You Say You Want a Revolution
compiled by Lily Galvin
The PNL editorial committee was inspired by all the famous July revolutions (US - July 4, France - July 14, Colombia - July 20, Cuba - July 26) to do a little digging and come up with some famous words on the subject. Can you guess the authors of these quotes?
1. If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution.
2. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
3. Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before.
4. When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her.
5. A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.
6. With the first act of cruelty committed in the name of revolution, with the first murder, with the first purge and execution, we have lost the revolution.
7. It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.
8. If I can't dance - I don't want to be part of your revolution.
9. Every generation needs a new revolution.
10. You can jail a revolutionary but you can not jail the Revolution.
11. Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth.
12. If we behave like those on the other side, then we are the other side. Instead of changing the world, all we'll achieve is a reflection of the one we want to destroy.
13. A little rebellion now and then is a good thing and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
14. The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.
15. Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and force a new one that suits them better.
16. 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.
17. Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
18. In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult part to invent is the end.
19. ... in order to be a true revolutionary, you must understand love. Love, sacrifice, and death.
20. In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
21. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
1. Abe Lincoln; 2. John F. Kennedy; 3. Gloria Steinem; 4. Oscar Wilde; 5. Fidel Castro; 6. Kate Millett; 7. Samuel Adams; 8. Emma Goldman; 9. Thomas Jefferson; 10. Huey Newton; 11. Lucy Parsons; 12. Jean Genet; 13. Thomas Jefferson; 14. Abbie Hoffman; 15. Abraham Lincoln; 16. Emma Goldman; 17. Dwight Eisenhower; 18. Alexis Tocqueville; 19. Sonia Sanchez; 20. George Orwell; 21. Napoleon Bonaparte