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Folk Quotes

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We are a puny and fickle folk.
Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Related topics: Cynical

I was using them as teachers for technique but I was
never trying to be a folk.
- John Fahey

Civilization is a conspiracy.
Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.
- John Buchan

I grew up listening to spiritual music,
Blind Willie Johnson and folk.
- Ben Harper

 

Fleetwood Mac are more like a folk-rock band.
- Ann Wilson

Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination.
- Theodor Adorno

Well, I don't think it ever did, but in the early '60s
I got interested in folk music.
- Warren Zevon

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I guess all songs is folk songs.
I never heard no horse sing 'em.
- Big Bill Broonzy

Why do we need to wait until somebody sells 10 million
records to give people a show like that? What about us smaller,
hungry folk? At least gimme a curtain!
- Angie Stone

We had a certain kind of really big prestige among,
I suppose not just intellectual folk,
but a sort of nice middle class intelligent folk of a very urban nature.
- Adolph Green

Real folk music long ago went to Nashville and left no known survivors.
- Donal Henahan

I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition,
a folk tradition.
- Bruce Springsteen

They were written on cheap blue notebooks bought by poor women.
I'm interested in folk tales in the way that medicine
and magic in women's stories are all kind of combined.
- Alice Hoffman

Some folk want their luck buttered.
- Thomas Hardy

Logically, when you talkin' about folk music and blues,
you find out it's music of just plain people.
- Brownie McGhee

The fact that The Bridge contains folk lore and other
material suitable to the epic form need not therefore
prove its failure as a long lyric poem,
with interrelated sections.
- Hart Crane

I've never set out consciously to write American music.
I don't know what that would be unless the obvious
Appalachian folk references.
- Carlisle Floyd

In fact, I believe that we need better sex education in our own culture,
here in America, so that young folk learn about things
like venereal disease before they encounter it.
- Piers Anthony

Let us beware of common folk, of common sense,
of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious.
- Charles Baudelaire

There's nothing quite like tobacco: it's the passion of decent folk,
and whoever lives without tobacco doesn't deserve to live.
- Moliere

I got hooked into folk music by accident,
because that's what white college kids liked when I was a child.
- Stephen Stills

I have a deep rooted folk sensibility that I can't
get away from completely.
- Joanna Newsom

And no book gives a deeper insight into the inner life of the Negro,
his struggles and his aspirations, than,
The Souls of Black Folk.
- Ray Stannard Baker

The vast majority of English folk cannot and will not
consider a picture as a picture,
apart from any story which it may be supposed to tell.
- James Whistler

My masters are strange folk with very little care for music in them.
- Johannes Sebastian Bach

Everybody would grab a guitar and listen to somebody
else and call themselves a folk singer.
When they didn't know no more songs,
they'd run out of them.
- Brownie McGhee

It was really fun.
Well, Bobby was just basically a folk singer.
He didn't play with any bands or anything,
like all the rest of us.
Just played his guitar and sang his songs.
- Barry McGuire

Common folk didn't have last names in the 8th and 9th centuries.
- Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

I've been getting into Nick Drake lately,
the folk singer.
Sad, gorgeous stuff.
- Anthony Doerr

I suppose my little Martin acoustic guitar is quickly
becoming a prize possession.
It's a lovely guitar.
I bought it at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2001 before I had cleaned up.
- Graham Coxon

I wanted to write songs which I think is a different thing.
I wanted to write music that is informed by folk music.
The chord progressions are obvious references.
- Joanna Newsom

We were like psychedelic folk combined with Sonic Youth's noise.
- Daisy Berkowitz

The models for me were more the folk-rock singers of the '60s and '70s.
- Carly Simon

It's fun.
I sit down every day and tell stories.
Some folk would kill to get that chance.
- Bernard Cornwell

When we moved back to the US, folk music was all the rage.
So I traded in my banjo for a guitar.
- Michael Storm

Folk music was out there.
Clubs were springing up and they were hot with the college kids.
- Dick Smothers

At the same time all this was happening,
there was a folk song revival movement goingon,
so the commercial music industry was actually changed
by the Civil Rights Movement.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty,
and pretend to such discretion in the hidden things they hear,
that at the end folk come to put faith in them.
- Marie de France

I grew up listening to a lot of soul music,
and a lot of folk music.
- Katey Sagal

All music is folk music.
I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.
- Louis Armstrong

I also like the whole idea of fairy tales and folk
tales being a woman's domain,
considered a lesser domain at the time they were told.
- Alice Hoffman

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages
is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs,
fables, folk sayings and quotations.
- William Feather

I think all old folk's homes should have striptease.
If I ran one I'd have a striptease every week.
- Cynthia Payne

My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta,
where folk music meets the blues.
- Mark Knopfler

All their sport in the park is but a shadow to that
pleasure that I find in Plato;
alas good folk,
they never felt what true pleasure meant.
- Jane Grey

Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the
chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war.
- Allan Massie

Human folk are as a matter of fact eager to find intelligence in animals.
- Edward Thorndike

How can I be a folk? I'm from the suburbs you know.
- John Fahey

But the West did not last long enough.
Its folk myths and heroes became stage properties of
Hollywood before the poets had begun to get to work on them.
- Christopher Dawson

You have to open your mind.
I like the ability to express myself in a deep way.
It's the closest music to our humanity -
it's like a folk music that rises up out of a culture.
- Sonny Terry

I didn't know Charlie before doing the movie,
but I was a huge fan of the British Queer as Folk.
- Nathan Lane

Folk is bare bones music.
- Ben Harper

I always thought I was singing American folk music.
- Lonnie Donegan

Nobody gets a nervous breakdown or a heart attack from
selling kerosene to gentle country folk from the back of a tanker in Somerset.
- Roald Dahl

There are no bridges in folk songs because the peasants died building them.
- Eugene Chadbourne

I like Celtic folk music, Native American music,
and any kind of early music.
There isn't a lot of music that I don't like...
except for Show Tunes.
- Terri Windling

Folk-rock hasn't changed much over the decades since the Byrds started it.
- Steve Forbert

The only really happy folk are married women and single men.
- H. L. Mencken

I'm just a very primitive, infantile folk singer.
- Robert Wyatt

The novel is the first art form that is an honest-to-god commodity.
That's what makes it different from both high art and folk art.
- Leslie Fiedler

Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was,
in essence, American folk music with a beat.
- Van Morrison

I think they do a great job on Queer as Folk.
- Laura Innes

Jazz is the folk music of the machine age.
- Paul Whiteman

Folk rock was my real roots.
I did a few gigs as a folk artist, in the style of Fairport Convention.
- Alan Parsons

My father being in the movie business,
I thought being an actor would be great.
But when I started singing to people in coffeehouses,
you know, singing folk music and then,
later, singing songs that I started to write myself,
I felt more than an affinity for it.
- David Crosby

It was 1988, I believe, that I met Grit.
We were both appearing in a Canadian Folk Festival
and as we sat backstage he handed me his guitar.
I played it, loved it, and then found out that he'd made it himself.
- Tom Chapin

I really understand what that process is all about and how important it is,
especially with young folk and creative folk that love
looking for some platform that makes it easier for
them to express themselves.
- Mick Fleetwood

It's taken folk a while to come around,
hasn't it? Even the boys in the band weren't too sure
about the whole art thing.
They just wanted me to concentrate on the music.
But they respect it now.
- Ron Wood

He helped make Living Things even more crazy than I wanted it to be.
He added old-fashioned piano and classical folk music -
that weird otherworldly vibe -
all these elements got onto the record.
- Matthew Sweet

There's a glorious sense of freedom in comedy,
just allowing myself to tell jokes, allowing myself
to interrupt myself and tell old African folk stories that I made up -
or didn't -
and Jamaican stories.
- Neil Gaiman

The greatest thing about doing this movie was that
Chris and I both were involved in folk music in the '60s.
I had a group, but I don't think it was at the same level as Chris,
because he's an amazing musician.
- Eugene Levy


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