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Pete Seeger Quotes: 13 Inspiring Lyrics and Sayings

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Pete Seeger, folk singer and social justice activist died on Monday. As confirmed by his grandson, Kitama Cahill Jackson, Seeger died of natural causes at the age of 94.

He is widely known for songs like; “If I Had a Hammer,” ‘’Turn, Turn, Turn,” ‘’Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.”

During his lengthy musical career he was praised for his advocacy of various left wing causes: the labour movement in the 1940’s and ’50s, for civil rights and the Vietnam War in the ’60s, and for environmental and antiwar causes in the ’70s and later years. His anti-war stance was largely due to the effects of his own experiences during World War 2.

This advocacy remained unchanged throughout the years, highlighted by the role he played in the occupy Wall Street protests of 2011.

Below, we celebrate some of the most inspiring lyrics and personal quotes of his iconic career.

Pete Seeger Quotes: 13 Inspiring Lyrics and Sayings:

1) On Education and Getting Burned:

“Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.”

2) On Generosity:

“Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live.”



3) On Participation:



4) On The Importance of Healthy Debate:

“It’s a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with.”

5) On How It’s Never Too Late:


6) On The Good Old Days:

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

7) On The Power Of A Good Song:


8) On The Power of Singing:



9) On Activism:

“If there’s something wrong, speak up!”

10) On His Belief In Coming Generations:



11) On The Self:



12) On The Power Of Ideas:




13) On God:





Do you have any other inspiring Peter Seeger quotes we may have missed. Let us know in the comments.

Images via: Tumblr, Recite this,  DarwinsPlatypus

Written by Quotezine Team

Michelle Quinteros is a pop culture and lifestyle writer with a fancy degree from McMaster University. When she’s not writing for Quotezine, she can be found excessively quoting The Simpsons or binge watching Netflix.

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