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On the first day of a revolution he is a treasure; on the second he ought to be shot.

Author: Source Unknown


People who talk about revolution and class struggle without referring explicitly to everyday life, without understanding what is subversive about love and what is positive in the refusal of constraints, such people have a corpse in their mouth.

Author: Raoul Vaneigem (1934)

Profession: Belgian Situationist Philosopher

Independence in the end is the fruit of injustice.

Author: Voltaire (1694-1778)

Profession: French Historian, Writer

All partisan movements add to the fullness of our understanding of society as a whole. They never detract; or, in any case, one must not allow them to do so. Experience adds to experience.

Author: Alice Walker (1944)

Profession: American Author, Critic

You said, "They're harmless dreamers and they're loved by the people." -- "What," I asked you, "is harmless about a dreamer, and what," I asked you, "is harmless about the love of the people? Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams."

Author: Tennessee Williams (1914-1983)

Profession: American Dramatist

A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.

Author: Mao Zedong (1893-1976)

Profession: Founder of Chinese Communist State