You have two babies very hungry and wanting to be fed. One baby is a patient baby, and waits indefinitely until its mother is ready to feed it. The other baby is an impatient baby and cries lustily, screams and kicks and makes everybody unpleasant until it is fed. Well, we know perfectly well which baby is attended to first. That is the whole history of politics. You have to make more noise than anybody else, you have to make yourself more obtrusive than anybody else, you have to fill all the papers more than anybody else, in fact you have to be there all the time and see that they do not snow you under.
Emmeline Pankhurst, Hartford, Connecticut on November 13 1913
Suppose Bono is our Pankhurst, and Geldof is our Mandela. Just think about that for a minute. Have you slit your wrists yet.
As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.
The less you know, the more you believe.
We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.
Who is leading the charge? Who is the voice of our generation? I think the last person who earned that title was Bob Dylan, that was a long fucking time ago. We have a serious problem ladies and gentlemen, not only do we not know what we are fighting for, we are fighting with out leaders. We’ve got people wasting their time complaining about organic food; marching against the Iraq war; protests about McDonalds; boycotts against Coke, but none of these are the problem. The problem is the capitalist machine has become greedy, and is biting the hand that feeds it (that’s you dumb ass). Sadly, we don’t stop feeding it, we just keep on upgrading, and supersizing our planet and lives away. What a bunch of dumb fucks we are.
I came to the conclusion that as violence in this country was inevitable, it would be unrealistic to continue preaching peace and non-violence. This conclusion was not easily arrived at. It was only when all else had failed, when all channels of peaceful protest had been barred to us, that the decision was made to embark on violent forms of political struggle. I can only say that I felt morally obliged to do what I did.
Nelson Mandela Supreme court of South Africa, Pretoria, April 20 1964