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Studs Terkel Quotes and Sayings

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton PHOTO

The jump is so frightening
between where I am,
and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher PHOTO

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

Sometimes the things you really want
sneak in the back door.
Notice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
- Bill Cosby

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Success is getting what you want;
happiness is wanting what you get.
- Dale Carnegie

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

If you want to be happy, be.
- Leo Tolstoy

At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
- Lao Tzu

Be the change you want to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition -
they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
- Steve Jobs

Celebrate what you want to see more of.
- Tom Peters

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We really have to understand the person we want to love.
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

You will never find time for anything.
If you want time you must make it.
- Charles Buxton

If you want peace, stop fighting.
If you want peace of mind,
stop fighting with your thoughts.
- Peter McWilliams

If you want to do it,
Do It - TODAY.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you want to know who you are?
Don't ask. Act!
Action will delineate and define you.
- Thomas Jefferson

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

Determine never to be idle.
No person will have occasion to complain
of the want of time who never loses any.
It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
- Thomas Jefferson

Whatever you want in life, start today.
Not tomorrow - today.
Let it be a small beginning - a tiny beginning.
Your happiness depends on starting today - every day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is only one way... to get anybody to do anything.
And that is by making the other person want to do it.
- Dale Carnegie

Nothing is ever going to work out the way you want,
so you may as well choose to want the way life does work out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that you can have whatever you want,
when you ask from a compassionate heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you want to be happy,
put your effort into controlling the sail, not the wind.
- Anonymous

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you
to reach the heights of your capabilities
or make the money that you want
without becoming very good at it.
- Brian Tracy

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work,
and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

If you want to improve,
be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
- Epictetus

You can have anything you want in life if you
just help enough other people get what they want.
- Zig Ziglar

Not getting what you want
is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
- Dalai Lama

If you want to be heroic,
Don't emulate your heroes,
learn from them.
Heroes don't follow anyone,
they set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.
- Mother Teresa

Just another cold, misty morning inviting,
"want to go again?"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I want it said of me by those who knew me best,
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

If you don't know what you want, you will probably never get it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive.
If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative.
- Anonymous


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