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A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.

All experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

At last I perceive that in revolutions the supreme power finally rests with the most abandoned.

Be not deceived. Revolutions do not go backward.

Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.

Great revolutions are the work rather of principles than of bayonets, and are achieved first in the moral, and afterwards in the material sphere.

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!

It is far more easy to pull down than to build up, and to destroy than to preserve. Revolutions have on this account been falsely supposed to be fertile of great talent; as the dregs rise to the top during a fermentation, and the lightest things are carried highest by the whirlwind.

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 irresistibly.

Let 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!

Let them call it mischief: When it is past and prospered t'will be virtue.

Political convulsions, like geological upheavings, usher in new epochs of the world's progress.

Revolution is the larva of civilization.

Revolutions are like the most noxious dung-heaps, which bring into life the noblest vegetables.

Revolutions are not about trifles, but spring from trifles.

Revolutions 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. See quote detail

Revolutions begin in the best heads, and run steadily down to the populace.

The best security against revolution is in constant correction of abuses and the introduction of needed improvements. It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.

The surest way to prevent seditions is to take away the matter of them; for if there be fuel prepared, it is hard to tell whence the spark shall come that shall set it on fire.

The whirlpool of the hour engulfs the growth of centuries! - Pause ere ye rive with strength of fever, things embedded long in social being. - You will uproot no form, with which the thoughts and habits of weak mortals have long been twined, without the bleeding rent of thousand ties which to the common heart of nature link it. - Wrenched, perchance you'll mock a clumsy relic of forgotten days, while you have scattered in the dust, unseen, a thousand living crystals.


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