Quotes About Revolution

Quotes about Revolution

“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”
~ Bob Marley

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.”

~Thomas Paine


“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.”
~ Jim Morrison


“The first duty of a man is to think for himself.”
~ José Martí
“The greatest and most powerful revolutions often start very quietly, hidden in the shadows. Remember that.”
~ Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy
“If I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution.”
~ Emma Goldman

“Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.”
~Malcolm X

“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system. That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.”
~ Marie Lu, Legend

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
~ R. Buckminster Fuller

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

“You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker.”
~ Malcolm X
“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”
~ Aristotle

“Fantasy. Lunacy. All revolutions are, until they happen, then they are historical inevitabilities.”
~ David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“Societies in decline have no use for visionaries.”
~Anaïs Nin

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new
evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is
extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize,
ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”
~ Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

We have it in our power to begin the world over again.

~Thomas Paine


“I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you.. . . . What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language.”

I began to ask each time: “What’s the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?” Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, “disappeared” or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.

Next time, ask: What’s the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, ‘If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.’ And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.”
~ Audre Lorde

“Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.”
~ Vladimir Ilich Lenin

“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.”
~ Bertrand Russell, New Hopes for a Changing World