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In her early twenties, Ani DiFranco was one of the most promising young singer-songwriters in the business. Her debut album, Buffalo Springfield, earned rave reviews and established her as a force to be reckoned with. But just as DiFranco’s career was taking off, she made a fateful decision that would change everything.

At the urging of her then-boyfriend, DiFranco decided to sign with a major label. It was a move that many in the music industry saw as a sell-out, and it would go on to haunt DiFranco for years to come. The album she released on the label (notably titled Not a Pretty Girl) received mixed reviews and failed to sell well.

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About Ani Difranco

birth of the author

September 23, 1970

genre of the author

Folk Rock, Alternative Rock, Punk Rock, Indie Folk

occupation of the author

Musician, Singer-Songwriter, Poet

instrument of the author

Guitar, Vocals

date of the author

Years Active:

institution of the author

Righteous Babe


Someone’s got to be interested in how I feel, just because I’m here and I’m real. — Ani Difranco

I don’t always feel lucky, but I’m smart enough to try. — Ani Difranco

Feel free to listen, feel free to stare. — Ani Difranco

I’m searching, as we all are, for ways to feel good about myself. Certainly, looking in the mirror doesn’t do it! — Ani Difranco

someone s got to be interested in how i feel just because i m here and i m real Ani Difranco quote

I make such a good statistic, somebody should study me now; somebody’s gotta be interested in how I feel, just cause I’m here, and I’m real. — Ani Difranco

What bugs me is that you believe what you’re saying. What bothers me is that you don’t know how you feel. What scares me is that while you’re telling me stories, you actually believe that they are real. — Ani Difranco

I am 32 flavors and then some. — Ani Difranco

It’s just hard to travel in the shadow of regret. In fact, it’s so hard that I actually haven’t left yet. — Ani Difranco

Let’s grow old and die together. Let’s do it now. — Ani Difranco

i don t always feel lucky but i m smart enough to try Ani Difranco quote

We negotiate with chaos for some sense of satisfaction. — Ani Difranco


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I will not be afraid to let my talent shine. — Ani Difranco

When everything else seems unclear, at least I’ll know I do it for the joy it brings. — Ani Difranco

There’s a crowd of people harbored in each person There are so many roles that we play. — Ani Difranco

When you grow up surrounded by willful ignorance, you have to believe that mercy has it’s own country and that it’s round and borderless. — Ani Difranco

feel free to listen feel free to stare Ani Difranco quote


They taught me different was wrong. — Ani Difranco

All the wrong people have the power of suggestion and the freedom of the press is meaningless if nobody asks a question. — Ani Difranco

If you think you know what I’m doing wrong well you’re gonna have to get in line. — Ani Difranco

When I was four years old they tried to test my IQ, they showed me this picture of three oranges and a pear. They asked me which one is different and does not belong; they taught me different was wrong. — Ani Difranco


It’s not important to be defined, it’s only important to use your time well. — Ani Difranco

it s not important to be defined it s only important to use your time well Ani Difranco quote

Time is not a thing that’s ours to lose. — Ani Difranco

I’ve been a long time coming, and I’ll be a long time gone. You’ve got your whole life to do something, and that’s not very long. — Ani Difranco

Every time I say something they find hard to hear, they chalk it up to my anger, and never to their own fear. — Ani Difranco

I never try to imagine the future. I kinda think it’s a waste of time. I live in the now. — Ani Difranco

We barely have time to react in this world, let alone rehearse. — Ani Difranco

time is not a thing that s ours to lose Ani Difranco quote

There’s a certain window of time in the middle of the night out in Middle America where there’s no bar open and nothing on TV. If you don’t want to do too many drugs, you have to start bodily mutilation. — Ani Difranco

I always feel I have to take a stand, And there’s always someone on hand To hate me for standing there. I always feel I have to open my mouth, And every time I do, I offend someone, somewhere. — Ani Difranco

Love is a piano dropped from a four story window and you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.–Two Little Girls (Little Plastic Castle) — Ani Difranco

If a politician is running in your local community who’s pro–choice, who’s feminist in their thinking, get behind them. Send them some money! If you have no money but have time, lick stamps! — Ani Difranco

Love sets fire to your schedule, And then calls an end to time. — Ani Difranco

i never try to imagine the future i kinda think it s a waste of time i live in the now Ani Difranco quote

And I try to draw the line but it ends up running down the middle of me most of the time. — Ani Difranco

I want somebody who sees the pointlessness and still keeps their purpose in mind; I want somebody who has a tortured soul …some of the time — Ani Difranco

I mean, I think it’s hard enough to find somebody you can stand for more than ten minutes, so, like, you shouldn’t narrow your options. — Ani Difranco


My life may not be something special But it’s never been lived before. — Ani Difranco

Art may imitate life, but life imitates TV. — Ani Difranco

my life may not be something special but it s never been lived before Ani Difranco quote

I try to laugh at whatever life brings… — Ani Difranco

Goldfish have no memory, I guess their lives are much like mine. And the little plastic castle is a surprise everytime. — Ani Difranco

Having more exposure is kind of a bittersweet thing for me, honestly, because it’s nice to have a little more job security in life now. — Ani Difranco

The stronger I am in my personal life, the more energy I have to look outward, to address my society. — Ani Difranco

There’s this brutal imperial power, that my passport says I represent. But it will never represent where my heart lives, only vaguely where it went. — Ani Difranco

art may imitate life but life imitates tv Ani Difranco quote

For me, the stronger ground I have in my personal life, then the more will I have to fight the good fight. — Ani Difranco

When I look around I think this, this is good enough; And I laugh at whatever life brings because when I look down, I just miss all the good stuff and when I look up, I just trip over things. — Ani Difranco

All of youth culture is packaged and sold back to us at this furious rate these days. I think it’s part and parcel to this corporate encroachment on our lives in general. — Ani Difranco

Life is a sleazy stranger, who looks vaguely familiar; flirting with a bimbo named disaster at the end of the bar. — Ani Difranco

You’ve got your whole life to do something, And that’s not very long. So why don’t you give me a call When you’re willing to fight For what you think is real, For what you think is right. — Ani Difranco

And if there’s anything I do it’s change and grow. I’m just a living being. Every year of my life I seem to learn that everything I know is wrong. — Ani Difranco

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You got to look outside–your eyes–you got to think outside–your brain–you got to walk outside–your life–to where the neighborhoods change. — Ani Difranco


Too much is how I love you, but too well is how I know you. — Ani Difranco

I’m pretty much a workaholic, but when you’re doing what you love it’s hard to think of a reason to stop. — Ani Difranco

You’ve decided to love me for eternity, I’m still deciding who I want to be today. — Ani Difranco

too much is how i love you but too well is how i know you Ani Difranco quote

As any mom knows, having a baby is an extremely creative act and to love and create a baby, it’s on par with any other creative act that we could come up with. — Ani Difranco

Love isn’t over when the sheets are stained. — Ani Difranco

Just let me go, we have to be able to criticize what we love, to say what we have to say ’cause if you’re not trying to make something better, then as far as I can tell, you are just in the way. — Ani Difranco

I love all those great ‘f’ words–feminism, folk music. — Ani Difranco

You’re trying to fight gravity on a planet that insists that love is like falling, and falling is like this. — Ani Difranco

you ve decided to love me for eternity i m still deciding who i want to be today Ani Difranco quote

Love was always the goal, and my point every step of the way was that nothing is wrong with love, no matter what flavor it comes in. — Ani Difranco

I fight with love and i laugh with rage….you gotta live light enough to see the humor, and long enough to see some change… — Ani Difranco


The world owes us nothing; we owe each other the world. — Ani Difranco

Take away our play stations and we are a third world nation. — Ani Difranco

The world is my oyster. The road is my home. And I know that I’m better off Alone. — Ani Difranco

the world owes us nothing we owe each other the world Ani Difranco quote

I am a work in progress dressed in the fabric of a world unfolding. — Ani Difranco


I am not a pretty girl. I don’t want to be a pretty girl. No, I want to be more than a pretty girl. — Ani Difranco

I’m an all powerful amazon warrior, not just some sniveling girl. — Ani Difranco

I do it for the joy it brings, cause I’m a joyful girl. ‘Cause the world owes us nothing, we owe each other the world. — Ani Difranco

God forbid you be an ugly girl, ‘course too pretty is also your doom, ’cause everyone harbors a secret hatred for the prettiest girl in the room. — Ani Difranco

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Imagine you’re a girl, just trying to finally come clean, knowing full well they’d prefer you were dirty and smiling. — Ani Difranco

< p>For every hand extended another lies in wait. Keep your eye on that one girl…anticipate. — Ani Difranco

I’m the color me happy girl, Miss live and let live. And when they’re out for blood, I always give. — Ani Difranco

When I was like sixteen, I was a total chick I had big hair. I was seen as this attractive girl, and I would get all this attention. And then I just cut off my hair, and I quit playing that game. — Ani Difranco


I always wanted to be commander–in–chief of my one–woman army, But I can envision the mediocrity of my finest hour. — Ani Difranco

women who don t control their own reproductive rights are not free Ani Difranco quote

I just don’t know any other word than ‘feminist’ that describes a person who believes women are people. — Ani Difranco

You’ve already put more than enough energy into worry. That’s all women have been allowed to do, historically. — Ani Difranco

My idea of feminism is self–determination, and it’s very open–ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do. — Ani Difranco

In a man’s world, I am a woman by birth and after 19 times around I have found–they will stop at nothing once they know what you are worth. — Ani Difranco

We are wise women, we are giggling girls. We both carry a smile to show when we’re pleased, we both carry a switchblade in our sleeves. — Ani Difranco

Feminism is not only for women It’s something everyone can participate in, and evolve together, as the first step in the right direction. I see feminism as a tool to achieve that balance and peace. — Ani Difranco

Women who don’t control their own reproductive rights are not free. — Ani Difranco

I just see a lot of people who are really terrified of the ‘f–word.’ A lot of women these days, a lot of young women don’t want to call themselves feminists. — Ani Difranco

The bathroom mirror has not budged, the woman who lives there can tell the truth from the stuff they say and looks me in the eye–says do you prefer the easy way? No? Well ok then, dont cry. — Ani Difranco

Men make angry music and it’s called rock–and–roll; women include anger in their vocabulary and suddenly they’re angry and militant. — Ani Difranco

I know men are delicate origami creatures who need women to unfold them, hold them when they cry. But I am tired of being your savior and I am tired of telling you why. — Ani Difranco

ANI DIFRANCO Quotes Take Away

Ani Difranco is a singer, songwriter, and musician who has been writing and playing music for over 25 years. In that time, she’s inspired countless people with her lyrics and her activism. We hope these quotes have done the same for you and that you’ll be moved to check out some of our courses. At Academy of Art University Online, we believe in the power of creativity to change lives-and we think Ani Difranco does too.

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