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I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

A riot is the language of the unheard.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) American black leader.

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

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story 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 novelist, essayist and dramatist.

What is a rebel? A man who says no.

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.


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

English proverb

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 writer and philanthropist.

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

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.

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

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

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 and novelist.