Pete Seeger Quotes

Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history.

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.

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.

I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.

Participation – that’s what’s gonna save the human race.

Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live.

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.

If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!

I don’t think of God as an old white man with no belly button, nor even an old black woman with no belly button. But I agree that God is something eternal. Something cannot come out of nothing. I believe God is Everything. And I believe in infinity.

The first step in solving a problem is admitting there is a problem to be solved.

Shh. Listen to the sounds that surround you. Notice the pitches, the volume, the timbre, the many lines of counterpoint. As light taught Monet to paint, the earth may be teaching you music.

I tell kids, don’t trust the media. The media with their emphasis on fame is helping to destroy this country, helping destroy the human race. It’s the plug-in drug.

Every time I’m in the woods, i feel like I’m in church.

This world is so full of hypocrisy, the only way you can be honest is to be a hermit.

The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be.

I think the world is going to be saved by millions of small things.

Get people to sing together and they’ll act together too.

Realize that little things lead to bigger things.

Long live teachers of children, because they can show children how they can save the world.

A good song reminds us what we’re fighting for.

Singing with children in the schools has been the most rewarding experience of my life.

And there’s a wonderful parable in the New Testament: The sower scatters seeds. Some seeds fall in the pathway and get stamped on, and they don’t grow. Some fall on the rocks, and they don’t grow. But some seeds fall on fallow ground, and they grow and multiply a thousandfold. Who knows where some good little thing that you’ve done may bring results years later that you never dreamed of?

The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.

Technology will save us if it doesn’t wipe us out first.