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All Quotes by author - Conor Oberst
" A boycott is, inherently, a blunt instrument. It is an imperfect weapon, a carpet bomb, when all involved would prefer a surgical strike. "
" Although Omaha is my birthplace and the place I grew up, I don't see myself spending extended amounts of time there. I feel almost more comfortable and more at peace in New York. "
" Art is basically communication, and I think everyone who's a music lover has had that experience where a record or a recording has kept you company when no one else is around. And I think that is what I'm hoping that people get out of my music. "
" Art is essentially communication. It doesn't exist in a vacuum. That's why people make art, so other people can relate to it. "
" Considering our history, I can think of nothing more American than an immigrant. "
" Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my all-time favorite writers. I feel spiritual when reading his words, even though they're translated. I wish desperately that I could read it in its original language. I already feel like I'm going to church when I read him; imagine if I could read it in the original. "
" I always embrace the worst-case scenario. "
" I believe that vinyl will outlast CDs. "
" I didn't used to think about politics much, or social issues. I was a teenager, writing about girls. "
" I don't feel real confident expressing myself except when I'm writing. I feel kind of scatterbrained. I can see everything from both sides and that makes it hard to reach conclusions. Writing enables me to clarify things. "
" I don't really premeditate what I write my songs about; you know, they just kind of happen, and I can't start writing songs to please a certain group of people or propagate a certain message all the time. That's just not how my songwriting works - it just sort of comes out, and the songs are what they are. "
" I enjoy recording and performing, but it's the songwriting that I love most. "
" I find that moving keeps me optimistic, the idea of what's going to be down the road a bit or around the next bend. "
" If there's a criticism of 'Cassadaga' that I agreed with, it's that we left things in the oven too long, that songs were overstuffed, with too many ideas competing for space. "
" If there's a song that stops meaning anything to me, then I'll quit playing it. "
" If the world could remain within a frame like a painting on the wall, I think we'd see the beauty then and stand staring in awe. "
" If you think about Protestant and Catholic or Shiite and Sunni, they are basically the same thing... one eats with their left hand, the other eats with their right hand. "
" If you think about the concept of reincarnation, it's essentially uploading yourself and your spirit into a new form, a new hard drive as it were. "
" I have a car in Nebraska. When I bought it, they gave me a satellite radio, and there's an 'indie-rock' station. It's just nothing I'm interested in. "
" I have a lot of friends that take that position of extreme cynicism, and I just can't let myself go to that place. It's just too easy, and it's just too defeatist. "
" I have a terrible memory in general, but one thing I've always been able to remember is my songs. "
" I have many friends who are both Mexican and Mexican-American and others who, I guess you would say, are somewhere in between. The ironic thing is that all three of those categories often exist inside of the same family. "
" I have on many occasions spoken my mind from stage. I have offered organizations table space by the merch booth. I have donated a dollar-a-ticket, or the entire guarantee, to different causes. I have registered voters. I have played on behalf of political candidates. "
" I keep my eyes closed a lot when I'm singing because sometimes it's distracting to see people. "
" I kind of go in waves with reading. Sometimes I read all the time, and sometimes I can't get settled enough to focus. "
" I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie. "
" I like ideas, but I don't like being preached to. "
" I like science fiction. Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick and Vonnegut, and I really like Margaret Atwood, 'The Handmaid's Tale.' And you know, so much of science fiction has to do with predicting what's to come, so I think that's really interesting. "
" I like the Alice in Wonderland sculpture in Central Park. I love how it's been rained on forever and looks worn down by time. "
" I like to feel the burn of the audience's eyes when I'm whispering all my darkest secrets into the microphone. "
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