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

Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.
Independence in the end is the fruit of injustice.
You said, They're harmless dreamers and they're loved by the people. -- What, I asked you, is harmless about a dreamer, and what, I asked you, is harmless about the love of the people? Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.
Natural selection, as it has operated in human history, favors not only the clever but the murderous.
In revolutions the occasions may be trifling but great interest are at stake.
Revolution begins with the self, in the self.
Revolution is an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.
So they united, and the Communist revolution took the chain from their legs and wound it around their necks.
Men are made uneasy; they flinch; they cannot bear the sudden light; a general restlessness supervenes; the face of society is disturbed, or perhaps convulsed; old interests and old beliefs have been destroyed before new ones have been created. These symptoms are the precursors of revolution; they have preceded all the great changes through which the world has passed.
I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood.
I had such a wonderful feeling last night, walking beneath the dark sky while cannon boomed on my right and guns on my left the feeling that I could change the world only by being there.
The dead have been awakened -- shall I sleep? The world's at war with tyrants -- shall I crouch? the harvest's ripe -- and shall I pause to reap? I slumber not; the thorn is in my couch; Each day a trumpet soundeth in mine ear, its echo in my heart.
More and more, revolution has found itself delivered into the hands of its bureaucrats and doctrinaires on the one hand, and to the enfeebled and bewildered masses on the other.
I began revolution with 82 men. If I had [To] do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action.
The revolutionary spirit is mighty convenient in this, that it frees one from all scruples as regards ideas. Its hard absolute optimism is repulsive to my mind by the menace of fanaticism and intolerance it contains. No doubt one should smile at these things; but, imperfect Esthete, I am no better Philosopher. All claim to special righteousness awakens in me that scorn and anger from which a philosophical mind should be free.
Clemency is also a revolutionary measure.
Our cause is just. Our union is perfect.
I have been ever of opinion that revolutions are not to be evaded.
Plots, true or false, are necessary things, to raise up commonwealths, and ruin kings.
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, and admit of being compared; when the energies of all men are searched by fear and by hope; when the historic glories of the old can be compensated by the rich possibilities of the new era?
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.
The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man... not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology.
A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government.
The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.
The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so.
The spirit of revolution, the spirit of insurrection, is a spirit radically opposed to liberty.
We have wasted our spirit in the regions of the abstract and general just as the monks let it wither in the world of prayer and contemplation.
I was probably the only revolutionary referred to as cute.
The main effect of a real revolution is perhaps that it sweeps away those who do not know how to wish, and brings to the front men with insatiable appetites for action, power and all that the world has to offer.
Revolutions are not made by men in spectacles.
He that goeth about to persuade a multitude that they are not so well governed as they ought to be shall never want attentive and favorable hearers.
The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced.
Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.
Revolutions are notorious for allowing even non-participants -- even women! -- new scope for telling the truth since they are themselves such massive moments of truth, moments of such massive participation.
A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can't sit on it.
And then, Sir, there is this consideration, that if the abuse be enormous, nature will rise up, and claiming her original rights, overturn a corrupt political system.
Although a system may cease to exist in the legal sense or as a structure of power, its values (or anti-values), its philosophy, its teachings remain in us. They rule our thinking, our conduct, our attitude to others. The situation is a demonic paradox: we have toppled the system but we still carry its genes.
Revolutions are not made for export.
The more there are riots, the more repressive actin will take place, and the more we face the danger of a right-wing takeover and eventually a fascist society.

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