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7 Quotes That Prove Harry Styles Is Enlightened AF

Our favorite former Directioner-turned-solo artist is proving that there's more to him than the adorable dimples and luscious hair

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On the power of teenage fans

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09:  Singer Harry Styles performs live on NBC's "Today" at Rockefeller Plaza on May 9, 2017 in New York Ci
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"Who's to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy? That's not up to you to say. Music is something that's always changing. There's no goal posts. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they're not serious? How can you say young girls don't get it? They're our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans – they don't lie. If they like you, they're there. They don't act 'too cool.' They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick." – via Rolling Stone

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When asked if equality is political

"That doesn't feel like politics to me. Stuff like equality feels much more fundamental. I feel like everyone is equal."

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When Westboro Baptist Church protested a One Direction concert

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"Despite the company outside, I believe in equal rights for everyone. I think God loves all. Thanks for coming to the show though." – Via Twitter

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On his writing songs about your ex (*cough* Taylor Swift)

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"In writing songs about stuff like that, I like tipping a hat to the time together. You're celebrating the fact it was powerful and made you feel something, rather than 'this didn't work out, and that's bad.' And if you run into that person, maybe it's awkward, maybe you have to get drunk ... but you shared something. Meeting someone new, sharing those experiences, it's the best shit ever. So thank you." – via Rolling Stone

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On making music that uplifts young fans

ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 17: Harry Styles of One Direction appears on NBC's Today Show to release their new album "Four" at Uni
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"People in general, not just girls, but people who are younger are obviously extremely impressionable. And I do think it’s important. There's obviously a lot of different body images that are kind of thrown around in society in general. And you know, some things kind of look like they’re more acceptable and some things are made to feel like they’re unacceptable. So, I think it’s very important that it empowers people in general. But yeah, I think that anytime you can make someone who potentially might not feel as great about themselves as they should, feel better about themselves, I think that’s always a positive thing.” – via Onet

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On whether 1D called "dibs" on girls

"No. We don't really do that. We feel that objectifies women and that's not really what we're about."

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On rumors that he's being gay or bisexual

SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 02: Singer Harry Styles of One Direction performs during the 6th Annual 99.7 NOW! Triple Ho Show at S
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"Some of them are funny. Some of them are ridiculous. Some of them are annoying. I don't want to be one of those people that complains about the rumours. I never like it when a celebrity goes on Twitter and says, "This isn't true!" It is what it is, I tend not to do that." – via British GQ 

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 30: NSYNC is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30, 2018 in Hollywood, Californ

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It’s been a while since the guys of *NSYNC reunited. Since their epic onstage reunion at the 2013 MTV VMAs and JC’s 40th birthday, the guys have been doing their own thing, until today! Justin, JC, Joey, Lance and Chris got together to celebrate their new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and as if the day couldn’t get any better, JC reminds us that tomorrow it’s gonna be MAY.