20 Incredible Upton Sinclair Quotes

20 Incredible Upton Sinclair Quotes

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Upton Sinclair was an author from Baltimore, Maryland. During his life he wrote over 100 books, in varying genres. The work of literature that gained him fame was the classical novel, The Jungle. The book was about exposing the dirty secrets of the meat packing industry in America. As a cause of his book the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act where passed in 1906. He died on November 25, 1968 at the age of 90.

“All art is propaganda. It is universally and inescapably propaganda; sometimes unconsciously, but often deliberately, propaganda.”

“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

“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.”

“Consider Christmas—could Satan in his most malignant mood have devised a worse combination of graft plus bunkum than the system whereby several hundred million people get a billion or so
gifts for which they have no use, and some thousands of shop clerks die of exhaustion while selling them, and every other child in the Western world is made ill from overeating—all in the
name of the lowly Jesus?”

“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.”

“He failed to get Jesus, but he came again, to get Jesus’ church.”

“I just put on what the lady says.”

“I say if Germany be allowed to win this war — then we in America shall have to drop every other activity and devote the next twenty or thirty years to preparing for a last-ditch defence of
the democratic principle.”

“I think we simply have to recognize the fact that our enemies have succeeded in spreading the Big Lie.”

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

“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.”

“I’ve been married three times, so I’ve had lots of supervision.”

“Let us redeem our great words from base uses. Let that no longer call itself Love, which knows that it is not free!”

“Man is an evasive beast, given to cultivating strange notions about himself.”

“Now and then it occurs to one to reflect upon what slender threads of accident depend the most important circumstances of his life; to look back and shudder, realizing how close to the edge
of nothingness his being has come.”

“Over the vast plain I wander, observing a thousand strange and incredible and terrifying manifestations of the Bootstrap-lifting impulse.”

“The supreme crime of the church to-day is that everywhere and in all its operations and influences it is on the side of sloth of mind; that it banishes brains, it sanctifies stupidity, it
canonizes incompetence.”

“There is, I discover, a regular propaganda on foot; a long time ago — no man can recall how far back — the Wholesale Pickpockets made the discovery of the ease with which a man’s pockets
could be rifled while he was preoccupied with spiritual exercises, and they began offering prizes for the best essays in support of the practice. Now their propaganda is everywhere
triumphant, and year by year we see an increase in the rewards and emoluments of the prophets and priests of the cult. The ground is covered with stately temples of various designs, all of
which I am told are consecrated to Bootstrap-lifting.”

“What life means to me is to put the content of Shelley into the form of Zola.”