Noam chomsky Quotes

"I was never aware of any...

"I was never aware of any other option but to question everything." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Dec 03
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“The beauty of our system is that it isolates everybody. Each person is sitt...

“The beauty of our system is that it isolates everybody. Each person is sitting alone in front of the tube, you know. It’s very hard to have ideas or thoughts under those circumstances. You can’t fight the world alone.” - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Apr 12
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"Everybody's worried about stopping te...

"Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way; stop participating in it." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Jun 04
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"Propaganda is to a democra...

"Propaganda is to a democracy what a bludgeon is to a totalitarian state." -Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Jan 30
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"Choice of sources can shiel...

"Choice of sources can shield extreme bias behind a façade of objectivity." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Oct 25
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“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to stric...

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....” ― Noam Chomsky, The Common Good
📅︎ Feb 16
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"“If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you a...

"“If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.” -Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Feb 25
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"Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school ...

"Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society ... When you trap people in a system of debt, they can’t afford the time to think." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ May 26
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“Everyone’s worried about stopping ter...

“Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way. Stop participating in it.” - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Apr 14
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"Any dictator would admire t...

"Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Jun 21
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"Boards of directors are allowed to work together, so are banks and investors...

"Boards of directors are allowed to work together, so are banks and investors and corporations in alliances with one another and with powerful states. That’s just fine. It’s just the poor who aren’t supposed to cooperate." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ May 23
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“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines ...

“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.” ― Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Apr 27
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As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consume...

As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome. - Prof. Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Jul 05
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"If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you a...

"If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world." -Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Jul 05
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“If we don’t believe in free spee...

“If we don’t believe in free speech for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” -Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Dec 11
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"If we don't believe in freedom of e...

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." -Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Mar 06
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"Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unl...

"Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Mar 10
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"The world is a very puzzling place. If you'...

"The world is a very puzzling place. If you're not willing to be puzzled, you just become a replica of someone else's mind." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Oct 10
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"If we don't believe in freedom of e...

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." -Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Feb 22
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“We shouldn't be looking fo...

“We shouldn't be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.” ― Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Mar 07
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"One might ask why tobacco is legal and marijuana not. A possible answer is suggested by the...

"One might ask why tobacco is legal and marijuana not. A possible answer is suggested by the nature of the crop. Marijuana can be grown almost anywhere, with little difficulty. It might not be easily marketable by major corporations. Tobacco is quite another story." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Jan 30
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"Any dictator would admire ...

"Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the US media." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Aug 28
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…capitalism is basically a system where everything is for sale, and the more money you hav...

…capitalism is basically a system where everything is for sale, and the more money you have, the more you can get. And, in particular, that’s true of freedom. Freedom is one of the commodities that is for sale, and if you are affluent, you can have a lot of it. – Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Jul 09
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‎"The goal is a society in which the basic social unit is you and your television set. I...

‎"The goal is a society in which the basic social unit is you and your television set. If the kid next door is hungry, it’s not your problem. If the retired couple next door invested their assets badly and are now starving, that’s not your problem either."- Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Dec 14
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“Propaganda is to a democrac...

“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state”. — Noam Chomsky
📅︎ May 16
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“The key element of social control is the strategy of distraction that is to divert public att...

“The key element of social control is the strategy of distraction that is to divert public attention from important issues and changes decided by political and economic elites, through the technique of flood or flooding continuous distractions and insignificant information." -Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Oct 14
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"If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you as...

"If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Oct 19
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“For the powerful, cr...

“For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.” - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Mar 07
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"The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which jus...

"The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on — because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Oct 07
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Advertising is tax deductible, so we...

Advertising is tax deductible, so we all pay for the privilege of being manipulated and controlled. - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Jun 12
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It just doesn’t matter what the...

It just doesn’t matter what the population thinks, as long as they’re under control. - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Jun 17
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"Everybody's worried about stopping te...

"Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Jun 20
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"The more privilege you have, the more opport...

"The more privilege you have, the more opportunity you have. The more opportunity you have, the more responsibility you have." ~ Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Jan 13
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If elections are just something where you go in, then...

If elections are just something where you go in, then you push a button and then you go home, then it doesn't make much difference which button you push. - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Jul 08
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Social Security is based on a princip...

Social Security is based on a principle. It’s based on the principle that you care about other people. - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Sep 16
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"The world does not reward honesty and independence, it rewards obedien...

"The world does not reward honesty and independence, it rewards obedience and service. It’s a world of concentrated power, and those who have power are not going to reward people who question that power." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Oct 12
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It’s done differently in El Salvador. There they send in the death squads...

It’s done differently in El Salvador. There they send in the death squads. Here what they do is try to hook you on sitcoms. It’s true that both are techniques of control, but they are rather different techniques. - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Oct 04
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Hundreds of billions of dolla...

Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year to control the public mind.– Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Sep 10
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"Propaganda is to a democrac...

"Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Oct 17
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“The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serv...

“The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.” -Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Sep 29
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"History is replete with precedents for what we see before...

"History is replete with precedents for what we see before our eyes, day after day, though the stakes grow more awesome along with the means of destruction available." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Sep 24
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"Too big to fail: Market principles for...

"Too big to fail: Market principles for the poor, but not for the rich. That is what we call capitalism." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Oct 04
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"If we don't believe in freedom of e...

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Dec 08
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I mean, what’s the elections? You know, two guys, same background, wealth, political influence,...

I mean, what’s the elections? You know, two guys, same background, wealth, political influence, went to the same elite university, joined the same secret society where you’re trained to be a ruler - they both can run because they’re financed by the same corporate institutions.– Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Jul 01
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Marketing is manipulation and deceit. It tries to turn people into ...

Marketing is manipulation and deceit. It tries to turn people into something they aren’t — individuals focused solely on themselves, maximising their consumption of goods that they don’t need. - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Feb 15
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"I was never aware of any...

"I was never aware of any other option but to question everything." - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Nov 21
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As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consu...

As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome. - Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Oct 02
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If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assum...

If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there’s a chance for you to contribute to making a better world. That’s your choice. ~ Noam Chomsky
📅︎ Oct 17
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