Quotes and Sayings about Folk



"If the parties get too close together they lose their identities, if they get too far apart you're not going to get a whole lot done because you almost always need to have some folks on the other side of the aisle to accomplish anything."
- Tom Allen
"Princess Rose should indeed be a TV movie, assuming something doesn't go wrong. I don't know how good a movie it will be, because the way movie folk think is different from the way writers think, and I distrust what isn't done my way. This is what I call a healthy paranoia."
- Piers Anthony
(Related: Distrust, Folk, Paranoia, Will, Writers, Wrong)

"In fact, I believe that we need better sex education in our own culture, here in America, so that young folk learn about things like venereal disease before they encounter it."
- Piers Anthony
(Related: Education, Sex, America, Culture, Disease, Fact, Folk)

"All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song."
- Louis Armstrong
(Related: Music, Folk, Song)

"My masters are strange folk with very little care for music in them."
- Johannes Sebastian Bach
(Related: Music, Care, Folk)

"The local music community here was dying for a place to record, so we started doing acoustic, folk and bluegrass and then did rock projects for other bands, as well as for my son Tal and my own work."
- Randy Bachman
(Related: Music, Work, Son, Community, Dying, Folk, Projects)

"And no book gives a deeper insight into the inner life of the Negro, his struggles and his aspirations, than, The Souls of Black Folk."
- Ray Stannard Baker
(Related: Life, Aspirations, Folk)

"I'll be damned if I want most folks out there to do unto me what they do unto themselves."
- Toni Cade Bambara
(Related: Want)

"Privatizing Social Security will take dollars out of young folks' pockets."
- Max Baucus
(Related: Security, Will)

"Let us beware of common folk, of common sense, of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Inspiration, Common sense, Folk, Obvious, Sentiment)

"In fact, I really didn't get enthused about his Secretary of State race until I attended a couple of his rallies and found out there were a bunch of young folks that there were a bunch of young folks that he had been able to recruit on his own."
- Birch Bayh
(Related: Fact, Race, State)

"As my career has progressed, I've had the pleasure of playing with the baddest jazz cats on the planet. But that doesn't change my desire to entertain folks. That's really who I am."
- George Benson
(Related: Change, Career, Cats, Desire, Jazz, Pleasure)

"We were like psychedelic folk combined with Sonic Youth's noise."
- Daisy Berkowitz
(Related: Folk, Youth)

"There never has been a war yet which, if the facts had been put calmly before the ordinary folk, could not have been prevented. The common man, I think, is the great protection against war."
- Ernest Bevin
(Related: War, Facts, Folk, Man, Protection)

"I haven't got as much money as some folks, but I've got as much impudence as any of them, and that's the next thing to money."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Money)

"I'm very fond of Norfolk. My husband came from there and the kids love it. Devon is beautiful, too."
- Honor Blackman
(Related: Love, Husband, Kids)

"That's all folks!"
- Mel Blanc
"Some of the folks on both sides might be sincere, but it does seem as if it is only the opposition that cares about the Bill of Rights most of the time."
- James Bovard
(Related: Time, Rights, Opposition)

"Sure, I get the blues. But what I try to do, is apply joy to the blues, you know? I don't know if it's a technique, or just being bent that way, being raised by the folks I was raised by."
- Jeff Bridges
(Related: Being, Joy)

"I guess all songs is folk songs. I never heard no horse sing 'em."
- Big Bill Broonzy
(Related: Folk, Songs)

"Tell us exactly - certainly our listeners - why does it appear that some folks, certainly in the Democratic Party and in the news media - seem to be afraid of you?"
- Tony Brown
(Related: Media, News, Party)

"That folk music led to learning to play, and making things up led to what turns out to be the most lucrative part of the music business - writing, because you get paid every time that song gets played."
- Jackson Browne
(Related: Business, Music, Time, Folk, Learning, Play, Song, Writing)

"When I really started liking music was when I could play some of it myself, and after a couple of years of playing folk music, I kinda rediscovered those hits that were on the radio all the time when I was a kid."
- Jackson Browne
(Related: Music, Time, Folk, Play, Years)

"Civilization is a conspiracy. Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences."
- John Buchan
(Related: Life, Civilization, Folk)

"The roster of Nobel Peace Prize winners, though it has some strange people on it from time to time, tends to feature folks who fought for social justice in a nonviolent and constructive way somehow."
- Guy Burgess
(Related: Peace, Time, People, Justice)

"Most of the trouble in this world has been caused by folks who can't mind their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any more than a smallpox virus has."
- William S. Burroughs
(Related: Business, Mind, Trouble, World)

"Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called "walking.""
- George W. Bush
"It's time to get real, folks. Hope and change ain't working. Hope and change is not a solution. Hope and change is not a job."
- Herman Cain
(Related: Change, Time, Hope, Job, Solution)

"We have a plan that creates universal access programs at the state level which allows folks to access insurance if they're denied by their insurer."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: State)

"Now, I've never flown in space; but the folks who have say that on landing day, you know, you've just spent maybe a week and a half, sometimes two weeks in orbit and you're used to the things happening slowly in space."
- Duane G. Carey
(Related: Day, Now, Space)

"Those folks out in the space suits are going to be getting beat up."
- Duane G. Carey
(Related: Space)

"I see it as one of my jobs to make sure that, it sounds ridiculous, but to make sure the folks are eating, make sure folks are getting enough fluids, make sure folks are, you know, comfortable in the orbiter."
- Duane G. Carey
(Related: Eating, Jobs)

"Being in space, I'm really looking forward to working with this team of folks that I'm with."
- Duane G. Carey
(Related: Being, Space)

"I don't really remember my folks singing to us, but they read to us."
- Mary Chapin Carpenter
(Related: Singing)

"I know folks all have a tizzy about it, but I like a little bourbon of an evening. It helps me sleep. I don't much care what they say about it."
- Lillian Gordy Carter
(Related: Care, Evening, Sleep)

"There are no bridges in folk songs because the peasants died building them."
- Eugene Chadbourne
(Related: Building, Folk, Songs)

"It was 1988, I believe, that I met Grit. We were both appearing in a Canadian Folk Festival and as we sat backstage he handed me his guitar. I played it, loved it, and then found out that he'd made it himself."
- Tom Chapin
(Related: Folk, Guitar)

"What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Friendship, Life, Sun, Sweetness, World)

"The first one was quite cheap, but that was expensive for us. For my folks to buy on the Never Never. It was quite, you know, a rare object to have and I gained quite a lot of status by having this."
- Eric Clapton
(Related: First)

"We've put more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it."
- Frank Howard Clark
(Related: Age, Effort, Old)

"Many folks think they aren't good at earning money, when what they don't know is how to use it."
- Frank Howard Clark
(Related: Money)

"I'd rather see folks doubt what's true than accept what isn't."
- Frank Howard Clark
(Related: Doubt)

"I have no reason to sit home and write songs all day without going out and playing for the folks. And I have no reason to go play for the folks unless I'm writing new songs so they can sort of feed off one another. And I just try to do the best I can."
- Guy Clark
(Related: Home, Day, Play, Reason, Songs, Writing)

"Let me be clear, the discussions about Social Security are not about the retirement security of those Americans who are 55 or older - the Social Security system for those folks 55 and over will not change in any way shape of form - no ifs, ands, or buts."
- Norm Coleman
(Related: Change, Americans, Retirement, Security, Will)

"If only my folks had beaten me, I could have gotten some material about my miserable childhood. But as it is, I've had a great life."
- Tim Conway
(Related: Life, Childhood)

"They criticize me for harping on the obvious; if all the folks in the United States would do the few simple things they know they ought to do, most of our big problems would take care of themselves."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Care, Obvious, Problems, states, United)

"People that haven't seen us yet are shocked because they think that Alice Cooper must be a female folksinger. They don't expect the whole thing."
- Alice Cooper
(Related: People)

"I looked it at like this way. To get folks to like you, as a screen player I mean, I figured you had to sort of be their ideal. I don't mean a handsome knight riding a white horse, but a fella who answered the description of a right guy."
- Gary Cooper
(Related: Knight, Right)

"It's fun. I sit down every day and tell stories. Some folk would kill to get that chance."
- Bernard Cornwell
(Related: Chance, Day, Folk, Fun)

"I suppose my little Martin acoustic guitar is quickly becoming a prize possession. It's a lovely guitar. I bought it at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2001 before I had cleaned up."
- Graham Coxon
(Related: Folk, Guitar, Martin, Possession)

"The fact that The Bridge contains folk lore and other material suitable to the epic form need not therefore prove its failure as a long lyric poem, with interrelated sections."
- Hart Crane
(Related: Failure, Fact, Folk)

"My father being in the movie business, I thought being an actor would be great. But when I started singing to people in coffeehouses, you know, singing folk music and then, later, singing songs that I started to write myself, I felt more than an affinity for it."
- David Crosby
(Related: Music, Business, Father, Thought, People, Actor, Being, Folk, Singing, Songs)

"A lot of times black folks look for love in all the wrong places. You're always looking for somebody to love you, be accepted, and there's the insecurities that are even transmitted through rap. Everyone is trying to aim to please too much."
- Chuck D.
(Related: Love, Rap, Trying, Wrong)

"Nobody gets a nervous breakdown or a heart attack from selling kerosene to gentle country folk from the back of a tanker in Somerset."
- Roald Dahl
(Related: Heart, Selling, Country, Folk)

"We didn't have a garage to rehearse in. We had to aggravate the folks in the house. But I got a chance to play in a beer joint, and that's how it started."
- Charlie Daniels
(Related: Beer, Chance, Play)

"I love to play; a stage is a safe place for me to be. It's not that way for most folks, but I'd be lost without it."
- Rick Danko
(Related: Love, Play)

"That odd idea that one person can go to a foreign part and in this rather odd voice describe it to the folks back home doesn't make much sense in the post-colonial world."
- Robyn Davidson
(Related: Home, Idea, Post, Sense, Voice, World)

"But the West did not last long enough. Its folk myths and heroes became stage properties of Hollywood before the poets had begun to get to work on them."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Work, Folk, Heroes, Hollywood, Myths, Poets)

"I've been getting into Nick Drake lately, the folk singer. Sad, gorgeous stuff."
- Anthony Doerr
(Related: Folk)

"I always thought I was singing American folk music."
- Lonnie Donegan
(Related: Music, Thought, American, Folk, Singing)

"Over and over again, financial experts and wonkish talking heads endeavor to explain these mysterious, 'toxic' financial instruments to us lay folk. Over and over, they ignobly fail, because we all know that no one understands credit default obligations and derivatives, except perhaps Mr. Buffett and the computers who created them."
- Richard Dooling
(Related: Computers, Financial, Credit, Experts, Folk, Talking)

"In my introductory course, Anthropology 160, the Forms of Folklore, I try to show the students what the major and minor genres of folklore are, and how they can be analyzed."
- Alan Dundes
(Related: Anthropology, Students)

"If a student takes the whole series of my folklore courses including the graduate seminars, he or she should learn something about fieldwork, something about bibliography, something about how to carry out library research, and something about how to publish that research."
- Alan Dundes
(Related: Research)

"I have a great advantage over many of my colleagues inasmuch as my students bring with them to class their own personal knowledge of national, regional, religious, ethnic, occupational, and family folklore traditions."
- Alan Dundes
(Related: Family, Knowledge, Class, Religious, Students, Traditions)

"Their term project consists of a fieldwork collection of folklore that they create by interviewing family members, friends, or anyone they can manage to persuade to serve as an informant."
- Alan Dundes
(Related: Family, Friends, Project)

"My academic identity is that of a folklorist, and for many years I have taught only folklore courses."
- Alan Dundes
(Related: Identity, Years)

"The class has become over the years fairly large, running to three hundred or more, but I always insist upon reading all the student folklore collections myself. Although this is a tall order, I look forward to it because I learn so much from it."
- Alan Dundes
(Related: Class, Order, Reading, Running, Years)

"There is more to folklore research than fieldwork. This is why in all of my other upper-division courses I require a term paper involving original research."
- Alan Dundes
(Related: Research)

"They do not merely collect texts; they must also gather data about the context and the informant and, above all, write an analysis of the items based upon the course readings and lecture material on folklore theory and method."
- Alan Dundes
(Related: Theory)

"I followed most of the 80's bands into the 90's as most of those folks who hadn't moved away were all still active. However, there was a point when I lost track of the new bands coming up."
- Mark Edwards
"We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves."
- George Eliot
(Related: God, Mercy)

"We don't need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables - the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers - to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences."
- Jane Elliot
(Related: Country, Identity, Want)

"We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Folk, Hesitation)

"We need to take responsibility and educate people. That's why black folks don't like me. I always say it's our responsibility to make safe neighborhoods. It's our job to get them cleaned up."
- Charles Evers
(Related: People, Job, Responsibility)

"Anybody who runs for president in this country and comes out as strong as the Democrats were about helping the poor folks and black folks is not going to win."
- Charles Evers
(Related: Country, Democrats, Poor, President)

"Well folks, that's about it for the show tonight."
- John Fahey
"I was using them as teachers for technique but I was never trying to be a folk."
- John Fahey
(Related: Folk, Teachers, Trying)

"How can I be a folk? I'm from the suburbs you know."
- John Fahey
(Related: Folk)

"This is a free country. Folks have a right to send me letters, and I have a right not to read them."
- William Faulkner
(Related: Country, Letters, Right)

"The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations."
- William Feather
(Related: Experience, Wisdom, Folk, Nation, Quotations, sayings)

"The novel is the first art form that is an honest-to-god commodity. That's what makes it different from both high art and folk art."
- Leslie Fiedler
(Related: Art, First, Folk)

"Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of."
- Henry Fielding
"These are busy times for the Border Patrol, the customs agents, immigration folks; but if we are going to send these agencies to fight a war on drugs, to fight a war against illegal behavior, we have to send them the proper tools."
- Bob Filner
(Related: War, Behavior, Drugs, Fight, Tools)

"I really understand what that process is all about and how important it is, especially with young folk and creative folk that love looking for some platform that makes it easier for them to express themselves."
- Mick Fleetwood
(Related: Love, Folk)

"I've never set out consciously to write American music. I don't know what that would be unless the obvious Appalachian folk references."
- Carlisle Floyd
(Related: Music, American, Folk, Obvious)

"I had gone full-on folkie; I'd had it with bands."
- Dan Fogelberg
"Folk-rock hasn't changed much over the decades since the Byrds started it."
- Steve Forbert
(Related: Folk)

"I look forward to the day that a lot of the folks that you all talk about and cover on this network will begin to market products for these families and for these kids coming out of junior high school and high school all across the country."
- Harold Ford
(Related: Country, Day, Kids, Network, School, Talk, Will)

"I've been to all 50 states, and traveled this whole country, and 90 percent of the people are good folks. The rest of them take after the other side of the family."
- Jeff Foxworthy
(Related: Family, People, Country, Rest, states)

"Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me."
- Anatole France
(Related: Books)

"There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty, and pretend to such discretion in the hidden things they hear, that at the end folk come to put faith in them."
- Marie de France
(Related: Faith, Men, Discretion, End, Folk, Loyalty)

"The folks in Mississippi are saying, 'Thank God for Texas.'"
- Kinky Friedman
(Related: God, Saying)

"America enjoys the best health care in the world, but the best is no good if folks can't afford it, access it and doctor's can't provide it."
- Bill Frist
(Related: Health, America, Care, World)

"There's a glorious sense of freedom in comedy, just allowing myself to tell jokes, allowing myself to interrupt myself and tell old African folk stories that I made up - or didn't - and Jamaican stories."
- Neil Gaiman
(Related: African, Comedy, Folk, Freedom, Jokes, Old, Sense)

"This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof."
- Neil Gaiman
(Related: Work, Existence, Fiction, Folk)

"All some folks want is their fair share and yours."
- Arnold H. Glasow
(Related: Want)

"A characteristic of older folksongs, in most cases, is that we don't know their composers or authors. Older folksongs were written often with no commercial purpose in mind. They were passed down by word of mouth, from generation to generation."
- Tom Glazer
(Related: Purpose, Composers, Mind, Word)

"When I listen to music today, it is about 99 percent classical. I rarely even listen to folk music, the music of my own specialty, because folk music is to me more limited than classical music."
- Tom Glazer
(Related: Music, Folk, Today)

"When I am seriously composing, sometimes a phrase will come into my head, a catch phrase. When I was writing pop songs for a few years, as a career, separate from my folksinging career, I used to write songs for pop singers."
- Tom Glazer
(Related: Career, Songs, Will, Writing, Years)

"Folks, this is perfect weather for today's game. Not a breath of air."
- Curt Gowdy
(Related: Today, Weather)

"We will never win this war until we understand the effect that Guantanamo Bay has had on the overall war effort. And we'll never get the support of the American people if we can't prove to them that these folks that we're dealing with are not common criminals. We're going to keep them - keep you safe from them."
- Lindsey Graham
(Related: War, People, American, Effect, Effort, Support, Will)

"We had a certain kind of really big prestige among, I suppose not just intellectual folk, but a sort of nice middle class intelligent folk of a very urban nature."
- Adolph Green
(Related: Nature, Class, Folk, Middle class)

"We are thinking ahead to long-term care, aware that many folks don't plan ahead and won't be ready. We want to see to it that people will have choices."
- Christine Gregoire
(Related: People, Care, Choices, Thinking, Want, Will)

"Folks in the bottom half of the economy are already squeezed hard. They will be bloodied and bankrupt if economic policy inadvertently induces a recession."
- William Greider
(Related: Policy, Economy, Will)

"All their sport in the park is but a shadow to that pleasure that I find in Plato; alas good folk, they never felt what true pleasure meant."
- Jane Grey
(Related: Folk, Pleasure, Shadow)

"I am fond of depicting the lives of young folks for one thing, and if you have parts for girls or young men, you must absolutely have young people to fill them - that is generally acknowledged now."
- D. W. Griffith
(Related: Men, People, Girls, Now)

"The 1960s were big for folk music, and the Kingston Trio led the way. They were the ones who started it all. The music was fresh and alive. College kids loved it and their parents did, too."
- George Grove
(Related: Music, College, Folk, Kids, Parents)

"Some people just don't seem to understand the concept of fiction. It is fiction; it ain't true, folks."
- Laurell K. Hamilton
(Related: People, Fiction)

"Everybody needs history but the people who need it most are poor folks - people without resources or options."
- Henry Hampton
(Related: History, People, Needs, Options, Poor)

"Some folk want their luck buttered."
- Thomas Hardy
(Related: Folk, Luck, Want)

"Folk is bare bones music."
- Ben Harper
(Related: Music, Folk)

"I grew up listening to spiritual music, Blind Willie Johnson and folk."
- Ben Harper
(Related: Music, Blind, Folk, Listening, Spiritual)

"Real folk music long ago went to Nashville and left no known survivors."
- Donal Henahan
(Related: Music, Folk)

"When fairy tales are written in the west, they're known as folklore. In the east, fairy tales are called religions."
- Paul Henderson
"It's shades of Vietnam again, folks: body counts."
- Seymour Hersh
(Related: Body, Vietnam)

"I developed some unique software to public it on the web that I call the Folklore Project."
- Andy Hertzfeld
(Related: Project, Public, Software)

"My stuff was more of a folk coffeehouse thing, with more acoustic guitar, just me doing a single, and then adding on instruments and voices, with emphasis on lyrics and singing and light kind of acoustic jazz."
- Dan Hicks
(Related: Folk, Guitar, Jazz, Light, Singing)

"My style is to keep folks in place who are good managers and want to win."
- Tom Hicks
(Related: Managers, Style, Want)

"Nowadays, business is all about productivity - and our folks produce."
- John Hoeven
(Related: Business, Productivity)

"They were written on cheap blue notebooks bought by poor women. I'm interested in folk tales in the way that medicine and magic in women's stories are all kind of combined."
- Alice Hoffman
(Related: Women, Folk, Magic, Medicine, Poor)

"I also like the whole idea of fairy tales and folk tales being a woman's domain, considered a lesser domain at the time they were told."
- Alice Hoffman
(Related: Time, Idea, Being, Folk, Woman)

"There are some people that will be deterred by the fact that we have nuclear weapons... But those people are the folks we can deal with anyway."
- Charles Horner
(Related: People, Fact, Weapons, Will)

"The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them."
- Kin Hubbard
"Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny."
- Kin Hubbard
(Related: Management, Destiny)

"Some folks can look so busy doing nothing that they seem indispensable."
- Kin Hubbard
(Related: Nothing)

"Listening is the only way to entertain some folks."
- Kin Hubbard
(Related: Listening)

"If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other folks then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding."
- Zora Neale Hurston
(Related: Abuse, Feeling, Want)

"Folks who are getting their strokes in the South are not as unhappy with Howard Dean. You don't see anybody starting any movement to get him out of office."
- Gwen Ifill
(Related: Office)

"Well I think that what we're seeing now is that the people feel like they, the people in Congress don't have their consent to govern them. They keep doing things that are incredibly unpopular. And so when that happens, folks get angry."
- Laura Ingraham
(Related: People, Congress, Now)

"I think they do a great job on Queer as Folk."
- Laura Innes
(Related: Folk, Job)

"Folks can't carry around money in their pocket. They've got to go to an ATM machine, and they've got to pay a few dollars to get their own dollars out of the machine. Who ever thought you'd pay cash to get cash? That's where we've gotten to."
- Bill Janklow
(Related: Money, Thought, Machine)

"One of the things that I always say about bioterrorism, whether it's ourselves at the federal level, folks at the state level, or folks in the private industry, we've done many great things, especially since 9/11."
- Mike Johanns
(Related: State)

"If you take myth and folklore, and these things that speak in symbols, they can be interpreted in so many ways that although the actual image is clear enough, the interpretation is infinitely blurred, a sort of enormous rainbow of every possible colour you could imagine."
- Diana Wynne Jones
(Related: Myth)

"To us, basing stories on christianity is the same as basing stories on Roman mythology, Native American folklore, or unsubstantiated government conspiracies."
- Richard King
(Related: Government, Christianity, American, Mythology)

"Most people understand life expectancy has changed since Social Security started in 1937 when folks lived to be 59 years old. Today, they live to be 77 years old."
- Jack Kingston
(Related: Life, People, Old, Security, Today, Years)

"What we want the folks in Ethiopia to know is that we are behind them in the democratic process. We know it is not perfect, as we are still working on ours; but we wish them success in this great and noble endeavor."
- Jack Kingston
(Related: Success, Want)

"It is always open season on Christian and on white folks because they are the group you can kick and you can get away with it. It is politically correct."
- Jack Kingston
(Related: Christian, Open)

"Folks, I've been straight for seventeen days... Not all in a row."
- Sam Kinison
"The only folk I can judge are people like Woody Allen who I think is a genius, largely because I think he has beaten the system. He has his own company, and his films are all his own ideas. It's his direction, and so it comes out the way he imagined it."
- Nigel Kneale
(Related: Genius, People, Ideas, Company, Direction, Folk)

"The school was prone to dishing out punishments for anything creative that didn't fit with expectation - I just followed the logic and figured the folk club was probably much the same."
- David Knopfler
(Related: Expectation, Folk, Logic, School)

"My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues."
- Mark Knopfler
(Related: Music, Idea, Folk, Heaven)

"I even played bass for a while. Besides playing electric guitar, I'd also get asked to play some acoustic stuff. But, since I didn't have an acoustic guitar at the time, I used to borrow one from a friend so I could play folk joints."
- Mark Knopfler
(Related: Time, Friend, Folk, Guitar, Play)

"I was two and a half and my folks would put it on the record player and I would run around the house screaming, but I haven't been that hip since."
- Leo Kottke
"Oh yeah, it's great see music and to play music in small places. And it's really fun for me to play here because, you know, I played two feet from people all night. And after all those years, it's great to be able to talk to folks."
- Bill Kreutzmann
(Related: Music, People, Feet, Fun, Night, Play, Talk, Years)

"Finally, I have to say that the most surprising aspect has been the speed at which the folks in India adapt to Western practices. They learn fast, really, really fast."
- Sanjay Kumar
"From the beginning, we promised folks that they'll see whatever event we cover in its entirety, from gavel to gavel - whether it's the House of Representatives or the Senate. That's the whole reason for being."
- Brian Lamb
(Related: Beginning, Being, Reason, Senate)

"I think most folks are good folks."
- Judge Mills Lane
"Well, I think every now and again, some people deserve to get their butts chewed. Every now and again some people deserve a pat on the back. What I try and do is compliment folk who deserve a compliment, and chew folks out who deserve to be chewed out."
- Judge Mills Lane
(Related: People, Compliment, Folk, Now)

"I didn't know Charlie before doing the movie, but I was a huge fan of the British Queer as Folk."
- Nathan Lane
(Related: Folk)

"The left has come to regard common sense - the traditional wisdom and folkways of the community - as an obstacle to progress and enlightenment."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Wisdom, Progress, Common sense, Community)

"My God, these folks don't know how to love - that's why they love so easily."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Love, God)

"Racism isn't born, folks, it's taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list."
- Denis Leary
(Related: Son, End, Racism)

"Folks don't like to have somebody around knowing more than they do."
- Harper Lee
"I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks."
- Harper Lee
"Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."
- Harper Lee
(Related: Conscience, Majority)

"I think as long as there are folks on the fringe who want to make movies, the indie scene will still be around. I do think it's getting harder to get them seen though."
- Joshua Leonard
(Related: Movies, Want, Will)

"A lot of folks are still demanding more evidence before they actually consider Iraq a threat. For example, France wants more evidence. And you know I'm thinking, the last time France wanted more evidence they rolled right through Paris with the German flag."
- David Letterman
(Related: Time, Example, France, Iraq, Paris, Right, Thinking)

"For the love of God, folks, don't try this at home."
- David Letterman
(Related: Home, Love, God)

"The greatest thing about doing this movie was that Chris and I both were involved in folk music in the '60s. I had a group, but I don't think it was at the same level as Chris, because he's an amazing musician."
- Eugene Levy
(Related: Music, Folk)

"Folks, the most insidious part of this whole health care scheme is that all of these vast medical expenditures will become nothing more than government budget items. We individuals will no longer exist. The relationship between a government and citizen will change forever."
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Change, Government, Health, Medical, Care, Nothing, Will)

"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."
- Abraham Lincoln
"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Experience, Vices)

"In Venezuela, with Chavez, is really an incredible revolution - a democratic revolution. To begin to put in place things that are going to have an impact on the people of Venezuela. The property owners and the folks who then controlled the media in Venezuela rebelled - worked, frankly, with folks here in the U.S. government - worked to oust him. But he came back with another revolution, and then Chavez began to take very seriously the media in his country. And we've had complaints about this ever since."
- Mark Lloyd
(Related: Government, People, Complaints, Country, Revolution, Media, Property)

"I knew Bobby Dylan back in the days when he lived in the village. He used to come and see me and sing songs for me, saying they ought to go into my next collected book on American folk music."
- Alan Lomax
(Related: Music, American, Folk, Saying, Songs)

"While it may take generations of nurturing, nations founded on and grounded in freedom will eventually overcome and prosper. Once free, folks rarely accept anything less, and that includes Iraqis."
- Trent Lott
(Related: Freedom, Generations, May, Nations, Will)

"Folks never understand the folks they hate."
- James Russell Lowell
(Related: Hate)

"When all those city folks try to fix up my talking, all they do is mess me up."
- Loretta Lynn
(Related: Talking)

"The folks celebrating Jim Bunning are seeing him as an anti-government, anti-spending activist. But to embrace Jim Bunning is to embrace a strange record, if you really are a libertarian, if you really are a deficit hawk, if you really care about spending and responsibility."
- Rachel Maddow
(Related: Care, Responsibility)

"There are forces all around you who wish to exploit division, rob you of your freedom, and tell you what to think. But young folks can rekindle the weary spirit of a slumbering nation."
- Wynton Marsalis
(Related: Freedom, Nation, Spirit)

"Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war."
- Allan Massie
(Related: War, Folk, Man)

"I was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, for a while, about which the less said the better, and then I was in the Mediterranean, about which the more said the better."
- Harry Mathews
"But Ship Who Sang remains my favorite story. I really rocked folks with that and still cannot read it aloud myself without weeping at the end."
- Anne McCaffrey
(Related: End, Favorite, Weeping)

"Everybody would grab a guitar and listen to somebody else and call themselves a folk singer. When they didn't know no more songs, they'd run out of them."
- Brownie McGhee
(Related: Folk, Guitar, Songs)

"Logically, when you talkin' about folk music and blues, you find out it's music of just plain people."
- Brownie McGhee
(Related: Music, People, Folk)

"But in my imagination this whole thing developed and I started mixing up old folk songs with the Beatles beat and taking them down to Greenwich Village and playing them for the people there."
- Roger McGuinn
(Related: Imagination, People, Folk, Old, Songs)

"I play a couple basic folks songs and break them down. I did that on a six string. I can't recall all the songs on it. There's some finger picking on it."
- Roger McGuinn
(Related: Play, Songs)

"The big turning point, really, was the Beatles' influence on American folk music, and then Roger took it to the next step, and then along came the Lovin' Spoonful and everybody else."
- Barry McGuire
(Related: Music, American, Folk, Influence)

"It was really fun. Well, Bobby was just basically a folk singer. He didn't play with any bands or anything, like all the rest of us. Just played his guitar and sang his songs."
- Barry McGuire
(Related: Folk, Fun, Guitar, Play, Rest, Songs)

"I was pretty young when my father was prime minister, so it wasn't really a big part of my life. My folks were away a lot, meeting foreign dignitaries and that sort of thing, but it never struck me as odd. If anything it allowed me to get into all sorts of mischief."
- Julian McMahon
(Related: Life, Father, Meeting, Pretty)

"The only really happy folk are married women and single men."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Men, Women, Folk)

"When Kenny first came to me, I think he was thinking of making a nice little folk record, but in my opinion, folk music had come to an end and I felt he needed to go to the next step, the next generation."
- Jim Messina
(Related: Music, End, First, Folk, Opinion, Thinking)

"There's nothing quite like tobacco: it's the passion of decent folk, and whoever lives without tobacco doesn't deserve to live."
- Moliere
(Related: Folk, Nothing, Passion)

"Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was, in essence, American folk music with a beat."
- Van Morrison
(Related: Music, American, Folk, Name)

"Folks, I've had the best seat in the house. Thanks for sharing it, I'll see you down the road."
- Brent Musburger
(Related: Road, Sharing)

"The difference is that with fame comes a spotlight, one which has recently made it impossible to ignore the fact that more and more of those folks we place on pedestals aren't even pausing to consider an option other than lying."
- Michael Musto
(Related: Difference, Fact, Fame, Lying)

"I wanted to write songs which I think is a different thing. I wanted to write music that is informed by folk music. The chord progressions are obvious references."
- Joanna Newsom
(Related: Music, Folk, Obvious, Songs)

"I have a deep rooted folk sensibility that I can't get away from completely."
- Joanna Newsom
(Related: Deep, Folk, Sensibility)

"Someone asked me years ago if it were true that I disliked Jews, and I replied that it was certainly true, not at all because they are Jews but because they are folks, and I don't like folks."
- Albert J. Nock
(Related: Years)

"The space and light up there in Norfolk is wonderfully peaceful. I find myself doing funny things like gardening, and cooking, which I rarely do in London."
- Jeremy Northam
(Related: Funny, Gardening, Cooking, Light, London, Space)

"My parents were born in Norfolk and spent their early years working in the big houses of that rural English county, my mother as a cook and my father as a handyman and chauffeur."
- Paul Nurse
(Related: Mother, Father, English, Houses, Parents, Years)

"We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Time, Idea, Excellence, Trying)

"I just want to go through Central Park and watch folks passing by. Spend the whole day watching people. I miss that."
- Barack Obama
(Related: People, Day, Want)

"My family, frankly, they weren't folks who went to church every week. My mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew but she didn't raise me in the church, so I came to my Christian faith later in life and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Faith, Life, Family, Mother, People, Christian, Church, Spiritual, Want)

"Now, anybody who thinks that we can move this economy forward with just a few folks at the top doing well, hoping that it's going to trickle down to working people who are running faster and faster just to keep up, you'll never see it."
- Barack Obama
(Related: People, Economy, Now, Running)

"Most organizations should be pro-active, but philanthropists concerned with poverty should deliberately be reactive, learning from the efforts of ordinary folks who tired of looking the other way as their communities fell apart."
- Marvin Olasky
(Related: Learning, Poverty)

"It was the best route to get folks to understand segregation fast. Civil rights and women's rights had a clear history. Making the transition to rights for people with disabilities became easier because we had the history of the other two."
- Major Owens
(Related: History, People, Women, Civil rights)

"In preparation for it, we need to have folks who are trained, we need facilities, equipment and supplies, that are going to be built into our society, and we are going to spend a lot of money on it."
- Major Owens
(Related: Money, Society, Preparation)

"The kind of society which we still have is maybe, in some cases, getting worse. Competition is becoming a virtue. Intense competition drives people to go more and more into self-interest. Even to see other folks as competition."
- Major Owens
(Related: Society, People, Virtue, Competition, Self)

"My feet ain't got nothing to do with my nickname, but when folks get it in their heads that a feller's got big feet, soon the feet start looking big."
- Satchel Paige
(Related: Feet, Nothing)

"I go to eat dinner with my folks when I'm home. I think that's the trick."
- Brad Paisley
(Related: Home)

"Folk rock was my real roots. I did a few gigs as a folk artist, in the style of Fairport Convention."
- Alan Parsons
(Related: Artist, Folk, Style)

"A great philosopher has stated that the worst evil of poverty is, that it makes folks ridiculous; by which, I hope, he only means that, as in the above case, it places them in incongruous positions."
- James Payn
(Related: Hope, Evil, Poverty)

"I think all old folk's homes should have striptease. If I ran one I'd have a striptease every week."
- Cynthia Payne
(Related: Folk, Old)

"More than anything else, I want the folks back at home to think right of me."
- Elvis Presley
(Related: Home, Right, Want)

"The colored folks been singing it and playing it just like I'm doin' now, man, for more years than I know. I got it from them."
- Elvis Presley
(Related: Man, Now, Singing, Years)

"Some of the newer folks in the industry, I'm not sure they are familiar with the term acting. They don't understand what it means to play a character rather than just be a personality."
- Kathleen Quinlan
(Related: Character, Acting, Personality, Play)

"White folks hear the blues come out, but they don't know how it got there."
- Ma Rainey
"The Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, actually, was an effort to put something on the mall in Washington so American tourists could walk through America, and in their minds everything on the mall would be American."
- Bernice Johnson Reagon
(Related: America, American, Effort, Tourists, Washington)

"At the same time all this was happening, there was a folk song revival movement goingon, so the commercial music industry was actually changed by the Civil Rights Movement."
- Bernice Johnson Reagon
(Related: Music, Time, Civil rights, Folk, Song)

"We continue to fight for good jobs that pay well and jobs that last. Helping to get folks back to work is about helping them to regain their dignity and pride. That's what families care about."
- Jodi Rell
(Related: Work, Care, Dignity, Fight, Jobs, Pride)

"I usually don't mind giving autographs, but when hundreds of folks with paper and pen start coming at you, it's time to seek shelter."
- Mary Lou Retton
(Related: Time, Giving, Mind, Pen)

"The little words in the Republic of Letters, like the little folks in a nation, are the most useful and significant."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: Letters, Nation, Words)

"I think my election is one of several indications that gay and lesbian folk are being brought more into the center of things. I'd like to think that my election signals my bringing of gay and lesbian folk into the center of the church."
- Gene Robinson
(Related: Church, Being, Folk, Gay, Lesbian)

"Some folks think I painted Lincoln from life, but I haven't been around that long. Not quite."
- Norman Rockwell
(Related: Life)

"Most of all, our troops from Alabama said they appreciate the care packages from folks back home."
- Mike Rogers
(Related: Home, Care, Troops)

"It is really quite amazing that all of the folks supporting privatization, from the president on down, keep invoking the name of my grandfather, Franklin Delano Roosevelt."
- James Roosevelt
(Related: Name, President)

"I learned a great deal doing Brooklyn Bridge. I was able to take a giant step into the terrible reality that was then. We saw the cattle cars that took folks away. Just knowing it was real, it would be impossible not to feel."
- Marion Ross
(Related: Reality)

"I grew up listening to a lot of soul music, and a lot of folk music."
- Katey Sagal
(Related: Music, Soul, Folk, Listening)

"Remember folks stop lights timed for 35 mph are also timed for 70 mph."
- Jim Samuels
"Too many people in government seem to think they are above regular folks, and I said I would expect humility in the way each member of my team served- that they would recognize that the taxpayer is boss."
- Mark Sanford
(Related: Government, Boss, People, Humility)

"And I'll tell you, honestly, folks that I talk to, the 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in America, that I am one of, understand that we're done with insurance companies dropping us or denying us coverage because of - because we have a preexisting condition."
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: America, Cancer, Talk)

"When I first became famous, I didn't know if I could go where I wanted to because I didn't know how people were going to act. Some folks would scream and holler, and I didn't know what to do with that."
- Jill Scott
(Related: People, Act, Famous, First)

"That was one of the best, exciting things for me to play with them. They were very young and eager to go. I'd been playing with a band that was mostly old folks that had been together so long we couldn't do anything to excite each other."
- Earl Scruggs
(Related: Old, Play)

"But, also, before I even go on the Medicare prescription drug debate, I always tell the folks in rural Illinois, and I represent 30 counties south of Springfield down to Indiana and Kentucky, that in this bill is the best rural package for hospitals ever passed."
- John Shimkus
(Related: Debate, Hospitals, Kentucky)

"The models for me were more the folk-rock singers of the '60s and '70s."
- Carly Simon
(Related: Folk)

"This administration and these folk who run Washington are no more interested in our welfare and our well being than the man on the moon. And we have got to start taking our destiny into our hands."
- Tavis Smiley
(Related: Being, Destiny, Folk, Man, Moon, Washington, Welfare)

"Rich folks always talk hard times."
- Lillian Smith
(Related: Talk)

"Some folks are wise and some are otherwise."
- Tobias Smollett
"Folk music was out there. Clubs were springing up and they were hot with the college kids."
- Dick Smothers
(Related: Music, College, Folk, Kids)

"People thought me a bit strange at first; a blond haired, blue-eyed Norwegian who sang Mexican folk songs, but I used it to my advantage and got a job. And so the music became my ticket to education."
- David Soul
(Related: Education, Music, Thought, People, First, Folk, Job, Songs)

"But the other notion is, we also believe that those folks closest on the ground that we're holding accountable for the results can decide, and ought to evaluate which programs get results."
- Margaret Spellings
(Related: Evaluate, Results)

"I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition, a folk tradition."
- Bruce Springsteen
(Related: Being, Folk, Tradition)

"I got hooked into folk music by accident, because that's what white college kids liked when I was a child."
- Stephen Stills
(Related: Music, Accident, College, Folk, Kids)

"Why do we need to wait until somebody sells 10 million records to give people a show like that? What about us smaller, hungry folk? At least gimme a curtain!"
- Angie Stone
(Related: People, Folk)

"Different strokes, for different folks."
- Sly Stone
"When we moved back to the US, folk music was all the rage. So I traded in my banjo for a guitar."
- Michael Storm
(Related: Music, Folk, Guitar)

"Again, one of the problems I have with television, as I mentioned before, is it's trivial in many ways, and I think that a lot of folks out there are looking for new metaphors and new ways of thinking about things."
- J. Michael Straczynski
(Related: Metaphors, Problems, Television, Thinking)

"This is the kind of problem you want to have! Country radio has been great to me my whole career. I can't thank those folks enough."
- George Strait
(Related: Career, Country, Want)

"He helped make Living Things even more crazy than I wanted it to be. He added old-fashioned piano and classical folk music - that weird otherworldly vibe - all these elements got onto the record."
- Matthew Sweet
(Related: Music, Folk, Living, Old)

"You have to open your mind. I like the ability to express myself in a deep way. It's the closest music to our humanity - it's like a folk music that rises up out of a culture."
- Sonny Terry
(Related: Music, Ability, Culture, Deep, Folk, Humanity, Mind, Open)

"I wanted to go to sea when I graduated from high school but my folks talked me out of it."
- William M. Thomas
(Related: School, Sea)

"Human folk are as a matter of fact eager to find intelligence in animals."
- Edward Thorndike
(Related: Intelligence, Animals, Fact, Folk)

"But Patsy, she was a great, great girl. And Brenda Lee is a wonderful person, and her mama Grace. I've known those folks for years and years and years."
- Mel Tillis
(Related: Grace, Years)

"And you know, we'd go to church. We were Baptists. And every now and then there'd be a tent would set up, and it was the Holiness folks. And we liked their music."
- Mel Tillis
(Related: Music, Church, Holiness, Now)

"I didn't really have an act per se - a theatrical performance, as opposed to just: here I am, folks, and you're all supposed to be dead quiet while I sing eight or nine songs, then get off the stage."
- Mel Torme
(Related: Performance, Act, Quiet, Songs)

"I used to be friends with Miles Davis. He didn't like many folks. I lived across the street from him."
- Rip Torn
(Related: Friends)

"Somewhere between 50 to 60 percent of the food you eat has been touched by immigrant hands, and it is fair to say some of them are not here as they should be here. But if you didn't have these folks, you would be spending a lot more - three, four or five times more - for food, or we would have to import food and have all the food security risks."
- Tom Vilsack
(Related: Food, Security)

"I go wild on a stage. Some folks have measured us an image. They pretend us to be saints. And that image is much tougher to keep up with. Because that's not who we are."
- Donnie Wahlberg
(Related: Saints)

"We let folks know we're interested in them and that they're vital to us. cause they are."
- Sam Walton
(Related: Cause)

"In spite of the Depression, or maybe because of it, folks were hungry for a good time, and an evening of dancing seemed a good way to have it."
- Lawrence Welk
(Related: Time, Dancing, Depression, Evening)

"The vast majority of English folk cannot and will not consider a picture as a picture, apart from any story which it may be supposed to tell."
- James Whistler
(Related: English, Folk, Majority, May, Will)

"Jazz is the folk music of the machine age."
- Paul Whiteman
(Related: Age, Music, Folk, Jazz, Machine)

"The trouble with organizing a thing is that pretty soon folks get to paying more attention to the organization than to what they're organized for."
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
(Related: Attention, Pretty, Trouble)

"It was darn nigh impossible for women in rock in the '70s. There wasn't a mold if you were a woman and you were in the entertainment in the '70s. You were probably a disco diva or a folk singer, or simply ornamental. Radio would play only one woman per hour."
- Ann Wilson
(Related: Women, Entertainment, Folk, Play, Woman)

"Fleetwood Mac are more like a folk-rock band."
- Ann Wilson
(Related: Folk)

"As soon as white folks say a play's good, the theater is jammed with blacks and whites."
- August Wilson
(Related: Play, Theater)

"I had been playing for about a year and a half when the Beach Boys formed. When our folks went to Mexico on business, we would take the food money they had left us and we would rent instruments."
- Carl Wilson
(Related: Food, Money, Business, Beach, Boys)

"I remember growing up always loving the guitar. I used to love to watch the people play on the Country Western shows on TV. My folks told me that when I was just a toddler, I used to pretend I was playing a guitar on a toothpick."
- Carl Wilson
(Related: Love, People, Country, Growing up, Guitar, Play)

"What I find interesting about folklore is the dialogue it gives us with storytellers from centuries past."
- Terri Windling
(Related: Past)

"Read the folklore masters. Go to galleries. Walk in the woods. That's what you need to be an artist or storyteller."
- Terri Windling
(Related: Artist)

"In more recent years, I've become more and more fascinated with the indigenous folklore of this land, Native American folklore, and also Hispanic folklore now that I live in the Southwest."
- Terri Windling
(Related: American, Land, Now, Years)

"When I was younger, I was in love with everything about the British Isles, from British folklore to Celtic music. That was always where my passions were as a young girl, and so I studied folklore as a college student in England and Ireland."
- Terri Windling
(Related: Love, Music, College, England, Ireland)

"One of the best things about folklore and fairy tales is that the best fantasy is what you find right around the corner, in this world. That's where the old stuff came from."
- Terri Windling
(Related: Fantasy, Old, Right, World)

"I like Celtic folk music, Native American music, and any kind of early music. There isn't a lot of music that I don't like... except for Show Tunes."
- Terri Windling
(Related: Music, American, Folk)

"I'm an artist, I'm not an academic folklorist."
- Terri Windling
(Related: Artist)

"I'm working on a very long series of paintings based on desert folklore."
- Terri Windling
"The 200 years when Britain and the US were the top two economies were an aberration and that will change. The decline of empires has happened much faster than folks think. I believe that gold will be a far better bet in 20 years than the dollar."
- Tom Winnifrith
(Related: Change, Gold, Will, Years)

"It's taken folk a while to come around, hasn't it? Even the boys in the band weren't too sure about the whole art thing. They just wanted me to concentrate on the music. But they respect it now."
- Ron Wood
(Related: Art, Music, Boys, Folk, Now, Respect)

"I'm just a very primitive, infantile folk singer."
- Robert Wyatt
(Related: Folk)

"Common folk didn't have last names in the 8th and 9th centuries."
- Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
(Related: Folk, Names)

"On the other hand, there would be some value in different folks getting together to share expertise and technology; but to the listener, it wouldn't necessarily seem like a single station in the traditional sense."
- Jamie Zawinski
(Related: Technology, Expertise, Sense, Value)

"I have a better internal and intuitive understanding of folklore and myth than science and technology, so in that way fantasy is easier."
- Sarah Zettel
(Related: Science, Technology, Fantasy, Myth, Understanding)

"Well, I don't think it ever did, but in the early '60s I got interested in folk music."
- Warren Zevon
(Related: Music, Folk)