromising religion. I preferred to retire. 
Author: Jean Baptiste Lacordaire
Nationality: French
b. 12 May 1802  - d. 21 November 1861
  
 I think the major flaw of the Marxist regimes is that they have placed too much emphasis on the need to destroy the ruling class, on class struggle, and this causes them to encourage hatred and to neglect compassion. Although their initial aim might have been to serve the cause of the majority, when they try to implement it all their energy is deflected into destructive activities. Once the revolution is over and the ruling class is destroyed, there is not much left to offer the people; at this point the entire country is impoverished and unfortunately it is almost as if the initial aim were to become poor. I think that this is due to the lack of human solidarity and compassion. The principal disadvantage of such a regime is the insistence placed on hatred to the detriment of compassion. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 It's a revolution. But it's the sort of revolution that no one will notice. It might get a little shadier. Buildings might function better. You might have less money to earn because your food is all around you and you don't have any energy costs. Giant amounts of money might be freed up in society so that we can provide for ourselves better. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 It is curious very curious that when there is a great deal of unemployment and misery you can never find anybody to work for you. But that is natural enough because if everybody is unemployed everybody loses the habit of work, and work like revolutions is a habit, it just naturally is. 
Author: Gertrude Stein
Nationality: American
b. 3 February 1874  - d. 27 July 1946
  
 Citizens, did you want a revolution without revolution? 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 Our revolution has made me feel the full force of the axiom that history is fiction and I am convinced that chance and intrigue have produced more heroes than genius and virtue. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 The government in a revolution is the despotism of liberty against tyranny. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 In the system of the French revolution that which is immoral is impolitic, and what tends to corrupt is counter-revolutionary. Weaknesses, vices, prejudices are the road to monarchy. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 What is the end of our revolution? The tranquil enjoyment of liberty and equality; the reign of that eternal justice, the laws of which are graven, not on marble or stone, but in the hearts of men, even in the heart of the slave who has forgotten them, and in that of the tyrant who disowns them. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 The attribute of popular government in a revolution is at one and the same time virtue and terror. Virtue without terror is fatal; terror without virtue is impotent....terror is nothing but justice; prompt, severe, inflexible. It is the emanation of virtue." 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 You say you want a revolution Well, you know We'd all love to see the plan. You ask me for a contribution, Well, you know We're doing what we can. 
Collaboration: The Beatles
Nationality: British  - d.  December 1970   
 He is the only real revolutionary, the authentic scientist, because he alone knows how liddle he knows. He must be heartless. He lives in a cold, clear light. Yet dis is a funny t'ing: really, in private, he is not cold nor heartless - so much less cold than the Professional Optimists. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 Men without hope, resigned to despair and oppression, do not make revolutions. It is when expectation replaces submission, when despair is touched with the awareness of possibility, that the forces of human desire and the passion for justice are unloosed. 
Author: Robert F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1925  - d. 6 June 1968
  
 Gray are the passing days. One by one the embers of hope have died out. Terror and despotism have crushed the life born in October. Dictatorship is trampling the masses under foot. The Revolution is dead; its spirit cries in the wilderness - I have decided to leave Russia. 
Author: Alexander Berkman
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1870  - d. 28 June 1936
  
 If your object is to secure liberty, you must learn to do without authority and compulsion. If you intend to live in peace and harmony with your fellow-men, you and they should cultivate brotherhood and respect for each other. If you want to work together with them for your mutual benefit, you must practice cooperation. The social revolution means much more than the reorganization of conditions only: it means the establishment of new human values and social relationships, a changed attitude of man to man, as of one free and independent to his equal; it means a different spirit in individual and collective life, and that spirit cannot be born overnight. It is a spirit to be cultivated, to be nurtured and reared, as the most delicate flower it is, for indeed it is the flower of a new and beautiful existence. 
Author: Alexander Berkman
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1870  - d. 28 June 1936
  
 Revolution is an act of love; we are the children of revolution, born to be rebels. It runs in our blood. 
Author: Jane Fonda
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1937
  
 The Black Panthers are our revolutionary vanguard and we must support them with love, money, propaganda and risk. 
Author: Jane Fonda
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1937
  
 The background of my early thinking was a German home in which the ideals of the revolution of 1848 were a living force. My father, liberal, but not active in public affairs; my mother, idealistic, with a lively interest in public matters; the founder about 1854 of the kindergarten in my home town, devoted to science. My parents had broken through the shackles of dogma. My father had retained an emotional affection for the ceremonial of his parental home, without allowing it to influence his intellectual freedom. 
Author: Franz Boas
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858  - d. 21 December 1942
  
 The Kriya Yogi mentally directs his life energy to revolve, upward and downward, around the six spinal centers (medullary, cervical, dorsal, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal plexuses) which correspond to the twelve astral signs of the zodiac, the symbolic Cosmic Man. One-half minute of revolution of energy around the sensitive spinal cord of man effects subtle progress in his evolution; that half-minute of Kriya equals one year of natural spiritual unfoldment. 
Author: Paramhansa Yogananda
Nationality: Indian
b. 5 January 1893  - d. 7 March 1952
  
 May it please your honor, I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty. All the stock in trade I possess is a $10,000 debt, incurred by publishing my paper - The Revolution - four years ago, the sole object of which was to educate all women to do precisely as I have done, rebel against your man-made, unjust, unconstitutional forms of law, that tax, fine, imprison and hang women, while they deny them the right of representation in the government; and I shall work on with might and main to pay every dollar of that honest debt, but not a penny shall go to this unjust claim. And I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old revolutionary maxim, that resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery. 
Author: Mao Tse-Tung
Nationality: Chinese
b. 26 December 1893  - d. 9 September 1976
  
 Revolution begins with the self, in the self. 
Author: Toni Bambara
Nationality: American
b. 25 March 1939  - d. 9 December 1995
  
 The job of the writer is to make revolution irresistible. 
Author: Toni Bambara
Nationality: American
b. 25 March 1939  - d. 9 December 1995
  
 Only since the Industrial Revolution have most people worked in places away from their homes or been left to raise small children without the help of multiple adults, making for an unsupported life. 
Author: Martha Beck
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1962
  
 Sandinistas are a democratically elected government which originally led a popular revolution to overthrow a dictatorship based on slavery. US foreign policy could be best defined as follows: kiss my arse or I'll kick your head in. It is as simple and as crude as that. It can hardly be said to be a complicated foreign policy. What is interesting about it is that it is so incredibly successful. It possesses the structures of disinformation, use of rhetoric, distortion of language, which are very persuasive, but are actually a pack of lies. It is very successful propaganda. They have the money, they have the technology, they have all the means to get away with it, and they do. I find the ignorance in this country, Britain, and certainly the US, really quite deep. It is not only the Republican Party and government in the US which are responsible for this state of affairs, but I see the Democrats as only differing by degrees. While they say "no more military aid to the Contras"... they are still referring to an innate and deeply embedded assumption that they are talking about a Marxist-Leninist totalitarian dictatorship; gangsters, thugs, instructed from Moscow. 
Author: Harold Pinter
Nationality: English
b. 10 October 1930  - d. 24 December 2008
  
 I am not a political man and I have no political convictions. I am an individual and a believer in liberty. That is all the politics I have. On the other hand I am not a super-patriot. Super-patriotism leads to Hitlerism - and we've had our lesson there. I don't want to create a revolution - I just want to create a few more films. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 The leaders in Ireland have nearly always left the people at the critical moment; they have sometimes sold them. The former Volunteer movement was abandoned by its leaders; O'Connell recoiled before the cannon at Clontarf; twice the hour of the Irish revolution struck during Young Ireland days and twice it struck in vain, for Meagher hesitated in Waterford, Duffy and McGee hesitated in Dublin. Stephens refused to give the word in '65; he never came in '66 or '67. I do not blame these men; you or I might have done the same. It is a terrible responsibility to be cast on a man, that of bidding the cannon speak and the grapeshot pour. 
Author: Padraic Pearse
Nationality: Irish
b. December 1879  - d.  December 1916
  
 Liberty is worth paying for. 
Author: Jules Gabriel Verne
Nationality: French
b. 08 February 1828  - d. 24 March 1905
  
 I am against revolutions because they always involve a return to the status quo. 
Author: Henry Miller
Nationality: American
b. 26 December 1891  - d. 07 June 1980
  
 The majority of South Africans, black and white, recognize that apartheid has no future. It has to be ended by our own decisive mass action in order to build peace and security. The mass campaign of defiance and other actions of our organization and people can only culminate in the establishment of democracy. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 A revolution can be neither made nor stopped. The only thing that can be done is for one of several of its children to give it a direction by dint of victories. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Waste no time with revolutions that do not remove the causes of your complaints but simply change the faces of those in charge. 
Author: Francesco Guicciardini
Nationality: Italian
b. 6 March 1483  - d. 22 May 1540
  
 All the French ministers are the same. They lavished money which came out of the other people’s pockets to enrich their creatures, and they were absolute: The down-trodden people counted for nothing, and, through this, the indebtedness of the State and the confusion of finances were the inevitable results. A Revolution was necessary. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 You are talking to a leftist. I believe in the redistribution of wealth and power in the world. I believe in universal hospital care for everyone. I believe that we should not have a single homeless person in the richest country in the world. And I believe that we should not have a C.I.A. that goes around overwhelming governments and assassinating political leaders, working for tight oligarchies around the world to protect the tight oligarchy here at home. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 The first duty of a revolutionist is to get away with it. The second duty is to eat breakfast. I ain't going. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 All you kiddies remember to lay off the needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 In this state, dig it, you get twenty years for sale of dope to a minor. You only get five to ten for manslaughter. So like, the thing is, if you're selling to a kid and cops come, shoot the kid real quick! 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 I feel like a famous Indian Chief of the Fagowee nations, who led his tribe for 40 years in the desert amidst starvation, hunger, famine, strife, plague - finally staggered up to the top of this mountain, drug crazed, looked out and pounded his chest and said, "Where the fuck are we? Where the fuck are we?"  
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 I only regret that I have but one shirt to give for my country. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 If this guy is God, then this is the God that the United States of America deserves. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 For six years, the only consistent thing about our national drug policy has been its inconsistency. Harsher penalties, urine testing, hysteria, budget cuts and the simplistic "Just Say No!' campaign, the equivalent of telling manic depressives to "just cheer up", have returned drug education and treatment to the Reefer Madness era. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 I see Judaism as a way of life. Sticking up for the underdog. Being an outsider. A critic of society. The kid on the corner who says the emperor has no clothes on. The Prophet. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 In the nineteen-sixties, apartheid was driven out of America. Legal segregation - Jim Crow - ended. We didn't end racism, but we ended legal segregation. We ended the idea that you can send a million soldiers ten thousand miles away to fight in a war that people do not support. We ended the idea that women are second-class citizens. Now, it doesn't matter who sits in the Oval Office. But the big battles that were won in that period of civil war and strife you cannot reverse. We were young, we were reckless, arrogant, silly, headstrong and we were right! I regret nothing! 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger.  
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 It's embarrassing when you try to overthrow the government and you wind up on the Best Seller's List.  
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 Become an internationalist and learn to respect all life. Make war on machines. And in particular the sterile machines of corporate death and the robots that guard them. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 STRUCTURE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN CONTENT IN THE TRANSMISSION OF INFORMATION. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 THE KEY TO ORGANIZING AN ALTERNATIVE SOCIETY IS TO ORGANIZE PEOPLE AROUND WHAT THEY CAN DO AND MORE IMPORTANTLY WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 The best way to educate oneself is to become part of the revolution. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 The only way to support a revolution is to make your own. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 It's perhaps fitting that I write this introduction in jail. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 To steal from a brother or sister is evil. To not steal from the institutions that are the pillars of the Pig Empire is equally immoral. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 Your body is just one in a mass of cuddly humanity. Become an internationalist and learn to respect all life. Make war on machines. And in particular the sterile machines of corporate death and the robots that guard them. The duty of a revolutionary is to make love and that means staying alive and free. That doesn't allow for cop-outs. Smoking dope and hanging up Che's picture is no more a commitment than drinking milk and collecting postage stamps. A revolution in consciousness is an empty high without a revolution in the distribution of power. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 Usually when you ask somebody in college why they are there, they'll tell you it's to get an education. The truth of it is, they are there to get the degree so that they can get ahead in the rat race. Too many college radicals are two-timing punks. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 My critique of democracy begins and ends with this point. Kids must be educated to disrespect authority or else democracy is a farce. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station, not the factory. It concentrates its energy on infiltrating and changing the image system. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 Free speech is the right to shout "Theater!" in a crowded fire. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 There is absolutely no greater high than challenging the power structure as a nobody, giving it your all, and winning. I think I've learned that lesson twice now. The essence of successful revolution, be it for an individual, a community of individuals, or a nation, depends on accepting that challenge. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 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. When all today's isms have become yesterday's ancient philosophy, there will still be reactionaries and there will still be revolutionaries. No amount of rationalization can avoid the moment of choice each of us brings to our situation here on the planet. I still believe in the fundamental injustice of the profit system and do not accept the proposition there will be rich and poor for all eternity. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 Expedience, not justice, is the rule of contemporary American law. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 Never impose your language on people you wish to reach. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 Once you get the right image the details aren't that important. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 The '60s are gone, dope will never be as cheap, sex never as free, and the rock and roll never as great. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 Understand that legal and illegal are political, and often arbitrary, categorizations; use and abuse are medical, or clinical, distinctions. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 When decorum is repression, the only dignity free men have is to speak out. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 Death before dishonor. 
Author: Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud
Nationality: French
b. 31 May 1753  - d. 31 October 1793
  




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