"Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make that attempt. That's morality, that's religion. That's art. That's life."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."Phil Ochs on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Phil Ochs on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."Phil Ochs on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Phil Ochs on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."Phil Ochs on Albert Camus
"In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty."
"And if there's any hope for America, it lies in a revolution, and if there's any hope for a revolution in America, it lies in getting Elvis Presley to become Che Guevara."
"There is an urgent need for Americans to look deeply into themselves and their actions, and musical poetry is perhaps the most effective mirror available. Every newspaper headline is a potential song."