Why are we born? We're born eventually to die, of course. But what happens between the time we're born and we die? We're born to live. One is a realist if one hopes.
With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things. People say, 'Studs, you're an optimist.' I never said I was an optimist. I have hope because what's the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair, you might as well put your head in the oven.
I think it's realistic to have hope. One can be a perverse idealist and say the easiest thing: 'I despair. The world's no good.' That's a perverse idealist. It's practical to hope, because the hope is for us to survive as a human species. That's very realistic.
You happen to be talking to an agnostic. You know what an agnostic is? A cowardly atheist.
I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty. How do you do that? You work for it.
If solace is any sort of succor to someone, that is sufficient. I believe in the faith of people, whatever faith they may have.
I always love to quote Albert Einstein because nobody dares contradict him.
When you become part of something, in some way you count. It could be a march; it could be a rally, even a brief one. You're part of something, and you suddenly realize you count. To count is very important.
I hope for peace and sanity - it's the same thing.
I want people to talk to one another no matter what their difference of opinion might be.
Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt.
That's what we're missing. We're missing argument. We're missing debate. We're missing colloquy. We're missing all sorts of things. Instead, we're accepting.
But once you become active in something, something happens to you. You get excited and suddenly you realize you count.
People are ready to say, 'Yes, we are ready for single-payer health insurance.' We are the only industrialized country in the world that does not have national health insurance. We are the richest in wealth and the poorest in health of all the industrial nations.
We are the most powerful nation in the world, but we're not the only nation in the world. We are not the only people in the world. We are an important people, the wealthiest, the most powerful and, to a great extent, generous. But we are part of the world.
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