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A revolutionary poem will not tell you who or when to kill,
by Adrienne Rich

A revolutionary poem will not tell you who or when to kill,
what and when to burn, or even how to theorize.
It reminds you...
where and when and how you are living and might live,
it is a wick of desire.
- Adrienne Rich

The moment of change is the only poem.
- Adrienne Rich

Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language,
which is the power of our ultimate relationship to
everything in the universe.
- Adrienne Rich

A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.
- Adrienne Rich

 

I keep coming back to you in my head,
but you couldn't know that, and I have no carbons.
- Adrienne Rich

It's exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness;
it can also be confusing,
disorienting, and painful.
- Adrienne Rich

Pride is a tricky, glorious, double-edged feeling.
- Adrienne Rich

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False history gets made all day, any day,
the truth of the new is never on the news.
- Adrienne Rich

The connections between and among women are the most feared,
the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.
- Adrienne Rich

When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility
for more truth around her.
- Adrienne Rich

The repossession by women of our bodies will bring
far more essential change to human society than the
seizing of the means of production by workers.
- Adrienne Rich

The mind's passion is all for singling out.
Obscurity has another tale to tell.
- Adrienne Rich

Lesbian existence comprises both the breaking of a
taboo and the rejection of a compulsory way of life.
It is also a direct or indirect attack on the male
right of access to women.
- Adrienne Rich

Lying is done with words and also with silence.
- Adrienne Rich

Art, whose honesty must work through artifice,
cannot avoid cheating truth.
- Adrienne Rich

They can rule the world while they can persuade us
our pain belongs in some order is death by famine worse than death by suicide,
than a life of famine and suicide...?
- Adrienne Rich

Life on the planet is born of woman.
- Adrienne Rich

Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions,
false memories, false namings of real events.
- Adrienne Rich

We might possess every technological resource...
but if our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless,
our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles,
our process may be "revolutionary" but not transformative.
- Adrienne Rich

The mother's battle for her child with sickness,
with poverty, with war, with all the forces of exploitation
and callousness that cheapen human life needs to become a common human battle,
waged in love and in the passion for survival.
- Adrienne Rich

The worker can unionize, go out on strike;
mothers are divided from each other in homes,
tied to their children by compassionate bonds;
our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form
of physical or mental breakdown.
- Adrienne Rich

Important ideas can come from unexpected places.
We tend to label people - Genius, Idiot,
Socialist, Regressive, Wingnut, Revolutionary, Terrorist.
But it is helpful to remind ourselves to be open
to good ideas - whatever their source.
It is equally important to avoid accepting any idea
merely because we respect that person's
other ideas or accomplishments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The successful revolutionary is a statesman,
the unsuccessful one a criminal.
- Erich Fromm

Mind can never be intelligent - only no-mind is intelligent.
Only no-mind is original and radical.
Only no-mind is revolutionary - revolution in action.
The mind gives you a sort of stupor.
Burdened by the memories of the past,
burdened by the projections of the future,
you go on living - at the minimum.
You dont live at the maximum.
Your flame remains very dim.
Once you start dropping thoughts,
the dust that you have collected in the past,
the flame arises - clean, clear, alive, young.
Your whole life becomes a flame,
and a flame without any smoke.
That is what awareness is.
- Osho

It's interesting to note that all revolutionary literature was written by pastors.
These guys were involved in a revolution against the
mightiest power that the world had ever seen.
- Randall Terry

This would only come if you have a revolutionary change
in technology like the jet brought about.
- Adolf Galland

It is absolutely essential that the oppressed participate
in the revolutionary process with an increasingly critical
awareness of their role as subjects of the transformation.
- Paulo Freire

I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge
all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim.
Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.
- Susan B. Anthony

To be a revolutionary you have to be a human being.
You have to care about people who have no power.
- Jane Fonda

A revolutionary idea is usually one with its sleeves rolled up.
- Navjot Singh Sidhu

In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
- George Orwell

Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.
- Vladimir Lenin

Don't worry, be crappy.
Revolutionary means you ship and then test...
Lots of things made the first Mac in 1984 a piece of crap -
but it was a revolutionary piece of crap.
- Guy Kawasaki

I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement.
- Fidel Castro

The revolutionary government is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.
- Georg Buchner

Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon.
Candide can do little more than generate irony.
- Lionel Trilling

Learning is always rebellion...
Every bit of new truth discovered is revolutionary
to what was believed before.
- Margaret Lee Runbeck

What we call a democratic society might be defined
for certain purposes as one in which the majority is
always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority.
- Walter Lippmann

You can jail a Revolutionary, but you can't jail the Revolution.
- Huey Newton

The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative
the day after the revolution.
- Hannah Arendt

Clemency is also a revolutionary measure.
- Camille Desmoulins

A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation;
furthermore,
not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution.
- Vladimir Lenin

A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station.
- Abbie Hoffman

Christianity is in its nature revolutionary.
- Walter Rauschenbusch

The English have all the material requisites for the revolution.
What they lack is the spirit of generalization and revolutionary ardour.
- Karl Marx

I love Richard Yates, his work, and the novel,
Revolutionary Road.
It's a devastating novel.
- Michael Chabon

Boredom is always counter-revolutionary.
Always.
- Guy Debord

Postmodernism is among other things a sick joke at
the expense of revolutionary avant-gardism.
- Terry Eagleton

Is it possible that my people live in such awful conditions? I tell you,
Mr Wheatley, that if I had to live in conditions like
that I would be a revolutionary myself.
- King George V

To my utter despair I have discovered,
and discover every day anew, that there is in the masses
no revolutionary idea or hope or passion.
- Mikhail Bakunin

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth
becomes a revolutionary act.
- George Orwell

De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing
revolutionary of history.
- Aldous Huxley

They make revolutionary propaganda because they know
the privileged class can never be overturned peacefully.
- Johann Most

Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.
- Albert Camus

Marxism is a revolutionary worldview that must always
struggle for new revelations.
- Rosa Luxemburg

My personal influence in the Revolutionary Governing
Council is such that the dictatorship of the proletariat is firmly established,
since the masses are backing me.
- Bela Kun

We happen to be the vanguard of that revolutionary
struggle because we are the most dispossessed.
- H. Rap Brown

I trust that the president will try,
just give it one more shot,
some revolutionary way of not doing this,
of bringing all those kids back home safely.
- F. Murray Abraham

He who negates present society, and seeks social conditions
based on the sharing of property,
is a revolutionary whether he calls himself an anarchist or a communist.
- Johann Most

We should realize in a vivid and revolutionary sense
that we are not in our bodies but our bodies are in us.
- Ruth St.
Denis

It is in revolutionary periods that the culmination
of previous trends and the beginning of new ones appear.
- C. L. R. James

I have nothing revolutionary or even novel to offer.
- Samuel E. Morison

The revolutionary Mozart is the Mozart of his last eight years.
- Wolfgang Hildesheimer

In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.
- George Orwell

I don't think President Obama has been that revolutionary
in reaching out to ethnic communities.
President Reagan did a lot for the black community
that people don't realize.
- Terrence Howard

Every adolescent has that dream every century has that
dream every revolutionary has that dream,
to destroy the family.
- Gertrude Stein

The universities are available only to those who share
my revolutionary beliefs.
- Fidel Castro

You can kill a revolutionary but you can never kill the revolution.
- Fred Hampton

My show was revolutionary, ground-breaking.
When I came on the scene, people were not doing a thing.
- Howard Stern

The simple act of telling a woman's story from a woman's
point of view is a revolutionary act:
it never has been done before.
- Carol P. Christ

The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.
- Abbie Hoffman


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