35 Inspirational Noam Chomsky Quotes

Noam Chomsky is one of the most famous political activists in the world. Because of his contributions to linguistics, Noam Chomsky has always been regarded as one of the brightest minds in the field.

He has been able to inspire and help millions of people with his philosophical quotes and we thought a few of them deserve a mention.

This is a summary of the best quotes from Noam Chomsky.

35 Noam Chomsky Quotes

I think that what Noam says is right. The more people that blog, the more they are going to be the source of a wide variety of ideas. They’re going to have an impact on our lives. They’re going to be important people in the world.

When you teach, you are constantly on the outside looking in. If you are teaching the same things that you have always taught, that means that your discipline is not on the same path as society. The field of sociology is not stagnant. However, people are not interested in what sociologists teach. People have opinions and ideas and they want the facts behind what a sociologist teaches. So, don’t get too comfortable with what you are teaching. Get out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Language is a process of free creativity; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.

If you want to make anything of this (and if you believe
you’re not a sociopath you’ll want to), here’s the thing: You see
the world as “all things as they are.” And when you start to
wonder where the world comes from, and how it comes into being, you
also start to wonder about your existence.

Chomsky called for a binational state in Mandatory Palestine because he saw it as a “justice issue.” Chomsky wanted to ensure that Jews had their own state in Mandatory Palestine.

If you don’t like the idea of a terrorist attack, you don’t have to help a terrorist attack or support the people helping the terrorist attack happen.

This is one of the reasons why people like to control the narrative. Because if they can make up a justification that suits their own agenda, they won’t be seen as a savage monster, they’ll just be “those people”.

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Political correctness is the servant of political oppression. If I don’t betray it, I’ll be ashamed of myself.

Nationalistic people have a way of oppressing other people.

The United States is the only industrial democracy that does not have an educational system that is free of control of the corporate media.

-The United States is the only industrial democracy that does not have an educational system that is free of control of the corporate media.

The more you can increase fear of drugs, crime, welfare, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.

Humans think differently than other animals. There is a genetic component that makes humans think and talk the way we do. This genetic component that makes us think and talk is what is called “Universal Grammar”.

The number of US killed and injured in Iraq is in the thousands, not hundreds of thousands. That’s not a defeat, but a victory. And it was achieved by Iraqi nationalism, mainly by nonviolent resistance.

I’ve had such an experience in a black church during the Civil Rights Movement. People were getting beaten, and were being killed in an attempt to get their rights.

In the early 1900’s, Edward Bernays, a prominent US public relations man, was successful in developing a technique of using the public relations industry to shape public opinion and attitudes. He applied this technique to the US government and to large corporations (especially pharmaceutical companies).

I agree with Noam Chomsky. I believe we will never get democracy in our country without a transition to a system of publicly-funded elections.

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Noam Chomsky says that there is no way to really know if world is going to end. It is only a matter of time until something big happens!

Journalists have become so accustomed to the dictatorship of the United States and the propaganda it puts out, they are unaware of how similar this is to the dictatorships they are supposedly reporting on. What is being done to the people of Venezuela can only be called a dictatorship. Journalists are too busy reporting on the daily drama of life in the U.S., to be noticing that what America is doing is a dictatorship.

It’s important to understand the difference between assistance and reparations. Reparations are compensation for what is owed to you. Assistance is for what you are owed.

We might think of international law as a kind of insurance policy that is to be used as a last resort.

A shift toward communication technologies takes place around 1535. Communication technologies improve the speed of information transfer and its ability to interact. Sailing ships are replaced by telegraph and the shift takes place around 1535. This shift is considerably larger than the shift from telephone to email.

22. Noam Chomsky says that if we had an observer on Mars, they would probably think it’s hard to believe that we have survived this long.

Yes! And as long as Israel continues to exist, we’ll continue being deluged with messages intended to flood our email system, and our passwords will be accessed and messages sent out under our names!

If we don’t believe in freedom of speech for people we hate, then we don’t believe in it at all.

Noam believed that ‘Rational discussion’ is useful only when there is a shared base of assumptions, and the world is not really like that most of the time.

I understand the situation in the world today and I don’t wish to take advantage of the situation. I am not a political leader. I am just trying to lead my life.

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Communication can be difficult, and can be intimidating and intimidating to someone who is learning about a new topic or a new language. However, I can learn a new language and new topic if I believe that I have the confidence to ask questions. I also believe that my learning process is improved if I share and discuss what I am learning with other individuals.

I grew up in a pretty rural area, I never was aware of any other option except to question everything.

The institution of corporations are designed to be a business and therefore can not be separated from the individual. If a corporation is designed to be a business, it will function well within a market economy. However, if a corporation is designed to be a business it is a business that is designed to be an institution and therefore cannot be separated from the institution itself.

I guess this is what I’m feeling about the current environment. I just feel like it’s very hard to even know what is reality anymore and what is, you know, manufactured.

In the world of comforting illusion, there are two choices. It doesn’t matter that we are living in illusion, because it’s comforting. We can choose to live in the world of comforting illusion, but it doesn’t matter because it’s comfortable. It feels good.

It is always easier to just attack a person’s personal opinions. You have to listen to what they’re saying, and then refute their ideas. You have to take into consideration what that person actually believes.

We can live with the institutions and work hard to change them.

Education should provide opportunities for self-fulfillment. It can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore in his own way.

Anyone can be a moral individual, concerned with rights and problems. They can also be a skilled engineer, an expert at solving technical problems by sophisticated methods. Ergo, it is only problems of the latter sort that are important or real.


Noam Chomsky is a world-renowned American political scientist, linguistics expert, philosopher and author.

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