39 Total Quotes

Studs Terkel Quotes

Most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirits.
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#Vision #Jobs

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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#Cars

Perhaps it is this specter that most haunts working men and women: the planned obsolescence of people that is of a piece with the planned obsolescence of the things they make. Or sell.
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#Men

promising authors in a range of fields who share Studs' fascination with everyday life in America.
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#America

You ask what the score of the game was and they wouldn't know who's playing.
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#Ask

[American filmmakers ventured into Vietnam during the 1970s and 1980s with mixed results, but by the 1990s the baby boomers seemed increasingly eager to do an end run around their generation's war and all it represented, to embrace that of their fathers and grandfathers. Perhaps because, as an American veteran in the book] 'The Good War': An Oral History of World War II, ... It was the last time that most Americans thought they were innocent and good, without qualifications.
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#Vietnam

I don't recognize my own neighborhood.
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#Neighborhood

Not because of its commercial value, but the name of Field's represents our past. The past is being erased.
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#Past

Not because of its commercial value, but the name of Field's represents our past, ... The past is being erased.
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#Past

Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt.
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#American Journalist

Something was still there, that something that distinguishes an artist from a performer: the revealing of self. Here I be. Not for long, but here I be. In sensing her mortality, we sensed our own.
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#Jazz

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?
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#American Journalist

But once you become active in something, something happens to you. You get excited and suddenly you realize you count.
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#American Journalist

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

I hope that memory is valued - that we do not lose memory.
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#American Journalist

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.
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#American Journalist

I thought, if ever there were a time to write a book about hope, it's now.
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#American Journalist

I want a language that speaks the truth.
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#American Journalist

I want people to talk to one another no matter what their difference of opinion might be.
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#American Journalist

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

I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty. How do you do that? You work for it.
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#American Journalist

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.'
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#American Journalist

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.
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#American Journalist

If solace is any sort of succor to someone, that is sufficient. I believe in the faith of people, whatever faith they may have.
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#American Journalist

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.
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#American Journalist

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.
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#American Journalist

Religion obviously played a role in this book and the previous book, too.
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#American Journalist

So here we are. We have a choice to make.
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#American Journalist

So people are ready. I feel hopeful in that sense.
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#American Journalist