Sunday, May 16, 2010

Meandering to and fro . . .

Today is the birthday of Louis "Studs" Terkel (May 16, 1912 – October 31, 2008), author, historian, actor, and broadcaster.

"But once you become active in something, something happens to you. You get excited and suddenly you realize you count." - Studs Terkel

"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

"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

"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 real... " - Studs Terkel

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