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Inspirational Noam Chomsky Quotes

Avram Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian. This post features some Inspirational Noam Chomsky Quotes.

Sometimes described as “the father of modern linguistics”, Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy, and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has worked since 1955, and is the author of over 100 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media. Ideologically, he aligns with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.

Noam Chomsky Quotes
Noam Chomsky Quotes

Noam Chomsky Quotes

“We shouldn’t be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.”
― Noam Chomsky

“For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.”
― Noam Chomsky

“Education is a system of imposed ignorance.”
― Noam Chomsky

“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

“Of course, everybody says they’re for peace. Hitler was for peace. Everybody is for peace. The question is: “What kind of peace?”
― Noam Chomsky

“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”
― Noam Chomsky

“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

“How it is we have so much information, but know so little?”
― Noam Chomsky

“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

“I was never aware of any other option but to question everything.”
― Noam Chomsky

“Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.”
― Noam Chomsky

“It is the fundamental duty of the citizen to resist and to restrain the violence of the state.”
― Noam Chomsky

“Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control.”
― Noam Chomsky

“Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.”
Noam Chomsky quotes

“It’s not radical Islam that worries the US — it’s independence.”
― Noam Chomsky

“It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies.”
― Noam Chomsky

“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

“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

“Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.”
― Noam Chomsky

“The more you can increase fear of drugs, crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all of the people.”
― Noam Chomsky

“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

“See, people with power understand exactly one thing: violence.”
― Noam Chomsky

“I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.”
― Noam Chomsky

“That is what I have always understood to be the essence of anarchism: the conviction that the burden of proof has to be placed on authority, and that it should be dismantled if that burden cannot be met.”
― Noam Chomsky

“The war is simply an obscenity, a depraved act by weak and miserable men, including all of us who have allowed it to go on and on with endless fury and destruction – all of us who would have remained silent, had stability and order been secured.”
Noam Chomsky quotes

“It is quite possible–overwhelmingly probable, one might guess–that we will always learn more about human life and personality from novels than from scientific psychology.”
― Noam Chomsky

“That’s the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody’s going to be against, and everybody’s going to be for. Nobody knows what it means, because it doesn’t mean anything.”
― Noam Chomsky

“No less insidious is the cry for ‘revolution,’ at a time when not even the germs of new institutions exist, let alone the moral and political consciousness that could lead to a basic modification of social life.”
― Noam Chomsky

“Science is a bit like the joke about the drunk who is looking under a lamppost for a key that he has lost on the other side of the street, because that’s where the light is. It has no other choice.”
― Noam Chomsky

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