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revolution

Cynical Definitions

n. politics: an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.

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n. In American history, the substitution of the rule of an Administration for that of a Ministry, whereby the welfare and happiness of the people were advanced a full half-inch.

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Cynical Quotations

The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.

— Hannah Arendt

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Revolutions are usually accompanied by a considerable effusion of blood, but are accounted worth it – this appraisement being made by beneficiaries whose blood had not the mischance to be shed. The French revolution is of incalculable value to the Socialist of today; when he pulls the string actuating its bones its gestures are inexpressibly terrifying to gory tyrants suspected of fomenting law and order.

— Ambrose Bierce

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