I have always striven to raise the voice of hope for a world where hate gives way to respect and oppression to liberation.
By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality, as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries inform, prod our memories, even stir us to action. Such films do battle for our very soul.
I prefer to make common cause with those whose weapons are guitars, banjos, fiddles and words.
We live in a world of guns, bombs and terror. To conquer hate seems a nigh-impossible task.
One might have thought the world would stop ascribing moral equivalence between acts of terrorism and acts of punishing terrorism. It has not happened that way.
No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
I am determined to give the Yiddish language a fighting chance to survive.
I am a universalist, passionately devoted to the cause of equality within the human family.
All too often arrogance accompanies strength, and we must never assume that justice is on the side of the strong. The use of power must always be accompanied by moral choice.
You don't really need modernity in order to exist totally and fully. You need a mixture of modernity and tradition.
I tried for a while to be an agricultural worker and was hopelessly bored. To me it was meaningless. I would stand around in heaps of manure and sings about the beauty of the work I wasn't doing.
For I firmly believe that Jewish life, indeed any communal life, can only be organized according to democratic principles.
I am a Zionist, an ardent supporter of Israel, its defender when I deem Israel to be right and its critic when I deem it to be wrong.
I always sang, I always acted, I always played.
Having come to live in this age is as though one were to have entered another country. Learn its language or risk being left out.
Every actor wants to direct.
But, when I toil in the field of Jewish culture which I frequently do, I am indeed a Jewish artist.
Although I am deeply grateful to a great many people, I forgo the temptation of naming them for fear that I might slight any by omission.
Epistemology is the study of knowledge. By what conduit do we know what we know?
You can't expect the entire world to come to New York to see you. You have to travel to them.
After the advent of the written word, the masses who could not - or were not permitted to - read, were given sermons by the few who could.
As an artist I have an even more abiding interest in the compact between the Arts and Government.
Audiences are audiences.
Throughout my life I have cared as deeply about the songs of all peoples as I have about the rights of all peoples.
I do prefer the stage. It's really the granddaddy of them all.
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