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Some of my ancestors were religious dissenters who
by Pete Seeger

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.
- Pete Seeger

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.
- Pete Seeger

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

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.
- Pete Seeger

 

But I decline to say who has ever listened to them,
who has written them, or other people who have sung them.
- Pete Seeger

I believe that my choosing my present course I do no dishonor to them,
or to those who may come after me.
- Pete Seeger

Historically, I believe I was correct in refusing to answer their questions.
- Pete Seeger

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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.
- Pete Seeger

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.
- Pete Seeger

Education is when you read the fine print;
experience is what you get when you don't.
- Pete Seeger

One of the things I'm most proud of about my country
is the fact that we did lick McCarthyism back in the fifties.
- Pete Seeger

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.
- Pete Seeger

I feel that my whole life is a contribution.
- Pete Seeger

Again, I say I will be glad to tell what songs I have ever sung,
because singing is my business.
- Pete Seeger

I fought for peace in the fifties.
- Pete Seeger

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.
- Pete Seeger

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.
- Pete Seeger

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.
- Pete Seeger

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.
- Pete Seeger

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.
- Pete Seeger

I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent
the implication that some of the places that I have
sung and some of the people that I have known,
and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical,
make me less of an American.
- Pete Seeger

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
- Henry David Thoreau

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you feel stuck?
Whether in a project, a job, a relationship,
or some other situation,
there is a time for perseverance,
and a time for letting go and moving on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Some days are simply meant for playing.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

He who is not everyday conquering some fear
has not learned the secret of life.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Age does not protect you from love.
But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
- Anais Nin

Put some distance between yourself
and whatever is concerning you.
Distance in space or time
always creates a new perspective.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have always held firmly to the thought
that each one of us can do a little
to bring some portion of misery to an end.
- Albert Schweitzer

You can fool all the people some of the time,
and some of the people all the time,
but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
- Abraham Lincoln (sometimes attributed to P. T. Barnum)

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people stay for awhile,
and move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to a new understanding,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never, ever the same.
- Flavia Weedn

You need to make a commitment,
and once you make it,
then life will give you some answers.
- Les Brown

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

Spend some time alone every day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every time you hear a bell ring,
it means that some angel's just got his wings.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Our grandchildren's grandchildren will shake their heads in shame
at some of the beliefs that we hold most dear today -
the question is, which ones?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are some things you learn best in calm,
and some in storm.
- Willa Cather

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

That some achieve great success,
is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
- Abraham Lincoln

We travel, some of us forever, to seek
other states, other lives, other souls.
- Anais Nin

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is only in adventure that some people
succeed in knowing themselves -
in finding themselves.
- Andre Gide

Some people dream of success
while others wake up and work hard at it.
- Anonymous

Since it is not granted to us to live long,
let us transmit to posterity some memorial that we have at least lived.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Some things will never seem adequate
no matter how hard we try.
- from the movie White Man's Burden

Why, I'd like nothing better than to achieve
some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.
- Aristophanes

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

It is nearly a certainty that some
of your expectations will not be met today -
choose Joy anyway.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny
without leaving some mark on it forever.
- Francois Muriac

We're constantly striving for success, fame and comfort
when all we really need to be happy
is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Every man I meet is in some way my superior.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take some time in a quiet place to contemplate
the balance between being of service -
both to this generation and to generations yet unborn -
and renewing your vitality with play and celebration.
Without play, one becomes old and dry.
Without service, life becomes meaningless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When friends stop being frank and useful to each other,
the whole world loses some of its radiance.
- Anatole Broyard

In war as in life, it is often necessary
when some cherished scheme has failed,
to take up the best alternative open,
and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
- Winston Churchill

Some people move our souls to dance.
- Flavia Weedn

Life is like dancing.
If we have a big floor, many people will dance.
Some will get angry when the rhythm changes.
But life is changing all the time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something,
some reason why we're here. What are we doing here? Who are we?
If this is a chance to find out
even just a little part of that answer...
I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?
- the Jodie Foster movie Contact (1997)

There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this,
we are less prone to hate our enemies.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Weariness comes, on some days, from lack of service to self.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Choose to adopt the attitude toward failure that sports teams do.
In each game, one team succeeds and one fails.
Then the next week they both get out and play again.
Life is also a game - with some successes and some failures.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A sloth lives a pretty good life, s-l-o-w-l-y.
Maybe we have something to learn from him.
Some days, being sloth-like may be just what you need
to avoid being consumed by urgency.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies;
but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and,
as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find, in every hour,
some heavenly blessings!
- Henry Ward Beecher

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest
for easy answers and half-baked solutions.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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