Studs Terkel Quotes

Who was Studs Terkel?

Pulitzer Prize winner Louis Studs Terkel was an American author and historian, known for non fiction books such as The Good War and Working.

Born May 16, 1912
Died October 31, 2008
Aged 96 years old

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Best 7 Quotes by Studs Terkel

“I always love to quote Albert Einstein because nobody dares contradict him.”

“More and more we are into communications; and less and less into communication.”

Hard Times Quotes

“The poor are so busy trying to survive from one day to the next, they haven’t the time or energy to keep score.”

Hard Times

“The whole program of unemployment insurance, Social Security, was a confession of the failure of our whole social order. And confession of failure of Christian principles: that man, in fact, did not look after his brother.”

Hard Times

Touch and Go Quotes

“How come you don't work fourteen hours a day? Your great-great-grandparents did. How come you only work the eight-hour day? Four guys got hanged fighting for the eight-hour day for you.”

Touch and Go

Working Quotes

“I think most of us are looking for a calling, not a job. Most of us, like the assembly-line worker, have jobs that are too small for our spirit. Jobs are not big enough for people.”


“Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”


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