"Rebellion ... is a petty disturbance, an aberration, predestined to fail. Revolution is like the wheeling of stars around the pole. It is driven by unseen powers, it is inexorable, it moves all things at once, and men of discrimination may understand it, predict it, benefit from it."
-- Daniel Waterhouse speaks to Sgt. Bob Shaftoe in the Tower of London, from Quicksilver, by Neil Stephenson.