100+ Best Festival Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Festival is a special day or period, usually in memory of a religious event, with its own social activities, food, or ceremonies. Profoundly inspirational festival quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Festival Quotes

Live every day as if it is a festival. Turn your life into a celebration — Shri Radhe Maa

You are invited to the festival of this world and your life is blessed. — Rabindranath Tagore

Christmas it seems to me is a necessary festival; we require a season when we can regret all the flaws in our human relationships: it is the feast of failure, sad but consoling. — Graham Greene

Live interaction with a crowd is a cathartic, spiritual kind of exchange, and its intensified at a festival. — Trent Reznor

The greatness of a culture can be found in its festivals — Siddharth Katragadda

You always know when one of the first [Harry Potter movies] are on TV, because you’ll get a text message from one of your friends saying, How high was your voice? It’s like watching a home movie, in some sense. But you just remember because the audience sees the scenes as they’re written, but we remember shooting [the scenes] and all the stories that came around it. Like the Quidditch World Cup in [Harry Potter and the] Goblet of Fire, it’s like the Glastonbury Festival at Leavesden [Studios]. — James Phelps

Try to enjoy the great festival of life with other men! — Epictetus

To celebrate a festival means: to live out, for some special occasion and in an uncommon manner, the universal assent to the world as a whole. — Josef Pieper

The National Book Festival is a great way for families and friends to share the creative works of some of America’s most-loved authors, .. Readers of all ages can listen to favorite writers speaking about their books, have books autographed, meet many storybook characters and enjoy a day on the National Mall. — Laura Bush

Washington’s birthday is as close to a secular Christmas as any Christian country dare come this side of blasphemy. — Alistair Cooke

Teller and I worked Renaissance Festivals and street performing – actually more real, no kidding around, Philadelphia street performing than we did Renaissance Festivals. — Penn Jillette

My favorite drawings at the Muhammad cartoon festival in Texas were the two chalk outlines out front. — Evan Sayet

The habit of a midwinter festivity had come by the dawn of history (and probably very long before) to seem a natural one to the British, and not one to be eradicated by changes of political or religious fashion. … It was general custom in pagan Europe to decorate spaces with greenery and flowers for festivals, attested wherever records have survived. — Ronald Hutton

The purpose of seasonal festivals is periodically to revive the topocosm. Gaster coined this word from the Greek – topo for place and cosmos for world order. Topocosm means the world order of a particular place. The topocosm is the entire complex of any given locality conceived as a living organism, not just the human community but the total community – the plants, animals and soils of the place. The topocosm is not only the actual and present living community but also that continuous entity of which the present community is but the current manifestation. — Dolores LaChapelle

I sang in a rock band when I was training as a lawyer. You know, not professional, we just did it for fun. We just did gigs all over Edinburgh and some in Glasgow and some at festivals. — Gerard Butler

Every summer, around late July and into August, I find myself in Europe, performing at any festival that will have me. — Henry Rollins

For the wise man, every day is a festival. — Plutarch

There are some films that arrive here from the international festival circuit almost incandescent with self-importance. They hover into the cinema in a kind of floating trance at how challenging and moving they are. They are films with a profound reluctance to get over themselves. They look up at the sceptical observer with the saucer-eyed saintliness of a baby seal in culling season, or a charity mugger smilingly wishing a nice day on the retreating back of a passer-by. One such is Babel. — Peter Bradshaw

Beach balls at festivals are the work of the devil. — Gerard Way

Far more people die in the developing world than in the West. At religious festivals mainly. That’s not a myth – the numbers don’t lie. I think it’s just because in the West crowds tend to be manufactured by commercial interesting, and they have, or at least should have, a responsibility for keeping people safe. — John Seabrook

I channel the rote and the new and unseen. My head has always been the busiest of crossroads, a festival of happy and unhappy arrivals. In the hours before daybreak when I was a boy, god sent me words as visitors. — Jim Shepard

So, where’s the Cannes Film Festival being held this year? — Christina Aguilera

The academic area of new music or modern music festivals is not something which attracts me at all. — Gavin Bryars

Seasons pursuing each other the indescribable crowd is gathered, it is the fourth of Seventh-month, (what salutes of cannon and small arms! — Walt Whitman

I danced with the London Festival at Covent Garden. I’m a ballerina by trade; I’m a ballerina who sings by the way. — Jane Seymour

I listen to all types of different music. I go to different festivals. I’m around music. — Rico Love

Film festivals are a great vehicle for gaining an audience for your film, for exposure for the talent in the film and for the film makers to leverage opportunities for their films. I love the energy that film festivals bring. — Jamie Hector

Life is a happy thing, a festival to be enjoyed rather than a drudgery to be endured. — Luci Swindoll

Each year, every city in the world that can should have a multiday festival. More people meeting each other, digging new types of music, new foods, new ideas. You want to stop having so many wars? This could be a step in the right direction. — Henry Rollins

Now I’m doing a film festival for kids and writing a script about a kidnapped journalist in Afghanistan. — Olivia Wilde

We have to change this whole earth into a tremendous festival, and it is possible because man brings all that is needed to transform this earth into a paradise. — Rajneesh

The range of genre that we is very diverse, which makes for a fun and multi-dimensional show, but creating something that flows, depending on what kind of vibe the show is going to be [loud dive bar, small theatre, festival] is a bit of an art a haphazard art at times. — Sarah Burton

American audiences don’t react in the same way as European ones to African music because, I think, Europeans listen to this music through all the festivals that exist here. — Rokia Traore

I see most of my movies at festivals. — Jean Reno

This is our festival and on this day we are all Indians. We celebrate the festival by maintaining the spirit of brotherhood. — Brinda Karat

I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now. — Paulo Coelho

At the end of the day, if I do a set at a festival and I only have an hour, which is kind of short for a DJ set, I know that I have to play at least six of my songs. Then the whole challenge is what do I weave around that. How do I stand out? Because at a festival there’s probably fifteen songs every DJ’s going to play every hour, for the whole day. That to me is more interesting, because I still feel like an outsider in this world. — A-Trak

Having grown up in the theater family, having done a huge amount of acting from a very little boy to precocious teenager in Shakespeare festivals that my father produced, I went off to college and fell in with the theater gang. I was already an experienced actor. I became a kind of campus star. I heard all this applause and laughter. — John Lithgow

People discover you at festivals. They come to see Coldplay or whoever, and then wander over and catch your act. Festivals make a lot of sense to me. — Tinie Tempah

People see musicians on a huge stage playing a festival for 80,000 people and are like, Oh, they have such magnetism, but it always embarrasses me more than it makes me feel proud. — Geoff Rickly

Medical knowledge and technical savvy are biodegradable. The sort of medicine that was practiced in Boston or New York or Atlanta fifty years ago would be as strange to a medical student or intern today as the ceremonial dance of a !Kung San tribe would seem to a rock festival audience in Hackensack. — Lewis Thomas

Let me say this before rain becomes a utility that they can plan and distribute for money. By they I mean the people who cannot understand that rain is a festival, who do not appreciate its gratuity, who think that what has no price has no value, that what cannot be sold is not real, so that the only way to make something actual is to place it on the market. The time will come when they will sell you even your rain. At the moment it is still free, and I am in it. I celebrate its gratuity and its meaninglessness. — Thomas Merton

Still, as much as I wish Ballistic Kiss could be a better film, the recognition it gained from critics and at festivals speaks for itself. — Donnie Yen

I got nominated for my second film as best young director in the Aikido Film Festival in Japan. — Donnie Yen

…Now since you are celebrating the holy Pascha, you should know, brethren, what the Pascha is. Pascha means the crossing-over, and so the Festival is called by this name. For it was on this day that the Children of Israel crossed over out of Egypt, and the Son of God crossed over from this world to His Father. What gain is it to celebrate unless you imitate Him Whom you worship; that is, unless you cross over from Egypt, that is, from the darkness of evildoing to the light of virtue, from the love of this world to the love of your heavenly home? — Ambrose

God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it? — Friedrich Nietzsche

There’s a film there in competition [of Sundance Film Festival] called To The Bone. It’s directed by Marti Noxon. I have a supporting role in it. It got really well received. It’s a really great film. — Keanu Reeves

I’ve been to two festivals in my life, and I’ve never been to Toronto. I haven’t really been making festival movies. This is new territory for me. — Joss Whedon

Now, there are so many movies, so many festivals, and so many awards going on, each judged with each other, like your work is worse than others and that’s not fair. How can you tell what’s best and what’s worst from these awards? We’re talking about art. — Javier Bardem

The Cannes film festival is about big-budget films but also remarkable films made in different political regimes by film-makers with little resources. — Kristin Scott Thomas

My real fantasy if I was to drop out would be to live in a mobile home and be a hippie and drive around festivals and have millions of children – children with dreadlocks and nose rings – and play the flute. — Rachel Weisz

There’s all these people involved, and it becomes this huge machine – it stops being just me making my own little songs for myself, or for the world. And it’s hard to stop the machine. If you want to take time to write a record, they’re like, OK, tour through March, April, and June, then you can take a few weeks off to record in July before getting back on the road for the European festival circuit. After a while, I had to put my foot down. — Zachary Cole Smith

The Truth Is That Existence Wants Your Life To Become A Festival Because When You Are Unhappy, You Also Throw Unhappiness All Around. — Rajneesh

In the days when Glastonbury was an alternative festival, it was quite interesting. Now it is the most bourgeois thing on the planet … we’ll leave the middle classes to do Glastonbury and the rest of the great unwashed will decamp to Knebworth and drink a lot of beer and have fun. — Bruce Dickinson

Comic-Con has become more of a pop cultural festival, and to not be included feels like you’re missing the biggest celebration of the year. — Felicia Day

Each year we go to the Cannes film festival and I tend to have all my friends pile in the back of my car and we’ll drive from London. The poor production company think they’re only putting me up and suddenly they’ve got eight people sleeping on my hotel room floor. — Jeremy Irvine

We’re playing all these weird festivals, usually outdoors. — Thurston Moore

Jerusalem is a festival and a lamentation. Its song is a sigh across the ages, a delicate, robust, mournful psalm at the great junction of spiritual cultures. — David K. Shipler

He who has no light in his heart, what will he gain from the festival of lamps. — Wasif Ali Wasif

The whole aspect of cinema and film festivals should be a moment to come together and celebrate art and humanity. It would be a shame if there was such a divide. — Keanu Reeves

Spiritually, life is a festival, a celebration. Joy is of the essence of life. — Agnivesh

Life should be a continual celebration, a festival of lights the whole year round. Only then can you grow up, can you blossom. — Rajneesh

Rent Control was an interesting movie. It was directed by… I had done a couple of plays off Broadway, and this Italian director came, his name was Gian Luigi Polidoro, and he determined I was the person to play the lead in his low-budget comedy. He’d won an award at the Venice Film Festival, and… He was, y’know, a skilled director. — Brent Spiner

The healthy being craves an occasional wildness, a jolt from normality, a sharpening of the edge of appetite, his own little festival of Saturnalia, a brief excursion from his way of life. — Robert Morrison MacIver

I play the guitar. This year at the Sundance film festival, I joined the band from ‘The Guitar’ on stage. We warmed up for Patti Smith, and then the director Michel Gondry got on the drums to play some songs from the soundtrack to his film Be Kind Rewind with Mos Def. It was pretty mad. — Saffron Burrows

I love the outdoor festival feeling. — Joshua Bell

The novel is very much alive, indeed. In Toronto at the Sixth Annual International Festival of Authors (October 1985) I listened to novelists by the dozen. — William Golding

There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world. — Jean Baudrillard

I really love the festival circuit. — Michelle Monaghan

I think I first realized I wanted to be in country music and be an artist when I was 10. And I started dragging my parents to festivals, and fairs, and karaoke contests, and I did that for about a year before I came to Nashville for the first time. I was 11 and I had this demo CD of me singing Dixie Chicks and Leanne Rimes songs. — Taylor Swift

Festival of the impassioned efforts and manifold ambitions of all forms of youthful activity of every generation springing from the threshold of life. — Pierre de Coubertin

Our Feastival of Queens area, which featured five different authentic ethnic foods from Queens, was one of the most popular areas of the festival, and was written about in a number of different reviews. — Tom Russell

I’ve found that festivals are a relatively painless way to meet people and make a few points that need making, without having to hit them over the head with too many speeches. — Pete Seeger

Let every birthday be a festival, a time when the gladness of the house finds expression in flowers, in gifts, in a little fête. Never should a birthday be passed over without note, or as if it were a common day, never should it cease to be a garlanded milestone in the road of life. — Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

Life is a festival only to the wise. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I like being a patron of things, I like patronizing things. And if it’s not going to be people, I’ll patronize a festival. — Terry Gilliam

History has a way of coming back to you. In the case of Janis Joplin appearing at the festival in 1968, her performance affected the life of a Bostonian who is now a member of the Newport Festivals Foundation Board of Directors. Ward Mooney was so affected and emotionally involved in Janis’ performance at Newport, that when he heard the festival was going nonprofit, he knew wanted to become a part. Janis was beautiful, gracious and respectful, and the power of her Newport performance continues to live on. — George Wein

Revolution is the festival of the oppressed. — Germaine Greer

Festivals become a family because you start seeing the same people. — Philipp Wolter

Feast, n. A festival. A religious celebration usually signalized by gluttony and drunkenness, frequently in honor of some holy person distinguished for abstemiousness. — Ambrose Bierce

My family traveled with a whole community to European festivals. My mum did gymnastics, freak show performances, and swung fire in the circus, so I followed her footsteps. — Neon Hitch

We might sometimes reflect and recall that the purpose of all our science, technology, industry, manufacturing, commerce, and finance is celebration, planetary celebration. This is what moves the stars through the heavens and the earth through its seasons. The final norm of judgment concerning the success or failure of our technologies is the extent to which they enable us to participate more fully in this grand festival. — Thomas Berry

To see others suffer does one good, to make others suffer even more: this is a hard saying but an ancient, mighty, human, all-too-human principle [….] Without cruelty there is no festival. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any music in the world. You meet people at festivals and renew acquaintances year after year. — Bill Monroe

That was very close to getting killed. Usually at pop festivals we have people jumping on stage. — Alice Cooper

But an innovation, to grow organically from within, has to be based on an intact tradition, so our idea is to bring together musicians who represent all these traditions, in workshops, festivals, and concerts, to see how we can connect with each other in music. — Yo-Yo Ma

But there’s more than just solving the how-to problems. I’ve often said that if we’re going to have a real rural renaissance, I’d just take the solving of the how-to problems for granted. The first thing I’d provide would be festivals. — Ralph Borsodi

The festivals are cool because you make a lot of connections at the festivals. — Philipp Wolter

The red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days. — Charles Lamb

The kind of sleep that I had during my own film [Certified Copy] screening in Cannes is different. It’s not because of the specificity of the film. It was because of my relationship as an author to this film. Usually when I take my films to festivals, I feel incredibly anxious about them. I wonder how it will be received, how the audience will react. I feel deeply responsible for them. Whereas this time, I didn’t have that responsibility on my shoulders. — Abbas Kiarostami

Hanukkah is…the festival of lights, instead of one day of presents, we get eight crazy nights — Adam Sandler

Sabbath – a weekly festival having its origin in the fact that God made the world in six days and was arrested on the seventh. — Ambrose Bierce

Be merry, really merry. The life of a true Christian should be a perpetual jubilee, a prelude to the festivals of eternity. — Theophane Venard

I had excellent opportunity to intoxicate myself with the solemn splendor of the brilliant church festivals. As was only natural, the abbot seemed to me, as the village priest had once seemed to my father, the highest and most desirable ideal. — Adolf Hitler

Death is the supreme festival on the road to freedom. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

You have to be born with it. You can’t even buy it. If you could buy it, they’d have it at the next Newport Festival. — Miles Davis

There was a good deal of laughing and kissing and explaining, in the simple, loving fashion which makes these home-festivals so pleasant at the time, so sweet to remember long afterward, and then all fell to work. — Louisa May Alcott

To just write one song to then go and play huge festivals all around the world it’s exciting and it’s never really been the case. — Jade Puget

Football is a fertility festival. Eleven sperm trying to get into the egg. I feel sorry for the goalkeeper. — Bjork

No windows give a better view than those a man brings with him in his head, not asking for tickets of admission, since at all functions, festivals, or feasts he looks out with the same nice self-composure. — Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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