„If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, the women together ought to be able to turn back and get it right side up again! and now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.“

Ain't I a Woman? Speech (1851)

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African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist 1797 - 1883

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„We are the people who turned the world upside down.“

—  Ann Lee English Shaker leader 1736 - 1784

Attributed to Lee in "Harpy Hall of Fame: Mother Ann Lee (1736-1784)" at The Pursuit of Harpyness (4 February 2009) http://www.harpyness.com/2009/02/04/harpy-hall-of-fame-mother-ann-lee-1736-1784/; no earlier attributions have as yet been located.
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„Lift the world up by your levity,
Rock, love, carry it away, turn it upside down.“

—  Sydney Carter British musician and poet 1915 - 2004

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Context: Teach the crippled how to leap,
Throw their crutches on a heap,
Rock, love, carry it away, turn it upside down.
Rock, love, carry it away,
Lift the world up by your levity,
Rock, love, carry it away, turn it upside down.

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„If Satan can turn God's Word upside down and pervert the Scriptures, what will he do with my words -- or the words of others?“

—  Martin Luther, book Confession Concerning Christ's Supper

Confession Concerning Christ's Supper, Part 3. Robert E. Smith, tr.<cite>Dr. Martin Luthers Werke: Kritische Gesamtsusgabe</cite>. (Weimar: Herman Boehlaus Nachfolger, 1909), pp.499-500. http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/wittenberg/luther/luther-quoting.txt
Context: By God's grace, I know Satan very well. If Satan can turn God's Word upside down and pervert the Scriptures, what will he do with my words -- or the words of others?

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„All I need is a sheet of paper
and something to write with, and then
I can turn the world upside down.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

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„Like a fool, I fell in love with you,
Turned my whole world upside down“

—  Eric Clapton English musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist 1945

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„To live truly and effectively the idea of achievement must be given up. Put unsentimental piety first, turn your back on the world, and get on with it.“

—  Agnes Martin American artist 1912 - 2004

In Martin's open letter, 1981 to the Whitney Museum of American Art; as quoted in 'The Heroic Art of Agnes Martin', by Hilton Als, NYR 14 July 2016
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„God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there's no turning back.“

—  Gloria Steinem American feminist and journalist 1934

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„Things don't turn up in this world until somebody turns them up.“

—  James A. Garfield American politician, 20th President of the United States (in office in 1881) 1831 - 1881

Speech in the House of Representatives (June 1874), in The Life and Public Services of James A. Garfield (1881) by E. E. Brown, p. 437 http://books.google.com/books?id=vCAFAAAAYAAJ
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