"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."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Phil Ochs on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Phil Ochs 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."Phil Ochs on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Phil Ochs on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Phil Ochs on Robert Frost
"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."
"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."