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Whoever thinks of stopping the uprising before it achieves its goals, I will give him ten bullets in the chest.

Author: Yasir Arafat (1929)

Profession: Palestinian Resistance Leader

For as the interposition of a rivulet, however small, will occasion the line of the phalanx to fluctuate, so any trifling disagreement will be the cause of seditions; but they will not so soon flow from anything else as from the disagreement between virtue and vice, and next to that between poverty and riches.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt.

Author: Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876)

Profession: Russian Political Theorist

Insurrection. An unsuccessful revolution; disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.

Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

The rebel can never find peace. He knows what is good and, despite himself, does evil. The value which supports him is never given to him once and for all -- he must fight to uphold it, unceasingly.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

What is a rebel? A man who says no.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

I'm totally going through a rebel period right now. It's sort of waning, but ... ach, I'm allowed, right? It's OK, right?

Author: Claire Danes (1979)

Profession: American Actress

No one can go on being a rebel too long without turning into an autocrat.

Author: Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990)

Profession: British Author

It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.

Author: T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Profession: American-born British Poet, Critic

Most commonly revolt is born of material circumstances; but insurrection is always a moral phenomenon. Revolt is Masaniello, who led the Neapolitan insurgents in 1647; but insurrection is Spartacus. Insurrection is a thing of the spirit, revolt is a thing of the stomach.

Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.

Author: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Profession: Third President of the USA

A riot is the language of the unheard.

Author: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Profession: American Black Leader, Nobel Prize Winner, 1964

Anyone who can be proved to be a seditious person is an outlaw before God and the emperor; and whoever is the first to put him to death does right and well. Therefore let everyone who can, smite, slay and stab, secretly or openly, remembering that nothing can be more poisonous, hurtful, or devilish than a rebel.

Author: Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Profession: German Leader of the Protestant Reformation