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Published Monday, August 15, 2016 @ 3:51 PM EDT
Aug 15 2016

A revolution does the work of a century in two days, and undoes in two years five centuries' achievement.
-Paul Valery

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.
-Daniel Berrigan

A revolution requires of its leaders a record of unbroken infallibility; if they do not possess it, they are expected to invent it.
-Murray Kempton

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.
-H.L. Mencken

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

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.
-Abby Hoffman

Any revolution that goes on for too long is by definition a failure. The idea is to become the establishment.
-Linus Torvalds

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 bureaucracy.
-Franz Kafka

Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.
-Barbara Tuchman

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.
-Anatole France

If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.
-Emma Goldman

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 end.
-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.
-Daniel Berrigan

No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution.
-Emma Goldman

Nothing is more American than revolution.
-Jerry Rubin

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.
-Florence King

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.

Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution.
-Vladimir Nabokov

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

Revolution is but thought carried into action.
-Emma Goldman

Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.
-Germaine Greer

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

Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.
-Tennessee Williams

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