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

—Duke of Wellington, c. 1819

Revolution begins in putting on bright colors.

—Tennessee Williams, 1944

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1776

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

All revolutions devour their own children.

—Ernst Röhm, 1933

An oppressed people are authorized, whenever they can, to rise and break their fetters.

—Henry Clay, 1842

All men recognize the right of revolution, that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable.

—Henry David Thoreau, 1849

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

—Edmund Burke, 1790

Every revolution by force only puts more violent means of enslavement into the hands of the persons in power.

—Leo Tolstoy, 1893

To escape its wretched lot, the populace has three ways, two imaginary and one real. The first two are the rum shop and the church; the third is the social revolution.

—Mikhail Bakunin, 1871

The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative on the day after the revolution.

—Hannah Arendt, 1970

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

—Czech slogan, 1989

Rebellion is no less a sin than divination.

—Book of Samuel, c. 550 BC