This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.

—Abraham Lincoln, 1861

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the state.

—Albert Camus, 1951

Revolutions are not about trifles, but they are produced by trifles. 

—Aristotle, c. 350 BC

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

—Benjamin Disraeli, 1844

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1776

Rebellion is no less a sin than divination.

—Book of Samuel, c. 550 BC

If not us, who? If not now, when?

—Czech slogan, 1989

Governments are not overthrown by the poor, who have no power, but by the rich—when they are insulted by their inferiors and cannot obtain justice.

—Dionysius of Halicarnassus, c. 20 BC

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

—Dolores Ibárruri, 1936

Insurgents are like conquerors: they must go forward; the moment they are stopped, they are lost.

—Duke of Wellington, c. 1819

Make the revolution a parent of settlement and not a nursery of future revolutions.

—Edmund Burke, 1790

The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.

—Erich Fromm, 1941

All revolutions devour their own children.

—Ernst Röhm, 1933