"If solace is any sort of succor to someone, that is sufficient. I believe in the faith of people, whatever faith they may have."
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."Studs Terkel on Mother Teresa
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."Studs Terkel on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."Studs Terkel on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired."Studs Terkel on Martin Luther
"Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts."Studs Terkel on Mahatma Gandhi
"I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty. How do you do that? You work for it."
"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."
"I hope for peace and sanity - it's the same thing."