Abbie Hoffman Quotes

Avoid all needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.
We were young, we were foolish, we were arrogant, but we were right.
The ’60s are gone, dope will never be as cheap, sex never as free, and the rock and roll never as great.
You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.
Free speech means the right to shout ‘theatre’ in a crowded fire.
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.
I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars.
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.
The only way to support a revolution is to make your own.
Structure is more important than content in the transmission of information.
I will say this: In order for the planet to survive, there are going to be acts of ecoterrorism.
Once you get the right image the details aren’t that important.
Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger.
I was a fugitive, taking risks with my life. I chose that. I chose to be a volunteer to go to Guatemala when they were having their earthquake, to help people with a team of doctors.
Never impose your language on people you wish to reach.
I was probably the only revolutionary referred to as cute.
Expedience, not justice, is the rule of contemporary American law.
Understand that legal and illegal are political, and often arbitrary, categorizations; use and abuse are medical, or clinical, distinctions.
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.
The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.
I’m a nomad. A Jewish road warrior. I do not have a concept of home. I wish I did. But I live with the idea that we have to get out of town before dawn.
A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station.
The majority of people were always sitting in the stands. When I find people who are willing to go against the grain, who are willing to make tremendous sacrifices to change an unjust situation – that’s what blows my mind out.
When decorum is repression, the only dignity free men have is to speak out.
There is a difference between being self-interested and being selfish. I will never be selfish.

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