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All Quotes by author - Hozier
" All songs, all pieces of art, reflect the world that they were made in and the values of those artists and the hopes and aspirations of the people who listen to that music and who made that music. "
" A lot of the 'leave' campaign was centered around a thinly veiled xenophobia, just 'control our own borders.' It's not a good look. I don't think it represents Britain; I don't think it represents the U.K. all too well. It breaks my heart for my generation in Britain who are going to suffer. "
" Anyone close to me will be familiar with my frustrations with certain aspects of social media: the behaviour it encourages and attitudes towards the self it can breed. "
" As I listened more and more to the music that moved me, I gained more fascination with America. "
" Being 16 is the worst time to be anybody, there is not enough tea in China to persuade me to be that young again. I wasn't very happy with myself. "
" Being in a studio is quite a creative and energetic process. "
" Biggest musical influences would be people like Nina Simone and Tom Waits. A huge amount of writers like Leslie Feist and Paul Simon. "
" Blues is a very physical music. "
" By nature, I'm an awkward person; I'm a gangly introvert. "
" By the time I was in my teens, I was listening to Delta blues and jazz. "
" Certainly in the case of having to answer questions about where a song comes from, it's a hell of a lot easier when you say, 'I've removed myself from it.' But they start from quite a personal place. They always do. "
" Either somebody has equal rights, or they don't. And certainly in the Irish constitution, marriage is genderless. There's no mention of a man and a woman. "
" Especially on the road, it's very hard to find time to actually sit down and write. "
" For me growing up, I had a Christian upbringing, and I just noticed this Catholic influence in school. "
" Governments do not care about your Facebook-assembled opinion. Incompetent politicians don't read your tweets; there are reasons for them being out of touch. Change does not come about for 'likes' on a page, though the ideas for it may start there. "
" Growing up, I always saw the hypocrisy of the Catholic church. The history speaks for itself, and I grew incredibly frustrated and angry. I essentially just put that into my words. "
" Growing up in Ireland, there are a lot of aspects of God that hang in the air. And my music reflects that. "
" I always thought of myself as a very, very obscure artist. "
" I am a politically motivated person, and that will come through in the music. "
" I dabbled with faith, and I explored religion quite thoroughly. "
" I didn't even have that many close LGBT friends or anything like that, but I suppose it was growing up and becoming aware of how you are in a cultural landscape that is blatantly homophobic... you turn around and say, 'Why did I grow up in a homophobic place? Why did I grow up in a misogynistic place?' "
" I didn't know what to expect of real America. What shocked me was the diversity of it and how different every city is. But also just how polite and usually good-willed and optimistic most Americans are. "
" I'd love to do something with somebody like James Blake. "
" I don't know if I'll ever get married. I have no plans to not get married. "
" I don't like false happy endings, and I don't think the real world is such a forgiving place. "
" I feel my duty is to make music. "
" If I could, I'd sing old French songs or American folk music, but I sure as hell can't do it as well as Mississippi John Hurt - no way in hell am I getting near that! "
" If I don't think something's worth saying, I don't think it's quite there, I'd rather just not say it, to be honest. In that case, I'd rather wait 'till the thought is ready, 'till I feel like I'm happy with everything. "
" If I fall into a city, I fall into a scene, and I just don't want to get distracted and enjoy myself too much. There's too much work to be done. "
" I figured the songs wouldn't make much of a splash. I didn't think 'Take Me To Church' would play on the radio or get in the charts, and I didn't think about dealing with a global audience. "
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