Upton Sinclair Quotes
Born: September 20, 1878
Died: November 25, 1968
You can't make somebody understand something if their salary depends upon them not understanding it.
It is foolish to be convinced without evidence, but it is equally foolish to refuse to be convinced by real evidence.
Pessimism is mental disease. It means illness in the person who voices it, and in the society which produces that person.
Journalism is one of the devices whereby industrial autocracy keeps its control over political democracy, it is the day-by-day, between-elections propaganda, whereby the minds of the people are kept in a state of acquiescence, so that when the crisis of an election comes, they go to the polls and cast their ballots for either one of the two candidates of their exploiters.
Over the vast plain I wander, observing a thousand strange and incredible and terrifying manifestations of the Bootstrap-lifting impulse.
But the devil is a subtle worm, he does not give up at one defeat, for he knows human nature, and the strength of the forces which battle for him.
The remedy [for the Great Depression] is to give the workers access to the means of production, and let them produce for themselves, not for others, . . . the American way.
I am sustained by a sense of the worthwhileness of what I am doing, a trust in the good faith of the process which created and sustains me. That process I call God.
So the laws of good driving forbade you to go off the magic ribbon except in extreme emergencies. You were ethically entitled to several inches of margin at the right-hand edge, and the man approaching you was entitled to an equal number of inches, which left a remainder of inches between the two projectiles as they shot by. It sounds risky as one tells it, but the heavens are run on the basis of similar calculations, and while collisions do happen, they leave time enough in between for universes to be formed, and successful careers conducted by men of affairs.
I have not only found good health, but perfect health, I have found a new state of being, a potentiality of life, a sense of lightness and cleanness and joyfulness, such as I did not know could exist in the human body.
It was cold and clammy in the stone cell, they called it the 'cooler,' and used it to reduce the temperature of the violent and intractable. It was a trouble-saving device, they just left the man there and forgot him, and his own tormented mind did the rest.
The American People will take Socialism, but they won't take the label. I certainly proved it in the case of EPIC [End Poverty in California]. Running on the Socialist ticket I got 60,000 votes, and running on the slogan to 'End Poverty in California' I got 879,000. I think we simply have to recognize the fact that our enemies have succeeded in spreading the Big Lie. There is no use attacking it by a front attack, it is much better to out-flank them.
Man is an evasive beast, given to cultivating strange notions about himself. He is humiliated by his simian ancestry, and tries to deny his animal nature, to persuade himself that he is not limited by its weaknesses nor concerned in its fate. And this impulse may be harmless, when it is genuine. But what are we to say when we see the formulas of heroic self-deception made use of by unheroic self-indulgence?
Man is an evasive beast, given to cultivating strange notions about himself.
An event of colossal and overwhelming significance may happen all at once, but the words which describe it have to come one by one in a long chain.
But I have a conscience and a religious faith, and I know that our liberties were not won without suffering, and may be lost again through our cowardice. I intend to do my duty to my country.
All truly great art is optimistic. The individual artist is happy in his creative work. The fact that practically all great art is tragic does not in any way change the above thesis.
They were the triumphant and insolent possessors, they had a hall, and a fire, and food and clothing and money, and so they might preach to hungry men, and the hungry men must be humble and listen. They were trying to save their souls- and who but a fool could fail to see that all that was the matter with their souls was that they had not managed to get a decent existence for their bodies?
When the masters of industry pay such sums for a newspaper, they buy not merely the building and the presses and the name, they buy what they call the 'good-will'- that is, they buy you. And they proceed to change your whole psychology - everything that you believe about life. You might object to it, if you knew, but they do their work so subtly that you never guess what is happening to you!
We define journalism in America as the business and practice of presenting the news of the day in the interest of economic privilege.