58 Pete Seeger Quotes from the American Folk Singer

Pete Seeger was an important personality in the folk music scene and inspired many 1960s folk artists.

Coming from a musical family he traveled the U.S. collecting traditional songs and was known for his banjo skills.

Seeger founded the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie and later the Weavers facing blacklisting during the McCarthy era.

Pete Seeger Quotes

In his later years Seeger focused on environmental activism particularly cleaning the Hudson River and continued performing winning multiple Grammys.

He was known as a pivotal American musician and received numerous accolades including a National Medal of Arts.

Below are some of the top quotes by Pete Seeger.

Top 10 Pete Seeger Quotes


This world is so full of hypocrisy, the only way you can be honest is to be a hermit. ~ Pete Seeger.


Participation – that’s what’s gonna save the human race. ~ Pete Seeger.


How can you save the world you have not seen if you can’t save the community you have seen? ~ Pete Seeger.


Not everybody has to sing the melody. ~ Pete Seeger.


I think the world is going to be saved by millions of small things. ~ Pete Seeger.


Music has always had the ability to comfort and inspire. ~ Pete Seeger.


If there’s something wrong, speak up! ~ Pete Seeger.


Hope that there are many, many small leaders. ~ Pete Seeger.


Every time I’m in the woods, I feel like I’m in church. ~ Pete Seeger.


The stream of the mountains pleases me more than the sea. ~ Pete Seeger.

Famous Pete Seeger Quotes


Did you ever want something really bad and then when you finally got it all you could do was stand there and grin at it? ~ Pete Seeger.


A good song reminds us what we’re fighting for. ~ Pete Seeger.

If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production. ~ Pete Seeger.


Participation – that’s what’s gonna save the human race. ~ Pete Seeger.

There’s a story behind every old ballad or work song or nonsense song that I ever knew. Sometimes it’s a fascinating story. A story of people struggling for freedom, struggling to get along in this old world. ~ Pete Seeger.


We all go to different churches or no churches, we have different favourite foods, different ways of making love, different ways of doing all sorts of things, but there we’re all singing together. Gives you hope. ~ Pete Seeger.

Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t. ~ Pete Seeger.

The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be. ~ Pete Seeger.


Be wary of great leaders. ~ Pete Seeger.

In the sixties, during the Vietnam war, when anarchists and pacifists and socialists, Democrats and Republicans, decent-hearted Americans, all recoiled with horror at the bloodbath, we came together. ~ Pete Seeger.


Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live. ~ Pete Seeger.

Education is what you get when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t. ~ Pete Seeger.

When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn? ~ Pete Seeger.


Many Americans knew their lives and their souls were being struggled for, and they fought for it. And I felt I should carry on. ~ Pete Seeger.

Popular Pete Seeger Quotes


The real meaning of courage was the personal sacrifice of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. ~ Pete Seeger.

The good and bad are all tangled up together. American popular music is loved around the world because of its African rhythm. But that wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for slavery. ~ Pete Seeger.

Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history. ~ Pete Seeger.


To everything there is a season. ~ Pete Seeger.

I’m still a communist in the sense that I don’t believe the world will survive with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer – I think that the pressures will get so tremendous that the social contract will just come apart. ~ Pete Seeger.


A song is like a picture of a bird in flight; the bird was moving before the picture was taken, and no doubt continued after. ~ Pete Seeger.

According to my definition of God, I’m not an atheist. Because I think God is everything. Whenever I open my eyes, I’m looking at God. Whenever I’m listening to something, I’m listening to God. ~ Pete Seeger.

Best Pete Seeger Quotes

I get up each morning, gather my wits, pick up the paper and read the obits. If I’m not there, I know I’m not dead, so I eat a good breakfast and go back to bed. ~ Pete Seeger.

If I’ve got a talent, it’s for picking the right song at the right time for the right audience. And I can always seem to get people to sing with me. ~ Pete Seeger.

But if two and two and fifty make a million… ~ Pete Seeger.

The key to the future of the world, is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known. ~ Pete Seeger.

The truth is a rabbit in a bramble patch. All you can do is circle around and say it’s somewhere in there. ~ Pete Seeger.


Plagiarism is basic to all culture. ~ Pete Seeger.

Little boxes made of ticky-tacky, and they all look just the same. ~ Pete Seeger.

Technology will save us if it doesn’t wipe us out first. ~ Pete Seeger.

The world will be solved by millions of small things. ~ Pete Seeger.

There is a big, beautiful world that could be destroyed by selfishness and foolishness. We musicians have it within our power to help save it. In a small way, every single one of us counts. ~ Pete Seeger.

Wise Pete Seeger Quotes

Most conservatives just want to turn back the clock to a time before the income tax – 100 years or so. I would like to turn the clock back thousands of years to a time when people lived in small communities and took care of each other. ~ Pete Seeger.

I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other. ~ Pete Seeger.


The world would never amount to a hill of beans if people didn’t use their imaginations to think of the impossible. ~ Pete Seeger.

I keep reminding people that an editorial in rhyme is not a song. A good song makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think. ~ Pete Seeger.

If there’s something wrong, speak up! ~ Pete Seeger.

All the arts, music, the visual arts, acting and dancing arts, cooking arts, and I believe sports, will save the human race because they can leap over barriers, religions, leap over barriers of race, politics. ~ Pete Seeger.

Song, songs kept them going and going; They didn’t realize the millions of seeds they were sowing. They were singing in marches, even singing in jail. Songs gave them the courage to believe they would not fail. ~ Pete Seeger.

I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it. ~ Pete Seeger.

A good song reminds us what we’re fighting for. ~ Pete Seeger.

The stream of the mountains pleases me more than the sea. ~ Pete Seeger.

All songwriters are links in a chain. ~ Pete Seeger.

Powerful Pete Seeger Quotes

The first step in solving a problem is admitting there is a problem to be solved. ~ Pete Seeger.

I tell kids, don’t trust the media. The media with their emphasis on fame is helping to destroy this country, helping destroy the human race. It’s the plug-in drug. ~ Pete Seeger.


Get people to sing together and they’ll act together too. ~ Pete Seeger.

Any damn fool can get complicated. It takes genius to attain simplicity. ~ Pete Seeger.

It’s a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with. ~ Pete Seeger.

Any idiot can be complicated. It takes a genius to be simple. ~ Pete Seeger.

This banjo surrounds hate and forces it to surrender. ~ Pete Seeger.

So these were the 58 famous quotes about Pete Seeger.

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