I’ve been thinking about a little side project recently. Essentially it would be a collection of quotes by various revolutionaries, with some commentary and some advice on how to apply lessons to your daily life. There’d probably be about 28-31 of them, so you could have A Month of Living Revolutionarily.
I’d want to avoid some of the worst of them, for instance, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, &c., but I think that you can get some good thoughts from other revolutionaries, for example, the below quotes, by Che Guevara.
The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.
The desire to sacrifice an entire lifetime to the noblest of ideals serves no purpose if one works alone.
Democracy is not compatible with financial oligarchy, with discrimination against Blacks and outrages by the Ku Klux Klan, or with the persecution that drove scientists like Oppenheimer from their posts, deprived the world for years of the marvelous voice of Paul Robeson, held prisoner in his own country, and sent the Rosenbergs to their deaths against the protests of a shocked world, including the appeals of many governments and of Pope Pius XII.
The myth of the self-made man, has to be profoundly hypocritical: it is the self-serving demonstration that a lie is the truth.
It would be a simple matter to find quotes like this and others from other revolutionaries, such as the Cubans, the French, the Americans, &c. I believe that it might be a useful collection, although I might need to apply for help from others for some assistance with commentary. Revolutionary ideals can help us challenge the status quo as we try to expand those whom the state serves from a narrow oligarchy to the masses. It will do many people some good to become more familiar with the thoughts of revolutionaries, those who changed the world through action.
Any thoughts? Any favorite revolutionary sayings or quotations?