You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.
As we know, forgiveness of oneself is the hardest of all the forgivenesses.
Action is the antidote to despair.
Instead of getting hard ourselves and trying to compete, women should try and give their best qualities to men - bring them softness, teach them how to cry.
We were raised with that discussion about violence and non-violence, and we all pretty much came up on the side of non-violence. That became my foundation with politics and my livelihood.
If it's natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?
The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.
I've never had a humble opinion. If you've got an opinion, why be humble about it?
The foundation of my beliefs is the same as it was when I was 10. Non-violence.
You may not know it, but at the far end of despair, there is a white clearing where one is almost happy.
Hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers.
It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
I have hope in people, in individuals. Because you don't know what's going to rise from the ruins.
The longer you practice nonviolence and the meditative qualities of it that you will need, the more likely you are to do something intelligent in any situation.
People say I'm such a pessimist, but I always was. It never stopped me from doing what I had to do. I would say I'm a realist.
I see a young man playing 'Plaisir d'Amour' on guitar. I knew I didn't want to go to college; I was already playing a ukulele, and after I saw that, I was hooked. All I wanted to do was play guitar and sing.
I think music has the power to transform people, and in doing so, it has the power to transform situations - some large and some small.
I'm lucky to have met so many people who have been involved in peace and who have been peace prize winners.
I've never been an optimist.
If people have to put labels on me, I'd prefer the first label to be human being, the second label to be pacifist, and the third to be folk singer.