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" You know, I would say that songwriting is something about the expression of the heart, the intellect and the soul. "
" The word feminism needs to be taken back. It needs to be reclaimed in a way that is inclusive of men. "
" There are two kinds of artists left: those who endorse Pepsi and those who simply won't. "
" Fear paralyses you - fear of flying, fear of the future, fear of leaving a rubbish marriage, fear of public speaking, or whatever it is. "
" Our ancestors are totally essential to our every waking moment, although most of us don't even have the faintest idea about their lives, their trials, their hardships or challenges. "
" Humankind seems to have an enormous capacity for savagery, for brutality, for lack of empathy, for lack of compassion. "
" You have to face things, have faith in what you do and go for it. Think, 'What's the worst that could happen?' "
" I'm not a saint. I'm not an angel. I'm a human being. "
" I enjoy multi-tasking, so I want to do a lot of different things. I want to keep all the plates spinning. "
" We all fight over what the label 'feminism' means but for me it's about empowerment. It's not about being more powerful than men - it's about having equal rights with protection, support, justice. It's about very basic things. It's not a badge like a fashion item. "
" I'm just an ordinary person. "
" Motherhood was the great equaliser for me; I started to identify with everybody... as a mother, you have that impulse to wish that no child should ever be hurt, or abused, or go hungry, or not have opportunities in life. "
" I think life on the road really suits very egotistical men. It's set up for kings. "
" When you're that successful, things have a momentum, and at a certain point you can't really tell whether you have created the momentum or it's creating you. "
" I see myself as a traveller. "
" It's not fair to compare one artist to another because they all come with their own sort of elements to the picnic, you know. "
" I love to be individual, to step beyond gender. "
" Fame for fame's sake is toxic - some people want that, with no boundaries. It's unhealthy. "
" I have different hats; I'm a mother, I'm a woman, I'm a human being, I'm an artist and hopefully I'm an advocate. All of those plates are things I spin all the time. "
" I don't think feminism is about the exclusion of men but their inclusion... we must face and address those issues, especially to include younger men and boys. "
" Nelson Mandela is awe inspiring - a person who really sacrificed for what he believed in. I feel truly humbled by him. "
" The general population still thinks HIV is something that came in the 80s and went away, or that it only affects the gay population or intravenous drug users. "
" I was brought up in a tenement house in a working district. We didn't even have a bathroom! We had a gaslight in the hallway and a black-and-white TV. "
" I don't have clear-cut positions. I get baffled by things. I have viewpoints. Sometimes they change. "
" Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world. "