Monday, July 22, 2013

Quotes about revolutions

“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”
― Bob Marley

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Occasionally the tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.”
― Thomas Jefferson

“Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.”
― Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
― John F. Kennedy

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
- John Dickinson, The Liberty Song.

A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government.
- Goethe, Conversations with Goethe, 1824.

    A non-violent revolution is not a program of seizure of power. It is a program of transformation of relationships, ending in a peaceful transfer of power.
- Mohandas K. Gandhi, Non-violence in Peace and War, 1948.
The history of all hitherto existing society  is the history of class struggles.

Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master  and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.
- Communist Manifesto, Engels and Marx

The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.

Working Men of All Countries, Unite!
- Communist Manifesto

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
― Patrick Henry

“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”
― Thomas Paine

“But I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is... to tell the truth.”
― Howard Zinn, Marx in Soho: A Play on History

The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.
- Che Guevara

“Little by little, the old world crumbled, and not once did the king imagine that some of the pieces might fall on him.”
― Jennifer Donnelly, On French Revolution

O God! that one might read the book of fate,
And see the revolutions of the times
Make mountains level, and the continent
Weary of solid firmness, melt itself
Into the sea!
    William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part II (c. 1597-99)

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