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Occupy Movement Quotes


"Occupy Wall Street is a real movement." - Russ Feingold

"The Occupy movement is - it was a big surprise." - Noam Chomsky

"We've seen a great deal of interest from the Occupy movement. It's a diverse movement, not everyone embraces electoral politics, and no one can speak for Occupy." - Jill Stein

"The thing about Occupy is that the sentiment the movement embodies is timeless: Don't be greedy, share." - Joseph Gordonlevitt

"The thing about Occupy is that the sentiment the movement embodies is timeless: Don't be greedy, share." - Joseph Gordon-Levitt

"The 'Occupy' movement seems to have found a central theme to its 2012 movement around overturning 'the corporation as a person,' and some legislators are supporting that concept." - John Battelle

"Change means movement. Movement means friction." - Saul Alinsky

"Occupy is anything but a protest movement. That's why it has been so hard for news agencies to express or even discern the 'demands' of the growing legions of Occupy participants around the nation, and even the world." - Douglas Rushkoff

"Excellence is a process that should occupy all our days." - Theodore Wilhelm Engstrom

"And with the Occupy Movement, it's really ironic how the police come as representatives and enforcers of the powers that be, even though the people in the Occupy Movement are really on their side - not in terms of their behavior, but in terms of their economic status, in terms of who the police are in society and how much they're paid, and if you boil it down to the economics of it, the police should be out there marching with the Occupy Movement." - Oren Moverman

"Movement overcomes cold." - Laozi

"Movement isn't progress." - Thomas Leonard

"I want to remind the viewers that people like Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama endorsed the Occupy Wall Street movement which is actually full of anarchists." - Katie Pavlich

"I have been unsure, from the start, what the Occupy movement was all about, although I did suspect that it was just fatuous, anti-enterprise, left-wingery." - Nigel Farage

"Whether one agrees or disagrees with the tactics of the Occupy Wall Street movement, it's easy to understand the inspiration for its anger as well as its impatience." - Eric Alterman

"Occupy Wall Street didn't just spring from the earth organically, out of thin air. This was all part of the global socialist movement." - Monica Crowley

"The Occupy movement has drawn attention to how too many in the 1 percent get to play by their own rules while exploiting the 99 percent." - Robert Greenwald

"If Occupy Wall Street can see their way to more collaboration with the union movement, then there will be a great deal of political action possible." - David Harvey

"I've been saying the Occupy Movement has got the ball rolling, and now we need to take the fight to the great indoors!" - Ani Difranco

"I think that the Occupy movement is, in one sense, the public saying that they should be the ones to decide who's too big to fail." - Alan Moore

"The Occupy movement found places where people who were feeling that anger could come and share it - and that is, as we all know, extremely important in any political movement. The Occupy sites became a way you could gauge the levels of anger and discontent." - Arundhati Roy

"Movement is life; without movement life is unthinkable." - Moshe Feldenkrais

"Never mistake movement for action" - Ernest Hemingway

"Don't mistake movement for achievement." - Jim Rohn

"Cinema is movement, after all." - Jean-Luc Godard

"Never confuse movement with action." - Ernest Hemingway

"Movement for me is meditation." - Conor Mcgregor

"Stillness is the new movement" - Faisal Khokhar

"In less than a century we experienced great movement. The youth movement! The labor movement! The civil rights movement! The peace movement! The solidarity movement! The women's movement! The disability movement! The disarmament movement! The gay rights movement! The environmental movement! Movement! Transformation! Is there any reason to believe we are done?" - Holly Near

"The important thing is to know why we want to dance. We dance a solitude that we have inside us and cannot occupy with anything. This gap, that emptiness to which we put movement is the TANGO." - Carlos Gavito

"Regulate the banks, get money out of elections; raise the minimum wage, environmental issues. They're all very important and the Occupy movement made a difference. It shifted not only the discourse but to some extent, action on these issues." - Noam Chomsky

"The 'Occupy' movement has no real solutions, except more government, more spending, more regulation, more bureaucracy, more unsustainable lethargic pseudo-university with no return on investment, more more more of what got us into this hole." - Mark Steyn

"The new social question is: democracy or the rule of the financial markets. We are currently witnessing the end of an era. The neoliberal ideology has failed worldwide. The U.S. movement Occupy Wall Street is a good example of this." - Sigmar Gabriel

"There's a difference between an outburst of spontaneous anger, which doesn't have a political objective, and a more measured response that we saw in the Occupy Wall Street movement." - David Harvey

"The polls show that concern over inequality among the general public rose pretty sharply after the Occupy movement started, very probably as a consequence. And there are other policy issues that came to the fore, which are significant." - Noam Chomsky

"'Peace Mom' is my most heartfelt, but I am most proud of 'Myth America' because I nailed the problem and gave the solutions long before the Occupy Movement. I think it's a great organic class analysis." - Cindy Sheehan

"Occupy has to continue as a bold, in-your-face movement - occupying banks, corporate headquarters, board meetings, campuses and Wall Street itself. We need weekly - if not daily - nonviolent assaults right on Wall Street." - Michael Moore

"The only good political movement I've seen lately was Occupy Wall Street. They had no leaders, which was genius. But unfortunately it always ends up with some hippy playing a flute." - John Lydon

"Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness." - Francois De La Rochefouca

"The Occupy movement needs an organizing principle, and - just as the Tea Party did - it needs some actual measures of success. Choose one candidate whose agenda is squarely within that of the movement and make his or her electoral success a focal point." - Eliot Spitzer

"The pictorial work was born of movement, is itself recorded movement, and is assimilated through movement (eye muscles)." - Paul Klee

"Thinking is movement confined to the brain" - Arvid Carlsson

"Returning is the movement of the Way." - Laozi

"A movement has to move. Constantly." - Gloria Feldt

"Genuine spiritual movement should forgive and encourage." - Radhanath Swami

"Playboy: What's behind the current's men's movement?" - Betty Friedan

"Life is a movement outward, an unfolding." - Elbert Hubbard

"All creative activity begins with movement." - Joseph C Zinker

"Life for me is about movement." - Elvis Costello

"There is no Afghan Awakening Movement." - Richard Engel

"The women's movement ruined a permanent vacation." - Natasha Leggero

"I really liked the Seattle movement." - Axl Rose

"Puritanism was a youthful, vigorous movement." - Leland Ryken

"The hippy movement was a failure." - Joe Strummer

"Movement is meditation. Move to win." - Conor Mcgregor

"What is true stillness? Stillness in movement." - Bruce Lee

"Avoid the ecstatic adjectives that occupy such disproportionate space in every critic's quiver - words like "enthralling" and "luminous."" - William Zinsser

"The movement of the progressive societies has hitherto been a movement from Status to Contract." - Henry James Sumner Maine

"Time is not a movement in space. Space is a movement in time." - Frederick Lenz

"Separatism is a very healthy movement within culture. It's a disastrous movement within politics and economics." - Northrop Frye

"A movement without vision would be a movement without moral foundation." - Nelson Mandela

"In cultural history, the civil rights movement came before the women's movement." - Marisa Tomei

"The feminist movement has not made it to the Gulf of Mexico. Never seen that movement." - Diane Wilson

"Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement." - Alfred Adler

"I begin with movement... ...I believe that all human visual experiences are born from movement..." - Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

"Every little detail to every little movement must be perfect. Perfection in movement." - Conor Mcgregor

"Mine was an apparent forward movement whereas Burley's was a continuous serpentine movement." - Archie Moore

"Turn off your televisions. Ignore the Newt-Mitt-Rick- Barack reality show. It is as relevant to your life as the gossip on "Jersey Shore." The real debate, the debate raised by the Occupy movement about inequality, corporate malfeasance, the destruction of the ecosystem, and the security and surveillance state, is the only debate that matters." - Chris Hedges

"If Occupy Wall Street was actually a march, and people from all around the country could collect and march toward Washington, D.C., as part of this massive movement of people . . . I think that kind of pressure is much more powerful than a sit-in that seems to be a little unorganized." - Scarlett Johansson

"Anarchism means all sort of things to different people but the traditional anarchists' movements assumed that there'd be a highly organized society, just one organized from below with direct participation and so on. Actually, one piece of the media confusion has a basis because there really are two different strands in the occupy movement, both important, but different." - Noam Chomsky

"I hope that that the people in the Occupy movement are politically aware enough to know that their being excluded from the obscene amassing of wealth of US corporations is part of the same system of the exclusion and war that is being waged by these corporations in places like India, Africa and the Middle East." - Arundhati Roy

"Today, practically every country outside the West is undergoing an intellectual, political, and cultural churning, from China to Bolivia, Egypt to Indonesia, but we haven't really had, after the 1960s, a major oppositional culture in Western Europe and America. The Occupy movement was so startling and welcome partly because it was the first such eruption of mass protests in decades." - Pankaj Mishra

"I think this is a moment of a lot of possibilities, and openings. Occupy and the 99% movement are really going to break through, and we are going to create a new economy, an economy that we need that works for everyone. Where everyone works, everyone counts and everyone contributes." - Ai-jen Poo

"The Black Lives Matter movement, the various Occupy movements in Spain and the rest of Europe, in this country, and elsewhere serve as an example of what can be done, and how strong the voices for positive change and truly democratic progress can be." - Viggo Mortensen

"Occupy Wall Street was a disorganized movement without a clear focus and power base - essential in any successful revolution - but the message was clear: the divisions between those who are fortunate enough to enjoy city living as opposed to those who find it unbearable are too wide." - Janine Di Giovanni

"The Occupy movement did create spontaneously communities that taught people something: you can be in a supportive community of mutual aid and cooperation and develop your own health system and library and have open space for democratic discussion and participation. Communities like that are really important." - Noam Chomsky

"I think the Occupy movement is absolutely fantastic; in my opinion, it's probably one of the most important people's movements of the 21st century and the 20th century. The trouble is that nobody really wants to support what they represent. They are too 'grassroots' for their own good." - David Lloyd

"The new elites have no allegiances to nation states and don't care about the damage they do to workers, the environment, or the rest of humanity. They are unhinged sociopaths, far removed from what the Occupy Movement called the '99 percent.'" - Henry Giroux

"Unlike the Tea Party, who see themselves as the customers of government, people in the Occupy Wall Street movement understand that we are the government. Stated most simply, we are trying to run a 21st-century society on a 13th-century economic operating system. It just doesn't work." - Douglas Rushkoff

"I have a lot of sympathy with the ideas and frustration of the Occupy movement. I absolutely agree with the sense that Wall Street has brought an economic calamity to the middle class and that no one has been held accountable." - Susan Bysiewicz

"External images act on me, transmit movement to me, and I return movement: how could images be in my consciousness since I am myself image, that is, movement?" - Gilles Deleuze

"Newsman are the ones who - without them we don't have a civil rights movement, we don't have a women's movement, we don't have a Vietnam movement." - George Clooney

"If you understand the Black Lives Matter movement, there's no central leadership of the movement. This is an organic, grassroots movement all around America." - Cory Booker

"Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict." - Saul Alinsky

"I had formed a black movement, so I would speak for the Trotskyist movement and then walk about a hundred yards to where the black movement was speaking." - C L R James

"I think the Occupy movement will, or at least should, become a protean movement of ideas, as well as action, where the element of surprise remains with the protesters. We need to preserve the element of an intellectual ambush and a physical manifestation that takes the government and the police by surprise. It has to keep re-imagining itself, because holding territory may not be something the movement will be allowed to do in a state as powerful and violent as the United States." - Arundhati Roy

"Every party and every movement tends to need a hero." - Chris Matthews

"Without the accurate spine movement, one can't exist dynamically." - B.K.S. Iyengar

"The movement of you brought forward is love." - John de Ruiter

"Where there is movement, there is reach. Reach engenders communion." - John de Ruiter

"Hip is the knowledge and Hop is the movement.." - KRS-One

"The Enlightenment needs more shadow; the Romantic Movement less." - Mason Cooley

"Movement is the universal language of personal freedom." - Louis Chevrolet

"Every little movement has a meaning of its own," - Tony Sarg

"Handwriting is more connected to the movement of the heart." - Natalie Goldberg

"The origin of the labor movement lies in self-defense ..." - Mary Ritter Beard

"Pick a movement, pick a revolution and join it." - Jack Dorsey

"The women's movement. . . has proved women's own worst enemy." - Susan Faludi

"'Powell movement.' What do you think 'PM' stands for?" - Jon Stewart

"To build a mass movement, nonviolence is indispensable." - Vijay Prashad

"Decriminalizing bodies - this is a big and growing movement." - Sean Strub

"I believe that women will lead the democracy movement." - George W Bush

"Opposition is different from terrorism. Opposition is a political movement." - Bashar al-Assad

"I'm not lazy. I'm simply judicious about excess movement." - Jen Lancaster

"I love physicality. I love movement very much." - Uzo Aduba

"I was never Vice Chair of the Troops Out Movement." - Peter Hain

"Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement." - Vladimir Lenin

"Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption." - John Stuart Mill

"I'm a child of the Civil Rights Movement." - Danny Glover

"We have to realize we are building a movement." - Dorothy Height

"I was very active in the peace movement, still am." - Margot Kidder

"You can't create a political movement out of pabulum." - Robert Reich

"And so there has been a lot of diplomatic movement." - Mitchell Reiss

"The Olympic movement is divided into two very distinct eras." - Bill Toomey

"Innovation, born from true creativity, depends on movement." - Georges St-Pierre

"I've never been involved in any kind of political movement." - Issey Miyake

"I'm interested in people who can take the movement somewhere." - Graeme Murphy

"Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement." - Vladimir Lenin

"Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space feels itself excluded." - William Hazlitt

"Kentucky wants to occupy some clock" - Billy Packer

"Poetry should only occupy the idle." - Lord Byron

"Equality is a slogan based on envy. It signifies in the heart of every republican: Nobody is going to occupy a place higher than I." - Alexis De Tocqueville

"The few bright meteors in man's intellectual horizon could well be matched by women, were she allowed to occupy the same elevated position." - Ernestine Rose

"It's not Lyndon Johnson who makes the black freedom movement; it's the black freedom movement who makes Lyndon Johnson." - Bill Ayers

"I was influenced by the hippie movement in San Francisco and by the feminist movement, which had arrived in Paris." - Sonia Rykiel

"I finally discovered the source of all movement, the unity from which all diversities of movement are born." - Isadora Duncan

"I wish that I had bridged the feminist movement and the anti-war movement better than I did." - Bernadine Dohrn

"In America, the poor have been invisibilised, because obviously this model of success that has been held out to the world must not show the poor, it must not show the condition of black people. It can only the successful ones, basketball players, musicians, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell. But I think the time will come when the Occupy movement will have to somehow formulate something more than just anger." - Arundhati Roy

"Occupy was not a movement, it was a tactic. You can't sit forever in a park near Wall Street. You can't do it for more than a few months. It was a tactic I had not predicted. If people asked me, I would have said "don't do it." But it was a great success, an enormous success, with a big impact on people's thinking, on people's actions." - Noam Chomsky

"Young people are tremendously frustrated because they don't see politics as changing anything. They see it as perpetuating a system that frankly doesn't work and no matter who you vote for things don't really change. Social media is where I think a bold message will wake them up. We saw that a little bit in the Occupy movement. Over the next three years, I think young people are going to wake up and be empowered." - Justin Trudeau

"Russian police force, fortunately, so far, do not use batons, tear gas or any other extreme measures of instilling order, something that we often see in other countries, including in the United States. Speaking of opposition, let us recall the movement Occupy Wall Street. Where is it now? The law enforcement agencies and special services in the US have taken it apart, into little pieces, and have dissolved it." - Vladimir Putin

"Movement should be approached like life - with enthusiasm, joy and gratitude - for movement is life, and life is movement, and we get out of it what we put into it." - Ron Fletcher

"This is a movement. This is not Trump. This is not anything. This is a movement. Remember, it is a movement. We used to say silent majority. It`s not a silent majority, it`s really a noisy majority." - Donald Trump

"Every great movement and which the conservative movement is, of course, every great movement ends up being a little bit sclerotic and dusty after a time and I think they need new fusion of energy." - Kellyanne Conway

"The environmental movement can only survive if it becomes a justice movement. As a pure environmental movement, it will either die, or it will survive as a corporate 'greenwash'. Anyone who's a sincere environmentalist can't stand that role." - Vandana Shiva

"I've been there for so many crossroads in American history. My whole political life spans the birth of the environmental movement, the women's movement, the civil rights movement, putting an end to unjust wars, and so and so." - Barbara Boxer

"Positive psychology is both a movement and a science. The movement involves absolutely anyone who is interested in evidence-based approaches to improving well-being, either for themselves or for their community. I invite you to join this movement!" - Barbara Fredrickson

"People think of travel, of movement, as a kind of reprieve from life. But they're wrong. Movement isn't a reprieve. There is no reprieve. Movement is our permanent state." - Adam Ross

"In college, I got interested in news because the world was coming apart. The civil rights movement, the antiwar movement, the women's right movement. That focused my radio ambitions toward news." - Bob Edwards

"A movement that we will to execute is never more than a represented movement, and appears in a different domain from that of the executed movement, which always takes place when the image is vivid enough." - Ernst Mach

"When movement becomes ecstatic, then this is dance. When the movement is so total there is no ego, then it is dance." - Rajneesh

"Dance is movement, and movement is life." - Ludmilla Chiriaeff

"It's tougher for me. But I don't think that's imperative to me starting a new movement, or revive an old movement, to help people." - Lance Armstrong

"Feeling the movement of movements is wandering to the past or future. Living in the movements of movement is being in the present." - B.K.S. Iyengar

"I think the environmental movement is the biggest people's movement in the world. Unfortunately, our governments and corporations haven't responded accordingly to protect our planet's natural resources." - Leonardo Dicaprio

"Pain creates movement, and movement controls balance. If the opponent does not feel any pain you may be forced to break bones." - Ed Martin

"Much more of the brain is devoted to movement than to language. Language is only a little thing sitting on top of this huge ocean of movement." - Oliver Sacks

"A social movement that only moves people is merely a revolt. A movement that changes both people and institutions is a revolution." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"When the heart of man is serene and tranquil, he wants to enjoy nothing but himself; every movement, even corporeal movement, shakes the brimming nectar cup too rudely." - Jean Paul

"In movement there is balance. In balance there is movement. Yoga is all about balance. Within and Without. Above, Below. Front, Behind. Male, Female. In, Out." - Mark Whitwell



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