Great Quotes from Abbie Hoffman

I’m a nomad. A Jewish road warrior. I do not have a concept of home. I wish I did. But I live with the idea that we have to get out of town before dawn.

Abbie Hoffman

You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.

Abbie Hoffman

A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station.

Abbie Hoffman

Understand that legal and illegal are political, and often arbitrary, categorizations; use and abuse are medical, or clinical, distinctions.

Abbie Hoffman

Avoid all needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.

Abbie Hoffman

Become an internationalist and learn to respect all life. Make war on machines. And in particular the sterile machines of corporate death and the robots that guard them.

Abbie Hoffman

There is a difference between being self-interested and being selfish. I will never be selfish.

Abbie Hoffman

Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit.

Abbie Hoffman

Free speech means the right to shout ‘theatre’ in a crowded fire.

Abbie Hoffman

The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.

Abbie Hoffman

Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger.

Abbie Hoffman

The ’60s are gone, dope will never be as cheap, sex never as free, and the rock and roll never as great.

Abbie Hoffman

I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars.

Abbie Hoffman

The only way to support a revolution is to make your own.

Abbie Hoffman

To steal from a brother or sister is evil. To not steal from the institutions that are the pillars of the Pig Empire is equally immoral.

Abbie Hoffman

When decorum is repression, the only dignity free men have is to speak out.

Abbie Hoffman

I was probably the only revolutionary referred to as cute.

Abbie Hoffman

The majority of people were always sitting in the stands. When I find people who are willing to go against the grain, who are willing to make tremendous sacrifices to change an unjust situation – that’s what blows my mind out.

Abbie Hoffman

I will say this: In order for the planet to survive, there are going to be acts of ecoterrorism.

Abbie Hoffman

I was a fugitive, taking risks with my life. I chose that. I chose to be a volunteer to go to Guatemala when they were having their earthquake, to help people with a team of doctors.

Abbie Hoffman

Once you get the right image the details aren’t that important.

Abbie Hoffman

Structure is more important than content in the transmission of information.

Abbie Hoffman

The key to organizing an alternative society is to organize people around what they can do, and more importantly, what they want to do.

Abbie Hoffman

Never impose your language on people you wish to reach.

Abbie Hoffman

Expedience, not justice, is the rule of contemporary American law.

Abbie Hoffman