"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."
"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."Studs Terkel on Buddha
"The wish for healing has always been half of health."Studs Terkel on Lucius Annaeus Seneca
"A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier."Studs Terkel on Tom Stoppard
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."Studs Terkel on John Muir
"'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes."Studs Terkel on Henry David Thoreau
"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."
"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."