Saul D #Alinsky Quotes

Saul D. Alinsky Quotes

“Life is an adventure of passion, risk, danger, laughter, beauty, love; a burning curiosity to go with the action to see what it is all about, to go search for a pattern of meaning, to burn one’s bridges because you’re never going to go back anyway, and to live to the end.”
― Saul D. AlinskyReveille for Radicals
“The human spirit glows from that small inner light of doubt whether we are right, while those who believe with certainty that they possess the right are dark inside and darken the world outside with cruelty, pain, and injustice.”
― Saul D. AlinskyRules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
“Curiosity and irreverence go together. Curiosity cannot exist without the other. Curiosity asks, “Is this true?” “Just because this has always been the way, is the best or right way of life, the best or right religion, political or economic value, morality?” To the questioner, nothing is sacred. He detests dogma, defies any finite definition of morality, rebels against any repression of a free, open search of ideas no matter where they may lead. He is challenging, insulting, agitating, discrediting. He stirs unrest.”
― Saul D. AlinskyRules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
“A word about my personal philosophy. It is anchored in optimism. It must be, for optimism brings with it hope, a future with a purpose, and therefore, a will to fight for a better world. Without this optimism, there is no reason to carry on. If we think of the struggle as aclimb up a mountain, then we must visualize a mountain with no top. We see a top, but when we finall yreach it, the overcast rises and we find ourselves merely on a bluff. The mountain continues on up. Now we see the “real” top ahead of us, and strive for it, only to find we’ve reached another bluff, the top still above us. And so it goes on, interminably.
Knowing that the mountain has no top, that it is a perpetual quest from plateau to plateau, the question arises, “Why the struggle, the conflict, the heartbreak, the danger, the sacrifice. Why the constant climb?” Our answer is the same as that which a real mountain climber gives when he is asked why he does what he does. “Because it’s there.” Because life is there ahead of you and either one tests oneself in its challenges or huddles in the valleys of a dreamless day-to-day existence whose only purpose is the preservation of a illusory security and safety. The latter is what the vast majority of people choose to do, fearing the adventure into the known. Paradocically, they give up the dream of what may lie ahead on the heighs of tomorrow for a perpetual nightmare – an endless succession of days fearing the loss of a tenuous security.”
― Saul D. AlinskyRules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
“If people don’t think they have the power to solve their problems, they won’t even think about how to solve them.”
― Saul D. AlinskyRules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
“Once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you’re free to live. You no longer care about your reputation. You no longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically to promote a cause you believe in.”
“We must believe that it is the darkest before the dawn of a beautiful new world. We will see it when we believe it.”
― Saul D. Alinsky
“Let the liberal turn to the course of action, the course of all radicals, and the amused look vanishes from the face of society as it snarls, “That’s radical!” Society has good reason to fear the radical. Every shaking advance of mankind toward equality and justice has come from the radical. He hits, he hurts, he is dangerous. Conservative interests know that while liberals are most adept at breaking their own necks with their tongues, radicals are most adept at breaking the necks of conservatives.”
― Saul D. AlinskyReveille for Radicals
“Lest we forget at least an over the shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins – or which is which), the very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”
― Saul D. AlinskyRules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
“Love and faith are not common companions. More commonly power and fear consort with faith….Power is not to be crossed; one must respect and obey. Power means strength, whereas love is a human frailty the people mistrust. It is a sad fact of life that power and fear are the fountainheads of faith.”
― Saul D. AlinskyRules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
“Those who are most moral are farthest from the problem.”
― Saul D. AlinskyRules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
“Last guys don’t finish nice.”
― Saul D. Alinsky
“To say that corrupt means corrupt the ends is to believe in the immaculate conception of ends and principles. The real arena is corrupt and bloody. Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life.”
― Saul D. AlinskyRules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”
― Saul D. AlinskyRules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
“In the beginning the organizer’s first job is to create the issues or problems.”
― Saul D. AlinskyRules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
“The sit-down strikers began to worry about the illegality of their action and the why and wherefore, and it was then the chief of all C.I.O. organizers, Lewis, gave them their rationale. He thundered, ‘The right to a man’s job transcends the right of private property! The C.I.O. stands squarely behind these sit-downs!’ The sit-down strikers at GM cheered.”

“Action comes from keeping the heat on. No politician can sit on a hot issue if you make it hot enough.”
― Saul D. AlinskyRules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
“I suggested that we might buy one hundred seats for one of Rochester’s symphony concerts. We would select a concert in which the music would be relatively quiet. The hundred blacks who would be given tickets would first be treated to a three-hour pre-concert dinner in the community, in which they would be fed nothing but baked beans, and lots of them; them the people would go to the symphony hall–with obvious consequences.”
― Saul D. AlinskyReveille for Radicals
“Do one of three things.One,go find a wailing wall and feel sorry for yourselves.Two,go psycho and start bombing-but this will only swing people to the right.Three,learn a lesson.Go home,organize, build power and at the next convention, you be the delegatepos”
― Saul D. AlinskyRules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
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