"Every single soul is a poem."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Michael Franti on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Michael Franti on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Michael Franti on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Michael Franti on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Michael Franti on Robert Frost
"All the freaky people make the beauty of the world."
"During my travels in Iraq, Israel, Gaza, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, Europe and all over the United States, I have seen and heard the voices of people who want change. They want the stabilization of the economy, education and healthcare for all, renewable energy and an environmental vision with an eye on generations to come."
"If we do not change our negative habits toward climate change, we can count on worldwide disruptions in food production, resulting in mass migration, refugee crises and increased conflict over scarce natural resources like water and farm land. This is a recipe for major security problems."
"Power to the peaceful!"
"We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can't bomb it into peace."