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Noam Chomsky Quote: “If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.”

If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.

— Noam Chomsky



Noam Chomsky Quote: “Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”

Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “A language is not just words. It’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It’s all embodied in a language.”

A language is not just words. It’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It’s all embodied in a language.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.”

Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “The general population doesn’t know what’s happening, and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know.”

The general population doesn’t know what’s happening, and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “You are responsible for the predictable consequences of your actions.”

You are responsible for the predictable consequences of your actions.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “Education is a system of imposed ignorance.”

Education is a system of imposed ignorance.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “We shouldn’t be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.”

We shouldn’t be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.”

As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “The more you can increase fear of drugs, crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all of the people.”

The more you can increase fear of drugs, crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all of the people.

— Noam Chomsky



Noam Chomsky Quote: “It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies.”

It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “If you assume there is no hope, you guarantee there will be no hope.”

If you assume there is no hope, you guarantee there will be no hope.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “We don’t use the term ‘working class’ here because it’s a taboo term. You’re supposed to say ‘middle class,’ because it helps diminish the understanding that there’s a class war going on.”

We don’t use the term ‘working class’ here because it’s a taboo term. You’re supposed to say ‘middle class,’ because it helps diminish the understanding that there’s a class war going on.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.”

Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “How it is we have so much information, but know so little?”

How it is we have so much information, but know so little?

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “If you’re teaching today what you were teaching five years ago, either the field is dead or you are.”

If you’re teaching today what you were teaching five years ago, either the field is dead or you are.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion.”

If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “Language etches the grooves through which your thoughts must flow.”

Language etches the grooves through which your thoughts must flow.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on – because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions.”

The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on – because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions.

— Noam Chomsky


Noam Chomsky Quote: “Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.”

Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.

— Noam Chomsky


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