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Revolutionaries are greater sticklers for formality than conservatives.

—Italo Calvino, 1957

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

—Benjamin Disraeli, 1844

Revolutions never go backward.

—Thomas Skidmore, 1829

Who draws his sword against his prince must throw away the scabbard.

—James Howell, 1659

Rebellion is no less a sin than divination.

—Book of Samuel, c. 550 BC

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

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made—through disobedience and through rebellion.

—Oscar Wilde, 1891

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

—John F. Kennedy, 1962

All revolutions devour their own children.

—Ernst Röhm, 1933

The only justification of rebellion is success.

—Thomas B. Reed, 1878

The spirit of revolution, the spirit of insurrection, is a spirit radically opposed to liberty.

—François Guizot, 1830

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

Revolutions are not made by men in spectacles.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1871