"In the literal sense, there has been no relevant evolution since the trek from Africa. But there has been substantial progress towards higher standards of rights, justice and freedom - along with all too many illustrations of how remote is the goal of a decent society."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Noam Chomsky on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Noam Chomsky on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Noam Chomsky on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Noam Chomsky on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Noam Chomsky on Mahatma Gandhi
"I remember at the age of five travelling on a trolley car with my mother past a group of women on a picket line at a textile plant, seeing them being viciously beaten by security people. So that kind of thing stayed with me."
"If there was an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long."
"Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth."
"Education must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way."
"In the US, there is basically one party - the business party. It has two factions, called Democrats and Republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies. By and large, I am opposed to those policies. As is most of the population."