A good song reminds us what we're fighting for.
A productive mistake is: (1) made in the service of mission and vision; (2) acknowledged as a mistake; (3) learned from; (4) considered valuable; (5) shared for the benefit of all.
According to my definition of God, I'm not an atheist. Because I think God is everything. Whenever I open my eyes, I'm looking at God. Whenever I'm listening to something, I'm listening to God.
All songwriters are links in a chain.
Anybody who wants to learn everything is pretty stupid. You learn what you can.
Being generous in spirit is a wonderful way to live.
Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.
Every time I'm in the woods, i feel like I'm in church.
For victory brings power and prestige
And the children of the children of the fighters take all for
granted and in turn oppress.
(lyric from Perchance to Win).
How can you save the world you have not seen if you can't save the community you have seen?
I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history.
I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody. I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life.
I keep reminding people that an editorial in rhyme is not a song. A good song makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think.
I say 'the hell with it' every night around 9:30 then get up the next morning. Besides, if you sing for children, you can't really say there's no hope.
I tell kids, don't trust the media. The media with their emphasis on fame is helping to destroy this country, helping destroy the human race. It's the plug-in drug.
I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.
I'd really rather put songs on people's lips than in their ears.
I'm against big things. I think the world is going to be saved by millions of small things. Too many things can go wrong when they get big.
I've never sung anywhere without giving the people listening to me a chance to join in- as a kid, as a lefty, as a man touring the U.S.A. and the world, as an oldster. I guess it's kind of a religion with me. Participation. That's what's going to save the human race.
If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.
If singing were all that serious, frowning would make you sound better.
If there is still a human race here in a hundred years, I think it will be thanks to music.
If there's something wrong, speak up!
It's a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with.
Listen to the sounds that surround you. Notice the pitches, the volume, the timbre, the many lines of counterpoint. As light taught Monet to paint, the earth may be teaching you music.
Long live teachers of children, because they can show children how they can save the world.
Most scientists know what needs to be done to save our Earth. But the politicians don't listen to them. They will listen to popular pressure; the people got to supply that.
My head, my life is full of grand ideas which never have worked out.
Not everybody has to sing the melody.
Once upon a time, wasn't singing a part of everyday life as much as talking, physical exercise, and religion?
Realize that little things lead to bigger things.
Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history.
Songs won't save the planet, but neither will books or speeches.
Technology will save us if it doesn't wipe us out first.
The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be.
The first step in solving a problem is admitting there is a problem to be solved.
The good and bad are all tangled up together. American popular music is loved around the world because of its African rhythm. But that wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for slavery.
The key to the future of the world, is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.
The world will be saved by people fighting for their homes.
The world will be saved when people realize we all have to pitch in. You can't just pay your money and hope that someone else will do the job right.
The world would never amount to a hill of beans if people didn't use their imaginations to think of the impossible.
There is a big, beautiful world that could be destroyed by selfishness and foolishness. We musicians have it within our power to help save it. In a small way, every single one of us counts.
There is hardly anything bad in the world that doesn't have something good connected to it.
There's no hope, but I may be wrong.
This world is so full of hypocrisy, the only way you can be honest is to be a hermit.
Use the brains God gave you. If we use the brains God gave us, there will still be a human race here after years, but if all we do is say, God will you please save the human race? Won't you please send me to heaven? And this world comes to hell.
We all go to different churches or no churches, we have different favorite foods, different ways of making love, different ways of doing all sorts of things, but there we're all singing together. Gives you hope.
When you play the 12-string guitar, you spend half your life tuning the instrument and the other half playing it out of tune.
You know, a song can mean a thousand different things to a thousand different people, and when people ask me what does this song mean, I say whatever it means to you it means.
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