This is one of my favorite speeches or quotes or whatever you would like to call it. All I know is that if I had someone speak to me with such passion and in such a way as Mario Savio did to the 4,000 people he spoke to on December 2, 1964, I would have been ready for action.
“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.” Mario Savio, Sproul Hall Steps, December 2, 1964