I think it's realistic to have hope. One can be a perverse idealist and say the easiest thing: 'I despair. The world's no good.' That's a perverse idealist. It's practical to hope, because the hope is for us to survive as a human species. That's very realistic.
More Quotes from Studs Terkel:I want people to talk to one another no matter what their difference of opinion might be.
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.
I always love to quote Albert Einstein because nobody dares contradict him.
But once you become active in something, something happens to you. You get excited and suddenly you realize you count.
The history of those who shed those other tears, the history of those anonymous millions, is what Terkel wants readers and listeners to come away with. 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.
So people are ready. I feel hopeful in that sense.
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