Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Abbie Hoffman, fully Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman

American Social and Political Activist,Co-founded the Youth International Party "Yippies"

"Kids today live with awful nightmares: AIDS will wipe us out; the polar ice cap will melt; the nuclear bomb will go off at any minute. Even the best tend to believe we are hopeless to affect matters... Young people are detached from history, the planet and, most important, the future."

"Fantasy is the only truth."

"It’s universally wrong to steal from your neighbor, but once you get the one-to-one level, and pit the individual against the multinational conglomerate, the federal bureaucracy, the modern plantation of agro-business, or the utility company, it becomes strictly a value judgment to decide exactly who is stealing from whom. One person’s crime is another person’s profit. Capitalism is license to steal; the government simply regulates who steals and how much."

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

"I grew up with the idea that democracy is not something you believe in, or a place you hang your hat, but it’s something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles and falls apart."

"The idea that the media is there to educate us, or to inform us, is ridiculous because that’s about tenth or eleventh on their list. The first purpose of the media is to sell us shit, things we don’t need. One moment it’ll be “don’t do drugs” and ten minutes later it’s Miller time."

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