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.
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.
When an audience comes to one of my concerts, I hope they'll see themselves, somewhere, in one of the songs.
Part of being an artist is being willing to be shocked, being willing to be surprised, being willing to be hurt.
Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?
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.
The women's movement completely changed attitudes all over the world in ways we'll never be able to count.
All my life I have gone out on a limb, but I have turned the limb into a bridge, and there is cool, clear water flowing under.
Often thoughts are given to me with the sole purpose of giving them away.
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 ...
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.
My parents encouraged thought. You'll get through life better if you learn how to think.
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.
You can't just leave out one part; the bread won't rise if the yeast isn't there.
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'.
... when I am willing, all sound is available to me ...
It doesn't take long to sum up the major theses of most popular music: he loves me; he left me; I need him; I needed him, but now I need his best friend. Rather limited scope.
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