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#10

 

How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?

--HOWARD ZINN

 
#9
 

If the gods had intended for people to vote, they would have given us candidates.

--HOWARD ZINN

 
#8
 

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

--HOWARD ZINN

 
#7
 

Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.

--HOWARD ZINN

 
#6
 

I am supposing, or perhaps only hoping, that our future may be found in the past's fugitive moments of compassion rather than in its solid centuries of warfare.

--HOWARD ZINN

 
#5
 

Any humane and reasonable person must conclude that if the ends, however desireable, are uncertain and the means are horrible and certain, these means must not be employed.

--HOWARD ZINN

 
#4
 

We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.

--HOWARD ZINN

 
#3
 

Scholars, who pride themselves on speaking their minds, often engage in a form of self-censorship which is called "realism." To be "realistic" in dealing with a problem is to work only among the alternatives which the most powerful in society put forth.

--HOWARD ZINN

 
#2
 

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

 
#1
 

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

--HOWARD ZINN

 
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