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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Abbie Hoffman


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

Abbie Hoffman


Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger.

Abbie Hoffman


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

Abbie Hoffman


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.

Abbie Hoffman


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.

Abbie Hoffman


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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