Studs Terkel Quotes

30 Studs Terkel quotes:

"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."
"I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty. How do you do that? You work for it."
"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."
"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.'"
"I'm seeing something and I'm not standing silent about it. Humans are pushed out to make room for cars."
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"His ingenuity and his faith in the good taste of people are what made WFMT, ... He believed the public--and by that he meant ordinary people--deserved the best in broadcasting."
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"promising authors in a range of fields who share Studs' fascination with everyday life in America."
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"You happen to be talking to an agnostic. You know what an agnostic is? A cowardly atheist."
"I thought, if ever there were a time to write a book about hope, it's now."
"Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt."
"I always love to quote Albert Einstein because nobody dares contradict him."
"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."
"Most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirits."
"I hope that memory is valued - that we do not lose memory."
"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."
"So here we are. We have a choice to make."
"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."
"His ingenuity and his faith in the good taste of people are what made WFMT. He believed the public ? and by that he meant ordinary people ? deserved the best in broadcasting."
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"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."
"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."

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