Friday, October 19, 2012

Famous revolutionary quotes

Here are some famous quotes from historical figures about revolutions and the justifications for them. With the anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 coming up, lets look at some of these quotes and how closely they apply to the revolution.

"Revolution means democracy in today's world, not the enslavement of peoples to the corrupt and degrading horrors of totalitarianism."

 Ronald Reagan 

"An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters."

Henry Clay

"Revolutions never go backwards."

William Henry Steward

"Revolutions are not made by men in spectacles."

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

"The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it."

John Hay

"When the government violates the people's rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of rights and the most indispensable of duties."

Marquis De Lafayette

"When all other rights are taken away, the right of rebellion is made perfect."

Thomas Paine

"He who strikes terror into others is himself in continual fear."


"Every generation must wage a new war for freedom against new forces which seek through new devices to enslave mankind."

Progressive Party Platform

"A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets."

Napoleon Bonaparte

"When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right."

Victor Hugo

"The seed of revolution is repression."

Woodrow Wilson