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.
I know for certain of only one commandment, one obligation, that God imposes upon us, and that is to be compassionate toward other human beings.
No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
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.
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.
No movement can afford to be caught in a time warp and exist in a state of suspended animation.
Right up to the middle of this century all perceptions of the world around us were delivered via the bookshelf or the paper route.
But there is a difference here: When Jewish children are murdered, Arabs celebrate the deed. The death of an Arab child is no cause for celebration in Israel.
Despite a large body of work in films, TV, theatre and concerts, I am viewed by many as a Jewish artist. I do not resent the label, except for the fact that I disapprove of labels in general.
I always sang, I always acted, I always played.
While we all could agree that the Zionist ideal is alive and well, there is serious doubt whether the Zionist movement can be said to be an ongoing proposition, fragmented as its components are in ideology and in practice.
When something is moving you get that intake of breath and that stillness from the audience.
Throughout my life I have cared as deeply about the songs of all peoples as I have about the rights of all peoples.
I created the role of Captain Von Trapp.
I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder.
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.
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.
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