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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Joan Chandos Baez on action, despair, humble, opinion, change, intelligent, violence, people, music, power, live, die and love.

31 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Joan Chandos Baez

Quick Facts

Famous As: Singer

Born On: January 9, 1941

Born In: Staten Island

Founder / Co Founder: Institute for the Study of Nonviolence

Joan Chandos Baez is America’s most sought-after folk singer, activist, songwriter and musician. Her contemporary folk music usually reflects songs of social justice or protest. In her long career, she has released move than 30 albums, and recorded songs in approximately six other languages and is fluent in English as well as Spanish. Though her music has diversified since the counterculture days and now includes gospel music, folk rock, country, and pop, she is still regarded as a folk singer. She has spent her life working and being vocal about expressing her opinions, thoughts and views on subjects close to her heart which include civil rights, environment, human rights and nonviolence. We bring to you a list of quotable quotes, thoughts and sayings by Joan Chandos Baez which have been excerpted from her writings, songs, lyrics, music, works and life.
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My dread is for my show to be a nostalgia act. So the key to it is how do we keep it fresh?

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I'm lucky to have met so many people who have been involved in peace and who have been peace prize winners.

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I didn't go through the routine of singing in small clubs and doing open mics and working so hard the way a lot of people do and did. It was just an overnight kind of thing.

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I spend a lot of time with Buddhists. I'm not a Buddhist, but their relationship with death interests me.

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I've never been an optimist.

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During the 'ballad' years for me, the politics was latent; I was just falling in love with the ballads and my boyfriend. And there was the beauty of the songs.

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Mostly what I listen to when I turn on my little iPod is opera.

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I have hope in people, in individuals. Because you don't know what's going to rise from the ruins.

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The foundation of my beliefs is the same as it was when I was 10. Non-violence.

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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.

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You may not know it, but at the far end of despair, there is a white clearing where one is almost happy.

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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.

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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.

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My father was a physicist and also an activist. My first public protest was with my dad at Stanford. I came by all that honestly.

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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.

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The hardest song to write is a protest song, a topical song with meaning.

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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.

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As we know, forgiveness of oneself is the hardest of all the forgivenesses.

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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.

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

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

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Hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers.

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

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That's all nonviolence is - organized love.

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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.

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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.

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Nonviolence is a flop. The only bigger flop is violence.

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Someone had to change the world. And obviously I was the one for the job.

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I've never had a humble opinion. If you've got an opinion, why be humble about it?

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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.

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Action is the antidote to despair.

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