Society is undergoing a silent revolution, which must be submitted to, and which takes no more notice of the human existences it breaks down than an earthquake regards the houses it subverts. The classes and the races, too weak to master the new conditions of life, must give way.
Nobody would say the cowshed was heaven and nobody would say the inhuman torture of so many victims be called a revolution of the proletariat. ... A museum should be established to remind China of the follies and disasters that had fallen from 1966 to 1976. We cannot forget what had happened and history should not repeat itself.ba jin
In a revolution one wins or dies, if it is a real one.ernesto 'che' guevara
Before the revolution I thought there are appropriate individuals who would do the job according to Islam, therefore I repeatedly said that clerics would go after their own job. Then I saw that most of them were inappropriate individuals and I found out that what I said was not true, so I came and clearly announced that I was wrong.ruhollah khomeini
A revolution was never fought, throughout history, for ideals. Revolutions were fought for much more concrete things: food, clothes, housing, and to relieve intolerable oppression. … I know of no one, outside of Patrick Henry, willing to die for an abstraction.william powell
The American war is over; but this far from being the case with the American revolution. On the contrary, nothing but the first act of the drama is closed. It remains yet to establish and perfect our new forms of government, and to prepare the principles, morals, and manners of our citizens for these forms of government after they are established and brought to perfection.benjamin rush
In a revolution, one triumphs or dies (if it is a true revolution).ernesto 'che' guevara
And now Marat now I see where this revolution is heading To the withering of the individual man and a slow merging into uniformity to the death of choice to self denial to deadly weakness in a state which has no contract with individuals but which is impregnablepeter weiss
The development of science has produced an industrial revolution which has brought different peoples in such close contact with one another through colonization and commerce that no matter how some nations may still look down upon others, no country can harbor the illusion that its career is decided wholly within itself.john dewey
[T]he effects of general change [in literature] are most tellingly recorded not in alteration of the best products, but in the transformation of the most ordinary workaday books; for when potboilers adopt the new style, then the revolution is complete.stephen jay gould
No revolution is worth anything unless it can defend itself.
On the eve of the industrial revolution there were on every side signs of political change. But the French revolution frightened statesmen, and political reform in England was delayed for nearly half a century.Arnold Toynbee
America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration.
A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
After sketching his program for the scientific revolution that he foresaw, Bacon ends his account with a prayer: "Humbly we pray that this mind may be steadfast in us, and that through these our hands, and the hands of others to whom thou shalt give the same spirit, thou wilt vouchsafe to endow the human family with new mercies". That is still a good prayer for all of us as we begin the twenty-first century.freeman dyson
You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
While in the ?rst quarter of this century physicists and cosmologists were forced to revise the basic notions that govern the natural sciences, in the last quarter of this century biologists will force a revision of the basic notions that govern science itself. After that “?rst revolution” it was clear that the classical concept of an “ultimate science”, that is an objective description of the world in which there are no subjects (a “subjectless universe”), contains contradictions.
Perfect works are rare, because they must be produced at the happy moment when taste and genius unite; and this rare conjuncture, like that of certain planets, appears to occur only after the revolution of several cycles, and only lasts for an instant.
...scientific enterprise , according to Kuhn revolution is exceptional and, indeed, extra-scienti?c, and criticism is, in ‘normal’ times, anathema.
Everything is being televised so you won't be able to tell where the revolution is. "Who's revolting? Well, I don't know, what's on the other channel?"
revolution as an ideal concept always preserves the essential content of the original thought: sudden and lasting betterment.johan huizinga
The vessel of revolution can arrive at port only on a sea reddened by torrents of blood.louis antoine de saint-just
In his youth Wordsworth sympathized with the French revolution, went to France, wrote good poetry, and had a natural daughter. At this period he was called a 'bad' man. Then he became 'good,' abandoned his daughter, adopted correct principles, and wrote bad poetry.william wordsworth
I don't care what becomes of Russia. To hell with it … All this is only the road to a World revolution.
There is a very great thrill to be had from the memories of the American revolution, but the American revolution was a beginning, not a consummation, and the duty laid upon us by that beginning is the duty of bringing the things then begun to a noble triumph of completion.
According to my judgement, the French revolution and the doings of Napoleon opened the eyes of the world . The nations knew nothing before and the people thought that kings were gods upon the earth and that they were bound to say that whatever they did as well done.
The most heroic word in all languages is revolution.eugene v. debs