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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Rebellion (25 Quotations)

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Whoever thinks of stopping the uprising before it achieves its goals, I will give him ten bullets in the chest.
~ Yasir Arafat

 

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For as the interposition of a rivulet, however small, will occasion the line of the phalanx to fluctuate, so any trifling disagreement will be the cause of seditions; but they will not so soon flow from anything else as from the disagreement between virtue and vice, and next to that between poverty and riches.
~ Aristotle

 

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To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt.
~ Mikhail Bakunin

 

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Insurrection. An unsuccessful revolution; disaffection's failure to substitute misrule for bad government.
~ Ambrose Bierce

 

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A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.
~ Edmund Burke

 

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Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.
~ Albert Camus

 

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The rebel can never find peace. He knows what is good and, despite himself, does evil. The value which supports him is never given to him once and for all -- he must fight to uphold it, unceasingly.
~ Albert Camus

 

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What is a rebel? A man who says no.
~ Albert Camus

 

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I'm totally going through a rebel period right now. It's sort of waning, but ... ach, I'm allowed, right? It's OK, right?
~ Claire Danes

 

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No one can go on being a rebel too long without turning into an autocrat.
~ Lawrence Durrell

 

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It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.
~ T. S. Eliot

 

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Most commonly revolt is born of material circumstances; but insurrection is always a moral phenomenon. Revolt is Masaniello, who led the Neapolitan insurgents in 1647; but insurrection is Spartacus. Insurrection is a thing of the spirit, revolt is a thing of the stomach.
~ Victor Hugo

 

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I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.
~ Thomas Jefferson

 

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A riot is the language of the unheard.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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Anyone who can be proved to be a seditious person is an outlaw before God and the emperor; and whoever is the first to put him to death does right and well. Therefore let everyone who can, smite, slay and stab, secretly or openly, remembering that nothing can be more poisonous, hurtful, or devilish than a rebel.
~ Martin Luther

 

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I wouldn't have turned out the way I was if I didn't have all those old-fashioned values to rebel against.
~ Madonna

 

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Insurrection: Insurrection as soon as circumstances allow: insurrection, strenuous, ubiquitous: the insurrection of the masses: the holy war of the oppressed: the republic to make republicans: the people in action to initiate progress. Let the insurrection announce with its awful voice the decrees of God: let it clear and level the ground on which its own immortal structure shall be raised. Let it, like the Nile, flood all the country that it is destined to make fertile.
~ Giuseppe Mazzini

 

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There is something that Governments care for far more than human life, and that is the security of property, and so it is through property that we shall strike the enemy. Be militant each in your own way. I incite this meeting to rebellion.
~ Emmeline Pankhurst

 

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When the sword of rebellion is drawn, the sheath should be thrown away.
~ English Proverb

 

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Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion.
~ Scottish Proverb

 

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