I turned my pain into art and my hard work into a career. Helping myself has helped others. helping others has helped me.
I am not an angry girl, but it seems I've got everyone fooled. Every time I say something they find hard to hear, they chalk it up to my anger and not to their own fear. Imagine you're a girl just trying to finally come clean, knowing full well they prefer you dirty and smiling.
It seems that different people have an idea of what I am, and what I should be. And then there's me.
I hate it when people don't recognize the work of women as being universal, or having any import to the world at large, as opposed to men's work, which is generally tends to be seen as more universal - men's writing about their own experience tends to be put in a broader context.
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."
Men make angry music and it's called rock-and-roll; women include anger in their vocabulary and suddenly they're angry and militant.
We barely have time to react in this world, let alone rehearse, and I don't think that I'm better than you but I don't think that I'm worse. Women learn to be women, and men learn to be men, and I don't blame it all on you, but I don't want to be you
When I look down, I miss all the good stuff And when I look up, I just trip over things...
The stronger I am in my personal life, the more energy I have to look outward, to address my society.
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.
I did not design this game; I did not name the stakes. I just happen to like apples; and I am not afraid of snakes.
I love my country, by which I mean I am indebted joyfully to all the people throughout its history, who have fought the government to make right. Where so many cunning sons and daughters, our foremothers and forefathers came singing through slaughter, came through hell and high water so that we coul
I just hope it was okay, I know it wasn't perfect, I hope in the end we can laugh and say it was all worth it.
We get a little further from perfection, each year on the road, I guess that's what they call character, I guess that's just the way it goes, better to be dusty than polished, like some store window mannequin, why don't you touch me where i'm rusty, let me stain your hands
There isn't much I have to say, that I wouldn't rather just shut up and do.
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 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 t
I had a little bit of resistance to the idea of taking energy away from my work, and the baby comes along and, lo and behold, that's exactly what happens.
We have to be able to criticise what we love, to say what we have to say 'cause if your not trying to make something better, than as far as I can tell, you are just in the way.
I like you, but I know you don't know it. I like you so much, I talk to everyone but you. And I wonder what you would think of this little number. I wonder what you would say if you knew.
I'm a little hibernating animal. Anonymity is one of my favorite things. I mean, that's why I moved to New York when I was like 18, because there, there are just so many people that there's no one and you're just lost. You're completely invisible and I find that very liberating.
I'd rather be able to face myself in the bathroom mirror than be rich and famous.
Then I show up steady ready and proud and I find I've forgotten how to talk out loud. Isn't it just like you to bring me to my knees?
I'd rather be able to face myself in the bathroom mirror than be rich and famous. Ani DiFranc
I always feel I have to take a stand, And there's always someone on hand To hate me for standing there. I always feel I have to open my mouth, And every time I do, I offend someone, somewhere.
When everything else seems unclear, at least I'll know I do it for the joy it brings.
I believe the act of giving birth to be the single most miraculous thing a human being can do and it is surely the moment when a lot of women finally understand the depth of their power. You think it canâ€™t possibly be done, you think you canâ€™t possibly take the pain, and then you do-â€”and after
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.
I see a lot of connections between folk and punk music just because they're both subcorporate music - I mean, traditionally.
Outside sleep's open window, between the drops of rain, history is writing a recipe book for every earthly pain.