A revolution does the work of a century in two days, and undoes in two
years five centuries' achievement.
A revolution is coming- a revolution which will be peaceful if we are
wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are
fortunate enough- But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or
not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.
-Robert F. Kennedy
A revolution is interesting insofar as it avoids like the plague the
plague it promised to heal.
A revolution requires of its leaders a record of unbroken infallibility;
if they do not possess it, they are expected to invent it.
After a revolution, of course, the successful revolutionists always try
to convince doubters that they have achieved great things, and usually
they hang any man who denies it.
All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a
volcano of revolution.
All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door. The
violence of a revolution is the violence of men who charge into a vacuum.
-John Kenneth Galbraith
And so you ask, 'What about the innocent bystanders?' But we are in a
time of revolution. If you are a bystander, you are not innocent.
Any revolution that goes on for too long is by definition a failure. The
idea is to become the establishment.
Every intellectual revolution which has ever stirred humanity into
greatness has been a passionate protest against inert ideas.
-Alfred North Whitehead
Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new
Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it
He who undertakes to guide men must never lose sight of the fact that
they are malicious monkeys.... The folly of the revolution was in aiming
to establish virtue on the earth. When you want to make men good and
wise, free, moderate, generous, you are led inevitably to the desire of
killing them all.
If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.
If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of
Independence, it would have been worthwhile.
-Samuel Eliot Morison
In a revolution, as in a novel. the most difficult part to invent is the
-Alexis de Tocqueville
It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent
revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of
violence to change anything for the better.
No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution.
Nothing is more American than revolution.
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.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution.
Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.
Revolution is but thought carried into action.
Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.
'Revolution' today is taken for granted, and in consequence becomes
Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.