"Nonetheless, do I have respect for people who believe in the hereafter? Of course I do. I might add, perhaps even a touch of envy too, because of the solace."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Studs Terkel on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Studs Terkel on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Studs Terkel on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Studs Terkel on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Studs Terkel on Abraham Lincoln
"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."