Quotes by Noam Chomsky

"We shouldn't be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas."

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."

"The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don't know how to be submissive, and so on -- because they're dysfunctional to the institutions."

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum...."

"Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so."

Books by Noam Chomsky

  • Who Rules the World?
  • 7,345 ratings
  • May 10th 2016 by Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Co. (NYC)

    (first published 2014)

  • 9-11
  • 3,622 ratings
  • December 4th 2001 by Seven Stories Press

    (first published November 2001)

  • How the World Works
  • 3,223 ratings
  • September 20th 2011 by Soft Skull Press

    (first published September 1st 2011)

Noam Chomsky
  • Noam Chomsky

  • Date of birth: December 07, 1928
  • Born: in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The United States.

  • Description: Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar, considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the field of linguistics made in the 20th century. He also helped spark the cognitive revolution in psychology through his review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior, in which he challenged the behaviorist approach to the study of behavior and language dominant in the 1950s. His naturalistic approach to the study of language has affected the philosophy of language and mind. He is also credited with the establishment of the Chomsky hierarchy, a classification of formal languages in terms of their generative power. Beginning with his critique of the Vietnam War in the 1960s, Chomsky has become more widely known for his media criticism and political activism, and for his criticism of the foreign policy of the United States and other governments.

    According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index in 1992, Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living scholar during the 1980–1992 time period, and was the eighth-most cited scholar in any time period.