"I've always felt, in all my books, that there's a deep decency in the American people and a native intelligence - providing they have the facts, providing they have the information."
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."Studs Terkel on Albert Einstein
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."Studs Terkel on Albert Einstein
"Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."Studs Terkel on Albert Einstein
"Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them."Studs Terkel on Albert Einstein
"We should take care not to make the intellect our god it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."Studs Terkel on Albert Einstein
"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."