"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."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."Studs Terkel on Albert Einstein
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."Studs Terkel on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."Studs Terkel on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."Studs Terkel on Maya Angelou
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."Studs Terkel on Dalai Lama
"I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty. How do you do that? You work for it."
"If solace is any sort of succor to someone, that is sufficient. I believe in the faith of people, whatever faith they may have."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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