built your fort. We will not have it used against
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Revolution means democracy in today's world, not the enslavement of peoples to the corrupt and degrading horrors of totalitarianism
of free thought and free speech is the most
dangerous of all subversions. It is the one
un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's for
which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his
liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the
same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly,
the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a
definition of liberty.
- The sin of silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln
- The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.
- John Adams
who make peaceful revolution impossible will make
violent revolution inevitable.
time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to
improve the lot of others, or strikes out against
injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of
hope...build(ing) a current that can sweep down
the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
who suppress freedom always do so in the name of
law and order.
who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate
agitation, are men who want rain without thunder
civilization has from time to time become a thin
crust over a volcano of revolution.
capacity for justice makes democracy possible,
but man's inclination to injustice makes
country, with its institutions, belongs to the
people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow
weary of the existing government, they can
exercise their constitutional right of amending
it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or
French Revolution of a hundred and fifty years
ago gradually ushered in an age of political
equality, but the times have changed, and that by
itself is not enough today. The boundaries of
democracy have to be widened now so as to include
economic equality also. This is the great
revolution through which we are all passing.
our economy of freedom fails to distribute wealth
as ably as it has created it, the road to
dictatorship will be open to any man who can
persuasively promise security to all.
doctrine that weakens personal responsibility for
judgement and for action helps create the
attitudes that welcome and support the
call that mind free which jealously guards its
intellectual rights and powers, which calls no
man master, which does not content itself with a
passive or hereditary faith, which opens itself
to light whencesoever it may come, which receives
new truth as an angel from Heaven.
society of sheep must in time beget a government
the higher, more penetrating ideals are
revolutionary. They present themselves far less
in the guise of effects of past experience than
in that of probable causes of future experience.
regime, an established order, is rarely
overthrown by a revolutionary movement; usually a
regime collapses of its own weakness and
corruption and then a revolutionary movement
enters among the ruins and takes over the powers
that have become vacant.
is, or ought to be, instituted for the common
benefit and security of the people, nation or
community; whenever any government shall be found
inadequate or contrary to these purposes, a
majority of the community hath an indubitable,
unalienable, indefeasible right, to reform,
alter, or abolish it, in such manner as shall be
judged most conducive to the public Weal.
can never have a revolution in order to establish
a democracy. You must have a democracy in order
to have a revolution.
in America we a descended in blood and in spirit
from revolutionists and rebels- men and women who
dared to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their
heirs, we may never confuse honest dissent with
is no substitute for a militant freedom.
who would be free must strike the first blow.
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
is a kind of revolution of so general a character
that it changes the tastes as well as the
fortunes of the world.
art of revolutionizing and overturning states is
to undermine established customs, by going back
to their origin, in order to mark their want of
the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy
the property of the people, or to reduce them to
slavery under arbitrary power, they put
themselves into a state of war with the people,
who are thereupon absolved from any further
obedience, and are left to the common refuge
which God hath provided for all men against force
I see about me is sowing the seeds of a
revolution that is inevitable, though I shall not
have the pleasure of seeing it. The lightning is
so close at hand that it will strike at the first
chance, and then there will be a pretty uproar.
The young are fortunate, for they will see fine
most sensible and jealous people are so little
attentive to government that there are no
instances of resistance until repeated,
multiplied oppressions have placed it beyond a
doubt that their rulers had formed settled plans
to deprive them of their liberties; not to
oppress an individual or a few, but to break down
the fences of a free constitution, and deprive
the people at large of all share in the
government, and all the checks by which it is
- It is
an observation of one of the profoundest
inquirers into human affairs that a revolution of
government is the strongest proof that can be
given by a people of their virtue and good sense.
dare: that is the whole secret of revolutions.
oppressed people are authorized whenever they can
to rise and break their fetters.
a man comes, there comes revolution. The old is
the ruling classes tremble at a Communist
revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose
but their chains. They have a world to win.
Working men of all countries, unite!
Marx and Friedrich Engels
men recognize the right of revolution: that is,
the right to refuse allegiance to, or to resist,
the government when its tyranny or its
inefficiency are great and unendurable.
are like conquerors: they must go forward. The
moment they are stopped they are lost.
are not made: they come. A revolution is as
natural a growth as an oak. It comes out of the
past. Its foundations are laid far back.
never go backwards.
French revolution was a .eune invented and
constructed for the purpose of manufacturing
liberty; but it had neither lever cogs, nor
adjusting powers, and the consequences were that
it worked so rapidly that it destroyed its own
inventors, and set itself on fire.
revolutions, whatever may be their causes, are
not lightly commenced, and are not concluded with
reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is
a transfer of power.
the ends of government are perverted, and public
liberty manifestly endangered, and all other
means of redress are ineffectual, the people may,
and of a right ought to reform the old, or
establish a new government; the doctrine of
non-resistance against arbitrary power and
oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of
the good and happiness of mankind.
of Rights, Maryland
are but three ways for the populace to escape its
wretched lot. The first two are by the routes of
the wine-shop or the church; the third is by that
of the social revolution.
are not made by men in spectacles.
Wendell Holmes Sr.
are not made with rosewater.
- It is
not the insurrections of ignorance that are
dangerous, but the revolts of intelligence.
right to revolution is an inherent one. When
people are oppressed by their government, it is a
natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of
the oppression, if they are strong enough, either
by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and
substituting a government more acceptable.
can no longer be achieved by minorities. No
matter how energetic and intelligent a minority
may be, it is not enough, in modern times at
least, to make a revolution. The cooperation of a
majority, and a large majority too, is needed.
of the chief symptoms of every revolution is the
sharp and sudden increase in the number of
ordinary people who take an active, independent
and forceful interest in politics.
- It is
impossible to predict the time and progress of
revolution. It is governed by its own more or
less mysterious laws. But when it comes it moves
must enter and take possession of the consciences
of the children, of the consciences of the young,
because they do belong, and should belong to the
who are inclined to compromise can never make a
that accepts protection, stipulates obedience. We
have always protected the Americans; we may
therefore subject them to government.
there was ever a just war since the world began,
it is this in which America is now engaged.
desired as many as could to join together in
fasting and prayer, that God would restore the
spirit of love and of a sound mind to the poor
deluded rebels in America.
- If I
were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a
foreign troop was landed in my country I never
would lay down my arms,- never! never! never!
American Revolution was a vindication of
liberties inherited and possessed. It was a
draws his sword against his prince must throw
away the scabbard.
to tyrants is obedience to God.
call is the call of battle- I nourish active
rebellion;/ He going with me must go well armed.
in the eyes of any one who has read history is
man's original virtue. It is through disobedience
that progress has been made, through disobedience
and through rebellion.
the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is
seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest
and commonest of the vices.
brings ignorance and brutality with it. It
degrades men from their just rank into the class
of brutes; it damps their spirits; it suppresses
art; it extinguishes every spark of noble ardor
and generosity in the breasts of those who are
enslaved by it; it makes naturally strong and
great minds feeble and little, and triumphs over
the ruins of virtue and humanity.
government power can be abused long. Mankind will
not bear it.
boast of being friends to government; I am a
friend to righteous government, to a government
founded upon the principles of reason and
justice; but I glory in publicly avowing my
eternal enmity to tyranny.
evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who
- It is
lawful and hath been held so through all ages for
any one who have the power to call to account a
tyrant or wicked king, and after due conviction
to depose and put him to death.
- If a
sovereign oppresses his people to a degree they
will rise and cut off his head. There is a remedy
in human nature against tyranny that will keep us
safe under every form of government.
kings and tyrants there's this difference known;/
Kings seek their subjects' good: tyrants their
mob is easily led and may be moved by the
smallest force, so that its agitations have a
wonderful resemblance to those of the sea.
common people suffer when the powerful disagree.
not wonder if the common people speak more truly
than those above them: they speak more safely.
not be too severe upon the errors of the people,
but reclaim them by enlightening them.
people are the only sure reliance for the
preservation of our liberty.
- I am
not among those who fear the people. They, and
not the rich, are our dependence for continued
welfare of the people is the supreme law.
your dread of dictators you established a state
of society in which every ward boss is a
dictator, every private employer a dictator,
every financier a dictator, all with the
livelihood of the workers at his mercy, and no
- It is
the old practice of despots to use a part of the
people to keep the rest in order.
rule has its basis, not in the strength of the
state or the chief, but in the moral weakness of
the individual, who submits almost without
resistance to the domineering power.
has forever had a powerful hold upon the world.
Autocratic government, not self-government, has
been the prevailing state of mankind. The record
of past history is the record, not of the success
of republics, but of their failure.
violates right order whenever capital so employs
the working or wage-earning classes as to divert
business and economic activity entirely to its
own arbitrary will and advantage, without any
regard to the human dignity of the workers, the
social character of economic life, social
justice, and the common good.
foundation on which (our government is) built is
the natural equality of man, the denial of every
pre-eminence but that annexed to legal office,
and particularly the denial of a pre-eminence by
the government violates the people's rights,
insurrection is, for the people and for each
portion of the people, the most sacred of rights
and the most indispensable of duties.
is the larva of civilization.
rebellions and revolts of a whole people never
were encouraged now or at any time. They are
- It is
only by instigation of the wrongs of men that
what we call the rights of men become turbulent
are like the most noxious dungheaps, which bring
into life the noblest vegetables.
all other rights are taken away, the right of
rebellion is made perfect.
had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell,
and George the Third may profit by their example.
If this be treason, make the most of it.
but tyrants have any business to be afraid.
who strikes terror into others is himself in
have not yet discovered any chains that can
fetter the mind.
is something about men more capable of shaking
despotic power than lightening, whirlwind, or
earthquake, that is, the threatened indignation
of the whole civilized world.
is the sure consequence of tyranny; for no power
that is not limited by laws can ever be protected
sharp, stern struggle, and the slaves of
centuries are free.
bigger a state becomes the more liberty
generation must wage a new war for freedom
against new forces which seek through new devices
to enslave mankind.
people never give up their liberties but under
are always assassinated too late. That is their
- Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.
- It is easier to pass a camel through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
- Love of money is the root of all evil.
- Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.
is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more
perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its
success, than to take the lead in the
introduction of a new order of things.
In retrospect, all revolutions seem inevitable. Beforehand, all revolutions seem impossible.