I've found that festivals are a relatively painless way to meet people and make a few points that need making, without having to hit them over the head with too many speeches.
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.
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 want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.
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 came from an intellectual family. Most were doctors, preachers, teachers, businessmen. My grandfather was a small businessman. His father was an abolitionist doctor, and his father was an immigrant from Germany.
Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live.
One of the things I'm most proud of about my country is the fact that we did lick McCarthyism back in the fifties.
I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it.
It's a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with.
Songs won't save the planet, but neither will books or speeches.
I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent the implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, make me less of an American.
If there's something wrong, speak up!
I feel that my whole life is a contribution.
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.
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