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QUOTES ON REVOLUTION


All gentle cant and philosophizing to the contrary notwithstanding, no people in this world ever did achieve their freedom by goody-goody talk and moral suasion: it being immutable law that all revolutions that will succeed, must begin in blood.

The wind of revolutions is not tractable.

VICTOR HUGO, Les Misérables

If you have not seen the day of Revolution in a small town where all know all in the town and always have known all, you have seen nothing.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY, For Whom the Bell Tolls

The danger lies not in that fantastic revolutionary hydra, but in the obstinacy of traditionalism clogging progress.

LEO TOLSTOY, Anna Karenina

Revolution is just one crowd taking power from another.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit Redux

Would you realize what Revolution is, call it Progress; and would you realize what Progress is, call it Tomorrow.

VICTOR HUGO, Les Misérables

Revolution, my dear prince, is not the substitution of immoral for moral, or of illegitimate for legitimate violence; it is simply the pitting of power against power, where the issue is freedom for the winners and enslavement of the rest.

JOHN GARDNER, Grendel

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

ALBERT CAMUS, The Rebel

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