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  • There is a sense of feeling larger than your own life when you're in some common mission together. You have to hope it's not going to take a war to bring that back to America again. I think another time when it seemed to be here was in the early 1960s.

    War   Thinking   America  
    "Lessons of Presidential Leadership". Academy of Achievement Interview, www.achievement.org. June 28, 1996.
  • In 1960, fewer than 13 percent of Americans were obese, and diabetes had been diagnosed in 1 percent. Today, the percentage of obese Americans has almost tripled; the percentage of Americans with diabetes has increased sevenfold.

  • Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.

    Motto of The Revolution (newspaper), 8 Jan. 1868
  • I was born in Darien, Connecticut, but in 1959, when I was four, my parents moved to the suburbs of Toronto. Then, in the late 1960s, they bought a cottage in a resort/trailer park in the Kawarthas region of Ontario, and we moved up there. I wrote a book about it in 2000 called 'Last Resort: Coming of Age in Cottage Country.

    Country   Book   Parent  
  • So if 1960 had occurred under the old convention system, Kennedy would have had a very hard time getting the Democratic nomination because he would have been rejected by all those people who had worked with him in Washington.

  • And what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as the 'mob' - a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals. I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech.

    Party   Wish   Ordinary  
    "Obama’s Healthcare Horror". Salon Column, www.salon.com. August 12, 2009.
  • I found so much fun in the light shows and the multimedia shows of the hippies. That was when I was a student in the 1960s, and I was in New York, so I learned how to deal with writing, recording sound of other people, performance art - because that was a new territory, and I liked everything that was new and provocative. That interested me more than becoming anything specific.

    Art   New York   Fun  
    Source: thequietus.com
  • 'Rage' is the word that most often attaches itself to the Tea Party movement, and it's true that, from the outside looking in, their public demonstrations appear to be more enraged than any political events in America since the race riots and anti-war protests of the 1960s.

    War   Party   Race Riots  
    "Sipping with the Tea Party" by Jonathan Raban, www.theguardian.com. October 15, 2010.
  • When you're a guest star on TV shows - particularly in the 1960s - you're always the villain.

    Stars   Tv Shows   Guests  
  • Any music star would be singing about his lost love. A movie would be about a relatable incident; it wasn't an untouchable magic dragon box. It was something that people could relate to, and when I vanished a girl, it would be a story about a girl that left me, or a cutting into pieces would be a date with a magician. I wouldn't just vanish a girl in a shower, I would do the shower scene from Psycho [1960] with a [Alfred] Hitchcock cameo.

    Girl   Stars   Lost Love  
    Source: www.interviewmagazine.com
  • On many occasions in the late 1950s and 1960s, [Ho Chi Minh's] ideas were apparently ignored by those who felt that his approach was too naive and prone to compromise. The outbreak of open warfare with the French and later with the United States was in effect a sign of the failure of Ho Chi Minh to achieve his objective to fight and win at low cost.

    Source: www.sonshi.com
  • Libraries should be open to all - except the censor. [Response to questionnaire in Saturday Review, October 29 1960]

  • If there was ever any truth to the trickle-down theory, the only evidence of it I've ever seen was in that period of 1960 to 1965. All of sudden they were handing out major label recording contracts like they were coming in Cracker Jack boxes.

    Labels   Crackers   Boxes  
  • When I arrived in America, I experienced serious culture shock. For someone with a religious upbringing, the 1960s were an extremely difficult time. Even though religion was a big part of the civil rights and peace movements, in my college religion was treated as irrelevant, hopelessly stodgy, and behind the times.

    Feisal Abdul Rauf (2012). “Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America”, p.6, Simon and Schuster
  • I got interested in the idea of music that could make itself, in a sense, in the mid 1960s really, when I first heard composers like Terry Riley, and when I first started playing with tape recorders.

    Ideas   Tape   Firsts  
    "Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers talk Scape, iPad apps and generative music". Interview with Stuart Dredge, www.theguardian.com. September 26, 2012.
  • Take the US. Women were not even able to vote until 90 ago, at about the same time they gained the right in Afghanistan. Rights of former slaves were very limited until the 1960s, and in some ways still are. In these and other domains there has been progress in democracy, though still seriously flawed. In other dimensions - the control of concentrated wealth over the political process, for example, things have gotten much worse in recent years. And there is much more, in both directions.

    Source: chomsky.info
  • How can I be a part of the 1960s generation when I don't even remember any of it?

    "Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture" by Douglas Coupland, (p. 41), 1991.
  • In 1960, when I came out of prison as an ex-convict, I had more freedom under parolee supervision than there's available... in America right now.

    America   Prison   1960s  
    Interview with Alex Halberstadt, www.salon.com. November 14, 2000.
  • I am extremely involved in the design process of both my brands, Winter Kate and House of Harlow 1960.

  • When I was growing up in the 1960s, there was starting to be more books geared towards young adults.

  • I have been using delay and reverberation since the middle 1960s. I use them to make what is almost inaudible to the ear, audible. I do not use them to play loudly but to make the higher harmonics heard.

    Play   Use   Delay  
  • I remember coming to this college in the 1960s as a new legislator when a road divided the campus - and it was not fully paved at that - and no wall defined the campus from the highway.

    Wall   College   Remember  
  • Back in the 1960s, I saw Peter, Paul and Mary. I was at that age, about 14, and I was mesmerized.

    Age   Saws   Peter  
  • In 1960 Americans chose John F. Kennedy because they were ready for change. They were ready for new and better ideas. After six years of scandals and failed policies under the Reagan Administration, Americans are again ready for change and stronger leadership. I love my country. That is why I am seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

    Country   Years   Ideas  
  • It was in the 1960s that the left convinced itself that there is something fascistic about patriotism and something perversely "patriotic" about running down America. Anti-Americanism - a stand-in for hatred of Western civilization - became the stuff of sophisticates and intellectuals as never before. Flag burners became the truest "patriots" because dissent - not just from partisan politics, but the American project itself - became the highest virtue.

    Jonah Goldberg (2008). “Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning”, p.197, Crown Forum
  • The ills of discrimination are still with us. We have to continue the tenacity and vigilance of the 1960s. Racial understanding is not something we find; it's something we create.

  • There does exist and has existed for a generation, an international Anglophile network which operates, to some extent, in the way the radical Right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups, and frequently does so. I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for 20 years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960s, to examine its papers and secret record.

  • I always try to act like I'm some old school artist from the 1960s.

    School   Artist   Trying  
    Source: pitchfork.com
  • If you look at US internal documents, they explain very clearly what the threat of Cuba was. So, back in the early 1960s the State Department described the threat of Cuba as Castro's successful defiance of US policy, going back to the Monroe Doctrine. The Monroe Doctrine established the US claim to dominate the Western hemisphere and Castro was successfully defying that. That's not tolerable. It is like somebody saying "let's have democracy in Greece," and we just can't tolerate that so we have to destroy the threat at its roots.

    Source: pennpoliticalreview.org
  • I always wanted to make a cover album consisting of obscure psychedelic music from the 1960s - all re-shaped and customized, Ulver style.

    Source: pitchfork.com
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