"It was once a general assumption in ethnomusicology that nonliterate peoples, who did not notate their music, did not have ‘theories of music.’ Music theory was accepted as a special accomplishment of the West that allowed ‘us’ to analyze ‘them’. […] I have long felt intellectually uncomfortable with such assumptions, believing, on the contrary, that wherever there is music, there is some kind of theory underlying its production and significance."
"Five percent of the people think;
ten percent of the people think they think;
and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think."
"The problem is most people don’t know how to talk to plants. They ask the plants: ‘What good are you?’ And of course the plants, being perfectly themselves, are already good, so that is not a question they can answer. They don’t have to justify themselves to anyone or anything, so they won’t even answer that. But if you say ‘Excuse me, I need help. What use might you be to humans?’ then they will tell you. Some are good for food or beauty or firewood, others are medicines, and all sorts of things. You just have to remember the right question."
"If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will have complete peace."
"I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say."