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Studs Terkel

Datum narození: 16. květen 1912
Datum úmrtí: 31. říjen 2008

Louis „Studs“ Terkel byl americký historik a spisovatel. Narodil se do židovské rodiny s ruskými předky v New Yorku a ve svých osmi letech se s rodinou přestěhoval do Chicaga. Zde také docházel na University of Chicago. Se svou ženou Idou, se kterou se oženil roku 1939 a žil s ní až do její smrti v roce 1999, měl jednoho syna. Přestože studoval právo, nikdy v tomto oboru nepracoval. Později pracoval například v rozhlase. Za svou knihu The Good War z roku 1985 získal Pulitzerovu cenu. Zemřel v roce 2008 ve věku 96 let.


„Co znamenal Caruso ve zpěvu, znamená Alan Lomax v muzikologii. Je to klíčová postava kulturního dění dvacátého století.“

„Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.“


„I always love to quote Albert Einstein because nobody dares contradict him.“

„People are hungry for stories. It's part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another. -Studs Terkel“

„Most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirits.“

„You know, 'power corrupts, and absolute power
corrupts absolutely?' It's the same with powerlessness.
Absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely. Einstein
said everything had changed since the atom was split,
except the way we think. We have to think anew.“

„More and more we are into communications; and less and less into communication.“

„Curiosity never killed this cat’ — that’s what I’d like as my epitaph“


„How come you don't work fourteen hours a day? Your great-great-grandparents did. How come you only work the eight-hour day? Four guys got hanged fighting for the eight-hour day for you.“ Touch and Go: A Memoir

„Most people were raised to think they are not worthy. School is a process of taking beautiful kids who are filled with life and beating them into happy slavery. That's as true of a twenty-five-thousand-dollar-a-year executive as it is for the poorest."
Bill Talcott - Organizer“
Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do

„God, grant me serenity to accept those things I can't change, the courage to change those I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

-Division St.“

„What I remember most of those times is that poverty creates desperation, and desperation creates violence.“ Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression


„Chicago is not the most corrupt of cities. The state of New Jersey has a couple. Need we mention Nevada? Chicago, though, is the Big Daddy. Not more corrupt, just more theatrical, more colorful in its shadiness.“ Chicago

„What I bring to the interview is respect. The person recognizes that you respect them because you're listening. Because you're listening, they feel good about talking to you. When someone tells me a thing that happened, what do I feel inside? I want to get the story out. It's for the person who reads it to have the feeling... In most cases the person I encounter is not a celebrity; rather the ordinary person. "Ordinary" is a word I loathe. It has a patronizing air. I have come across ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. (p. 176)“ Touch and Go: A Memoir

„The whole program of unemployment insurance, Social Security, was a confession of the failure of our whole social order. And confession of failure of Christian principles: that man, in fact, did not look after his brother.“ Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression

„I'm not an optimist. I'm hopeful.“

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