It is easier to run a revolution than a government.
Best Quotes about Evolution
The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man... not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology.
The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.
Revolutionary politics, revolutionary art, and oh, the revolutionary mind, is the dullest thing on earth. When we open a revolutionary review, or read a revolutionary speech, we yawn our heads off. It is true, there is nothing else. Everything is correctly, monotonously, dishearteningly revolutionary. What a stupid word! What a stale fuss!
Darwinian man, though well-behaved, at best is only a monkey shaved.
Gilbert, W. S.
One of the stupidest theories of Western life.
Two million years from now the scientists can start a row by claming that the creatures of that period descended from us.
In every revolution there intrude, at the side of its true agents, men of a different stamp; some of them survivors of and devotees to past revolutions, without insight into the present movement, but preserving popular influence by their known honesty and courage, or by the sheer force of tradition; others mere brawlers, who, by dint of repeating year after year the same set of stereotyped declamations against the government of the day, have sneaked into the reputation of revolutionists of the first water They are an unavoidable evil: with time they are shaken off.
Most revolutionaries are potential Tories, because they imagine that everything can be put right by altering the shape of society; once that change is effected, as it sometimes is, they see no need for any other.
The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.
When people contend for their liberty they seldom get anything for their victory, but new masters.
Halifax, Edward F.
In this Revolution no plans have been written for retreat.
King Jr. Martin Luther
Revolution today is taken for granted, and in consequence becomes rather dull.
All revolutions devour their own children.
The more specific idea of Evolution now reached is -- a change from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity to a definite, coherent heterogeneity, accompanying the dissipation of motion and integration of matter.
It is hard for the ape to believe he descended from man.
Mencken, H. L.
The differences between revolution in art and revolution in politics are enormous. Revolution in art lies not in the will to destroy but in the revelation of what has already been destroyed. Art kills only the dead.
In a revolution, as in a novel. the most difficult part to invent is the end.
Tocqueville, Alexis De
To be a revolutionary you have to be human being. You have to care about people who have no power.
If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions of the human mind.
Humboldt, Karl Wilhelm Von
It is disturbing to discover in oneself these curious revelations of the validity of the Darwinian theory. If it is true that we have sprung from the ape, there are occasions when my own spring appears not to have been very far.
Skinner, Cornelia Otis
One revolution is like one cocktail, it just gets you organized for the next.
Revolution is an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.
It is easier to run a revolution than a government.
Marcos, Ferdinand E.
You cannot make a revolution in white gloves.
Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich
So they united, and the Communist revolution took the chain from their legs and wound it around their necks.
Organic life, we are told, has developed gradually from the protozoon to the philosopher, and this development, we are assured, is indubitably an advance. Unfortunately it is the philosopher, not the protozoon, who gives us this assurance.
Man has lost the basic skill of the ape, the ability to scratch its back. Which gave it extraordinary independence, and the liberty to associate for reasons other than the need for mutual back-scratching.
A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.
Revolution, in order to be creative, cannot do without either a moral or metaphysical rule to balance the insanity of history.
History teaches us that the great revolutions aren't started by people who are utterly down and out, without hope and vision. They take place when people begin to live a little better -- and when they see how much yet remains to be achieved.
Humphrey, Hubert H.
Evolution has developed man to such a high degree that he builds zoos to keep his ancestors in cages.
Revolution begins with the self, in the self.
Bambara, Toni Cade
Evolution is the law of policies: Darwin said it, Socrates endorsed it, Cuvier proved it and established it for all time in his paper on The Survival of the Fittest. These are illustrious names, this is a mighty doctrine: nothing can ever remove it from its firm base, nothing dissolve it, but evolution.
Every revolutionary ends up by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic.
An extra-terrestrial philosopher, who had watched a single youth up to the age of twenty-one and had never come across any other human being, might conclude that it is the nature of human beings to grow continually taller and wiser in an indefinite progress towards perfection; and this generalization would be just as well founded as the generalization which evolutionists base upon the previous history of this planet.
We have wasted our spirit in the regions of the abstract and general just as the monks let it wither in the world of prayer and contemplation.
Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs.
Revolutions are notorious for allowing even non-participants -- even women! -- new scope for telling the truth since they are themselves such massive moments of truth, moments of such massive participation.
The main effect of a real revolution is perhaps that it sweeps away those who do not know how to wish, and brings to the front men with insatiable appetites for action, power and all that the world has to offer.
A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can't sit on it.
Inge, Dean William R.
The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces -- in nature, in society, in man himself.
The dead have been awakened -- shall I sleep? The world's at war with tyrants -- shall I crouch? the harvest's ripe -- and shall I pause to reap? I slumber not; the thorn is in my couch; Each day a trumpet soundeth in mine ear, its echo in my heart.
Thinkers prepare the revolution and bandits carry it out.
Men are made uneasy; they flinch; they cannot bear the sudden light; a general restlessness supervenes; the face of society is disturbed, or perhaps convulsed; old interests and old beliefs have been destroyed before new ones have been created. These symptoms are the precursors of revolution; they have preceded all the great changes through which the world has passed.
Buckle, Henry Thomas
The worst of revolutions is a restoration.
Fox, Charles James
He that goeth about to persuade a multitude that they are not so well governed as they ought to be shall never want attentive and favorable hearers.
Independence in the end is the fruit of injustice.
More and more, revolution has found itself delivered into the hands of its bureaucrats and doctrinaires on the one hand, and to the enfeebled and bewildered masses on the other.
Revolutions are always verbose.
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