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" My parents encouraged thought. You'll get through life better if you learn how to think. "
" White middle- and upper-class men have a longer journey to go than many people. "
" When the students were killed at Kent State, the cast voted to do a demonstration from the stage, and I abstained. "
" When we make mistakes, say, I'm blessed that I have an opportunity to learn from this. "
" The women's movement completely changed attitudes all over the world in ways we'll never be able to count. "
" Music can be used against us as much as it can be used for us. Muzak can put a whole nation to sleep, whereas a lullaby is intended to put a child to sleep in a sweet way. "
" It is essential that men start being interested in and excited by how women think. "
" I don't believe in nirvana. If nirvana was handed to us on a silver platter, this would be the first day of our struggle to keep it. "
" People love to hear the mistakes you've made. "
" My parents had been involved in the labor movement; if we'd grown up in the city, we would have been red-diaper babies. "
" To my great surprise and pleasure, I have had dinner with most of the people living with whom I would like to have dinner. "
" Part of keeping space open is not to try to choose a form - to spend more time thinking about content, and let form take care of itself. "
" If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum. "
" You can't just leave out one part; the bread won't rise if the yeast isn't there. "
" Once women are not excluded, I don't think any of us will give a damn what pronouns are used. That wasn't the point. "
" To be always in a state of wonder is a kind of sensitivity that can sometimes be an extraordinary blessing and sometimes a real pain. "
" A lot of artists say, I'm not political. People are afraid of this word. "
" You just keep feeding hogwash to people, and pretty soon they'll eat it. "
" Part of being an artist is being willing to be shocked, being willing to be surprised, being willing to be hurt. "
" I'm not allowing my perspective to be dictated by the dominant culture. "
" The war on drugs is a war against the communities. "
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" Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong? "
" Language is like songs, like food, like dance-it is the expression of what we think. "
" When an audience comes to one of my concerts, I hope they'll see themselves, somewhere, in one of the songs. "
" It's been important to me to be a good activist, a good thinker, a good musician, a good singer, and a good entertainer. You can't do it all, but I have walked those delicate lines as best I know how. "
" To come to a concert and hear a lot of songs from a female perspective should not make men say, 'Oh well, that's for women'. "
" If I didn't think and feel the way I think and feel, I couldn't sing the way I sing. And I like singing the way I sing. "
" I like this life. I like it when it's hard, and I like it better when it's not, but I know you don't get the sweet part without the bitter. "
" My creativity and my political work are linked. I don't do this work out of guilt or out of responsibility. "
" Leaping away from my mistakes has propelled me forward. It has great force behind it. It makes for great storytelling. "