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.

— Abbie Hoffman

The most profound Abbie Hoffman quotes that are new and everybody is talking about

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

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I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars.

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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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My critique of democracy begins and ends with this point.

Kids must be educated to disrespect authority or else democracy is a farce.

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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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Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger.

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If you don't have sex and you don't do drugs, your rock 'n' roll better be awfully good.

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Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire.

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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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To steal from a brother or sister is evil.

To not steal from the institutions that are the pillars of the Pig Empire is equally immoral.

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

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About Abbie Hoffman

Quotes 51 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Activist
Birthday October 16

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

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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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Usually when you ask somebody in college why they are there, they'll tell you it's to get an education. The truth of it is, they are there to get the degree so that they can get ahead in the rat race. Too many college radicals are two-timing punks. The only reason you should be in college is to destroy it.

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Avoid all needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.

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I think the greatest legacy of the 1960s was the general feeling that not only can you fight the powers that be, but you can win.

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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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Smoking dope and hanging up Che's picture is no more a commitment than drinking milk and collecting postage stamps.

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Life-actors never rehearse and need no script.

A life-actor uses whatever he has available, nothing more, nothing less.

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Fantasy is the only truth.

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Structure is more important than content in the transmission of information.

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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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The only reason you should be in college is to destroy it.

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I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed there would be no more war.

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

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The work that the kids saw around them was so odious, so boring, so worthless that they came to regard WORK as the only dirty four-letter word in the English language.

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I was probably the only revolutionary referred to as cute.

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Wouldn't you want to be indicted by the govenment for a high crime? It's a great thrill. It's an honor. It's a compliment. It's fun. I'm enjoying every minute of it!

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In this state, dig it, you get twenty years for sale of dope to a minor.

You only get five to ten for manslaughter. So like, the thing is, if you're selling to a kid and cops come, shoot the kid real quick!

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

The second duty is to eat breakfast. I ain't going.

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A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station.

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The idea that media is there to educate us, or to inform us, is ridiculous because that's about tenth or eleventh on their list.

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Once you get the right image the details aren't that important.

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It's embarrassing when you try to overthrow the government and you wind up on the Best Seller's List.

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There is absolutely no greater high than challenging the power structure as a nobody, giving it your all, and winning!

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When I appear in the Chicago courtroom, I want to be tried not because I support the NLF - which I do - but because I have long hair.

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I learned one thing; you never do anything for fame or money. You only do things 'cause they're fun or good. If you can combine the two at the same time, you can make a contribution to the world and have a lot of happiness.

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The best way to educate oneself is to become part of the revolution.

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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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There is absolutely no greater high than challenging the power structure as a nobody, giving it your all, and winning. I think I've learned that lesson twice now. The essence of successful revolution, be it for an individual, a community of individuals, or a nation, depends on accepting that challenge.

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It's too late. We can't win, they've gotten too powerful.

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Maintain a sense of humor. People who take themselves too seriously are power-crazy. If they win it will be haircuts for all. Beware of power freaks.

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..you just get stoned, get the ideas in your head and then do 'em. And don't bullshit. I mean that's the thing about doin' that guerrilla theatre. You be prepared to die to prove your point.

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Hep is a very dangerous disease that can cause a number of permanent conditions, including death, which is extremely permanent.

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I just want to do what has to be done so much.

I'll never understand why everyone else doesn't feel this way.

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Action is the only reality; not only reality, but morality as well.

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Random political acts produce random political results. Why waste even a rock?

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I think we are constantly faced with the same decision.

The decision to be blindly obedient to authority versus the decision to try and change things by fighting the powers that be is always, throughout history, the only decision.

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