„My intention is to use music as a tool for social change.“

The Sounds of Taqwa (2006)
Contexto: My intention is to use music as a tool for social change. It is always a prayer of mine that the work I produce will help, in some small way, to better the world or provide others with hope in themselves or trust in The Creator’s mercy to us all.

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„My point is that you cannot force social change at a speed that it cannot go. Social change is evolutionary, not revolutionary. Deep social change takes time.“

—  Camille Paglia American writer 1947

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Contexto: My point is that you cannot force social change at a speed that it cannot go. Social change is evolutionary, not revolutionary. Deep social change takes time. And slowly the culture is changing. The MTV generation is far more tolerant, and that tolerance is growing.

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„Jade and men are both shaped by harsh tools; be not unaware of sudden changes of fortune.“

—  Andre Norton American writer of science fiction and fantasy 1912 - 2005

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„My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us, the world is full of it and you simply take as much as you require.“

—  Edward Elgar English composer 1857 - 1934

In conversation in 1896, quoted in R J Buckley Sir Edward Elgar (London: Bodley Head, 1905), p. 32.

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„In my music, I'm trying to play the truth of what I am. The reason it's difficult is because I'm changing all the time.“

—  Charles Mingus American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader 1922 - 1979

Statement to Nat Hentoff, as quoted in California Rock, California Sound : The Music of Los Angeles and Southern California (1979) by Anthony Fawcett, p. 56; also in “Jazz : Beyond Time and Nations” in The Nat Hentoff Reader (2001), Part 2 : The Passion of Creation, p. 99

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„That’s precisely what the founders left us: the power to adapt to changing times. They left us the keys to a system of self-government – the tool to do big and important things together that we could not possibly do alone.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

2013, Commencement Address at Ohio State University (May 2013)
Contexto: That’s precisely what the founders left us: the power to adapt to changing times. They left us the keys to a system of self-government – the tool to do big and important things together that we could not possibly do alone. To stretch railroads and electricity and a highway system across a sprawling continent. To educate our people with a system of public schools and land grant colleges, including Ohio State. To care for the sick and the vulnerable, and provide a basic level of protection from falling into abject poverty in the wealthiest nation on Earth. To conquer fascism and disease; to visit the Moon and Mars; to gradually secure our God-given rights for all our citizens, regardless of who they are, what they look like, or who they love. 
We, the people, chose to do these things together. Because we know this country cannot accomplish great things if we pursue nothing greater than our own individual ambition. 
Still, you’ll hear voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s the root of all our problems, even as they do their best to gum up the works; or that tyranny always lurks just around the corner.  You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, creative, unique experiment in self-rule is just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.
We have never been a people who place all our faith in government to solve our problems, nor do we want it to. But we don’t think the government is the source of all our problems, either. Because we understand that this democracy is ours.  As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government. 
The founders trusted us with this awesome authority. We should trust ourselves with it, too. Because when we don’t, when we turn away and get discouraged and abdicate that authority, we grant our silent consent to someone who’ll gladly claim it.

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„The word "hillbilly", I've never liked that, and I've never used that in my music.“

—  Bill Monroe American bluegrass musician 1911 - 1996

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„Like music my drawings transport us to the ambiguous world of the indeterminate.“

—  Odilon Redon French painter 1840 - 1916

Quoted in Jean-François Guillou, Great Paintings of the World (2000), p. 190.

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„Indian music is oriented solely to the end of divine communication. If I have done something in this respect entirely due to the grace of the Almighty who has chosen my humble self as a tool.“

—  M. S. Subbulakshmi singer,Carnatic vocalist 1916 - 2004

Quoted in Ode to a Nightingale.[Sarada, M., The Complete Guide to Functional Writing in English, http://books.google.com/books?id=R--f51qlYrkC&pg=PA11, 1 October 2005, Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd, 978-81-207-2923-0, 11–12]

„Most people have music in the center of their lives. I believe my work sheds light on how music affects us and why it is so influential.“

—  Susan McClary American musicologist 1946

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