Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.
Every man is a reformer until reform tramps on his toes.
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.
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.
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 not us, who? If not now, when?
Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.
Revolutions are always verbose.