Don't believe everything you hear today

— Joe Hill

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Workers of the world awaken. Break your chains, demand your rights. All the wealth you make is taken, by exploiting parasites. Shall you kneel in deep submission from your cradle to your grave? Is the height of your ambition to be a good and willing slave?

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I will die like a true-blue rebel. Don't waste any time in mourning - organize.

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The best way to get even with anyone is to put them in the rearview mirror on your way to something better.

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I guess Satan was the first superhero [.

..] In his first adventure, he took the form of a snake to free two prisoners being held naked in a Third World jungle prison by an all-powerful megalomaniac. At the same time, he broadened their diet and introduced them to their own sexuality.

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A pamphlet, no matter how good, is never read more than once, but a song is learned by heart and repeated over and over. And I maintain that if a person can put a few common sense facts into a song and dress them up in a cloak of humor, he will succeed in reaching a great number of workers who are too unintelligent or too indifferent to read.

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Music [is] the third rail of life. You grabbed it to shock yourself out of the dull drag of hours. To feel something. To burn with all the emotions you didn't get to experience in the ordinary run of school, TV, and loading the dishwasher after dinner.

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I will be waiting by candlelight in our tree house of the mind.

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Was there any human urge more pitiful-or more intense- than wanting another chance at something?

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I remind myself that no one day of writing matters all that much.

A story is built somewhat like a stalactite - one little drip of mud and grit at a time.

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Well. That's helpful. We'll put an APB out on the Gingerbread Man. I'm not hopeful it'll do us much good, though. Word on the street is you can't catch him.

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You think you know someone. But mostly you just know what you want to know.

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She breathed deeply of the scent of decaying fiction, disintegrating history, and forgotten verse, and she observed for the first time that a room full of books smelled like dessert: a sweet snack made of figs, vanilla, glue, and cleverness.

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About Joe Hill

Quotes 75 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Activist
Birthday October 16

The soul may not be destroyed. The soul goes on forever. Like the number pi, it is without cessation or conclusion. Like pi it is a constant. Pi is an irrational number, incapable of being made into a fraction, impossible to divide from itself. So, too, the soul is an irrational, indivisible equation that perfectly expresses one thing: you.

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Don't mourn, Organise

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Her sanity was a fragile thing, a butterfly cupped in her hands, that she carried with her everywhere, afraid of what would happen if she let it go-or got careless and crushed it.

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Men, she thought, were one of the world's few sure comforts, like a fire on a cold October night, like cocoa, like broken-in-slippers. Their clumsy affections, their bristly faces, and their willingness to do what needed to be done - cook an omelette, change lightbulbs, make with hugging - sometimes almost made being a woman fun.

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The language of sin was universal, the original Esperanto.

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I see God now as an unimaginative writer of popular fictions, someone who builds stories around sadistic and graceless plots, narratives that exist only to express His terror of a woman's power to choose who and how to love, to redefine love as she sees fit, not as God thinks it ought to be. The author is unworthy of His own characters.

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We'll have freedom, love and health/When the grand red flag is flying, In the Workers' Commonwealth.

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I felt like it needed some color down there, so I painted the walls with the motherfucker.

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Aren't you going to tell me I'm not so bad? she asked.

Mmm-no. I was thinking how every man loves a hot girl with a history of making mistakes. Because it's always possible she'll make one with you.

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The mad sometimes drilled holes in their own heads to let the demons out.

To relieve the pressure of thoughts they could no longer bear. Jude understood the impulse. Each beat of his heart was a fresh and staggering blow felt in the nerves behind his eyes and in his temples. Punishing evidence of life.

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That was one thing you found out when you were stoned, or wasted, or feverish: that the world was always turning and that only a healthy mind could block out the sickening whirl of it.

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You know someone for a while and then one day a hole opens underneath them, and they fall out of your world.

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I didn't know the inner me was hungry," I said to Art. "That's because it already starved to death.

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When you think about it, most of the good ideas came along to make sin a whole lot easier.

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I hope if there is another world, we will not be judged too harshly for the things we did wrong here—that we will at least be forgiven for the mistakes we made out of love.

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Fantasy was always only a reality waiting to be switched on.

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I mean, when the world comes for your children, with the knives out, it's your job to stand in the way.

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Terror is the desire to save your own ass, but horror is rooted in sympathy.

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If the workers took a notion they could stop all speeding trains;

every ship upon the ocean they can tie with mighty chains.

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Horror was rooted in sympathy . . . in understanding what it would be like to suffer the worst.

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It bewildered Ig, the idea that a person could not be interested in music.

It was like not being interested in happiness.

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Love requires Context.

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I liked AC/DC," Lee said. "If you were going to shoot someone, you'd really want to do it while you were listening to them." "What about the Beatles? Did you feel like shooting anyone listening to them?" Lee considered seriously for a moment, then said, "Myself." At the same time he was laughing, Ig was distressed. Not liking the Beatles was almost as bad as not knowing about them at all.

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She liked things that had been written by people who had lived short, ugly, and tragic lives. Or, who at least, were English.

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... people made the imaginary real all the time: taking the music they heard in their head and recording it, seeing a house in their imagination and building it. Fantasy was always only a reality waiting to be switched on.

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She'd thought love had something to do with happiness, but it turned out they were not even vaguely related. Love was closer to a need, no different from the need to eat, to breathe.

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There's only room for one hero in this story-and everyone knows the devil doesn't get to be the good guy.

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Gold don't come off. What's good stays good no matter how much of a beating it takes.

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Pick a sin we can both live with, is what I ask.

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It was something... the way a person's life picked up speed, the way a life was like a bullet aimed at one final target, impossible to slow or turn aside, and like the bullet, you were ignorant of what you were going to hit, would never know anything except the rush and the impact.

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Sooner or later a black car came for everyone.

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What a blessed if painful thing, this business of being alive.

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Who knows what may lie around the next corner? There may be a window somewhere ahead. It may look out on a field of sunflowers.

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Don't ever have children, Tyler, unless you're ready to be afraid everyday for the rest of your life.

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Taking a thing apart is always faster than putting something together.

This is true of everything except marriage.

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It was like wondering how evil had come into the world or what happens to a person after he dies: an interesting philosophical exercise, but also curiously pointless, since evil and death happened, regardless of the why and the how and what-it-meant.

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He paused, twisting his goatee, considering the law in Deuteronomy that forbade clothes with mixed fibers. A problematic bit of Scripture. A matter that required thought. "Only the devil wants man to have a wide range of lightweight and comfortable styles to choose from," he murmured at last, trying out a new proverb. "Although there may be no forgiveness for polyester. On this one matter, Satan and the Lord are in agreement.

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