"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.'"
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Ani DiFranco on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Ani DiFranco on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Ani DiFranco on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Ani DiFranco on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Ani DiFranco on Ray Charles
"I basically get stereotyped a lot in terms of being a girl and writing 'chick' music for teenage girls or something. I think, if anything, the press kind of, because of my gender and my age, tends to kind of relegate my work to this sort of special-interest group. It's part of the cultural dynamic, I guess."
"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 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."
"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."
"Art may imitate life, but life imitates TV."