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All Quotes by author - Dolores O'Riordan
" A lot of these songs just came from day-to-day experiences. And it was a very natural, kind of organic process. "
" As you get older, it's good to open up and acknowledge that everybody has their scary moments, their negative moments. And in order to move on and find comfort and hope, you have to stop running from the darkness and face it. And when you face it, it's not that scary at all, and sometimes it actually turns around and runs away. "
" Each gig is brilliant and fun. When it becomes a routine, we'll take a break. There's no point in doing it if you don't enjoy it. "
" Everyone at school knew I wanted to be a singer. I'd always be banging on the piano playing my new song. The teacher would gather us round, and the whole class would listen. "
" For an artist or an entertainer, it's the ultimate when you can go to the forest when you're done your work and escape. "
" For a while there, our writing got really edgy... I've always written about experiences, so when your life gets a bit crazy, you start to write songs that are a bit edgy. "
" For me, you can't be a big fat pig up there, slovenly and singing croaky and whatnot. You have to work. "
" Growing up, there was a lot of pressure for women to be good-looking, but my mum was very strict, and she didn't allow me to wear make-up. Looking back, it was good for me. It slowed me down from becoming an adult too quickly. "
" I always come across like I'm looking serious, but I just don't like smiling. Honestly, obviously I'm different in person. "
" I am just trying to live for my kids. It is all about my kids now. I love them endlessly. "
" I didn't get a lot of attention from my dad when I was young. That's a big part of it for girls. Because your dad is the first love of your life. If he doesn't put you on his lap and give you a pet, you do end up not really liking yourself that much. "
" I didn't know initially whether I'd like doing TV and whether I'd be able to work with other people. I've always done my own thing. I've never put myself into that situation, but it's the most fun I've had in years. "
" I didn't really know many girls, growing up, because there weren't many other people living around where I lived. "
" I don't appreciate people invading my privacy. "
" I enjoyed living in Canada, where my husband comes from, because I was treated like any ordinary person. I became a volunteer at my children's school; I went into the classroom. It was very grounding. I got sick of being famous. "
" I got to a point where I referred to myself as Dolores of the Cranberries instead of myself because I alienated my real self from what I became so much. "
" I guess all bands get to that point where they run out of inspiration and just get bored with the chemistry. "
" I guess the way to keep a grip on reality is just to take breaks in between albums like most normal bands do. Go home and be a person and hang out with your friends. Do separate things and get back to earth and write songs and go out there again. "
" I hated singing, I hated being on stage; I hated being in the Cranberries. I was constantly crying. I was going insane. I wanted to be a shopkeeper, a hairdresser, anything. I was so desperate to have a reality, friends, a regular, boring life. I missed that. "
" I just block out the demons. I sing. I block them away. I put my pain into my music. I paint. I make my own videos. I direct myself. No one directs me anymore. I am in charge of my destiny. "
" I keep my children safe and protected from all my baggage. They get to have a normal childhood, and they're not affected by my life. "
" I lived in a small village outside the city and grew up in a large family, so my world was very much centred around that. I used to sing in the local church, and I would also occasionally sing in the local pubs for which I used to get a few bob. That, for me, was the start of my interest in music, which has obviously expanded since then. "
" I lived in buses. I didn't really have anything else. I didn't feel like a female, and I ended up really kind of isolated. Everybody thinks you're so happy and so wealthy and such a big star, but you're really kind of lonely and don't know how to stop it. "
" I look like that in the morning: my hair's all greasy - it's not, 'Hey, look at the babe of the band!' I hate that kind of thing, the way women are always pushed forward as beauties... it's very easy: you can make the ugliest pig look lovely in a photograph. "
" I love performing, and I love the idea of people buying records. I don't particularly like the idea of people knowing me or thinking they do, but that's a part of what I choose. I choose not to go to college; I choose to be a singer. "
" I love to go home to my kids. I don't have that lull in my life when I didn't have them. "
" I'm an artist, and I need to work, like everybody. We need to be challenged and that we're getting up and doing something with our lives. "
" I'm an icon. I'm the Queen of Limerick. "
" I missed a lot of family weddings and funerals because we were out on the road and had these big gigs, and you can't pull out of these gigs at the last minute because too many people are counting on it. It got to the point where I was consumed with that. "
" In 1997, we took time off, and that's when Oasis broke and Princess Diana died and I was home with my baby hating the music industry. People asked what I thought about the Spice Girls, and honestly, I was so happy to tell them I couldn't be bothered to care. "
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