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“Andrew Breitbart, self-described media mogul, had several screws loose or missing and was the grinning bomb-thrower of the radical right. He was the attack dog kept on a tight leash and brought out on special occasions to hiss and to menace.”

Bill Ayers

“Jane Addams, founder of Hull House, once asked, “How shall we respond to the dreams of youth?” It is a dazzling and elegant question, a question that demands an answer–a range of answers, really, spiraling outward in widening circles.”

Bill Ayers

“You cannot live a political life, you cannot live a moral life if you’re not willing to open your eyes and see the world more clearly. See some of the injustice that’s going on. Try to make yourself aware of what’s happening in the world. And when you are aware, you have a responsibility to act.”

Bill Ayers

“I breathed the air of deliverance through books, and through books I leapt over the walls of confinement.”

Bill Ayers

“I was arrested in 1965 for opposing the war in Vietnam. There were 39 of us arrested that day. But thousands opposed us. And the majority of the people in the country supported the war then.”

Bill Ayers

“Imperialism or globalization – I don’t have to care what it’s called to hate it.”

Bill Ayers

“We should open our eyes, see what’s in front of us, and act.”

Bill Ayers

“I think I am a radical. I have never deviated from that. By radical, I mean someone trying to go to the root of things.”

Bill Ayers

“If you read the literature of Soviet Communism, you see a dogma that’s chilling. On the other hand, if you read the literature of anti-communism, it’s every bit as dogmatic.”

Bill Ayers

“Chicago ’68 was a relatively small demonstration for its time, but I’ve talked to millions of people who claim they were there because it felt like we were all there. Everyone from our generation was there and was at Woodstock.”

Bill Ayers

“When I was young, communism, which had a certain allure to me, was clearly a failed experiment in the Soviet Union and in China. And yet, anti-communism was as bad.”

Bill Ayers

“One hundred years from now, we’ll all be dead. It’s hard to believe. One hundred years from now, everyone we see every day will be gone.”

Bill Ayers

“Being an activist and an artist – those two things should go together. You should allow the artistic sensibility to control some of your activism, but never should it be allowed to paralyze you.”

Bill Ayers

“I’m an optimist in my heart – I’m a hopeless pollyanna just like my mother – but a pessimist in my head. I think that’s the dialectic we all need to be in.”

Bill Ayers

“I’ve said for thirty years that capitalism is an exhausted system. But now you can see the handwriting everywhere. And one especially horrifying part is the fiscal crisis.”

Bill Ayers

“I taught. I lectured at universities. I spoke to my students. I spoke in certain public forums. But what I didn’t do was respond to microphones being thrust in my face and saying, what is your relationship with Obama and are you an unrepentant terrorist?”

Bill Ayers

“The nice thing about being detained in Canada is it’s like being in a Days Inn; it’s very clean and very nice.”

Bill Ayers

“Terrorists destroy randomly.”

Bill Ayers

“Nixon probably was a nice guy.”

Bill Ayers

“The rhythm of being an activist today involves a pretty simple rhythm. You have to open your eyes to the reality before you. You have to look and see.”

Bill Ayers