Ani DiFranco quotes and sayings
September 23, 1970
God forbid you be an ugly girl, 'course too pretty is also your doom, 'cause everyone harbors a secret hatred for the prettiest girl in the room.
Imagine you're a girl, just trying to finally come clean, knowing full well they'd prefer you were dirty and smiling.
Think I'm done gunning for some imagined bliss.
Girl, next time he wants to know what your problem is, next time he wants to know where the anger comes from, just tell him this time the problem's his, tell him the anger just comes, it just comes.
I always try and stay one step ahead of people, not looking like I looked like last week, so I can be as anonymous as possible and part of it is just for me. It is fun to just come up with new and bizarre colors for each area of your body and things like that, but there are some parts of it that I just keep wanting to negate myself. I hate waking up in the morning and recognizing the woman in the bathroom mirror.
How come I can pick my ears, but not my nose? Who made up that rule anyway? How can you say that's the way it is, that's just the way it goes, why don't you decide fore yourself what you can do?
spring is super in the supermarkets and the strawberries prance and glow never mind that they're all kinda tart and tasteless as strawberries go meanwhile wild things are not for sale anymore than they are for show so i'll be outside, in love with the kind of beauty it takes more than eyes to know.
It's great being your own boss, but then, you know, you make your own mistakes, you know, and you own them. You know, so it's empowering, and it's also humbling along the way.
All the decent people, male and female, are feminists. The only people who are not feminists are those who believe that women are inherently inferior or undeserving of the respect and opportunity afforded men. Either you are a feminist or you are a misogynist. There is no box marked "other.".
When I was like sixteen, I was a total chick I had big hair. I was seen as this attractive girl, and I would get all this attention. And then I just cut off my hair, and I quit playing that game.
I don't know if there are artists out there who love their own records. I haven't met any, and I'm kind of extreme in the other direction, but therein lies the impetus to keep working and keep making new songs and new records.
Pop stardom is not very compelling. I'm much more interested in a relationship between performer and audience that is of equals. I came up through folk music, and there's no pomp and circumstance to the performance. There's no, like, 'I'll be the rock star, you be the adulating fan.'.
There isn't much I have to say, that I wouldn't rather just shut up and do.
I fight with love, and I laugh with rage. You've gotta live light enough to see the humor, And long enough to see some change.
These days, I find I'm applying a little more patience to my process. If I look back on my work, I can see those songs I bailed on could have been better, that had those great two verses and then I kind of coasted from there. These days, if a song is giving me trouble, I put it aside and pick it up later, and keep doing that, for a year if I have to, until it takes shape.
While out in TV Nation, under darkening skies, the resistance is just waiting to be organized.
We're led by denial like lambs to slaughter, serving empires of style and carbonated sugar water.
A good brain ain't diddley, if you don't have the facts.
Take away our play stations and we are a third world nation.
People who are just starting out are always sort of coming to me for advice as the example of "independent girl," and lots of people ask, well, how did you get the booking agent or the national distribution or the tours? And I look at them like, "Good lord! Relax!" I mean, how I did it was to not care about it and to not even think about it for years and years. All I thought about was getting the next little gig in the little bar, and I get this sense that people want me to give them the secret formula or the magic trick to make it all happen.
I think the gay community should get smart and drop the word 'marriage.' Do you really need to change every right-wing Christian to make sure you get your equal rights? Eyes on the prize, we should be sticking to getting equal rights.
Vulnerability is something that I negotiate every day.
I try to laugh at whatever life brings.
Goldfish have no memory, I guess their lives are much like mine. And the little plastic castle is a surprise everytime.
I walk like I'm on a mission 'cause that's the way I groove. I got more and more to do and less and less to prove.
Let's show them all how it's done, let's do it all imperfectly.
In order to keep anything cultural, logical, or ideological, you have to reinvent the reality of it.
I fear that Donald Trump will continue to be followed around by the media in its totality as he continues to rail against Hillary Clinton.
There are so many things that we have to be very concerned about. But I always come back to feminism. People look at me sideways now and are like, With everything going on, the destruction of the environment, these endless wars, this capitalism that has a stranglehold on our culture and our world and you're talking about feminism still?
Men make angry music and it's called rock-and-roll; women include anger in their vocabulary and suddenly they're angry and militant.
I've been a long time coming, and I'll be a long time gone. You've got your whole life to do something, and that's not very long.
The scary truth is, you have to scratch some veneer off to gauge where the moral fiber really is in certain pockets of society. It's raw. It's scary. But it gives us a place to work with.
I never try to imagine the future. I kinda think it's a waste of time. I live in the now.
But what if no one's watching? What if when we're dead, we are just dead? What if there's no time to lose? What if there's things we gotta do, Things that need to be said?
Just let me go, we have to be able to criticize what we love, to say what we have to say 'cause if you're not trying to make something better, then as far as I can tell, you are just in the way.
You're trying to fight gravity on a planet that insists that love is like falling, and falling is like this.
When everything else seems unclear, at least I'll know I do it for the joy it brings.
Why do you think I write these feminist songs, to try and teach myself to respect myself. You know, it's not because I'm a hero.
I was blessed with a birth and a death, and I guess I just want some say in between.
And everything seems to have gone terribly wrong that can. But one breath at a time is an acceptable plan, she tells herself.
I don't care if they eat me alive, I've got better things to do then survive.
I always wanted to be commander-in-chief of my one-woman army, But I can envision the mediocrity of my finest hour.
There is no alternative. A Democrat is a Republican is a big businessman, and we're all consumers instead of citizens. It just manifests in the culture, in the music, in the art. I feel a little panicky about it.
God help you if you are a phoenix and you dare to rise up from the ash a thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy while you are just flying past.
The way I play guitar is very, very hard and I bloody myself incredibly without the tape. And the nails are my picks.
You got to look outside- your eyes- you got to think outside- your brain- you got to walk outside- your life- to where the neighborhoods change.
These days, my main guitar amps have been Magnatone. They're beautiful. Magnatones have actual tremolo, which I recently learned about guitar amps. Often what guitar amps call vibrato is really just a volume Up and Down. But Magnatone has a true vibrato, which is pitch bending. And so, it's just a lush sound.
My music doesn't really sound like punk music, it's acoustic. And it doesn't really sound like folk music 'cause I'm thrashing too hard and emoting a little too much for the sort of introspective, respectful, sort-of folk genre thing. I'm really into punk and folk as music that comes out of communities and is very genuine and very immediate and not commercial.
If you think you know what I'm doing wrong well you're gonna have to get in line.
I've never had a very closely connected family. My parents split up when I was young and I was living with my mom for a little while, then I was kind of just on my own really young. It wasn't some kind of global tragedy, it was just never really a very close-knit family. So there was support in the sense that they didn't stand in my way.
I really have been enjoying performing more lately than I have in a long time and you know, it's all about that sort of centered feeling that I have now. You know, thanks to, not just my kid, but her father before her. You know, I have a kind of a grounding through them that I really relish, and I think is also good for my work, you know.
There's this brutal imperial power, that my passport says I represent. But it will never represent where my heart lives, only vaguely where it went.
Who says I like right angles? These are not my laws, these are not my rules.
I've been trying to learn how to not be so conflicted about things like my own anger. I've always had a place in my music for my anger as a way of compensating for not having a mechanism to express it in my everyday life. So I've been trying to be more true to myself, and that helps me to chill out a little bit. But politically, uh-uh. No.
Now I wonder who is gonna be president: Tweedle Dumb, or Tweedle Dumber-- And who is gonna have the big block buster box office this summer.
For every hand extended another lies in wait. Keep your eye on that one girl... anticipate.
Taken out of context I must seem so strange.
In any marginalized community, whether people identify themselves or not affects us all.
Love isn't over when the sheets are stained.
If more people were screaming, I could relax.
I noticed with older songs that I perform that I'm coming from a different place with them now... it mutates the vibe and even the meaning of the same words when you have a different spirit, if the person singing is different. I like that, to be able to sing an emotionally wrought song from a more centered place, or to sing an eager, youthful song from a more experienced place. It kind of colors the songs differently, and it keeps them fresh.
I mean, playing music at home and writing and hanging out with my guitar is kind of medicinal for me, but when I bring the songs to people on stage, it's very joyous.
No one's gonna sympathize when we crash, they'll say you hit what you head for, you get what you ask.
I just see a lot of people who are really terrified of the "f-word." A lot of women these days, a lot of young women don't want to call themselves feminists.
I sincerely believe patriarchy to be at the root of all of our social diseases and feminism, it's antidote, to be a prerequisite to peace on earth. feminism provides an alternative way of thinking and structuring things that focuses on and prioritizes relationships and de-emphasizes hierarchy, separation and domination.
I seriously hate pop music and all things super-commercial, so I'd be hard pressed to feel embarrassed by anything I listen to. Besides, I have a three-year-old, so I don't have time for guilty pleasures anyway!
I would like to perfect the art of being studiously aloof.
People need something or someone to fasten themselves to in order to reassure themselves that they are real.
It's the ground that we walk on, it's where we sit, it's the language that we use. It's a difficult undertaking, but I think without healing that and creating more of a balance between the sexes, we will never have balance globally. I feel like I am going deeper and deeper into this space where I came from that I barely understood.
My political mission is as acute as ever. For me, in addition to kind of looking at the world and trying to engage in my society politically, having the kid around sort of makes me check in with myself. I think you're all busy trying to fix the world, but what about yourself?
words are some of the most powerful and important things I know....Language is the tool of love and the weapon of hatred. It's the bright red warning flag of danger--and the stone foundation of diplomacy and peace.
People used to make records, as in the record of an event, the event of people playing music in a room, and now everything's cross-marketing, its about sunglasses and shoes, or guns and drugs that you choose.
fate is not just whose cooking smells good, but which way the wind blows.
What I like about being independent in the music industry is that anybody who does play the album on the radio and anybody who does choose to write in the media does so because they want to, because they like it or because they find something interesting there, not because they have to.
When I was four years old they tried to test my IQ, they showed me this picture of three oranges and a pear. They asked me which one is different and does not belong, they taught me different was wrong.
I envy your ignorance, I hear that it's bliss.
I am writing graffiti on your body. I am drawing the story of how hard we tried.
I'm not one of those people who has an act.
I'm aware enough, I guess, of American labor history.
Maybe we are both good people who've done some bad things.
It can be very frustrating and very deflating to be constantly defined and described by other people, so I've stopped reading anything written about me, and I find it much healthier. I just sort of concentrate on what I do and don't worry too much about that.
My parents split up when I was young, and I was living with my mom for a little while, then I was kind of just on my own really young. It wasn't some kind of global tragedy, it was just never really a very close-knit family. So there was support in the sense that they didn't stand in my way.
It don't take a weather man to look around and see the weather, Jeb said he'd deliver Florida folks and boy did he ever, and we hold these truths to be self evident number one George W Bush is not president. Number two America isn't a true democracy. And number three the media is not fooling me.
Art is why I get up in the morning but my definition ends there. You know I don't think its fair that I'm living for something I can't even define.
These days I keep a journal, so I'm constantly sketching down my thoughts, or lines that come to me...ideas for songs. And then when I have a moment to myself, I'll sit down with my guitar and open my journal, and start kind of massaging things together, and see if a song takes shape. Or sometimes, I'll just be hanging out with my guitar and come up with a chord progression or a lick, and that'll sort of sit around for a while waiting to marry itself to some words. So it's sort of haphazard and it's like...junk culture. I go around finding shiny objects and I glue them together laughs.
What bugs me is that you believe what you're saying. What bothers me is that you don't know how you feel. What scares me is that while you're telling me stories, you actually believe that they are real.
Birth is the epicenter of women's power.
Rita Mae Brown
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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