An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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


Yasir Arafat (1929-, Palestinian resistance leader)


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 (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


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 (1814-1876, Russian political theorist)


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


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


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


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


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


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


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 (1913-1960, French existential writer)


What is a rebel? A man who says no.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


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 (1979-, American actress)


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


Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990, British author)


It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


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 (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


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 (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


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


Madonna (1958-, American musician, singer, actress,)


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 (1805-1872, Italian patriot, writer)


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 (1857-1928, British suffragette)


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


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion.


Scottish Proverb (Sayings of Scottish origin)


In the relations of a weak Government and a rebellious people there comes a time when every act of the authorities exasperates the masses, and every refusal to act excites their contempt.


John Reed


The burning of rebellious thoughts in the little breast, of internal hatred and opposition, could not long go on without slight whiffs of external smoke, such as mark the course of subterranean fire.


Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896, American novelist, antislavery campaigner)


Insurrection is an art, and like all arts has its own laws.


Leon Trotsky (1879-1940, Russian revolutionary)


All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears.


Rebecca West (1892-1983, British author)


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