"There are many things that people do happily that I can't imagine why they would do it... But I have to say that even though I am critical or judgmental of society at large, I'm not critical of people individually. We are who we are."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Ian MacKaye on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Ian MacKaye on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Ian MacKaye on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Ian MacKaye on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Ian MacKaye on Mahatma Gandhi
"Major labels didn't start showing up really until they smelled money, and that's all they're ever going to be attracted to is money-that's the business they're in- making money."
"I'm really anti-option, so computers have been my nightmare with recording. I don't want endless tracks I want less tracks. I want decisions to be made."
"With Napster and the sharing of music, of course, there are going to be people who exploit it. Greed has no end. But there's a lot of good that could happen. We shouldn't let the economic concerns of the major labels infringe on our freedom to share music."
"I think sometimes my humor is extremely dry, and a lot of times I would say things that I thought were very funny but... I have a reputation of - people think of me as a very fundamentalist, humorless fellow."
"I don't dismiss the music that I was involved with, I don't think it was a joke, I don't think it was funny or a phase, I don't think it was just something I was doing back then, to me it was who I am. It connects all the way through. I don't distance myself from any of it."