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I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.

Author: John Adams (1735-1826)

Profession: Second President of the USA

The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.

Author: John Adams (1735-1826)

Profession: Second President of the USA

The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.

Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher

In revolutions the occasions may be trifling but great interest are at stake.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Thinkers prepare the revolution and bandits carry it out.

Author: Mariano Azuela (1873-1952)

Profession: Mexican Novelist

Revolution begins with the self, in the self.

Author: Toni Cade Bambara (1959)

Profession: American Writer

Revolution is an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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

So they united, and the Communist revolution took the chain from their legs and wound it around their necks.

Author: Samuel Bonom


I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood.

Author: John Mason Brown (1800-1859)

Profession: American Militant Abolitionist

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.

Author: Henry Thomas Buckle (1821-1862)

Profession: British Historian

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.

Author: Viorica Butnariu


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.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

Every revolutionary ends up by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

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.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer