21 Famous Saul Alinsky Quotes

21 Famous Saul Alinsky Quotes

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Saul Alinsky was a community organizer and writer from Chicago, Illinois. He has been coined the “Father of Modern Community Organizing”. His most notable work is his book Rules for Radicals. He died on June 12, 1972.

“A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”

“All effective actions require the passport of morality. ”

“As an organizer I start where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be. That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we
believe it should be — it is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be.”

“History is a relay of revolutions.”

“Keep the pressure on.”

“Last guys don’t finish nice.”

“Many of the lower middle class are members of labor unions, churches, bowling clubs, fraternal, service, and nationality organizations. They are organizations and people that must be worked
with as one would work with any other part of our populations — with respect, understanding, and sympathy. ”

“Men don’t like to step abruptly out of the security of familiar experience; they need a bridge to cross from their own experience to a new way. A revolutionary organizer must shake up the
prevailing patterns of their lives—agitate, create disenchantment and discontent with the current values, to produce, if not a passion for change, at least a passive, affirmative, non-
challenging climate.”

“Once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you’re free to live. You no longer care about your reputation. You no longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically to
promote a cause you believe in.”

“One’s concern with the ethics of means and ends varies inversely with one’s personal interest in the issue.”

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

“Power comes out of the barrel of a gun!” is an absurd ralling cry when the other side has all the guns.”

“Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.”

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

“Tactics mean doing what you can with what you have.”

“The job of the organizer is to maneuver and bait the establishment so that it will publicly attack him as a “dangerous enemy.”

“The ninth rule of the ethics of means and ends is that any effective means is automatically judged by the opposition as being unethical.”

“The preferred world can be seen any evening on television in the succession of programs where the good always wins”

“The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”

“We must believe that it is the darkest before the dawn of a beautiful new world. We will see it when we believe it.”

“You can’t switch channels and get rid of them. This is what you have been doing in your radicalized dream world but they are here and will be.”