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Phil Ochs Quotes and Sayings

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It is wrong to expect a reward for your struggles.
The reward is the act of struggle itself,
not what you win.
- Phil Ochs

Leaving America is like losing twenty pounds and finding a new girlfriend.
- Phil Ochs

God isn't dead - he's just missing in action.
- Phil Ochs

Does defending liberalism leave you friendless and
perhaps wondering about your breath?
- Phil Ochs

 

The fortunes of the entire world may well ride on the
ability of young Americans to face the responsibilities
of an old America gone mad.
- Phil Ochs

In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty.
- Phil Ochs

Step outside the guidelines of the official umpires
and make your own rules and your own reality.
- Phil Ochs

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And if there's any hope for America,
it lies in a revolution,
and if there's any hope for a revolution in America,
it lies in getting Elvis Presley to become Che Guevara.
- Phil Ochs

The final story, the final chapter of western man,
I believe, lies in Los Angeles.
- Phil Ochs

When they show the destruction of society on color TV,
I want to be able to look out over Los Angeles and
make sure they get it right.
- Phil Ochs

Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world,
you must make that attempt.
That's morality, that's religion.
That's art.
That's life.
- Phil Ochs

There is an urgent need for Americans to look deeply
into themselves and their actions,
and musical poetry is perhaps the most effective mirror available.
Every newspaper headline is a potential song.
- Phil Ochs

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe PHOTO

There are no right answers to wrong questions.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers,
but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
- Antony Jay

All wrong-doing arises because of mind.
If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
- The Buddha

We can always choose to perceive things differently.
You can focus on what's wrong in your life,
or you can focus on what's right.
- Marianne Williamson

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones;
to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.
- Thomas Jefferson

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.
Men will believe what they see.
- Henry David Thoreau

There's no wrong, only discovery...
- Byron Katie

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

Sometimes it is better to lose
and do the right thing
than to win and do the wrong thing.
- Tony Blair

Everything popular is wrong.
- Oscar Wilde

If you look into your own heart,
and you find nothing wrong there,
what is there to worry about?
What is there to fear?
- Confucius

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right,
than to be responsible and wrong.
- Winston Churchill

Confidence comes not from always being right
but from not fearing to be wrong.
- Peter T. Mcintyre

The risk of a wrong decision is preferable
to the terror of indecision.
- Maimonides

If thy brother wrongs thee,
remember not so much his wrong-doing,
but more than ever that he is thy brother.
- Epictetus

When you ask the wrong question,
you usually get a nonsense answer.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Apology is only egotism wrong side out.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Many persons have a wrong idea of
what constitutes true happiness.
It is not attained through self-gratification
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

Love is saying "I feel differently,"
instead of "You're wrong."
- Anonymous

Nothing is ever absolutely "wrong."
"Wrong" is in the cultural tradition of the beholder.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Half of everything you were ever taught is wrong;
the question is which half.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I am working on a problem,
I never think about beauty,
but when I have finished,
if the solution is not beautiful,
I know it is wrong.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Nothing can stop the man with the right
mental attitude from achieving his goal;
nothing on earth can help the man
with the wrong mental attitude.
- Thomas Jefferson

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better
to displease the people by doing what you know is right,
than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
- William J. H. Boetcker

There is no "right", there is no "wrong" -
there are only points of view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To live a creative life
we must lose our fear of being wrong.
- Joseph Chilton Pearce

No persons are more frequently wrong,
than those who will not admit they are wrong.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to succeed,
but I am bound to live by the light that I have.
I must stand with anybody that stands right,
and stand with him while he is right,
and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

With a penetrating vision
you can dissipate the obstruction,
remove the obstacle,
dissolve the wrong condition.
- Ernest Holmes

All in the dark we grope along,
And if we go amiss
We learn at least which path is wrong,
And there is gain in this.
We do not always win the race
By only running right;
We have to tread the mountain's base
Before we reach its height.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Stand with anybody that stands right,
stand with him while he is right
and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous;
there's really nothing to lose.
There's no wrong you can't make right again,
so be kinder to yourself;
have fun, take chances. There are no bounds.
- Jewel

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never do anything that taints your mind.
Wrong actions cause negative or evil mental vibrations
that are reflected in your whole appearance and personality.
Engage in those actions and thoughts that nurture
the good qualities you want to have.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

In great contests, each party claims to act
in accordance with the will of God.
Both may be, and one must be wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

It is easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong,
who made mistakes, but recovered from them.
- Bono

The pendulum of the mind alternates
between sense and nonsense,
not between right and wrong.
- Carl Jung

Lord, where we are wrong,
make us willing to change;
where we are right,
make us easy to live with.
- Peter Marshall

Guilt says I've done something wrong;
... shame says there is something wrong with me.
Guilt says I've made a mistake;
... shame says I am a mistake.
Guilt says what did was not good;
... shame says I am no good.
- John Bradshaw

Choose love. Choose to release all resentments.
Forgive everyone. Choose to release all regrets.
Forgive yourself for all decisions that you have ever made
that didn't work out as you hoped.
Forgive yourself for any financial decisions
that didn't meet your expectations.
Release your regrets if you choose
the "wrong" spouse or the "wrong" career.
Today, choose love.
Choose to love yourself.
Choose to love your life.
Choose to love all the friends, family, co-workers,
acquaintances, and others who share your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I believe in God, but not as one thing,
not as an old man in the sky.
I believe that what people call God
is something in all of us.
I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha
and all the rest said was right.
It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
- John Lennon

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I forgive everyone for every "wrong"
that I believe they have ever inflicted upon me.
I forgive them for my own sake,
that I may release the venom -
the anger and resentment within myself -
and regain my joy and serenity.
I have compassion for everyone who has ever
been a player upon the stage of my life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The River of Life has no judgments.
The River flows with no concept of good and bad - right and wrong.
The fields and dreams of men may be nourished by the River of Life,
or flooded and covered with silt, and the River just flows.
Men may catch fish and live on the River of Life,
or they may founder in a storm and drown, and the River just flows.
The River of Life is timeless.
It is not unchanging, but it is timeless,
and it changes in its own time.
The River of Life knows no obstacles.
The River can cut through solid rock - in its own time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give the right man two fishes and some bread,
and he will feed the world;
give the wrong man two fishes and some bread
and he will invent the fast-food fish sandwich.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right;
a single experiment can prove me wrong.
- Albert Einstein

Not everyone is always going to like what you do.
Your job application, your book proposal,
your offer of marriage is going to
get rejected sometimes - perhaps often.
Your boss, your spouse, even the person
behind you in the supermarket checkout line
is occasionally going to think that you are doing it all wrong.
Don't take it personally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most difficult thing in the world
is to know how to do a thing
and to watch somebody else doing it wrong,
without comment.
- Theodore. H. White

Never do anything when you are in a temper,
for you will do everything wrong.
- Baltasar Gracian

If saving money is wrong, I don't want to be right!
- William Shatner

The man who can smile when things go wrong
has thought of someone else he can blame it on.
- Robert Bloch

It is dangerous to be right in matters
on which the established authorities are wrong.
- Voltaire

There's nothing wrong with being shallow as long as
you're insightful about it.
- Dennis Miller

A poem begins as a lump in the throat,
a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
- Robert Frost


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