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