"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."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Ani DiFranco on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Ani DiFranco on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Ani DiFranco on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Ani DiFranco on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Ani DiFranco on Abraham Lincoln
"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."