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.

Joan Baez

Joan Baez

Profession: Singer
Nationality: American

Some suggestions for you :

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.

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

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.

I've never been an optimist.

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

Hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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