American Radicals

"The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair."

-- H.L. Mencken

Revolutionary characters

"He who is morally impressed by power is never in a critical mood, and he is never a revolutionary character."

-- Erich Fromm

A great revolution...

"A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government."

-- Goethe, quoted in Johann Peter Eckermann, Coversations with Goethe, 1836

Fire in the lake...

"Fire in the lake: the image of revolution."

-- I Ching, Book I, c. 12th cent. B.C.

In revolutions everything is forgotten...

"In revolutions everything is forgotten.... Gratitude, friendship, parentage; every tie vanishes, and all that is sought is self-interest."

-- Napolean Bonaparte, quoted in Barry E. O'Meara, Napolean in Exile, 1822
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