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Noam Chomsky Quotes and Sayings

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If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise,
we don't believe in it at all.
- Noam Chomsky

Related topics: Politics

The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime,
welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens,
the more you control all the people.
- Noam Chomsky

You never need an argument against the use of violence,
you need an argument for it.
- Noam Chomsky

Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.
- Noam Chomsky

 

Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it.
It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it,
forever.
- Noam Chomsky

Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying,
or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.
- Noam Chomsky

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason
or choice of action arise,
human science is at a loss.
- Noam Chomsky

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Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S.
media.
- Noam Chomsky

The Bible is one of the most genocidal books in history.
- Noam Chomsky

Education must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment;
it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment
for the individual to explore,
in his own way.
- Noam Chomsky

Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality
of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege,
a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.
- Noam Chomsky

The people who were honored in the Bible were the false prophets.
It was the ones we call the prophets who were jailed
and driven into the desert.
- Noam Chomsky

Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism.
Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it.
- Noam Chomsky

If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war
American president would have been hanged.
- Noam Chomsky

To some degree it matters who's in office,
but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public.
- Noam Chomsky

The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power,
and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself.
- Noam Chomsky

In this possibly terminal phase of human existence,
democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued -
they may be essential to survival.
- Noam Chomsky

I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist,
then it would choose the American system.
- Noam Chomsky

Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.
- Noam Chomsky

States are not moral agents, people are,
and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions.
- Noam Chomsky

Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon,
without significant analogue in the animal world.
- Noam Chomsky

If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion.
- Noam Chomsky

We can, for example, be fairly confident that either
there will be a world without war or there won't be a world -
at least,
a world inhabited by creatures other than bacteria and beetles,
with some scattering of others.
- Noam Chomsky

The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies
in the rigidity of the system of ideological control -
"indoctrination," we might say -
exercised through the mass media.
- Noam Chomsky

The only justification for repressive institutions
is material and cultural deficit.
But such institutions, at certain stages of history,
perpetuate and produce such a deficit,
and even threaten human survival.
- Noam Chomsky

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system,
there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless,
that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
- Noam Chomsky

Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature,
and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear
the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt
to impose American hegemony.
- Noam Chomsky

The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects,
is nothing more than a product of history and given
social relations removes all barriers to coercion and
manipulation by the powerful.
- Noam Chomsky

Language is a process of free creation;
its laws and principles are fixed,
but the manner in which the principles of generation
are used is free and infinitely varied.
Even the interpretation and use of words involves a
process of free creation.
- Noam Chomsky

Those who believe they can do something
and those who believe they can't
are both right.
- Henry Ford PHOTO

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha PHOTO

The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

Stand often in the company of dreamers.
They believe you can achieve impossible things.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Believe those who are seeking the truth.
Doubt those who find it.
- Andre Gide

Your life becomes what you believe.
- Jewel

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure
in doing good to another.
- Thomas Jefferson

Believe in yourself.
- Anonymous

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
- Bruce Barton

To accomplish great things,
we must not only act, but also dream;
not only plan, but also believe.
- Anatole France

I don't believe that imagining is enough.
- Bono

The probability that we may fail
in the struggle ought not to deter us
from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
- Abraham Lincoln

If I am capable of grasping God objectively,
I do not believe, but precisely because
I cannot do this I must believe.
- Soren Kierkegaard

We cause ourselves untold misery whenever we believe
others to be imperfect and try to change them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

Even the truth, when believed, is a lie.
You must experience the truth, not believe it.
- Werner Erhard

I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing
was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.
- Margaret Mead

It isn't enough to talk about peace.
One must believe in it.
And it isn't enough to believe in it.
One must work at it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie.
I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave.
And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
- H.L. Mencken

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones;
to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.
- Thomas Jefferson

Believe in yourself, and trust your own wisdom
rather than being swayed by the opinions of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't believe in killing whatever the reason!
- John Lennon

You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Reality is what you believe it to be.
It's what you put your thought and energy into,
because your hands physically manifest thought.
So your world becomes what you feel and what you think.
- Jewel

Believe you can - and then make it happen.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not believe in a fate that
falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.
- The Buddha

The thing always happens that you really believe in;
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Have a Vision, a Dream.
Believe in that Vision.
Live that Vision with every fiber of your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities.
Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers
you cannot be successful or happy.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Shallow men believe in luck.
Strong men believe in cause and effect.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Believe you can and you're halfway there.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James


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