Music can change the world because it can change people.— Bono
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My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.
You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream.
But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It's very real. It's very strong.
To be one, to be united is a great thing.
But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.
The world is waiting for you to hammer it into shape.
God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house.
God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them.
Stop asking God to bless what you're doing. Find out what God's doing. It's already blessed.
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As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.
The fact is that ours is the first generation that can look disease and extreme poverty in the eye, look across the ocean to Africa, and say this, and mean it. We do not have to stand for this. A whole continent written off - we do not have to stand for this.
Every age has its massive moral blind spots. We might not see them, but our children will.
I wish to begin again on a daily basis.
To be born again every day is something that I try to do. And I'm deadly serious about that.
It is impossible to meet God without abandon, without exposing yourself, being raw.
The less you know, the more you believe.
Where you live in the world should not determine whether you live in the world.
Rock 'n' roll is ridiculous. It's absurd. In the past, U2 was trying to duck that. Now we're wrapping our arms around it and giving it a great big kiss.
Pop music often tells you everything is OK, while rock music tells you that it's not OK, but you can change it.
Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not.
The church is going to have to become the conscience of the free market if it's to have any meaning in this world - and stop being its apologist.
It's so sweet, I feel like my teeth are rotting when I listen to the radio.
It's stasis that kills you off in the end, not ambition.
Ethiopia didn't just blow my mind; it opened my mind. Anyway, on our last day at this orphanage a man handed me his baby and said, 'Would you take my son with you?' He knew, in Ireland, that his son would live, and that in Ethiopia, his son would die.
At a certain point, I just felt, you know, God is not looking for alms, God is looking for action.
We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.
U2 is an original species... there are colours and feelings and emotional terrain that we occupy that is ours and ours alone.
Dream up the kind of world you want to live in. Dream out loud.
What turns me on about the digital age, what excited me personally, is that you have closed the gap between dreaming and doing. You see, it used to be that if you wanted to make a record of a song, you needed a studio and a producer. Now, you need a laptop.
I'm never nervous when I go to meet heads of state.
I feel they should be nervous, because they are the ones who'll be held accountable for the lives their decisions will impact the most.
Africa is a continent in flames. And deep down, if we really accepted that Africans were equal to us, we would all do more to put the fire out. We're standing around with watering cans, when what we really need is the fire brigade.
You see, Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice.
It makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties. It doubts our concern. It questions our commitment. Because there is no way we can look at what's happening in Africa, and if we're honest, conclude that it would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else.
So what we're talking about here is human rights.
The right to live like a human. The right to live, period. And what we're facing in Africa is an unprecedented threat to human dignity and equality.
I love America and I hate it. I'm torn between the two. I have two conflicting visions of America. One is a kind of dream landscape and the other is a kind of black comedy.
Every artist is a cannibal/every poet is a thief/all kill for inspiration/and then sing about the grief.
The great gifts of models are not that they're more beautiful than the next person, it's that they're able to be photographed and not be self-conscious.
Smack in the centre of contradiction is the place to be.
It's quite widespread in rock culture, that mythology of the shooting star.
I'd rather be the North star. As bob (Dylan) says, you can navigate by it.
We're starting our own religion at last.
The Order of Frisbeetarians. We believe that when you die, your soul ascends to a rooftop and you can never get it back.
I will admit that we are attracted to issues that unify people rather than divide them.
In my dream, I was drowning my sorrows But my sorrows they learned to swim
In general people put too much faith in the rich, the famous, the politicians, and not enough faith in themselves.
Books! I dunno if I ever told you this, but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
There's no retirement for an artist,its your way of living so theres no end to it.
Sometimes religion gets in the way of God.
If I don't understand it, it must be art.
Deep down, if we really accepted that Africans were equal to us, we would all do more to put the fire out. We're standing around with watering cans, when what we really need is the fire brigade.
Christians are hard to tolerate; I don’t know how Jesus does it
When those people get up at the Grammys and say, "I thank God", I always imagine God going, "Oh, don't, please don't thank me for that one. Please, oh, that's an awful one! Don't thank me for that - that's a piece of crap !"
There is a root arrogance in any writer;
a hugely arrogant assumption that anyone is going to listen to them.
Perspective is the cure for depression.
Essentially, I'm a very real person; good and bad. And the public image is one of being very good, I suppose. But one of the reasons I'm attracted to people like Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Christ, to pacifism, is because naturally, I'm the guy that would not turn the other cheek - but, when people see you're attracted to that, they think you are that.
Laughter is eternity if joy is real.
There's a point where you find yourself tiptoeing as an artist, and then you know that you're in the wrong place.
It's still very difficult for me to rely.
Your weakness, the blessing of your weakness is it forces you into friendships. The things that you lack, you look for in others.