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Studs Terkel Quotes

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I hope for peace and sanity - it's the same thing.
- Studs Terkel

I thought, if ever there were a time to write a book about hope,
it's now.
- Studs Terkel

So people are ready.
I feel hopeful in that sense.
- Studs Terkel

I want to praise activists through the years.
I praise those of the past as well, to have them honored.
- Studs Terkel


 

I always love to quote Albert Einstein because nobody dares contradict him.
- Studs Terkel

You happen to be talking to an agnostic.
You know what an agnostic is? A cowardly atheist.
- Studs Terkel

I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty.
How do you do that? You work for it.
- Studs Terkel


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Why are we born? We're born eventually to die,
of course.
But what happens between the time we're born and we die? We're born to live.
One is a realist if one hopes.
- Studs Terkel

If solace is any sort of succor to someone,
that is sufficient.
I believe in the faith of people, whatever faith they may have.
- Studs Terkel

Religion obviously played a role in this book and the previous book,
too.
- Studs Terkel

Chicago is not the most corrupt American city.
It's the most theatrically corrupt.
- Studs Terkel

I hope that memory is valued - that we do not lose memory.
- Studs Terkel

Nonetheless, do I have respect for people who believe
in the hereafter? Of course I do.
I might add, perhaps even a touch of envy too,
because of the solace.
- Studs Terkel

That's what we're missing.
We're missing argument.
We're missing debate.
We're missing colloquy.
We're missing all sorts of things.
Instead, we're accepting.
- Studs Terkel

I want people to talk to one another no matter what
their difference of opinion might be.
- Studs Terkel

I want a language that speaks the truth.
- Studs Terkel

Someone who does an act.
In a democratic society, you're supposed to be an activist;
that is,
you participate.
It could be a letter written to an editor.
- Studs Terkel

But once you become active in something,
something happens to you.
You get excited and suddenly you realize you count.
- Studs Terkel

I've always felt, in all my books, that there's a deep
decency in the American people and a native intelligence -
providing they have the facts,
providing they have the information.
- Studs Terkel

All the other books ask, 'What's it like?' What was
World War II like for the young kid at Normandy,
or what is work like for a woman having a job for the
first time in her life? What's it like to be black or white?
- Studs Terkel

We are the most powerful nation in the world,
but we're not the only nation in the world.
We are not the only people in the world.
We are an important people, the wealthiest,
the most powerful and, to a great extent,
generous.
But we are part of the world.
- Studs Terkel

People are ready to say, 'Yes, we are ready for single-payer health insurance.'
We are the only industrialized country in the world
that does not have national health insurance.
We are the richest in wealth and the poorest in health
of all the industrial nations.
- Studs Terkel

I think it's realistic to have hope.
One can be a perverse idealist and say the easiest thing:
'I despair.
The world's no good.' That's a perverse idealist.
It's practical to hope, because the hope is for us
to survive as a human species.
That's very realistic.
- Studs Terkel

When you become part of something, in some way you count.
It could be a march; it could be a rally,
even a brief one.
You're part of something, and you suddenly realize you count.
To count is very important.
- Studs Terkel

I'm not up on the Internet, but I hear that is a democratic possibility.
People can connect with each other.
I think people are ready for something,
but there is no leadership to offer it to them.
People are ready to say, 'Yes, we are part of a world.'
- Studs Terkel

That's why I wrote this book: to show how these people can imbue us with hope.
I read somewhere that when a person takes part in community action,
his health improves.
Something happens to him or to her biologically.
It's like a tonic.
- Studs Terkel

We use the word 'hope' perhaps more often than any
other word in the vocabulary:
'I hope it's a nice day.' 'Hopefully,
you're doing well.' 'So how are things going along? Pretty good.
Going to be good tomorrow? Hope so.'
- Studs Terkel

With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things.
People say, 'Studs, you're an optimist.'
I never said I was an optimist.
I have hope because what's the alternative to hope?
Despair? If you have despair,
you might as well put your head in the oven.
- Studs Terkel

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
- George Washington Carver

I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is difficult to say what is impossible,
for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today
and the reality of tomorrow.
- Robert H. Goddard

Where there's life, there's hope.
- Terence

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks
in great and honorable courses
with a sure hope and trust in itself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

We must free ourselves of the hope
that the sea will ever rest.
We must learn to sail in high winds.
- Aristotle Onassis

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
- Helen Keller

Your success will shine as a light of hope
and inspire numbers you cannot total.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- Dale Carnegie

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are
something to do,
something to love,
and something to hope for.
- Joseph Addison

There's no reason to become alarmed,
and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight.
By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
- the movie Airplane!

A true friend is a source of strength and hope.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is no hope of joy except in human relations.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When you get the choice to sit it out or dance,
I hope you dance.
- Lee Ann Womack

We should not moor a ship with one anchor,
or our life with one hope.
- Epictetus

He who has health has hope,
and he who has hope has everything.
- Anonymous

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor,
nor should life rest on a single hope.
- Epictetus

Only those who can leave behind everything they
have ever believed in can hope to escape.
- William S. Burroughs

Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes
in the hope of pulling out an eel.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The present is the ever moving shadow
that divides yesterday from tomorrow.
In that lies hope.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true
were really true, there would be little hope of advance.
- Orville Wright

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.
- Samuel Johnson [also attributed to Oscar Wilde]

Hope springs eternal.
- Alexander Pope

We must accept finite disappointment,
but never lose infinite hope.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

I find hope in the darkest of days,
and focus in the brightest.
I do not judge the universe.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We come this way but once.
We can either tiptoe through life
and hope we get to death without being badly bruised
or we can live a full, complete life achieving
our goals and realizing our wildest dreams.
- Bob Proctor

My compassionate intents are generally received clearly
and acted upon - perhaps not immediately,
or in exactly the way I hope -
but acted upon favorably, nonetheless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We do not always see what is before our face -
sometimes we see what we hope to see,
or fear we will see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night's sleep.
- E. Joseph Cossman

The hope of a secure and livable world
lies with disciplined nonconformists
who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Abandon hope.
- Pema Chodron

Hate destroys, Love builds.
Hate tears down, Love renews and creates.
Hatred holds no hope for the future.
Love creates Today as its own better future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My theory has always been, that if we are to dream,
the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter,
than the gloom of despair.
- Thomas Jefferson

I hope that you walk around the corner
and you get very surprised.
- Miranda Richardson

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal
is our only legitimate hope of survival.
- Wendell Berry

There is hope for the future because God has a sense
of humor and we are funny to God.
- Bill Cosby

I hope that no American will waste his franchise
and throw away his vote
by voting either for me or against me solely
on account of my religious affiliation. It is not relevant.
- John F. Kennedy

The great gift of Easter is hope -
Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God,
in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love,
which nothing can shake.
- Basil C. Hume


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