Quotations by Noam Chomsky

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Born: Friday, December 7, 1928
Profession: Activist
Nationality: American


All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: People, Culture, Decisions, Popular, Pressure, Propaganda)

Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Media, Obedience)

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Science, Action, Decision, Choice, Loss, Questions, Reason, Will)

Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Imagination, Censorship)

Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Ideas, Sleep)

Education must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment; it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Education, Environment, Self)

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
(Keywords: Saying, Sound, Will)

Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Terrorism)

Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal world.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Language, World)

I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Thought, American, Dictatorship)

If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: American, Laws, Post, President)

If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Illusion, World)

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: People, Expression, Freedom)

In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Survival, Democracy, Existence, Freedom, Ideals, May)

Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Creation, Language, Laws, Principles, Words)

Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Democracy, Propaganda, State)

Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Nature, Fear, American, Consequences, Heroes, Obligation, Reality)

States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: People, states)

The Bible is one of the most genocidal books in history.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: History, Bible, Books)

The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Power, Tradition)

The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: People, Fear, Control, Crime, Drugs, Mothers, Welfare)

The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: History, Survival, Justification)

The people who were honored in the Bible were the false prophets. It was the ones we call the prophets who were jailed and driven into the desert.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: People, Bible)

The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: History, Nature, Human nature, Manipulation, Nothing)

The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies in the rigidity of the system of ideological control - "indoctrination," we might say - exercised through the mass media.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Control, Media, states, United)

To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Office, Pressure, Public)

Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Quality, Growth, Discontent, Fact, Liberal, Privilege)

We can, for example, be fairly confident that either there will be a world without war or there won't be a world - at least, a world inhabited by creatures other than bacteria and beetles, with some scattering of others.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: War, Beetles, Example, Will, World)

You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Argument, Violence)







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