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" America has no real idea of the extent to which it abuses its authority and power. "
" Life is short, and there's something to be said for being true to yourself. "
" I was never going to become a beautiful, passable woman, and I was never going to be a man. It's a quandary. But the trans condition is a beautiful mystery; it's one of nature's best ideas. "
" We're not just polluting a river and killing a couple of top predator animals; we're eradicating the krill, the necessary algae. We're dismantling the insect and amphibian worlds. We're going for the building blocks. "
" I would never undermine a person's interpretation of a creative work. "
" You need money to have advocacy in America. People that don't have money don't have advocacy. "
" It's a feminine universe, and every person who has ever tried to convince you otherwise is doing little more than pounding on his mother's breast, enraged by the predicament he faces as a leaf, dangling from the tree of life. "
" When a person only knows abuse, they shift their whole emotional and spiritual life into the context of that abuse. If all you've ever known is to be hurt by the one that pretends to love you, then many times you go to the one who hurts you for love. "
" My being bought as a politically outspoken artist is a more potent advertising tool for Apple than a 100 more explicit ads. "
" God - God's the wrong word - goddess or nature will conspire to transform you in a way you couldn't have imagined. "
" The income streams of musicians have all been upstreamed into the pockets of computer corporations. Sound recordings are little more than free crackerjacks inside every computer or cellphone that you buy. "
" In our lifetime, we're going to see fifty percent of the world's species go extinct. We're already seeing this radical rise in the world's temperature that was predicted. "
" We're still expecting capitalism to solve problems: 'Maybe if we sell enough oil, we can give some profits to an environmental agency!' Capitalism isn't a moral system. "
" Participation in and of itself is an act against hopelessness. Speaking up is a gesture against hopelessness. "
" The top end are still making bucket loads while maintaining the illusion of the American dream: that if you work hard enough, you can make a fortune. Meanwhile, the working and middle classes have been hollowed out of the system. "
" This illusion that a lower class has less intelligence than a higher class is a complete fake-out. "
" We're all just waiting for our sugar lumps. That's how life has been structured for us. "
" You see artists hailed as a new generation of independents, only to be enlisted to leverage product. "
" Rage is a really fun place to dance from - expressions of anger sublimated into something beautiful are invigorating, especially if you feel like you're telling the truth. "
" More and more - especially the younger generation - are functioning outside the binary concept of gender. That's just next-generation stuff. "
" My idea with '4 Degrees' was to articulate, for a minute, not my ideal vision of how I wanted to perceive my relationship to nature but the reality. If I could give a voice to my behavior, what would that voice be? Taking planes, enjoying first-world fossil fuel, an addict of first-world comfort. "
" Hopelessness is a feeling. It's not a fact. "
" We've been playing in the sandbox of creation for millions of years. We ruin one environment, we move on to the next - manifest destiny. Now it's hitting us collectively: Our mother's life is in our hands. "
" America, a country that is no longer contained by physical borders, aspires only for more power and control. I want to maximize my usefulness and advocate for the preservation of biodiversity and the pursuit of human decency within my sphere of influence. "
" I can't be separated from nature. I am one of her faces. "