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We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution.

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

I was probably the only revolutionary referred to as cute.

Author: Abbie Hoffman (1936-1989)

Profession: American Radical Activist, Author

Revolutions are not made by men in spectacles.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

He that goeth about to persuade a multitude that they are not so well governed as they ought to be shall never want attentive and favorable hearers.

Author: Richard Hooker (1554-1600)

Profession: British Theologian

The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced.

Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions of the human mind.

Author: Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835)

Profession: German Statesman, Philologist

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts -- it's what you do with what you have left.

Author: Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978)

Profession: American Democratic Politician, Vice President

History teaches us that the great revolutions aren't started by people who are utterly down and out, without hope and vision. They take place when people begin to live a little better -- and when they see how much yet remains to be achieved.

Author: Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978)

Profession: American Democratic Politician, Vice President

Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.

Author: Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

Profession: Norwegian Dramatist

A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can't sit on it.

Author: Dean William R. Inge (1860-1954)

Profession: Dean of St Paul's, London

Revolutions are notorious for allowing even non-participants -- even women! -- new scope for telling the truth since they are themselves such massive moments of truth, moments of such massive participation.

Author: Selma James

Profession:

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

Author: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Profession: Third President of the USA

And then, Sir, there is this consideration, that if the abuse be enormous, nature will rise up, and claiming her original rights, overturn a corrupt political system.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.

Author: Franz Kafka (1883-1924)

Profession: German Novelist, Short-Story Writer

Although a system may cease to exist in the legal sense or as a structure of power, its values (or anti-values), its philosophy, its teachings remain in us. They rule our thinking, our conduct, our attitude to others. The situation is a demonic paradox: we have toppled the system but we still carry its genes.

Author: Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932)

Profession: Polish Report and Foreign Correspondent