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Crane Brinton Quotes and Sayings

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Revolutions are born of hope.
- Crane Brinton

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement
of the power of the State.
- Albert Camus

Do you think that revolutions are made with rose water?
- Nicolas de Chamfort

And revolutions always mean the breakdown of old authority.
- Hu Shih

 

Even some of the greatest technology-led revolutions,
or allegedly technology-led, really were only made
possible because of trends already present.
- Scott Cook

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.
- Aristotle

We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change.
Actually it is the other way around:
change prepares the ground for revolution.
- Eric Hoffer

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Waste no time with revolutions that do not remove the
causes of your complaints but simply change the faces of those in charge.
- Francesco Guicciardini

Revolutions are the produce of passion,
not of sober and tranquil reason.
- William Godwin

Revolutions are brought about by men,
by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought.
- Kwame Nkrumah

Farce is tragedy played at a thousand revolutions per minute.
- John Mortimer

No one makes a revolution by himself;
and there are some revolutions which humanity accomplishes
without quite knowing how,
because it is everybody who takes them in hand.
- George Sand

Secondly, the nature of the revolutions which have
altered the surface of the earth must have had a more
decisive effect on the terrestrial quadrupeds than on the marine animals.
- George Cuvier

Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists
into what has never existed before.
- Gloria Steinem

There have been only rare moments in history where
individual histories were able to run their course
without wars or revolutions.
- Raymond Queneau

As for sticking strictly to presently known science,
I will simply point out that we have already experienced
at least two major revolutions in science in this century alone.
- Stanley Schmidt

Revolutions are the periods of history when individuals count most.
- Norman Mailer

All revolutions are spiritual at the source.
All my activities have the sole purpose of achieving a union of hearts.
- Vinoba Bhave

The most important of all revolutions,
a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions.
- Edmund Burke

In revolutions authority remains with the greatest scoundrels.
- Georges Jacques Danton

There is little doubt that we are in the midst of a
revolution of a much more profound and fundamental
nature than the social and political revolutions of the last half century.
- Arthur Erickson

Revolutions are always verbose.
- Leon Trotsky

At last I perceive that in revolutions the supreme
power rests with the most abandoned.
- Georges Jacques Danton

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 on the human mind.
- Wilhelm von Humboldt

Like all revolutions, the surrealist revolution was a reversion,
a restitution, an expression of vital and indispensable spiritual needs.
- Eugene Ionesco

When the fabric of society is so rigid that it cannot change quickly enough,
adjustments are achieved by social unrest and revolutions.
- John Boyd Orr

Terrorists have failed in what is arguably al Qaida's
most important objective -
to trigger revolutions.
- Gijs de Vries

Revolutions are celebrated when they are no longer dangerous.
- Pierre Boulez

Revolutions demand enormous sacrifices and,
at the same time, create a new need to change the world again.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Revolutions go not backward.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Revolutionaries do not make revolutions.
The revolutionaries are those who know when power is
lying in the street and then they can pick it up.
- Hannah Arendt

Revolutions are not made for export.
- Nikita Khrushchev

Hate is able to provoke disorders, to ruin a social organization,
to cast a country into a period of bloody revolutions;
but it produces nothing.
- Georges Sorel

If the experience of science teaches anything,
it's that the world is very strange and surprising.
The many revolutions in science have certainly shown that.
- John Polkinghorne

History is a relay of revolutions.
- Saul Alinsky

I see only adaptations - not revolutions.
- Gordon Getty

Revolutions are the locomotives of history.
- Karl Marx

All revolutions devour their own children.
- Ernst Rohm

I have been ever of opinion that revolutions are not to be evaded.
- Benjamin Disraeli

What has marked Chinese society is its level of cruelty,
not just revolutions and wars.
We ought to reject it totally, otherwise in another
upheaval there will be further cruelty.
- Jung Chang

The bases for historical knowledge are not empirical facts but written texts,
even if these texts masquerade in the guise of wars or revolutions.
- Paul Deman

The worst of revolutions is a restoration.
- Charles James Fox

I think there was a revolution in poetry,
associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound;
but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of
the nature of history that their innovations should
later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks.
- Howard Nemerov

And lastly, the political revolutions from 1911 to
the present time have done more to bring about tremendous
social changes everywhere than even the economic and
industrial changes and the new schools.
- Hu Shih

Now since France has three times in sixty years failed
to obtain practical results from Political revolutions,
all Europe is apt to press forward into new Social
doctrine to regulate the future.
- Lajos Kossuth

No doubt Western civilization has in the past been
full of wars and revolutions,
and the national elements in our culture,
even when they were ignored, always provided an unconscious
driving force of passion and aggressive self-assertion.
- Christopher Dawson

We do not believe that the Marxist program,
which embodies the continuity of the experience of
the actual class struggle and real revolutions of the
last one hundred and fifty years,
is a definitely closed book.
- Ernest Mandel

Accordingly, since nothing prevents the earth from moving,
I suggest that we should now consider also whether several motions suit it,
so that it can be regarded as one of the planets.
For, it is not the center of all the revolutions.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

During my eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole
succession of technological revolutions.
But none of them has done away with the need for character
in the individual or the ability to think.
- Bernard Baruch

But the revolutions and changes which are responsible
for the present state of the earth are not limited
to the upsetting of the ancient strata and to the ebbing
of the sea after the formations of new layers.
- George Cuvier

All political revolutions, not affected by foreign conquest,
originate in moral revolutions.
The subversion of established institutions is merely
one consequence of the previous subversion of established opinions.
- John Stuart Mill

It's a radical time for musicians, a really revolutionary time,
and I believe revolutions like Napster are a lot more fun than cash,
which by the way we don't have at major labels anyway,
so we might as well get with it and get in the game.
- Courtney Love

The most important scientific revolutions all include,
as their only common feature, the dethronement of human
arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous
convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
- Stephen Jay Gould

When steam first began to pump and wheels go round
at so many revolutions per minute,
what are called business habits were intended to make
the life of man run in harmony with the steam engine,
and his movement rival the train in punctuality.
- George William Russell

I can easily conceive, most Holy Father,
that as soon as some people learn that in this book
which I have written concerning the revolutions of the heavenly bodies,
I ascribe certain motions to the Earth,
they will cry out at once that I and my theory should be rejected.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

We are the men of intrinsic value, who can strike our
fortunes out of ourselves,
whose worth is independent of accidents in life,
or revolutions in government: we have heads to get money,
and hearts to spend it.
- George Farquhar

Revolutions require work, revolutions require sacrifice,
revolutions, and our own included, require a certain amount of rationing,
a certain amount of calluses, a certain amount of sacrifice.
- Lee Harvey Oswald

People who work together will win,
whether it be against complex football defenses,
or the problems of modern society.
- Vince Lombardi

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world
that we must love our enemies - or else?
The chain reaction of evil -
hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -
must be broken, or else we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those
to whom they entrust the minds of their children
a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom
they entrust the care of their plumbing.
- John F. Kennedy

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one,
particularly if he plays golf.
- Bertrand Russell

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most,
it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.
- William Wordsworth

Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person,
defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro.
- Dave Barry

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

In modern war...
you will die like a dog for no good reason.
- Ernest Hemingway

Fathers in today's modern families can be so many things.
- Oliver Hudson

One of the most feared expressions in modern times
is 'The computer is down.'
- Norman Ralph Augustine

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window,
except that the birds might eat them.
- Martin Henry Fischer

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
- Ambrose Bierce

Modern medicine is a negation of health.
It isn't organized to serve human health,
but only itself, as an institution.
It makes more people sick than it heals.
- Ivan Illich


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