"I have more respect for somebody who points at his ideal - in this case, the ideal of the pirate - and then becomes something that's more radical, more exciting, more subversive than a pirate could ever be."
"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."Will Oldham on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Will Oldham on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Will Oldham 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."Will Oldham on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Will Oldham on Abraham Lincoln
"I do not want a personal relationship with my fans. Or to do anything that encourages them to think they have one with me. They can have a personal relationship with my songs. That's fine, but they don't know me."
"What is normally called religion is what I would tend to call music - participating in music, listening to music, making records and singing."