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  • #1
    Howard Zinn
    “TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
    What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
    And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #2
    Howard Zinn
    “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #3
    Howard Zinn
    “I'm worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they're doing. I'm concerned that students not become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that's handed down to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers and preachers.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #4
    Howard Zinn
    “Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #5
    Howard Zinn
    “How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?”
    Howard Zinn


  • #6
    Howard Zinn
    “Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient allover the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #7
    Howard Zinn
    “I wonder how the foreign policies of the United States would look if we wiped out the national boundaries of the world, at least in our minds, and thought of all children everywhere as our own.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #8
    Howard Zinn
    “The challenge remains. On the other side are formidable forces: money, political power, the major media. On our side are the people of the world and a power greater than money or weapons: the truth.
    Truth has a power of its own. Art has a power of its own. That age-old lesson – that everything we do matters – is the meaning of the people’s struggle here in the United States and everywhere. A poem can inspire a movement. A pamphlet can spark a revolution. Civil disobedience can arouse people and provoke us to think, when we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress. We live in a beautiful country. But people who have no respect for human life, freedom, or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back.”
    Howard Zinn, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress


  • #9
    Howard Zinn
    “We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children”
    Howard Zinn
    tags: war


  • #10
    Howard Zinn
    “We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #11
    Howard Zinn
    “History is important. If you don't know history it is as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you anything, and you have no way of checking up on it.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #12
    Howard Zinn
    “If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #13
    Howard Zinn
    “Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #14
    Howard Zinn
    “Any humane and reasonable person must conclude that if the ends, however desireable, are uncertain and the means are horrible and certain, these means must not be employed.”
    Howard Zinn, Passionate Declarations: Essays on War and Justice


  • #15
    Howard Zinn
    “What matters most is not who is sitting in the White House, but "who is sitting in" -- and who is marching outside the White House, pushing for change.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #16
    Howard Zinn
    “Nations are not communities and never have been. The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals the fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes exploding, often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex. And in such as world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners.”
    Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States: 1492–Present


  • #17
    Howard Zinn
    “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #18
    Howard Zinn
    “In the long run, the oppressor is also a victim. In the short run (and so far, human history has consisted only of short runs), the victims, themselves desperate and tainted with the culture that oppresses them, turn on other victims. ”
    Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States: 1492–Present


  • #19
    Howard Zinn
    “In war, good guys always become bad guys.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #20
    Howard Zinn
    “The pretense in disputed elections is that the great conflict is between the two major parties. The reality is that there is a much bigger conflict that the two parties jointly wage against large numbers of Americans who are represented by neither party and against powerless millions around the world." (p. 65)”
    Howard Zinn, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress


  • #21
    Thomas Merton
    “You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
    Thomas Merton


  • #22
    John Lennon
    “The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.”
    John Lennon


  • #23
    John O'Donohue
    “All the possibilities of your human destiny are asleep in your soul. You are here to realize and honor these possibilities. When love comes in to your life, unrecognized dimensions of your destiny awaken and blossom and grow. Possibility is the secret heart of time.”
    John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom


  • #24
    David Levithan
    “Here’s what I know about the realm of possibility— it is always expanding, it is never what you think it is. Everything around us was once deemed impossible. From the airplane overhead to the phones in our pockets to the choir girl putting her arm around the metalhead. As hard as it is for us to see sometimes, we all exist within the realm of possibility. Most of the limits are of our own world’s devising. And yet, every day we each do so many things that were once impossible to us. ”
    David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility


  • #25
    David Levithan
    “Remember that at any given moment there are a thousand things you can love.”
    David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility


  • #26
    David Levithan
    “A year. A thousand kisses. And now a thousand one, a thousand two. There are so many other place we could have ended up, but I have to believe
    none of them would have felt this right. "All I want is you" is not entirely true. I want so much more, and with you I think I can get it.”
    David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility




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