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Joan Baez

  • The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one.

    • Joan Baez,
    • in Joan Didion, "Just Folks at a School for Non-Violence," The New York Times Magazine ()
  • My life is a crystal teardrop. There are snowflakes falling in the teardrop and little figures trudging in slow motion.

  • To sing is to love and to affirm, to fly and soar, to coast into the hearts of the people who listen, to tell them that life is to live, that love is there, that nothing is a promise, but that beauty exists, and must be hunted for and found. That death is a luxury, better to be romanticized and sung about than dwelt upon in the face of life.

  • ... if we don't sit down and shut up once in a while we'll lose our minds even earlier than we had expected. Noise is an imposition on sanity, and we live in very noisy times.

  • ... hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers.

  • ... you don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live.

  • There's a consensus out that it's OK to kill when your government decides who to kill. If you kill inside the country you get in trouble. If you kill outside the country, right time, right season, latest enemy, you get a medal.

  • If it's natural to kill, why do men have to go into training to learn how?

  • The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of nonviolence has been the organization of violence.

  • That's all nonviolence is — organized love.

  • Seeing you sleeping peacefully on your back among your stuffed ducks, bears and basset hounds would remind me that no matter how good the next day might be, certain moments were gone forever.

  • If you swing both ways, you really swing. I just figure you double your pleasure.

    • Joan Baez,
    • in Sappho ()
  • Action is the antidote to despair.

    • Joan Baez,
    • in Rolling Stone ()
  • I've never had a humble opinion in my life. If you're going to have one, why bother to be humble about it?

    • Joan Baez,
    • in International Herald Tribune ()
  • As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.

    • Joan Baez
  • To love means you also trust.

    • Joan Baez
  • Living so fully, I can't imagine what any drug could do for me.

    • Joan Baez

Joan Baez, U.S. folksinger, pacifist, civil rights/death penalty/poverty activist

(1941)

Born: Joan Chandos Báez.