Abbie Hoffman Quotes

Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman (November 30, 1936 – April 12, 1989) was an American political and social activist, anarchist, and self-proclaimed revolutionary who co-founded the Youth International Party ("Yippies")

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It's going to be a combination Scopes trial, revolution in the streets, Woodstock Festival and People's Park, all rolled into one.

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Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger.

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When decorum is repression, the only dignity free men have is to speak out.

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Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit.

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Every rock or molotov cocktail thrown should make a very obvious political point. Random violence produces random propaganda results. Why waste even a rock?

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The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.

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Smoking dope and hanging up Che's picture is no more a commitment than drinking milk and collecting postage stamps. A revolution in consciousness is an empty high without a revolution in the distribution of power. We are not interested in the greening of Amerika except for the grass that will cover its grave.

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The only way to support a revolution is to make your own.

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Peace is a very complicated concept. When the lion gobbles up the lamb and wipes his lips, then there's peace. Well, I ain't for that peace at all.

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Nostalgia is a form of depression both for a society and an individual.

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Understand that legal and illegal are political, and often arbitrary, categorizations; use and abuse are medical, or clinical, distinctions.

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The key to organizing an alternative society is to organize people around what they can do, and more importantly, what they want to do.

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“Never impose your language on people you wish to reach.”

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“Become an internationalist and learn to respect all life. Make war on machines. And in particular the sterile machines of corporate death and the robots that guard them.”

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“Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles.”

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