Abbie Hoffman Quotes

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

  • I will say this: In order for the planet to survive, there are going to be acts of ecoterrorism.

  • You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.

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

  • 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.

  • Never impose your language on people you wish to reach.

  • 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.

  • Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger.

  • There is a difference between being self-interested and being selfish. I will never be selfish.

  • 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.

  • When decorum is repression, the only dignity free men have is to speak out.

  • Expedience, not justice, is the rule of contemporary American law.

  • The '60s are gone, dope will never be as cheap, sex never as free, and the rock and roll never as great.

  • We were young, we were foolish, we were arrogant, but we were right.

  • 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.

  • Understand that legal and illegal are political, and often arbitrary, categorizations; use and abuse are medical, or clinical, distinctions.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • The key to organizing an alternative society is to organize people around what they can do, and more importantly, what they want to do.

  • A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station.

  • I was probably the only revolutionary referred to as cute.

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

  • 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.