The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man, not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology.

—Jean Genet, 1983

The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced.

—Victor Hugo, 1862

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

—Czech slogan, 1989

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

—Duke of Wellington, c. 1819

There is a kind of revolution of so general a character that it changes the mental tastes as well as the fortunes of the world.

—La Rochefoucauld, 1665

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1776

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

—Henry Clay, 1842

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

The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.

—Germaine Greer, 1970

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

—Erich Fromm, 1941

Rebellion is no less a sin than divination.

—Book of Samuel, c. 550 BC

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

—Hannah Arendt, 1970

Revolution begins in putting on bright colors.

—Tennessee Williams, 1944