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Born: 1949-06-06
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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When an audience comes to one of my concerts, I hope they'll see themselves, somewhere, in one of the songs.

Tags: Hope, Songs, Themselves

When the students were killed at Kent State, the cast voted to do a demonstration from the stage, and I abstained.

Tags: Stage, State, Students

White middle- and upper-class men have a longer journey to go than many people.

Tags: Journey, Longer, Men

You can't just leave out one part; the bread won't rise if the yeast isn't there.

Tags: Leave, Rise, Won

You just keep feeding hogwash to people, and pretty soon they'll eat it.

Tags: Eat, Keep, Pretty

It's been important to me to be a good activist, a good thinker, a good musician, a good singer, and a good entertainer. You can't do it all, but I have walked those delicate lines as best I know how.

Tags: Best, Good, Singer

People love to hear the mistakes you've made.

Tags: Hear, Love, Mistakes

Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?

Tags: Show, Why, Wrong

If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.

Tags: Forward, Mistakes, Wisdom

We who are interested in relative truth have to keep digging for it and not let ourselves be sucked under.

Tags: Keep, Ourselves, Truth

I like this life. I like it when it's hard, and I like it better when it's not, but I know you don't get the sweet part without the bitter.

Tags: Hard, Life, Sweet

I'm not allowing my perspective to be dictated by the dominant culture.

Tags: Allowing, Culture, Dominant

Part of being an artist is being willing to be shocked, being willing to be surprised, being willing to be hurt.

Tags: Artist, Hurt, Willing

The women's movement completely changed attitudes all over the world in ways we'll never be able to count.

Tags: Able, Ways, Women

To be always in a state of wonder is a kind of sensitivity that can sometimes be an extraordinary blessing and sometimes a real pain.

Tags: Pain, Real, Sometimes

When we make mistakes, say, I'm blessed that I have an opportunity to learn from this.

Tags: Blessed, Learn, Mistakes

Music can be used against us as much as it can be used for us. Muzak can put a whole nation to sleep, whereas a lullaby is intended to put a child to sleep in a sweet way.

Tags: Music, Put, Sleep

A lot of artists say, I'm not political. People are afraid of this word.

Tags: Afraid, Political, Word

I don't believe in nirvana. If nirvana was handed to us on a silver platter, this would be the first day of our struggle to keep it.

Tags: Keep, Silver, Struggle

If I didn't think and feel the way I think and feel, I couldn't sing the way I sing. And I like singing the way I sing.

Tags: Sing, Singing

It is essential that men start being interested in and excited by how women think.

Tags: Men, Start, Women

Language is like songs, like food, like dance-it is the expression of what we think.

Tags: Expression, Food, Language

Leaping away from my mistakes has propelled me forward. It has great force behind it. It makes for great storytelling.

Tags: Forward, Great, Mistakes
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My creativity and my political work are linked. I don't do this work out of guilt or out of responsibility.

Tags: Creativity, Political, Work

My parents encouraged thought. You'll get through life better if you learn how to think.

Tags: Life, Parents, Thought

My parents had been involved in the labor movement; if we'd grown up in the city, we would have been red-diaper babies.

Tags: City, Labor, Parents

Once women are not excluded, I don't think any of us will give a damn what pronouns are used. That wasn't the point.

Tags: Give, Once, Women

Part of keeping space open is not to try to choose a form - to spend more time thinking about content, and let form take care of itself.

Tags: Care, Thinking, Time

The war on drugs is a war against the communities.

Tags: Against, War

To come to a concert and hear a lot of songs from a female perspective should not make men say, 'Oh well, that's for women'.

Tags: Hear, Men, Women

To my great surprise and pleasure, I have had dinner with most of the people living with whom I would like to have dinner.

Tags: Great, Living, Surprise
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