Studs Terkel Quotes


30 Studs Terkel quotes:



"promising authors in a range of fields who share Studs' fascination with everyday life in America."
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"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 a language that speaks the truth."
"I want people to talk to one another no matter what their difference of opinion might be."
"I want to praise activists through the years. I praise those of the past as well, to have them honored."
"I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty. How do you do that? You work for it."
"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."
"If solace is any sort of succor to someone, that is sufficient. I believe in the faith of people, whatever faith they may have."
"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."
"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."
"You happen to be talking to an agnostic. You know what an agnostic is? A cowardly atheist."
"I hope that memory is valued - that we do not lose memory."
"I thought, if ever there were a time to write a book about hope, it's now."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt."
"But once you become active in something, something happens to you. You get excited and suddenly you realize you count."
"I always love to quote Albert Einstein because nobody dares contradict him."
"I hope for peace and sanity - it's the same thing."



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