Revolution Quotes


The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.

Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.

The first duty of a man is to think for himself

The greatest and most powerful revolutions often start very quietly, hidden in the shadows. Remember that.

Vampire Academy

Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.

If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That's much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.

Legend

Marie Lu

Legend

Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.

Armed struggle    Arms    Pacifism    Peace    Revolution    Violence    War

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.

Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are
presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new
evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is
extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it
is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize,
ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief.

I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you.... What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language."
I began to ask each time: "What's the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?" Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, "disappeared" or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.
Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it's personal. And the world won't end.
And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don't miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.

You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.

You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.

The Dispossessed

Ursula K. Le Guin

The Dispossessed

Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.


Fantasy. Lunacy.
All revolutions are, until they happen, then they are historical inevitabilities.

Cloud Atlas

David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas

Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
[
Remarks on the first anniversary of the Alliance for Progress
, 13 March 1962]

This I want to believe implicitly: Man was born for love and revolution.

People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.

Societies in decline have no use for visionaries.

There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.

The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!

The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.

Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.
The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.
Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.

War Talk

Arundhati Roy

War Talk
Corporation    Empire    Hope    Peace    Revolution    War

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Our masters have not heard the people's voice for generations and it is much, much louder than they care to remember.

The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba -- yes Cuba too.

Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.

I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccesful rebellions indeed generally establish the incroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medecine necessary for the sound health of government.

For mad I may be, but I will never be convenient.

A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it's lowest ones

The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man.

Revolution is not a one time event.

Everything is relative in this world, where change alone endures.

Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle.

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.

Ask for work. If they don't give you work, ask for bread. If they do not give you work or bread, then take bread.

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

But I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is... to tell the truth.

The greatest purveyor of violence in the world : My own Government, I can not be Silent.

The greatest mistake of the movement has been trying to organize a sleeping people around specific goals. You have to wake the people up first, then you'll get action.

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.

Just because something bears the aspect of the inevitable one should not, therefore, go along willingly with it.

I do not particularly like the word 'work.' Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living, but people work like crazy, thinking that they have to in order to stay alive. The bigger the job, the greater the challenge, the more wonderful they think it is. It would be good to give up that way of thinking and live an easy, comfortable life with plenty of free time. I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. In such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done.

The One-Straw Revolution

Masanobu Fukuoka

The One-Straw Revolution
Animals    Farming    Food    Leisure    Living    Living well    Napping    Priorities    Revolution    Simple living    Simplicity    Time    Work

We have it in our power to begin the world over again.

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.

Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war.

It does not do to rely too much on silent majorities, Evey, for silence is a fragile thing, one loud noise, and its gone. But the people are so cowed and disorganised. A few might take the opportunity to protest, but it'll just be a voice crying in the wilderness. Noise is relative to the silence preceding it. The more absolute the hush, the more shocking the thunderclap. Our masters have not heard the people's voice for generations, Evey and it is much, much louder than they care to remember.

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