C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Unthread the rude eye of rebellion.


Quell rebellion before it spreads.


Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.


The most seditious is the most cowardly.


This word, “rebellion,” it had froze them up, as fish are in a pond.


The rude rabble are enraged; now firebrands and stones fly.


I hate every violent overthrow, because as much is destroyed as is gained by it.


To resist violence is implanted in the nature of man.


When all other rights are taken away, the right of rebellion is made perfect.

Thomas Paine.

  • Now let it work: Mischief, thou art afoot,
  • Take thou what course thou wilt!
  • Shakespeare.

  • The hearts
  • Of all his people shall revolt from him,
  • And kiss the lips of unacquainted change.
  • Shakespeare.

    There is little hope of equity where rebellion reigns.

    Sir P. Sidney.

    Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.


  • Contention, like a horse
  • Full of high feeding, madly hath broke loose,
  • And bears down all before him.
  • Shakespeare.

  • The worst of rebels never arm
  • To do their king or country harm,
  • But draw their swords to do them good,
  • As doctors cure by letting blood.
  • Butler.