28 Total Quotes

Howard Zinn Quotes

If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.
Howard Zinn
#American Historian #Democracy

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.
Howard Zinn
#American Historian #Killing

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
Howard Zinn
#American Historian #Dissent

In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli.
Howard Zinn
#American Historian #Independence

To live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
Howard Zinn
#Bad

Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.
Howard Zinn
#American Historian

One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression.
Howard Zinn
#American Historian #Expression

I don't think there's any question that the United States is going to have to get out of Iraq. The only questions are: How long will it take? How many more people will die? And how will it be done?
Howard Zinn
#Iraq

If the gods had intended for people to vote, they would have given us candidates
Howard Zinn
#Funny

(Nationalism is) a set of beliefs taught to each generation in which the Motherland or the Fatherland is an object of veneration and becomes a burning cause for which one becomes willing to kill the children of other Motherlands or Fatherlands
Howard Zinn
#Belief

I'm worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they're doing. I'm concerned that students not become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that's handed down to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers and preachers.
Howard Zinn
#Society

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people,can transform the world.
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#People

War itself is the enemy of the human race.
Howard Zinn
#American Historian #Race

People like Eugene Debs, Helen Keller, Emma Goldman, Jack London and Upton Sinclair were wonderful writers who joined the movement against war and injustice, against capitalism and corporate power. That was a very exciting period in American history.
Howard Zinn
#People

Most wars, after all, present themselves as humanitarian endeavors to help people.
Howard Zinn
#American Historian

I suggest that if you know history, then you might not be so easily fooled by the government when it tells you you must go to war for this or that reason -that history is a protective armor against being misled.
Howard Zinn
#Government

When people don't understand that the government doesn't have their interests in mind, they're more susceptible to go to war.
Howard Zinn
#American Historian #Government

He said, 'Remember this: Even if you win the rat race, you're still a rat.
Howard Zinn
#Race

The weapons addiction of all our political leaders ... has the same characteristics as drug addiction. It is enormously costly, very dangerous, provokes ugly violence, and is self-perpetuating -- all on a scale far greater than drug addicton.
Howard Zinn
#Addiction

If the gods had intended for people to vote, they would have given us candidates.
Howard Zinn
#American Historian

We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.
Howard Zinn
#American Historian