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Billy Bragg Quotes and Sayings

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By the time I was 19, punk had occurred.
It had a completely different cultural dynamic to it
which rejected everything and started again from the year zero.
- Billy Bragg

All the great political music was made at the height
of political confrontations.
- Billy Bragg

So, in some ways, the political songs tend to be a bit more like reportage,
whereas the love songs tend to be like novels,
you can pick them up off the shelf and go into them any time.
- Billy Bragg

An isolationist America is no bloody use to anyone.
- Billy Bragg

 

Were it not for the Clash, punk would have been just a sneer,
a safety pin and a pair of bondage trousers.
- Billy Bragg

I was in a little punk band and we put out a few punk
records that weren't very political,
at all.
- Billy Bragg

My upbringing was very straightforward suburban working class upbringing.
- Billy Bragg

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My theory is this; I'm not a political songwriter.
I'm an honest songwriter.
- Billy Bragg

I came into this whole business by going to see Rock
Against Racism gigs with the Clash.
- Billy Bragg

The most important thing for anyone,
I think,
is to be engaged, whether you're an artist or a journalist
is to be engaged in the process at some level.
- Billy Bragg

Being spokesman for a generation is the worst job I ever had.
- Billy Bragg

I've had songs written during the Falklands war,
and during the first Gulf war I got letters from soldiers
saying they were listening to these songs,
like Island of no return.
- Billy Bragg

Even with politics, stuff comes around again.
Woody Guthrie would recognize America today.
- Billy Bragg

I'm still batting away on my politics for the Labour Party.
I'm much further to the left of them than I used to be,
but that's because they've moved, not me.
- Billy Bragg

All musicians start out with ideals but hanging on
to them in the face of media scrutiny takes real integrity.
Tougher still is to live up to the ideals of your dedicated fans.
- Billy Bragg

I try and write honestly about what I see around me now.
- Billy Bragg

We read our own political content into The Clash,
and they accepted it.
- Billy Bragg

Most of the people that I went to school with -
I went to secondary school -
we were educated to go and work in the line at Ford's,
and if we were lucky, technical skilled labor.
I sort of rejected that, and thought I wanted to do something else.
- Billy Bragg

That taught me one lesson which is that you're naive
to believe that bands can change the world.
Bands are very naive to think that just if their audience
thinks that they can change the world,
that they can.
That was quite a lesson for my career,
really.
- Billy Bragg

I enjoyed so much working with the guys from Wilco,
and riffing off of them, and having someone come up to me with ideas,
because normally in the studio it's me who has to come up with all the ideas.
- Billy Bragg

It's not a very popular subject amongst my audience,
who are by nature more internationalist,
but I don't choose what to write about,
I don't choose my subjects, they kind of choose me.
- Billy Bragg

I'm trying to make a case for those people who don't
have a sense of belonging that they should have,
that there is something really worthwhile in having a sense of belonging,
and recasting and looking at our modern history.
- Billy Bragg

In that sense, I became politicized because the people
in the coal mining villages who were involved in the
struggle knew why they were there.
But they couldn't understand why some pop star from
London would want to be there.
- Billy Bragg

But, in the end, even a song that's as politically
bland as Blowin in the Wind,
you probably wouldn't get up and sing that now,
whereas some of Bob Dylan's love songs that were contemporary with that,
like say Girl from the North Country,
you can still get up an play now.
- Billy Bragg

There are quite a few honest songwriters out there
writing about relationships and their own personality traits.
But for some reason, once they step out of the bedroom,
their honesty doesn't seem to come with them.
- Billy Bragg

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb PHOTO

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There is only one time that is important - NOW!
It is the most important time because
it is the only time that we have any power.
- Leo Tolstoy

Who forces time is pushed back by time;
who yields to time finds time on his side.
- The Talmud

The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you're the pilot.
- Michael Althsuler

You will never find time for anything.
If you want time you must make it.
- Charles Buxton

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Urgent? Why?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The way lies in softness and patience,
as the softest water cuts through the hardest rock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you feel the need to hurry,
remember that everything in life is a CHOICE.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To say "too busy" is merely
to say "confused priorities."
- 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

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

This is no time for ease and comfort.
It is time to dare and endure.
- Winston Churchill

The mind exists in time, in fact the mind is time;
it exists in the past and the future.
And remember, time consists of only two tenses,
the past and the future.
The present is not part of time,
the present is part of eternity.
- Osho

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered
with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
- Winston Churchill

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

Know that time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
You give your own meaning to time, as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This is our moment, this is our time.
- Bono

The hardest part is what to leave behind, ... It's time to let go!
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Gardening is all about optimism.
I put a seed in the ground.
I consistently tend it,
confident I will see the results, in time,
of the nurture I have provided.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The sum of wisdom is that
time is never lost that is devoted to work.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There comes a time when the mind
takes a higher plane of knowledge
but can never prove how it got there.
- Albert Einstein

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

A big part of letting go is recognizing
when it is time to stay in a situation
and when it is time to move on.
- Darren L. Johnson

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

There may be times when we are powerless
to prevent injustice, but there must never
be a time when we fail to protest.
- Elie Wiesel

I think we dream so we don't have to be apart for so long.
If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The River of Life can cut through solid rock - in its own time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

Nurturing is not complex.
It's simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you
and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Nelson Mandela

Every time you smile at someone,
it is an action of love,
a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
- Mother Teresa

Time flies.
- Anonymous

Take time to sharpen the saw.
- Steven Covey

If patience is worth anything,
it must endure to the end of time.
And a living faith will last
in the midst of the blackest storm.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Time expands like a brightly colored balloon
when it is filled with joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In order to discover new lands,
one must be willing to lose sight
of the shore for a very long time.
- Anonymous


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