I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.— Pete Seeger
The most controversy Pete Seeger quotes that are glad to read
Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
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.
Some of my ancestors were religious dissenters who came to America over three hundred years ago. Others were abolitionists in New England in the eighteen forties and fifties.
Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.
It's a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with.
If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.
I’ve never sung anywhere without giving the people listening to me a chance to join in - as a kid, as a lefty, as a man touring the U.S.A. and the world, as an oldster. I guess it’s kind of a religion with me. Participation. That’s what’s going to save the human race.
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky, and they all look just the same.
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.
The first step in solving a problem is admitting there is a problem to be solved.
I write a song because I want to. I think the moment you start writing it to make money, you're starting to kill yourself artistically.
I think folk music helps reinforce your sense of history.
An old song makes you think of times gone by.
According to my definition of God, I'm not an atheist.
Because I think God is everything. Whenever I open my eyes I'm looking at God. Whenever I'm listening to something I'm listening to God.
Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live.
There is a big, beautiful world that could be destroyed by selfishness and foolishness. We musicians have it without power to save it. In a small way, every single one of us counts.
Most conservatives just want to turn back the clock to a time before the income tax - 100 years or so. I would like to turn the clock back thousands of years to a time when people lived in small communities and took care of each other.
We have more freedom of the press than any other country in a similar position.
Even way back in the frightened '50s, Communists, for example, could publish their magazine. The KKK published their own books. But face it, the mass media is controlled by money.
Every time I read the paper those old feelings come on.
We are waist deep in the Big Muddy and the big fool says to push on.
There is an old Arabic proverb, 'When the king puts the poet on his payroll, he cuts off the tongue of the poet', so throughout the ages, people in power have liked to control music, they used to throw songwriters in jail throughout history, and were assassinated.
Songs won't save the planet, but neither will books or speeches.
This banjo surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.
My job, is to show folks there's a lot of good music in this world, and if used right it may help to save the planet.
And when one person taps out a beat, while another leads into the melody, or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed, or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know there is hope for the world.
I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs.
I like to say I'm more conservative than Goldwater.
He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax.
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.
All the arts, music, the visual arts, acting and dancing arts, cooking arts, and I believe sports, will save the human race because they can leap over barriers, religions, leap over barriers of race, politics.
I feel that my whole life is a contribution.
A productive mistake is: (1) made in the service of mission and vision;
(2) acknowledged as a mistake; (3) learned from; (4) considered valuable; (5) shared for the benefit of all.
I'm not sure if my involvement in causes, benefits, marches, and demonstrations has made a huge difference, but I know one thing: that involvement has connected me with the good people: people with the live hearts, the live eyes, the live heads.
Plagiarism is basic to all culture
Down through the centuries, this trick has been tried by various establishments throughout the world. They force people to get involved in the kind of examination that has only one aim and that is to stamp out dissent.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson corresponded for 13 years before they died on the same day. They asked, "How can one have prosperity without commerce? How can one have commerce without luxury? How can one have luxury without corruption? How can you have corruption without the end of the Republic?" And they really didn't know the answer.
I am saying voluntarily that I have sung for almost every religious group in the country, from Jewish and Catholic, and Presbyterian and Holy Rollers and Revival Churches.
It's been my belief that learning how to do something in your hometown is the most important thing.
Now somebody will ask me, Pete, how can you prove these songs really make a difference? And I have to confess I can't prove a darn thing, except that the people in power must think they do something, because they keep the songs off the air.
Looking back, I think I tried to be too eclectic.
Sometimes I'd sing thirty songs, and fifteen of them were not in English.
We all go to different churches or no churches, we have different favorite foods, different ways of making love, different ways of doing all sorts of things, but there we're all singing together. Gives you hope.
I believe that my choosing my present course I do no dishonor to them, or to those who may come after me.
I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this. I would be very glad to tell you my life if you want to hear of it.
But I decline to say who has ever listened to them, who has written them, or other people who have sung them.
Folks out in the country couldn't afford to pay for anybody else to make music.
They had to make their own. So the peasantry had their music, and it was about a hundred years ago given the name "Folk music".
I decline to discuss, under compulsion, where I have sung, and who has sung my songs, and who else has sung with me, and the people I have known.
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.
If I've got a talent, it's for picking the right song at the right time for the right audience. And I can always seem to get people to sing with me.
Work in nightclubs was interesting. There were interesting people and places, but by and large, the commercial music experience.
I was 16 when I came to New York. I had graduated to a tenor banjo in the school jazz band, and it was kind of boring - just chords, chords, chords. Then my father took me to a mountain music and dance festival in Asheville, North Carolina, and there I saw relatively uneducated people playing great music by ear.
Some may find them merely diverting melodies.
Others may find them incitements to Red revolution. And who will say if either or both is wrong? Not I.
Participation - that's what's gonna save the human race.
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.