Revolution & Evolution

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.

No revolution ever succeeds as a factor of liberation unless the means used to further it be identified in spirit and tendency with the purpose to be achieved.

The Revolution of the United States was the result of a mature and reflecting preference for freedom, and its course marked by a love for law and order.

Revolution is what societies do instead of committing suicide, when the alternatives are exhausted and all the connections that bind men's lives to familiar patterns are cut.

What country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that its people preserve the spirit of resistance.

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

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.

A little rebellion, now and again is a good thing.

To be a revolutionary is to love your life enough to change it, to choose struggle instead of exile, to risk everything with only the glimmering hope that you will win.

To you who call yourselves men of peace I say: You are not safe until you have men of action of your side.

I consider myself neither legally nor morally bound to obey the laws made by a body in which I have no representation.

We are determined to forment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.

We are not opposed to government, we a re opposed to injustice and oppression.

There must be something radically wrong with a system that gives rise to social injustice.

Taxation without representation is tyranny.

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.

As long as women consent to be unjustly governed, they will be; but directly women say: "We withhold our consent," we will not be governed any longer as long as government is unjust. Not by the forces of civil war can you govern the very weakest woman. You can kill that woman, but she escapes you then; you cannot govern her.

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.


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