updated 01/28/2014 AT 2:30 PM ET
•originally published 01/28/2014 AT 11:00 AM ET
Folk singer Pete Seeger died on Monday at the age of 94, leaving behind dozens of protest standards and a lifelong commitment to social justice.
He also leaves behind a Twitter account.
From October 2012 up to a few weeks before his death, Seeger dispensed history lessons, aphorisms and folksy jokes on his @Peter_Seeger account. You probably didn’t follow Seeger – he only had a few thousand followers, and may have preferred it that way. But while you remember his legacy, take a few minutes to enjoy some of his greatest wisdom in 140-character packages. As he was fond of saying, “The world will be solved by millions of small things.”
I think humor reminds us of our own contradictions & urges us to keep on going, if for no other reason, just to see what will happen next.
Pete Seeger (@Peter_Seeger) December 20, 2013
It’s no accident that games like golf & baseball are popular. It is in our DNA to like to go WHACK!! I like to split wood, it is fun!
Pete Seeger (@Peter_Seeger) December 14, 2013
This song has ironclad copyright # 586139318962 and anyone caught singing this song will be… a good friend of mine http://t.co/83kEL4N0zT
Pete Seeger (@Peter_Seeger) February 25, 2013
Truth is a rabbit in a bramble patch. U can rarely put your hand on it. U can only circle around & point, saying ‘It’s somewhere in there.’
Pete Seeger (@Peter_Seeger) January 4, 2013
Prestige is much overrated. The celebrity business is for the birds. Respectability is nice, but consider whom do u most want 2 respect you?
Pete Seeger (@Peter_Seeger) December 13, 2012
Travel while you are young, and free of responsibilities. See what a big, broad, beautiful land we have here then maybe a foreign land or 2.
Pete Seeger (@Peter_Seeger) December 12, 2012
When you steal from 1 person it s plagiarism. When you steal from 10, it s scholarship. When you steal from 100, it’s original research.
Pete Seeger (@Peter_Seeger) December 5, 2012
I’ve sung in hobo jungles & I have sung for the Rockefellers & I am proud that I’ve never refused to sing for anybody http://t.co/B3QRx6bP
Pete Seeger (@Peter_Seeger) November 4, 2012
Pete Seeger (@Peter_Seeger) November 2, 2012
Below, listen to a medley of Seeger’s most famous songs, “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “If I Had a Hammer” and “We Shall Overcome”:
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