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Howard Zinn Quote: “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.”

You can’t be neutral on a moving train.

— Howard Zinn



Howard Zinn Quote: “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.

— Howard Zinn


Howard Zinn Quote: “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

— Howard Zinn


Howard Zinn Quote: “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.”

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


Howard Zinn Quote: “Historically, the most terrible things – war, genocide, and slavery – have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.”

Historically, the most terrible things – war, genocide, and slavery – have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.

— Howard Zinn


Howard Zinn Quote: “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.”

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.

— Howard Zinn


Howard Zinn Quote: “If you join a fight for social justice you may win or lose, but just by being part of the struggle, you win, and your life will be better for it.”

If you join a fight for social justice you may win or lose, but just by being part of the struggle, you win, and your life will be better for it.

— Howard Zinn


Howard Zinn Quote: “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.”

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


Howard Zinn Quote: “Civil disobedience is not something outside the realm of democracy. Democracy requires civil disobedience. Without civil disobedience democracy does not exist.”

Civil disobedience is not something outside the realm of democracy. Democracy requires civil disobedience. Without civil disobedience democracy does not exist.

— Howard Zinn


Howard Zinn Quote: “Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience.”

Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience.

— Howard Zinn



Howard Zinn Quote: “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.”

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


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

Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.

— Howard Zinn


Howard Zinn Quote: “Education can, and should be, dangerous.”

Education can, and should be, dangerous.

— Howard Zinn


Howard Zinn Quote: “Use the Day of Atonement not to pray for the dead but to act for the living, to rescue those about to die.”

Use the Day of Atonement not to pray for the dead but to act for the living, to rescue those about to die.

— Howard Zinn


Howard Zinn Quote: “There is no act too small, no act too bold. The history of social change is the history of millions of actions, small and large, coming together at critical points to create a power that governments cannot suppress.”

There is no act too small, no act too bold. The history of social change is the history of millions of actions, small and large, coming together at critical points to create a power that governments cannot suppress.

— Howard Zinn


Howard Zinn Quote: “Pessimism becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy; it reproduces itself by crippling our willingness to act.”

Pessimism becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy; it reproduces itself by crippling our willingness to act.

— Howard Zinn


Howard Zinn Quote: “How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?”

How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?

— Howard Zinn


Howard Zinn Quote: “The rule of law does not do away with the unequal distribution of wealth and power, but reinforces that inequality with the authority of law. It allocates wealth and poverty in such calculated and indirect ways as to leave the victim bewildered.”

The rule of law does not do away with the unequal distribution of wealth and power, but reinforces that inequality with the authority of law. It allocates wealth and poverty in such calculated and indirect ways as to leave the victim bewildered.

— Howard Zinn


Howard Zinn Quote: “And in such a 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.”

And in such a 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


Howard Zinn Quote: “Education becomes most rich and alive when it confronts the reality of moral conflict in the world.”

Education becomes most rich and alive when it confronts the reality of moral conflict in the world.

— Howard Zinn


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