Saturday, October 8, 2011

Weekend Wise Words

Be Smart! Be Brilliant!

Considering the current climate of the times, where revolution, or at least, protest, is in the air with such events as the "Arab Spring" and the "Occupy Wall Street" (or "Occupy insert the name of your city here"), the protest and/or revolution that is sweeping not just our nation but the world, a few words of warning and consent for first those opposing the movements, and then for those who support them:

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
John F. Kennedy

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.
Victor Hugo 

I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.
Alexis de Tocqueville

The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.
Che Guevara

The seed of revolution is repression.
Woodrow Wilson

Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution.
Vladimir Nabokov [think... WikiLeaks?]

The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.
Woodrow Wilson  [this implies the revolution is an ongoing thing, to monitor government and force change when it has gone far enough astray, as it has today....]

The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man... not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology.
Jean Genet 

And now warning or a comment or two, to our heroes, I mean, the Protesters:

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
Franz Kafka

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Revolution, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.
Ambrose Bierce

The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement - but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims.
Joseph Conrad

Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution.
Anthony J. D'Angelo  

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