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#1. I think our concept of revolution, in terms of getting the power to do things, is too focused on the state. We have a scenario of revolution that first, you know, comes from 1917, that first you take the state power, and then you change things. And we don't realize it's collapsed. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#2. Really, people are not a school of fish. Finding the leaders of the future is a question of recognizing those people who give leadership in a crisis. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#3. Well, I would say that we've got to redefine democracy, that we have been stuck in concepts of representative democracy, that we believe that it's getting other people to do things for us that we progress. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#4. We have this exploding prison population. We have the equivalent of martial law on a day-to-day, 24/7-hour basis in our cities, because we have not heard the cry for help by young people in 1967. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#5. I had no idea what I was gonna do after I got my degree in philosophy in 1940. But what I did know was at that time, if you were a Chinese-American, even department stores wouldn't hire you. They'd come right out and say, 'We don't hire Orientals.' - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#6. A revolution that is based on the people exercising their creativity in the midst of devastation is one of the great historical contributions of humankind. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#7. When I came to Detroit, if you threw a stone up in the air and it came down, it would hit an autoworker because the Chrysler Jefferson plant where my husband worked was very close also to where we lived. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#8. How do we redefine education so that 30-50 percent of inner-city children do not drop out of school, thus ensuring that millions will end up in prison? - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#9. What time is it on the clock of the world? - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#10. I was working with C. L. R. James; I believed in Marxist ideas about the labor and movement and the workers being the secret to the future. And I learned differently just by being in Detroit and being married to Jimmy Boggs. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#11. The most radical thing I ever did was to stay put. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#12. History is not the past. It is the stories we tell about the past. How we tell these stories - triumphantly or self-critically, metaphysically or dialectally - has a lot to do with whether we cut short or advance our evolution as human beings. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#13. We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it's never a question of 'critical mass.' It's always about critical connections. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#14. You don't choose the times you live in, but you do choose who you want to be. And you do choose how you think. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#15. Some people are afraid of gentrification, but what I see is young people want to live in a different world. And they see possibilities here. They see that rents are relatively cheap compared to places like New York and California. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#16. Don't get stuck in old ideas. Keep recognizing that reality is changing and that your ideas have to change. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#17. Love isn't about what we did yesterday; it's about what we do today and tomorrow and the day after - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#18. Talk and write in a way that encourages the mutual exchange of ideas and acts like a midwife to people birthing their own ideas. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#19. We need to undergo a very radical revolution in values. And we need to think about what it's like to have become so materialistic that we think having a good job, and consuming like crazy to compensate for the dehumanization of the job, is living like a human being. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#20. With the end of empire, we are coming to an end of the epoch of rights. We have entered the epoch of responsibilities, which requires new, more socially-minded human beings and new, more participatory and place-based concepts of citizenship and democracy. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#21. The nation-state became powerful in the wake of the French Revolution, whereas the nation-state has become powerless in light of globalization. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#22. The struggle we're dealing with these days, which, I think, is part of what the 60s represented, is how do we define our humanity? - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#23. Jimmy Boggs was born in a little town called Marion Junction, Alabama, where there were as many pigs, or more pigs, than even the people. But you know what? People in the South had an understanding that you could make a way out of no way, and that's how they survived. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#24. It's really important that we get rid of the idea that protest will create change. We don't realize that that kind of organizing worked only when the government was very strong, when the West ruled the world, relatively speaking. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#25. I think that's a very important part of what we need in this country, is that sense that we have lived through so many stages and that we are entering into a new stage where we could create something completely different. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#26. I think that rebellions arise out of anger, and they're very short-lived. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#27. I think we have to rethink the concept of "leader." 'Cause "leader" implies "follower." And, so many- not so many, but I think we need to appropriate, embrace the idea that we are the leaders we've been looking for. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#28. I believe that we are at the point now, in the United States, where a movement is beginning to emerge. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#29. The only way to survive is by taking care of one another. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#30. Building community is to the collective as spiritual practice is to the individual. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#31. The physical threat posed by climate change represents a crisis that is not only material but also profoundly spiritual at its core because it challenges us to think seriously about the future of the human race and what it means to be a human being. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#32. We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#33. People in Detroit aren't just urban gardening. They're starting a new mode of education. They're trying to give children the education to be "solutionaries" rather than people who are going to get jobs in the system. And that is a huge change, a cultural revolution. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#34. The main reason why Western civilization lacks Spirituality, or an awareness of our interconnectedness with one another and the universe, according to Gandhi, is that it has given priority to economic and technological development over human and community development. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#35. A rebellion is something that is developing as an explosion coming out of the righteous grievances of a community of people. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#36. I think that deep in our hearts we know that our comforts, our conveniences are at the expense of other people. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#37. I think at the time, my radicalization was not through growing up Chinese, but through the role that the black people were playing at the beginning of World War II, when they had started the "Double V for Victory" movement - for democracy at home as well as abroad. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#38. We're at a great transition point in terms of population, demographics, and what it means to be a human being. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#39. I think we're not looking sufficiently at what is happening at the grassroots in the country. We have not emphasized sufficiently the cultural revolution that we have to make among ourselves in order to force the government to do differently. Things do not start with governments. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#40. I don't know what the next American revolution is going to be like, but we might be able to imagine it if your imagination were rich enough. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#41. This capitalist society has not lasted forever; it's only a few hundred years old. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#42. You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#43. activism can be the journey rather than the arrival; - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#44. Nonviolence is based on recognizing that all of us are human beings. And at a certain point we begin to learn that you don't gather very much by making enemies out of people and not recognizing their humanity. Nonviolence is essentially based on recognizing the humanity in every one one of us. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#45. I warn you, I'm a terrible housekeeper. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#46. To make a revolution, people must not only struggle against existing institutions. They must make a philosophical/ spiritual leap and become more 'human' human beings. In order to change/ transform the world, they must change/ transform themselves. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#47. Every crisis, actual or impending, needs to be viewed as an opportunity to bring about profound changes in our society. Going beyond protest organizing, visionary organizing begins by creating images and stories of the future that help us imagine and create alternatives to the existing system. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#48. I have learned to savor every minute of time with my four year old daughter not only because I know how quickly children grow up but also because I have no idea what state the world will be in when she is my age. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#49. I think Detroit is already providing a model for change in the world. I think that Detroit - I mean, people come from all over the world come to see what we're doing. People are looking for a new way of living. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#50. It takes time for change to take place. But then when huge changes are taking place, they are extraordinary. And it requires a kind of philosophical thinking, thinking in terms of epochs. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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#51. When I was growing up, Asians were so few and far between as to be almost invisible. And so the idea of an Asian American movement or an Asian American thrust in this country was unthinkable. - Author: Grace Lee Boggs
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