Studs Terkel Famous Quotes & Sayings

100 Studs Terkel Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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I never drove a car. I'm hopeless that way. I press the wrong buttons on the tape recorder. But if the person I'm interviewing helps me out, that person feels needed. People need to feel needed. Studs Terkel Sayings: I never drove a car. I'm hopeless that way. I press the wrong buttons on
Don't be an examiner, be the interested inquirer. Studs Terkel Sayings: Don't be an examiner, be the interested inquirer.
Most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirits. Studs Terkel Sayings: Most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirits.
I want to praise activists through the years. I praise those of the past as well, to have them honored. Studs Terkel Sayings: I want to praise activists through the years. I praise those of the past as
So people are ready. I feel hopeful in that sense. Studs Terkel Sayings: So people are ready. I feel hopeful in that sense.
After the stock market crash, some New York editors suggested that hearings be held: what had really caused the Depression? They were held in Washington. In retrospect, they make the finest comic reading. The leading industrialists and bankers testified. They hadn't the foggiest notion what had gone bad. You read a transcript of that record today with amazement: that they could be so unaware. This was their business, yet they didn't understand the operation of the economy. The only good witnesses were the college professors, who enjoyed a bad reputation in those years. No professor was supposed to know anything practical about the economy. Studs Terkel Sayings: After the stock market crash, some New York editors suggested that hearings be held: what
Never go to bed with someone whose problems are greater than yours. Studs Terkel Sayings: Never go to bed with someone whose problems are greater than yours.
Having been blacklisted from working in television during the McCarthy era, I know the harm of government using private corporations to intrude into the lives of innocent Americans. When government uses the telephone companies to create massive databases of all our phone calls it has gone too far. Studs Terkel Sayings: Having been blacklisted from working in television during the McCarthy era, I know the harm
Once you wake up the human animal, you can't put it back to sleep again. Studs Terkel Sayings: Once you wake up the human animal, you can't put it back to sleep again.
It is about a search, too, for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying. Perhaps immortality, too, is part of the quest. To be remembered was the wish, spoken and unspoken, of the heroes and heroines of this book. Studs Terkel Sayings: It is about a search, too, for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for
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. Studs Terkel Sayings: Nonetheless, do I have respect for people who believe in the hereafter? Of course I
The poor are so busy trying to survive from one day to the next, they haven't the time or energy to keep score. Studs Terkel Sayings: The poor are so busy trying to survive from one day to the next, they
For the next century, we've got to put together what we so carelessly tore apart with so little concern for those who were gonna follow us ... You've got to sound off. Studs Terkel Sayings: For the next century, we've got to put together what we so carelessly tore apart
What I remember most of those times is that poverty creates desperation, and desperation creates violence. Studs Terkel Sayings: What I remember most of those times is that poverty creates desperation, and desperation creates
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.
Studs Terkel Sayings: I've always felt, in all my books, that there's a deep decency in the American
So, my credo consists of the pursuit and the act. One without the other is self-indulgence. Studs Terkel Sayings: So, my credo consists of the pursuit and the act. One without the other is
How goddamn foolish it is, the war. They's no war in the worth that's worth fightin' for. I don't care where it is. They can't tell me any different. Money, money is the thing that causes it all. I wouldn't be a bit surprised that the people that start wars and promote 'em are the men that make the money, make the ammunition, make the clothing and so forth. Just think of the poor kids that are starvin' to death in Asia and so forth that could be fed with how much you make one big shell of. ~Alvin "Tommy" Bridges Studs Terkel Sayings: How goddamn foolish it is, the war. They's no war in the worth that's worth
More and more we are into communications; and less and less into communication. Studs Terkel Sayings: More and more we are into communications; and less and less into communication.
What's it like to be that goofy little soldier, scared stiff, with his bayonet aimed at Christ? What's it like to have been a woman in a defense-plant job during World War II? What's it like to be a kid at the front lines? It's all funny and tragic at the same time Studs Terkel Sayings: What's it like to be that goofy little soldier, scared stiff, with his bayonet aimed
I want a language that speaks the truth. Studs Terkel Sayings: I want a language that speaks the truth.
I thought, if ever there were a time to write a book about hope, it's now. Studs Terkel Sayings: I thought, if ever there were a time to write a book about hope, it's
We have two Governments in Washington: one run by the elected people - which is a minor part - and one run by the moneyed interests, which control everything. Studs Terkel Sayings: We have two Governments in Washington: one run by the elected people - which is
Chicago is not the most corrupt of cities. The state of New Jersey has a couple. Need we mention Nevada? Chicago, though, is the Big Daddy. Not more corrupt, just more theatrical, more colorful in its shadiness. Studs Terkel Sayings: Chicago is not the most corrupt of cities. The state of New Jersey has a
At a time when pimpery, lick-spittlery, and picking the public's pocket are the order of the day - indeed, officially proclaimed as virtue - the poet must play the madcap to keep his balance. And ours. Studs Terkel Sayings: At a time when pimpery, lick-spittlery, and picking the public's pocket are the order of
I am paraphrasing Einstein. I love to do that: nobody dares contradict me. Studs Terkel Sayings: I am paraphrasing Einstein. I love to do that: nobody dares contradict me.
How come you don't work fourteen hours a day? Your great-great-grandparents did. How come you only work the eight-hour day? Four guys got hanged fighting for the eight-hour day for you. Studs Terkel Sayings: How come you don't work fourteen hours a day? Your great-great-grandparents did. How come you
A man? If I need a man, wouldn't you think I'd have one of my own? Must I wait for you? Studs Terkel Sayings: A man? If I need a man, wouldn't you think I'd have one of my
We hear the term independent contractors in Iraq. Independent contractors? Mercenaries! Studs Terkel Sayings: We hear the term independent contractors in Iraq. Independent contractors? Mercenaries!
The answer is to say 'No!' to authority when authority is wrong. Studs Terkel Sayings: The answer is to say 'No!' to authority when authority is wrong.
Last year I picked up the New York Times and there was a story about a kid from Dartmouth who was bragging that he never left his room, and made dates and ordered pizza with his computer. The piece de resistance of this story was that he had two roommates, and he was proud of the fact that he only talked to them by computer. Studs Terkel Sayings: Last year I picked up the New York Times and there was a story about
I don't know what I'd like to do. That's what hurts the most. That's why I can't quit the job. I really don't know what talents I may have. And I don't know where to go to find out. I've been fostered so long by school and didn't have time to think about it. My father's in watch repair. That's always interested me, working with my hands, and independent. I don't think I'd mind going back and learning something, taking a piece of furniture and refinishing it. The type of thing where you know what you're doing and you can create and you can fix something to make it function. At the switchboard you don't do much of anything. Studs Terkel Sayings: I don't know what I'd like to do. That's what hurts the most. That's why
People are hungry for stories. It's part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another. -Studs Terkel Studs Terkel Sayings: People are hungry for stories. It's part of our very being. Storytelling is a form
I'm not an optimist. I'm hopeful. Studs Terkel Sayings: I'm not an optimist. I'm hopeful.
The total cost of the Federal Arts Project was only $23 million. Many of these paintings, sculptures and prints were given to museums, courthouses, public buildings. . .. I think that today those in museums alone are worth about $100 million. Studs Terkel Sayings: The total cost of the Federal Arts Project was only $23 million. Many of these
The issue is jobs. You can't get away from it: jobs. Having a buck or two in your pocket and feeling like somebody. Studs Terkel Sayings: The issue is jobs. You can't get away from it: jobs. Having a buck or
Taking life seriously requires taking death seriously. Studs Terkel Sayings: Taking life seriously requires taking death seriously.
My epitaph? My epitaph will be, 'Curiosity did not kill this cat. Studs Terkel Sayings: My epitaph? My epitaph will be, 'Curiosity did not kill this cat.
I'll never forget that Depression Easter Sunday. Our son was four years old. I bought ten or fifteen cents' worth of eggs. You didn't get too many eggs for that. But we were down. Margaret said, 'Why he'll find those in five minutes.' I had a couple in the piano and all around. Tommy got his little Easter basket, and as he would find the eggs, I'd steal 'em out of the basket and re-hide them. The kid had more fun that Easter than he ever had. He hunted Easter eggs for three hours and he never knew the difference. (Laughs.) "My son is now thirty-nine years old. And I bore him to death every Easter with the story. He never even noticed his bag full of Easter eggs never got any fuller. . . . Studs Terkel Sayings: I'll never forget that Depression Easter Sunday. Our son was four years old. I bought
Everybody's entitled to that forty acres and a mule. You're going to do the work, but you have to have something to work with. If you don't have a job, where do you go from there? You hear people say Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, and you don't even have shoes. You're barefooted. What are you going to pull yourself up by? Our country owes every citizen of the United States of America a means of livelihood. Not a handout, but a way to make it. Studs Terkel Sayings: Everybody's entitled to that forty acres and a mule. You're going to do the work,
Reading a book should not be a passive exercise, but rather a raucous conversation. Studs Terkel Sayings: Reading a book should not be a passive exercise, but rather a raucous conversation.
If there is knowledge, it lies in the fusion of the book and the street. Studs Terkel Sayings: If there is knowledge, it lies in the fusion of the book and the street.
I'm called an oral historian, which is something of a joke. Oral history was here long before the pen, long before Gutenberg and the printing press. The difference is I have a tape recorder in my hand. Studs Terkel Sayings: I'm called an oral historian, which is something of a joke. Oral history was here
You happen to be talking to an agnostic. You know what an agnostic is? A cowardly atheist. Studs Terkel Sayings: You happen to be talking to an agnostic. You know what an agnostic is? A
I'd want the human voice expressing grievances, or delight, or whatever it might be. But something real Studs Terkel Sayings: I'd want the human voice expressing grievances, or delight, or whatever it might be. But
I don't see where people get all this bull about the kid who's gonna be President and being a newsboy made a President out of him. It taught him how to handle his money and this bull. You know what it did? It taught him how to hate the people on his route. And the printers. And dogs. Studs Terkel Sayings: I don't see where people get all this bull about the kid who's gonna be
Why are we born? We're born eventually to die, of course. But what happens between the time we're born and we die? We're born to live. One is a realist if one hopes. Studs Terkel Sayings: Why are we born? We're born eventually to die, of course. But what happens between
I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty. How do you do that? You work for it. Studs Terkel Sayings: I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty. How do you do that? You work
I don't know if I'm partisan to the underdog or whether I'm the underdog. Studs Terkel Sayings: I don't know if I'm partisan to the underdog or whether I'm the underdog.
Because a book is a life, like one man is a life. Studs Terkel Sayings: Because a book is a life, like one man is a life.
Something was still there, that something that distinguishes an artist from a performer: the revealing of self. Here I be. Not forlong, but here I be. In sensing her mortality, we sensed our own. Studs Terkel Sayings: Something was still there, that something that distinguishes an artist from a performer: the revealing
People who were personally concerned about a better world, came to Washington, were drawn to it. Even though where we were going was still to be worked out. There was an elan, an optimism . . . an evangelism . . . it was an adventure. Studs Terkel Sayings: People who were personally concerned about a better world, came to Washington, were drawn to
I hope that memory is valued - that we do not lose memory. Studs Terkel Sayings: I hope that memory is valued - that we do not lose memory.
I'll never forget one of the first families I visited. The father was a railroad man who had lost his job. I was told by my supervisor that I really had to see the poverty. If the family needed clothing, I was to investigate how much clothing they had at hand. So I looked into this man's closet - (pauses, it becomes difficult) - he was a tall, gray-haired man, though not terribly old. He let me look in the closet - he was so insulted. (She weeps angrily.) He said, "Why are you doing this?" I remember his feeling of humiliation . . . this terrible humiliation. (She can't continue. After a pause, she resumes.) He said, "I really haven't anything to hide, but if you really must look into it. . .." I could see he was very proud. He was so deeply humiliated. And I was, too. . .. Studs Terkel Sayings: I'll never forget one of the first families I visited. The father was a railroad
Work is born in us. We take to it kindly or unkindly. The terms may be easy or harsh, but the contract is binding. Studs Terkel Sayings: Work is born in us. We take to it kindly or unkindly. The terms may
On the evening bus, the tense, pinched faces of young file clerks and elderly secretaries tell us more than we care to know. On the expressways, middle management men pose without grace behind their wheels as they flee city and job. Studs Terkel Sayings: On the evening bus, the tense, pinched faces of young file clerks and elderly secretaries
I'm not up on the Internet, but I hear that is a democratic possibility. People can connect with each other. I think people are ready for something, but there is no leadership to offer it to them. People are ready to say, 'Yes, we are part of a world.' Studs Terkel Sayings: I'm not up on the Internet, but I hear that is a democratic possibility. People
Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt. Studs Terkel Sayings: Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt.
Though we labor with our minds, this place we can relax in was built by someone who can work with his hands. And his work is as noble as ours. I think the poet owes something to the guy who builds the cabin for him. Studs Terkel Sayings: Though we labor with our minds, this place we can relax in was built by
But once you become active in something, something happens to you. You get excited and suddenly you realize you count. Studs Terkel Sayings: But once you become active in something, something happens to you. You get excited and
I can't imagine a job where you go home and maybe go by a year later and you don't know what you've done. My work, I can see what I did the first day I started. All my work is set right out there in the open and I can look at it as I go by. It's something I can see the rest of my life. Studs Terkel Sayings: I can't imagine a job where you go home and maybe go by a year
I have a big mouth, and I never met a petition I didn't like, so of course in the McCarthy days I got in trouble. Studs Terkel Sayings: I have a big mouth, and I never met a petition I didn't like, so
Cannot Hannah Arendt's 'banality of evil' be subject to transposition: the evil of banality? Studs Terkel Sayings: Cannot Hannah Arendt's 'banality of evil' be subject to transposition: the evil of banality?
I feel guilty because I think people should do something they really like to do in life. I should do something else, but there is nothing I can do really well. I'm established and make a steady living, so it becomes pretty easy. It's not very fulfilling . . . but I'm lazy, I admit it. It's an easier thing to do. Studs Terkel Sayings: I feel guilty because I think people should do something they really like to do
The trouble with censorship is that once it starts it is hard to stop. Just about every book contains something that someone objects to. Studs Terkel Sayings: The trouble with censorship is that once it starts it is hard to stop. Just
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. Studs Terkel Sayings: With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things. People say, 'Studs, you're an
I'm celebrated for celebrating the uncelebrated. Studs Terkel Sayings: I'm celebrated for celebrating the uncelebrated.
Curiosity never killed this cat' - that's what I'd like as my epitaph Studs Terkel Sayings: Curiosity never killed this cat' - that's what I'd like as my epitaph
In order for us, black and white, to disenthrall ourselves from the harshest slavemaster, racism, we must disinter our buried history ... We are all the Pilgrim, setting out on this journey. Studs Terkel Sayings: In order for us, black and white, to disenthrall ourselves from the harshest slavemaster, racism,
That's what we're missing. We're missing argument. We're missing debate. We're missing colloquy. We're missing all sorts of things. Instead, we're accepting. Studs Terkel Sayings: That's what we're missing. We're missing argument. We're missing debate. We're missing colloquy. We're missing
I wanted to be at my parents' house when electricity came. It was in 1940. We'd all go around flipping the switch, to make sure it hadn't come on yet. We didn't want to miss it. When they finally came on, the lights just barely glowed. I remember my mother smiling. When they came on full, tears started to run down her cheeks. After a while, she said: "Oh, if we only had it when you children were growing up." We had lots of illness. Anyone who's never been in a family without electricity - with illness - can' t imagine the difference. Studs Terkel Sayings: I wanted to be at my parents' house when electricity came. It was in 1940.
Someone who does an act. In a democratic society, you're supposed to be an activist; that is, you participate. It could be a letter written to an editor. Studs Terkel Sayings: Someone who does an act. In a democratic society, you're supposed to be an activist;
One day I visited a guy who had made a fortune as a broker. He was sitting in his office with his computer. I hire people from here and make deals from this room, he told me. Then he took me to the trading room. Nobody was talking to anybody else, the place was silent as a tomb, they were all sitting there watching their terminals - a great word, terminal. I tell you, it scares the crap out of me. Studs Terkel Sayings: One day I visited a guy who had made a fortune as a broker. He
I'm sure that in Germany people also took an oath of secrecy. We know what that eventually led to. If it works that way with us, the sanctions for breaking the secrecy are nothing compared to the sanctions there could be if we're silent. All Studs Terkel Sayings: I'm sure that in Germany people also took an oath of secrecy. We know what
Think of what's stored in an 80- or a 90-year-old mind. Just marvel at it. You've got to get out this information, this knowledge, because you've got something to pass on. There'll be nobody like you ever again. Make the most of every molecule you've got as long as you've got a second to go. Studs Terkel Sayings: Think of what's stored in an 80- or a 90-year-old mind. Just marvel at it.
It is still the arena of those who dream of the City of Man and those who envision a City of Things. The battle appears to be forever joined. The armies, ignorant and enlightened, clash by day as well as night. Chicago is America's dream, writ large. And flamboyantly. Studs Terkel Sayings: It is still the arena of those who dream of the City of Man and
You know, 'power corrupts, and absolute power
corrupts absolutely?' It's the same with powerlessness.
Absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely. Einstein
said everything had changed since the atom was split,
except the way we think. We have to think anew.
Studs Terkel Sayings: You know, 'power corrupts, and absolute powercorrupts absolutely?' It's the same with powerlessness.Absolute powerlessness corrupts
It's a strange thing. This is only thirty-five years ago - Roosevelt, Wallace. We have a new generation in business today. Successful. It's surprising how quickly they forget the assistance their fathers got from the Government. The Farm Bureau, which I helped organize in this state, didn't help us in '35. They take the same position today: we don't need the Government. I'm just as sure as I'm sitting here, we can't do it ourselves. Individuals have too many different interests. Who baled out the land banks when they were busted in the Thirties? It was the Federal Studs Terkel Sayings: It's a strange thing. This is only thirty-five years ago - Roosevelt, Wallace. We have
I presumably lost $150,000 in the depression of 1937 - on my one stock investment - because I did everything Lehman Brothers told me. I said, well, this is a fool's procedure ... buying stock in other people's businesses. Studs Terkel Sayings: I presumably lost $150,000 in the depression of 1937 - on my one stock investment
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. Studs Terkel Sayings: People are ready to say, 'Yes, we are ready for single-payer health insurance.' We are
I guess I was seeking some balance in the wildlife of the city as Rachel Carson sought it in nature. In unbalanced times, balance is as difficult to come by as Parsifal's Grail. Studs Terkel Sayings: I guess I was seeking some balance in the wildlife of the city as Rachel
When I put the plate down, you don't hear a sound. When I pick up a glass, I want it to be just right. When someone says, "How come you're just a waitress?" I say, "Don't you think you deserve being served by me?" Studs Terkel Sayings: When I put the plate down, you don't hear a sound. When I pick up
Hope never trickles down. It always springs up. Studs Terkel Sayings: Hope never trickles down. It always springs up.
We use the word 'hope' perhaps more often than any other word in the vocabulary: 'I hope it's a nice day.' 'Hopefully, you're doing well.' 'So how are things going along? Pretty good. Going to be good tomorrow? Hope so.' Studs Terkel Sayings: We use the word 'hope' perhaps more often than any other word in the vocabulary:
One night a guy hit his head on a welding gun. He went to his knees. He was bleeding like a pig, blood was oozing out. So I stopped the line for a second and ran over to help him. The foreman turned the line on again, he almost stepped on the guy. That's the first thing they always do. They didn't even call an ambulance. The guy walked to the medic department
that's about half a mile
he had about five stitches put in his head. The foreman didn't say anything. He just turned the line on. You're nothing to any of them.
Studs Terkel Sayings: One night a guy hit his head on a welding gun. He went to his
You can work next to a guy for months without even knowing his name. Studs Terkel Sayings: You can work next to a guy for months without even knowing his name.
There are nascent stirrings in the neighborhood and in the field, articulated by non-celebrated people who bespeak the dreams of their fellows. It may be catching. Unfortunately, it is not covered on the six o'clock news. Studs Terkel Sayings: There are nascent stirrings in the neighborhood and in the field, articulated by non-celebrated people
We are living in the United States of Alzheimer's. A whole country has lost its memory. When it can't remember yesterday, a country forgets what it once wanted to be. Studs Terkel Sayings: We are living in the United States of Alzheimer's. A whole country has lost its
I'm not a Luddite completely; I believe in refrigerators to cool my martinis, and washing machines because I hate to see women smacking their laundry against a rock. When I hear about hardware, I think of pots and pans, and when I hear about software, I think of sheets and towels. Studs Terkel Sayings: I'm not a Luddite completely; I believe in refrigerators to cool my martinis, and washing
Smug respectability, like the poor, we've had with us always. Today, however, ... such obtuseness is an indulgence we can no longer afford. The computer, nuclear energy for better or worse, and sudden, simultaneous influences upon everyone's TV screen have raised the ante and the risk considerably. Studs Terkel Sayings: Smug respectability, like the poor, we've had with us always. Today, however, ... such obtuseness
If solace is any sort of succor to someone, that is sufficient. I believe in the faith of people, whatever faith they may have. Studs Terkel Sayings: If solace is any sort of succor to someone, that is sufficient. I believe in
We had to go to stew school for five weeks. We'd go through a whole week of make-up and poise. I didn't like this. They make you feel like you've never been out in public. They showed you how to smoke a cigarette, when to smoke a cigarette, how to look at a man's eyes. Our teacher, she had this idea we had to be sexy. One day in class she was showing us how to accept a light for a cigarette from a man and never blow it out. When he lights it, just look in his eyes. It was really funny, all the girls laughed. Studs Terkel Sayings: We had to go to stew school for five weeks. We'd go through a whole
Marvin Miller, I suspect, is the most effective union organizer since John L. Lewis. Studs Terkel Sayings: Marvin Miller, I suspect, is the most effective union organizer since John L. Lewis.
When I get kind of low, I'd think about a verse I learned at one time, when everybody was fighting me. It went something like this: He has no enemies, you say, My friend, the boast is poor. He who hath mingled in the fray Of duty that the brave endure Must have foes. If he has none, Small is the work he has done. He has hit no traitor on the hip, Has cast no cup from perjured lip, Has never turned the wrong to right, He's been a coward in the fight. Studs Terkel Sayings: When I get kind of low, I'd think about a verse I learned at one
Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying. Studs Terkel Sayings: Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition
Dorothy Day said - and I'm sure that Kathy Kelly would say the same thing - 'I'm working toward a world in which it will be easier for people to behave decently.' Now, think about that: a world in which it will be easier for people to behave decently. Studs Terkel Sayings: Dorothy Day said - and I'm sure that Kathy Kelly would say the same thing
It was in '35 - we had this campaign to raise a million tax dollars. In the town of Phillips, one evening, during a blizzard, I was met by a crowd of miners. They were given the day off and a stake to attend this meeting. They surrounded me and said this tax would cost six hundred of them their jobs. They were busted farmers and fortunately found a job in these Home Stake mines. I went back home feeling worried. But the tax was passed, and not a single miner lost his job. Studs Terkel Sayings: It was in '35 - we had this campaign to raise a million tax dollars.
My doctors were of one mind: unless something was immediately done, I had maybe six months to live. A quintuple bypass was suggested. Quintuple! I was impressed, though somewhat disturbed because I was in the middle of work on a new book. Studs Terkel Sayings: My doctors were of one mind: unless something was immediately done, I had maybe six
We thought of the poor, at that time, as quite divorced from us, who were not poor. By the exercise of one's charity, life could be made all right. You would always have the poor with you, they were the unfortunate, and you made donations. You could handle them. It was mildly unpleasant, but not fundamentally upsetting. Now, for the first time, we face the dreadful reality that we are not separated. They are us. They are something we have made. There is no conceivable way today to say: Fish, and you'll be all right. In hurt, in anguish, in shock, we are becoming aware that it is ourselves, who have to be found wanting, not the poor. Studs Terkel Sayings: We thought of the poor, at that time, as quite divorced from us, who were
All the other books ask, 'What's it like?' What was World War II like for the young kid at Normandy, or what is work like for a woman having a job for the first time in her life? What's it like to be black or white? Studs Terkel Sayings: All the other books ask, 'What's it like?' What was World War II like for
When you become part of something, in some way you count. It could be a march; it could be a rally, even a brief one. You're part of something, and you suddenly realize you count. To count is very important. Studs Terkel Sayings: When you become part of something, in some way you count. It could be a