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Quotes About Revolution

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Jim Morrison
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.”
Jim Morrison

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

Richelle Mead
“The greatest and most powerful revolutions often start very quietly, hidden in the shadows. Remember that.”
Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy

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

José Martí
“The first duty of a man is to think for himself”
José Martí

Malcolm X
“Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.”
Malcolm X

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

Malcolm X
“You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker”
Malcolm X

Frantz Fanon
“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are
presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new
evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is
extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it
is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize,
ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief.”
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

Anaïs Nin
“Societies in decline have no use for visionaries.”
Anaïs Nin

David Mitchell
Fantasy. Lunacy.
All revolutions are, until they happen, then they are historical inevitabilities.”
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Marie Lu
“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That's much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.”
Marie Lu, Legend

Aristotle
“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”
Aristotle

Thomas Jefferson
“The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ... What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

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

Audre Lorde
“I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you.... What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language."

I began to ask each time: "What's the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?" Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, "disappeared" or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.

Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it's personal. And the world won't end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don't miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.”
Audre Lorde

Albert Einstein
“The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!”
Albert Einstein

Bertrand Russell
“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.”
Bertrand Russell, New Hopes for a Changing World

Leon Trotsky
“The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.”
Leon Trotsky, Their Morals and Ours

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. [Remarks on the first
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

[Remarks on the first anniversary of the Alliance for Progress, 13 March 1962]”
John F. Kennedy

Emma Goldman
“People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.”
Emma Goldman

Patrick Henry
“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

Arundhati Roy
“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
Arundhati Roy, War Talk

Malcolm X
“The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba -- yes Cuba too.”
Malcolm X

Vladimir Lenin
“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”
Vladimir Lenin

Fidel Castro
“A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle between the future and the past.”
Fidel Castro

Emma Goldman
“Ask for work. If they don't give you work, ask for bread. If they do not give you work or bread, then take bread.”
Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

Jennifer Donnelly
“For mad I may be, but I will never be convenient.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

Emiliano Zapata
“It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.”
Emiliano Zapata

Norman Mailer
“Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war.”
Norman Mailer

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