A Quote by Tharpa on revolution

We are living in times with a unique potential and a rare mission - to give birth to the revolution.

Tharpa Lowry


Contributed by: Kuba

A Quote by Alexander Laing on birth, hope, revolution, change, and power

For My Grandson

Your blood runs muddled,
My polyglot,
From Dutch and English
And Welsh and Scot;
But to honor you
In this year of shame,
We have named you DAVID
A Jewish name.
Upon your hand--
A scant inch long--
We lay the sense
Of your brother’s wrong.
To this frail case
Of gristle and skin
We trust the fortunes
of all your kin--
Your Negro brother,
Your brother the Jew--
Of all who suffer
From being few.

In cruel times
For a child to share
Your mother has dropped you
Well aware
That flesh must carry
The mind’s high stake,
Since the world we have
Is the world we make.

Let nothing rob you
Of discontent.
Your thin, first protest
Was early spent--
A cradle tempest,
Not loud, not long--
But your puny anger
Will yet be strong;
And we bid you nurse it,
While we nurse you,
To turn on Gentiles
Who hate the Jew,
On gentlemen
Who in pride of race
Would burn black problems
They dare not face.
Poor and lucky,
We can ill afford
A silver spoon
Or a silver cord;
But your name is David--
We bring you, instead,
One smooth flat stone
From the clean brook bed,
And with this for a birthright
May you, at length,
Have little of comfort
Much of strength,
We could wish you homeless
Under a ledge
With a mind that burns
Through the skull’s thin edge--
Better so,
In the steely rain,
Than plump and cozy
In belly and brain.

For there’s work to be done
And all’s not well.
The giants we fostered
Are yours to fell.
The peace we squandered
Is yours to win,
By anger flashed outward
And hate held in.
Let these be single
When each is great;
Anger blown clear
Of the coals of hate--
Keep hate for ideas,
Anger for men,
Now the fools of evil
Are loose again.
And when metals cancel
And wits lock fast
One smooth flat stone
Can win at the last,
Through fear and the will
To master fear
With the sling of David.

The giants are here.

Alexander Laing

Source: given to me on my birth

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by genordell on philosophy, revolution, and reason

"Reason is the only frontier left."

G.E. Nordell


Contributed by: genordell

A Quote by John Naisbitt on change, evolution, revolution, biotechnology, nanotechnology, time, and expectations


A brief look into history reminds us of the time lines of the past. My lifelong experience has been that things we expect to happen always happen more slowly. With inventions, we continually underestimate the time span required from idea to their full realization. The new fields of biotechnology and nanotechnology will be evolving for all the years left in the twenty-first century.

It is the surprises that overwhelm us, such as AIDS and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As with the human species and other manifestations of nature, almost all change is evolutionary, not revolutionary. Things just take time--almost always more time than we expect.

John Naisbitt

Source: Mind Set!: Reset Your Thinking and See the Future, Pages: 76

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Rob Brezsny on revolution and change

The revolution begins at home. If you overthrow yourself again and
again, you might earn the right to help overthrow the rest of us.

Rob Brezsny

Contributed by: Abby

A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on glory, thought, revolution, habit, hell, and freedom

"Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man."

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Contributed by: Demian

A Quote by Emma Goldman on america, violence, power, and revolution

We Americans claim to be a peace-loving people. We hate bloodshed; we are opposed to violence. Yet we go into spasms of joy over the possibility of projecting dynamite bombs from flying machines upon helpless citizens. We are ready to hang, electrocute, or lynch anyone, who, from economic necessity, will risk his own life in the attempt upon that of some industrial magnate. Yet our hearts swell with pride at the thought that America is becoming the most powerful nation on earth, and that she will eventually plant her iron foot on the necks of all other nations.

Emma Goldman (1869 - 1940)

Source: What is Patriotism? (1908 speech)

Contributed by: Barry

A Quote by Emma Goldman on work, bread, anarchy, and revolution

Ask for work. If they do not give you work, ask for bread.  If they do not give you work or bread, take bread.

Emma Goldman (1869 - 1940)

Contributed by: Barry

A Quote by Emma Goldman on revolution, anarchism, and dance

If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution.

Emma Goldman (1869 - 1940)

Contributed by: Barry

A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on revolution, values, poverty, wealth, capitalists, profits, justice, and third world

A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say: "This is not just."

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Contributed by: Barry

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