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“The massive anti-war movement, which I was a part of and which was a major part of my life, never stopped the war in Vietnam.”

Bill Ayers

“The world spends two trillion dollars a year on military, and of that two trillion the United States spends one trillion. We have a bigger military than the rest of the world put together. We have 150 foreign military bases.”

Bill Ayers

“I didn’t kill innocent people.”

Bill Ayers

“I voted for Obama and I was delighted that he’s been elected.”

Bill Ayers

“Martin Luther King was only an activist for 13 years and every year he changed and every year he became more radical. By the end he was calling for revolution. People don’t know this because they go to too many prayer breakfasts on his birthday.”

Bill Ayers

“I wish I knew as much about anything today as I knew about everything when I was twenty.”

Bill Ayers

“I knew Barack Obama, absolutely. And I knew him probably as well as thousands of other Chicagoans.”

Bill Ayers

“I have an addiction to caffeine.”

Bill Ayers

“I would say for the young: Don’t be straight jacketed by ideology. Don’t be driven by a structure of ideas.”

Bill Ayers

“Nothing is more boring than some old person going on and on about the way things used to be.”

Bill Ayers

“I suffer from a genetic flaw, which is that my mother was a hopeless Pollyanna.”

Bill Ayers

“To be a human being is to suffer. But it’s the unnecessary suffering, it’s the suffering that we visit upon one another, that really should be stopped.”

Bill Ayers

“I don’t think saying “I was wrong here, I was wrong there” absolves you of anything particularly, nor does it get you into heaven.”

Bill Ayers

“Writing a memoir has a particularly excited sense of narcissism.”

Bill Ayers

“In a world as out of balance as this world, everyone can find something to do. And the question isn’t can you do everything; the question is, can you do anything?”

Bill Ayers

“I think that you’re smarter than we were, but we had two things: one is, in our naïveté we believed we could change the world. And number two, we believed that another world was possible. And once that belief took hold of some critical mass, a tiny minority nonetheless, but a critical mass of people, then the world did change.”

Bill Ayers

“I was a kid and I studied when I had to [live].”

Bill Ayers

“Being arrested that also changed everything for me because I was suddenly seeing America from a different perspective all together. I did a couple of weeks in a county jail.”

Bill Ayers

“Agitators, organizers, activists, intellectuals aren’t bound by those rules. We’re not trying to figure out, how do I thread this particular needle?”

Bill Ayers

“It’s worth remembering that in 1965, something like 20% of Americans were against the war. Something like 70% were for the war. So, it wasn’t a popular or an easy thing to do.”

Bill Ayers