"Religion obviously played a role in this book and the previous book, too."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."Studs Terkel on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Studs Terkel on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."Studs Terkel on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Studs Terkel on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."Studs Terkel on Albert Camus
"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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