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

—Albert Camus, 1951

In revolutions men fall and rise. Long before this war is over, much as you hear me praised now, you may hear me cursed and insulted.

—William Tecumseh Sherman, 1864

Revolutions never go backward.

—Thomas Skidmore, 1829

If there was ever a just war since the world began, it is this in which America is now engaged.

—Thomas Paine, 1778

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

—Edmund Burke, 1790

Rebellion is no less a sin than divination.

—Book of Samuel, c. 550 BC

Those who give the first shock to a state are the first overwhelmed in its ruin; the fruits of public commotion are seldom enjoyed by him who was the first mover; he only beats the water for another’s net.

 

—Michel de Montaigne, 1580

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

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

—Duke of Wellington, c. 1819

Revolutionaries are greater sticklers for formality than conservatives.

—Italo Calvino, 1957

Revolutions are not made by men in spectacles.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1871

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

—Czech slogan, 1989

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