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History teaches us that the great revolutions aren't started by people who are utterly down and out, without hope and vision. They take place when people begin to live a little better -- and when they see how much yet remains to be achieved.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey

 

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I began revolution with 82 men. If I had [To] do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action.
~ Fidel Castro

 

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I feel my belief in sacrifice and struggle getting stronger. I despise the kind of existence that clings to the miserly trifles of comfort and self-interest. I think that a man should not live beyond the age when he begins to deteriorate, when the flame that lighted the brightest moment of his life has weakened.
~ Fidel Castro

 

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I had such a wonderful feeling last night, walking beneath the dark sky while cannon boomed on my right and guns on my left the feeling that I could change the world only by being there.
~ Viorica Butnariu

 

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I have been ever of opinion that revolutions are not to be evaded.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

 

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I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
~ John Adams

 

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I was probably the only revolutionary referred to as cute.
~ Abbie Hoffman

 

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I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood.
~ John Mason Brown

 

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

 

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If there is any period one would desire to be born in, is it not the age of Revolution; when the old and the new stand side by side, and admit of being compared; when the energies of all men are searched by fear and by hope; when the historic glories of the old can be compensated by the rich possibilities of the new era?
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions of the human mind.
~ Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

 

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If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag, wash it.
~ Norman Thomas

 

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In a revolution, as in a novel. the most difficult part to invent is the end.
~ Alexis De Tocqueville

 

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In every revolution there intrude, at the side of its true agents, men of a different stamp; some of them survivors of and devotees to past revolutions, without insight into the present movement, but preserving popular influence by their known honesty and courage, or by the sheer force of tradition; others mere brawlers, who, by dint of repeating year after year the same set of stereotyped declamations against the government of the day, have sneaked into the reputation of revolutionists of the first water They are an unavoidable evil: with time they are shaken off.
~ Karl Marx

 

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In revolutions the occasions may be trifling but great interest are at stake.
~ Aristotle

 

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In this Revolution no plans have been written for retreat.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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Independence in the end is the fruit of injustice.
~ Voltaire

 

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Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.
~ Aristotle

 

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It is almost never when a state of things is the most detestable that it is smashed, but when, beginning to improve, it permits men to breathe, to reflect, to communicate their thoughts with each other, and to gauge by what they already have the extent of their rights and their grievances. The weight, although less heavy, seems then all the more unbearable.
~ Alexis De Tocqueville

 

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It is easier to run a revolution than a government.
~ Ferdinand E. Marcos

 

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