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Revolution, in order to be creative, cannot do without either a moral or metaphysical rule to balance the insanity of history.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle between the future and the past.

Author: Fidel Castro (1927)

Profession: Cuban Revolutionary, Prime Minister, President

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.

Author: Fidel Castro (1927)

Profession: Cuban Revolutionary, Prime Minister, President

I feel my belief in sacrifice and struggle getting stronger. I despise the kind of existence that clings to the miserly trifles of comfort and self-interest. I think that a man should not live beyond the age when he begins to deteriorate, when the flame that lighted the brightest moment of his life has weakened.

Author: Fidel Castro (1927)

Profession: Cuban Revolutionary, Prime Minister, President

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

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.

Author: Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Profession: Polish-born British Novelist

The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement -- but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims.

Author: Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Profession: Polish-born British Novelist

Clemency is also a revolutionary measure.

Author: Camille Desmoulins (1760-1794)

Profession: French Journalist, Revolutionary Leader

Our cause is just. Our union is perfect.

Author: John Dickinson

Profession:

Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs.

Author: Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

Profession: French Philosopher

I have been ever of opinion that revolutions are not to be evaded.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Normal life cannot sustain revolutionary attitudes for long.

Author: Milovan Djilas (1911-1995)

Profession: Former Yugoslav Vice-president

Plots, true or false, are necessary things, to raise up commonwealths, and ruin kings.

Author: John Dryden (1631-1700)

Profession: British Poet, Dramatist, Critic

Every revolution was first a thought in one manís mind.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

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?

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist