When we make mistakes, say, I'm blessed that I have an opportunity to learn from this.
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.
If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.
When an audience comes to one of my concerts, I hope they'll see themselves, somewhere, in one of the songs.
Leaping away from my mistakes has propelled me forward. It has great force behind it. It makes for great storytelling.
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.
Part of being an artist is being willing to be shocked, being willing to be surprised, being willing to be hurt.
We are a gentle angry people
We are a land of many colors
We are gay and straight together
We are a peaceful loving people
And we are singing, singing for our lives.
Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?
The women's movement completely changed attitudes all over the world in ways we'll never be able to count.
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.
I'm not allowing my perspective to be dictated by the dominant culture.
We who are interested in relative truth have to keep digging for it and not let ourselves be sucked under.
Peace can start with just one heart.
People love to hear the mistakes you've made.
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.
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.
Language is like songs, like food, like dance-it is the expression of what we think.
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.
... when I am willing, all sound is available to me ...
Often thoughts are given to me with the sole purpose of giving them away.
You can kill a man but not a song when it's sung the whole world 'round.
Time has passed through me and become a song.
My voice is my instrument. ... It is not in the throat, from where it appears to come. It is in my feet and how they touch the floor, in my legs and how they lift and sink with the rhythm of the song. It is in my hips and belly and lower back ...
My creativity and my political work are linked. I don't do this work out of guilt or out of responsibility.
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