“In a revolution, one triumphs or dies (if it is a true revolution)”
(Ernesto Che Guevara)

“… To die for the revolution is a one-shot deal; to live for the revolution means taking on the more difficult commitment of changing our day-to-day patterns. This means changing the traditional routines that we have established as a result of living in a corrupted society.”
(Frances Beale)

“The non-profit foundation structure has helped collapse various sites of potential political radicalism into non antagonistic social service and pro-state reformist initiatives”
(Dylan Alvarez)

“You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit or it is nowhere.”
(Ursula K. Le Guin)

“I’ve never felt myself to belong to any establishment of any kind, any mainstream. I’m interested in mainstreams, I’m jealous of them, I sometimes, occasionally, envy people who belong to them – cause certainly I don’t – but on the whole I think they’re the enemy. I feel that authorities, canons, dogmas, orthodoxies, establishments, are really what we’re up against. At least what I’m up against, most of the time…”
(Edward Said)

“The freedom and development of the African woman are indispensable to the freedom and emancipation of the African people”
(Ahmed Sekou Toure)

“The total liberation and unification of African under an All African Socialist Government must be the primary objective of all Black revolutionaries through out the world. It is an objective which when achieved, will bring about the fulfillment of the aspirations of Africans and people of African descent everywhere. It will at the same time advance the triumph of the international, socialist revolution.”
(Kwame Nkrumah)

Intellectual people love property. Poor people love luxury.
(from a Brazilian samba)


When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion.

(amharic proverb)

Wathint abafazi!
Wathint` imbokodo uzo kufa!
Now you have touched the women!
You have struck a rock
(You have dislodged a boulder!)
You will be crushed!

The Federation of South African Women (1955)


the revolution is not a one time event

Audre Lorde 


“I am the forerunner of an awakened Africa that will never go back to sleep”

Marcus Garvey


“Of all our studies, history is best qualified to reward our research.”
Malcolm X


I can tell you the history of Africans in Amerikkka, in one sentence…

“They went from burning ‘plantations’ to burning ‘cities’, and if we don’t get our freedom, we’ll BURN DOWN THIS NATION.”

Kwame Ture


If you are not experiencing some level of discomfort, you are not living revolutionary on any level.

Advice given to a brotha by an elder, circa 1996


As long as imperialism exists, it will, by definition, exert its domination over other countries. Today that domination is called neocolonialism. 

Ernesto Che Guevara


We must bear in mind that imperialism is a world system, the last stage of capitalism-and it must be defeated in a world confrontation. The strategic end of this struggle should be the destruction of imperialism. Our share, the responsibility of the exploited and underdeveloped of the world, is to eliminate the foundations of imperialism: our oppressed nations, from where they extract capital, raw materials, technicians, and cheap labor, and to which they export new capital-instruments of domination-arms and all kinds of articles, thus submerging us in an absolute dependence.

Che Guevara


The monopoly capitalists – even while employing purely empirical methods – weave around art a complicated web which converts it into a willing tool. The superstructure of society ordains the type of art in which the artist has to be educated. Rebels are subdued by its machinery and only rare talents may create their own work. The rest become shameless hacks or are crushed.

 Che Guevara


I am not interested in dry economic socialism. We are fighting against misery, but we are also fighting against alienation. One of the fundamental objectives of Marxism is to remove interest, the factor of individual interest, and gain, from people’s psychological motivations. Marx was preoccupied both with economic factors and with their repercussions on the spirit. If communism isn’t interested in this too, it may be a method of distributing goods, but it will never be a revolutionary way of life.

Che Guevara



Imperialism has been defeated in many partial battles. But it remains a considerable force in the world, and we cannot expect its final defeat save through effort and sacrifice on the part of all of us.

Che Guevara



I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.

Che Guevara


There are no boundaries in this struggle to the death. We cannot be indifferent to what happens anywhere in the world, for a victory by any country over imperialism is our victory; just as any country’s defeat is a defeat for all of us.

Che Guevara


Arms cannot be regarded as merchandise in our world. They should be delivered to the peoples asking for them for use against the common enemy without any charge at all, and in quantities determined by the need and their availability.

Che Guevara



“First, my people must be taught the knowledge of self.

Then and only then will they be able to understand others and that which surrounds them. Anyone who does not have (a) knowledge of self is considered a victim of either amnesia or unconsciousness and is not very competent.

The lack of knowledge of self is a prevailing condition among my people here in America. Gaining the knowledge of self makes us unite into a great unity.

Knowledge of self makes you take on the great virtue of learning.”

Honorable Elijah Muhammad
 “We ain’t got nothing to lose except our chains, and our chains ain’t platinum”.
-POCC Chairman Fred Hampton Jr.
(As told to Russell Simmons at the Hip Hop Convention)


Am still a revolutionary, because I believe that in the United States there needs to be a complete and profound change in the system of so called democracy. It’s really a “dollarocracy.” Which millionaire is going to get elected? Can you imagine if you went to a restaurant and the only thing on the menu was dried turd or dead fungus. That’s not appetizing. I feel the same way about the political spectrum in the U.S. What exists now has got to go.

All of it: how wealth is distributed, how the environment is treated. If you let these crazy politicians keep ruling, the planet will be destroyed.

Assata Shakur


“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
Bill Cosby


“Not only does capitalism make us ignorant, but it makes us ARROGANT in our ignorance”

Kwame Ture



“Some people’s contribution to our struggle should be just to SHUT…UP.

That’s the BEST thing they could do for us. Just…SHUT…UP

Kwame Ture


“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”
Alice Walker



“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blow, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
Frederick Douglass


“No people to whom liberty is given can hold it as firmly and wear it as grandly as those who wrench their liberty from the iron hand of the tyrant.”
Frederick Douglass


“African people need to stop shouting ‘nationtime’ until they are clear about the responsibilities of running a nation.”
Dr. John Henrik Clarke

 If I can’t change the people around me,

I change the people around me.
Chuck D



It ain’t no body down with me I’m thuggin, I can’t go home cause … think I’m buggin. So now I’m in this high powered cell in the county jail punk judge got a grudge can’t post no bail, what do I do in these county blues gettin battered and bruised by the you know who’s and these fakes get to shakin when they face me snakes ain’t got enough nuts to replace me sittin in this livin hell, listenin to niggas yell tryin to torture and to tell, I’m gettin mail. But ain’t no body sayin much the same old nuts is makin bucks while they … is gettin … . They violated my probation and it seems I’ll be goin on a long vacation. Meanwhile, it ain’t easy, you know it ain’t easy…”

Tupac Shakur

(From the Album Me Against the World)


2 Responses to “(revolushunary) quotes”

  1. endoitacu Says:

    I thank you for sharing, for gracing me with your knowledge. We ran from home and become a slave to a system/nation that seemed perfect from a far but rotten in the inside. A system that negated and rejected our personhood.Thank you.

    1. molisa Says:

      u’r welcome, and thank YOU for reaching out, would love to dialogue mo’ on these issues 🙂

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