Every man is a reformer until reform tramps on his toes.
I can think of few important movements for reform in which success was won by any method other than an energetic minority presenting the indifferent majority with a fait accompli, which was then accepted.
Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.
We are reformers in spring and summer. In autumn and winter we stand by the old. Reformers in the morning, conservatives at night. Reform is affirmative; conservatism, negative. Conservatism goes for comfort; reform for truth.
Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.
Start a political upheaval and let yourself be caught, and you will hang as a traitor. But place yourself at the head of a rebellion and gain your point, and all future generations will worship you as the Father of their Country.
If you want a symbolic gesture, don’t burn the flag, wash it.
All partisan movements add to the fullness of our understanding of society as a whole. They never detract; or, in any case, one must not allow them to do so. Experience adds to experience.
He that goeth about to persuade a multitude that they are not so well governed as they ought to be shall never want attentive and favorable hearers.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.