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Studs Terkel Quotes



Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better.
- Studs Terkel


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


I never met a picket line I didn’t like.
- Studs Terkel


I want to praise activists through the years. I praise those of the past as well, to have them honored.
- Studs Terkel


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


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


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


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