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Folk Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Folk.

We are a puny and fickle folk.
Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Related topics: Cynical

Folk-rock hasn't changed much over the decades since the Byrds started it.
- Steve Forbert

How can I be a folk? I'm from the suburbs you know.
- John Fahey

I think all old folk's homes should have striptease.
If I ran one I'd have a striptease every week.
- Cynthia Payne

 

Folk music was out there.
Clubs were springing up and they were hot with the college kids.
- Dick Smothers

It was really fun.
Well, Bobby was just basically a folk singer.
He didn't play with any bands or anything,
like all the rest of us.
Just played his guitar and sang his songs.
- Barry McGuire

Well, I don't think it ever did, but in the early '60s
I got interested in folk music.
- Warren Zevon

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You have to open your mind.
I like the ability to express myself in a deep way.
It's the closest music to our humanity -
it's like a folk music that rises up out of a culture.
- Sonny Terry

I like Celtic folk music, Native American music,
and any kind of early music.
There isn't a lot of music that I don't like...
except for Show Tunes.
- Terri Windling

I was using them as teachers for technique but I was
never trying to be a folk.
- John Fahey

I wanted to write songs which I think is a different thing.
I wanted to write music that is informed by folk music.
The chord progressions are obvious references.
- Joanna Newsom

The vast majority of English folk cannot and will not
consider a picture as a picture,
apart from any story which it may be supposed to tell.
- James Whistler

The novel is the first art form that is an honest-to-god commodity.
That's what makes it different from both high art and folk art.
- Leslie Fiedler

I always thought I was singing American folk music.
- Lonnie Donegan

The models for me were more the folk-rock singers of the '60s and '70s.
- Carly Simon

I also like the whole idea of fairy tales and folk
tales being a woman's domain,
considered a lesser domain at the time they were told.
- Alice Hoffman

It's fun.
I sit down every day and tell stories.
Some folk would kill to get that chance.
- Bernard Cornwell

The only really happy folk are married women and single men.
- H. L. Mencken

I got hooked into folk music by accident,
because that's what white college kids liked when I was a child.
- Stephen Stills

And no book gives a deeper insight into the inner life of the Negro,
his struggles and his aspirations, than,
The Souls of Black Folk.
- Ray Stannard Baker

Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was,
in essence, American folk music with a beat.
- Van Morrison

Civilization is a conspiracy.
Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.
- John Buchan

Folk is bare bones music.
- Ben Harper

Everybody would grab a guitar and listen to somebody
else and call themselves a folk singer.
When they didn't know no more songs,
they'd run out of them.
- Brownie McGhee

The fact that The Bridge contains folk lore and other
material suitable to the epic form need not therefore
prove its failure as a long lyric poem,
with interrelated sections.
- Hart Crane

Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the
chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war.
- Allan Massie

But the West did not last long enough.
Its folk myths and heroes became stage properties of
Hollywood before the poets had begun to get to work on them.
- Christopher Dawson

I suppose my little Martin acoustic guitar is quickly
becoming a prize possession.
It's a lovely guitar.
I bought it at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2001 before I had cleaned up.
- Graham Coxon

All music is folk music.
I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.
- Louis Armstrong

Fleetwood Mac are more like a folk-rock band.
- Ann Wilson

Nobody gets a nervous breakdown or a heart attack from
selling kerosene to gentle country folk from the back of a tanker in Somerset.
- Roald Dahl

All their sport in the park is but a shadow to that
pleasure that I find in Plato;
alas good folk,
they never felt what true pleasure meant.
- Jane Grey

I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition,
a folk tradition.
- Bruce Springsteen

They were written on cheap blue notebooks bought by poor women.
I'm interested in folk tales in the way that medicine
and magic in women's stories are all kind of combined.
- Alice Hoffman

In fact, I believe that we need better sex education in our own culture,
here in America, so that young folk learn about things
like venereal disease before they encounter it.
- Piers Anthony

There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty,
and pretend to such discretion in the hidden things they hear,
that at the end folk come to put faith in them.
- Marie de France

Common folk didn't have last names in the 8th and 9th centuries.
- Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

There are no bridges in folk songs because the peasants died building them.
- Eugene Chadbourne

I'm just a very primitive, infantile folk singer.
- Robert Wyatt

When we moved back to the US, folk music was all the rage.
So I traded in my banjo for a guitar.
- Michael Storm

I think they do a great job on Queer as Folk.
- Laura Innes

Some folk want their luck buttered.
- Thomas Hardy

There's nothing quite like tobacco: it's the passion of decent folk,
and whoever lives without tobacco doesn't deserve to live.
- Moliere

My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta,
where folk music meets the blues.
- Mark Knopfler

Logically, when you talkin' about folk music and blues,
you find out it's music of just plain people.
- Brownie McGhee

I grew up listening to spiritual music,
Blind Willie Johnson and folk.
- Ben Harper

Human folk are as a matter of fact eager to find intelligence in animals.
- Edward Thorndike

I've never set out consciously to write American music.
I don't know what that would be unless the obvious
Appalachian folk references.
- Carlisle Floyd

I have a deep rooted folk sensibility that I can't
get away from completely.
- Joanna Newsom

We had a certain kind of really big prestige among,
I suppose not just intellectual folk,
but a sort of nice middle class intelligent folk of a very urban nature.
- Adolph Green

Let us beware of common folk, of common sense,
of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious.
- Charles Baudelaire

I guess all songs is folk songs.
I never heard no horse sing 'em.
- Big Bill Broonzy

Folk rock was my real roots.
I did a few gigs as a folk artist, in the style of Fairport Convention.
- Alan Parsons

My masters are strange folk with very little care for music in them.
- Johannes Sebastian Bach

At the same time all this was happening,
there was a folk song revival movement goingon,
so the commercial music industry was actually changed
by the Civil Rights Movement.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

We were like psychedelic folk combined with Sonic Youth's noise.
- Daisy Berkowitz

Why do we need to wait until somebody sells 10 million
records to give people a show like that? What about us smaller,
hungry folk? At least gimme a curtain!
- Angie Stone

Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination.
- Theodor Adorno

Jazz is the folk music of the machine age.
- Paul Whiteman

I've been getting into Nick Drake lately,
the folk singer.
Sad, gorgeous stuff.
- Anthony Doerr

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages
is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs,
fables, folk sayings and quotations.
- William Feather

Real folk music long ago went to Nashville and left no known survivors.
- Donal Henahan

I grew up listening to a lot of soul music,
and a lot of folk music.
- Katey Sagal

I didn't know Charlie before doing the movie,
but I was a huge fan of the British Queer as Folk.
- Nathan Lane

There's a glorious sense of freedom in comedy,
just allowing myself to tell jokes, allowing myself
to interrupt myself and tell old African folk stories that I made up -
or didn't -
and Jamaican stories.
- Neil Gaiman

The only folk I can judge are people like Woody Allen who I think is a genius,
largely because I think he has beaten the system.
He has his own company, and his films are all his own ideas.
It's his direction, and so it comes out the way he imagined it.
- Nigel Kneale

My stuff was more of a folk coffeehouse thing,
with more acoustic guitar, just me doing a single,
and then adding on instruments and voices,
with emphasis on lyrics and singing and light kind of acoustic jazz.
- Dan Hicks

This is a work of fiction.
All the characters in it, human and otherwise,
are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk,
whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence.
Or lack thereof.
- Neil Gaiman

The 1960s were big for folk music, and the Kingston Trio led the way.
They were the ones who started it all.
The music was fresh and alive.
College kids loved it and their parents did,
too.
- George Grove

The school was prone to dishing out punishments for
anything creative that didn't fit with expectation -
I just followed the logic and figured the folk club
was probably much the same.
- David Knopfler

This administration and these folk who run Washington
are no more interested in our welfare and our well
being than the man on the moon.
And we have got to start taking our destiny into our hands.
- Tavis Smiley


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