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    Chris Chandler is the best performance poet I have ever seen.
    — Utah Phillips
    tags: poet 
     
    Laurie Lewis' songs combine passion and sheer craft in a way you don't hear very often. Whatever country music is supposed to be, she's at the center of it.
    — Utah Phillips
    tags: song  craft  music  passion 
     
    Folk music isn't owned by anybody. It is owned by everybody, like the national parks, the postal system, and the school system. It's our common property. There is nobody's name on it. Nobody can make money on it. It's not copywritten.
    — Utah Phillips
    tags: music  school  money  property 
     
    They're going to clear cut your best thoughts for the sake of profit unless you learn to resist, because the profit system follows the path of least resistance and following the path of least resistance is what makes the river crooked!
    — Utah Phillips
    tags: thoughts  learn  path 
     
    I'm here to change the world, and if I am not, I am probably wasting my time.
    — Utah Phillips
    tags: time  world 
     
    I guarantee, that if I am elected, I will take over the White House, hang out, shoot pool, scratch my ass, and not do a damn thing . . . Which is to say, if you want something done, don't come to me to do it for you; you got to get together and figure out how to do it yourselves. Is that a deal?
    — Utah Phillips
    Sing your song Dance your dance Tell your story I will Listen and remember
    — Utah Phillips
    tags: song  stories  dance 
     
    But if it's true that the only true life I had was the life of my brain, what sense does it make to hand that brain to somebody for eight hours a day for their particular use on the presumption that, at the end of the day, they will give it back in an unmutilated condition? Fat chance!
    — Utah Phillips
    tags: true  brain 
     
    When I went to high school - that's about as far as I got - reading my U.S. history textbook, well, I got the history of the ruling class. I got the history of the generals and the industrialists and the presidents that didn't get caught. How 'bout you? I got all of the history of the people who owned the wealth of the country, but none of the history of the people that created it.
    — Utah Phillips
    tags: people  school  reading  wealth 
     
    As I have said so often before, the long memory is the most radical idea in America...
    — Utah Phillips
    tags: memory  america  ideas  radical 
     
    The most un-American thing you can do is to stifle dissent
    — Utah Phillips
    Every good educator knows that true teaching is to teach kids how to ask the right questions.
    — Utah Phillips
    tags: true  right  questions  teaching  kids 
     
    Children, be worried when they call you America's most valuable natural resource. Have you seen what they've done to the other natural resources?
    — Utah Phillips
    tags: children  child  america 
     
    The Earth is not dying-it is being killed. And the people who are killing it have names and addresses.
    — Utah Phillips
    tags: people  earth 
     
    The state can't give you freedom, and the state can't take it away. You're born with it, like your eyes, like your ears. Freedom is something you assume, then you wait for someone to try to take it away. The degree to which you resist is the degree to which you are free.
    — Utah Phillips
    tags: freedom  eyes 
     
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