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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Abbie Hoffman on inspiration, protest, success, dissent, activism, revolution, freedom, education and morality.

31 Inspiring Quotes By Abbie Hoffman, The Icon Of The Anti-War Movement

Quick Facts

Famous As: Anti-War Activist

Born On: November 30, 1936

Died On: April 12, 1989

Born In: Worcester

Died At Age: 52

Abbie Hoffman was an American social and political activist known to be the co-founder of the ‘Youth International Party’. Hoffman was a troublemaker as a child but his energies were put in the right directions and his political ideologies were inspired by the famous Marxist theorist Herbert Marcuse. He joined the ‘Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee’ to support the ‘Civil Rights Movement’. He further protested against the Vietnam War and was known for using theatrical methods for protests. He and his confederates were arrested and convicted for their anti-war protests but the conviction was overturned by the ‘Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’. Hoffman further wrote a book titled ‘Steal This Book’ where he encouraged the youth to protest against corruption and the malpractices of the government. This book became an inspiration for the youth and turned out to be a national bestseller.  He took a break to become an environmental activist and was the part of a campaign which aimed at preserving the Saint Lawrence River. He was posthumously honored with the ‘Courage of Conscience award’. The below collection of Abbie Hoffman’s most famous quotes have been excerpted from his writings, papers, speeches and thoughts. We bring to you a collection of sayings and quotes by Abbie Hoffman on books, freedom and violence.

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

Abbie Hoffman

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

Abbie Hoffman

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

Abbie Hoffman

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

Abbie Hoffman

There is absolutely no greater high than challenging the power structure as a nobody, giving it your all, and winning!

Abbie Hoffman

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

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

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

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

I was probably the only revolutionary referred to as cute.

Abbie Hoffman

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

Abbie Hoffman

Smoking dope and hanging up Che's picture is no more a commitment than drinking milk and collecting postage stamps.

Abbie Hoffman

Never impose your language on people you wish to reach.

Abbie Hoffman

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

Abbie Hoffman

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

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

In this state, dig it, you get twenty years for sale of dope to a minor. You only get five to ten for manslaughter. So like, the thing is, if you're selling to a kid and cops come, shoot the kid real quick!

Abbie Hoffman

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

Abbie Hoffman

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

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

Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburgers.

Abbie Hoffman

Hep is a very dangerous disease that can cause a number of permanent conditions, including death, which is extremely permanent.

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

Every rock or molotov cocktail thrown should make a very obvious political point. Random violence produces random propaganda results. Why waste even a rock?

Abbie Hoffman

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

Abbie Hoffman

Lay off the needle drugs. The only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.

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

Sacred Cows make the BEST Hamburger

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