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The arbitrariness of the revolutionaries is terrible not because they're villains, but because it's a mechanism out of control, like a machine that's gone off the rails.

Doctor Zhivago
The movements which work revolutions in the world are born out of the dreams and visions in a peasant's heart on the hillside.

Revolutions are the only political events which confront us directly and inevitably with the problem of beginning.

On Revolution
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
A revolution only lasts fifteen years, a period which coincides with the effectiveness of a generation
It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause
The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions
General rebellions and revolts of a whole people never were encouraged, now or at any time. They are always provoked
Revolution: in politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment
Every revolution ends by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic
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