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All Quotes by author - Shirley Manson
" A lot of celebrities just want money, fame, power, fancy cars, houses all over the world and have people bow down to them. To me, that's frightful behaviour. "
" A lot of people these days are not music lovers - they just want to be famous which is a very different thing to what I grew up believing in. "
" And then there's all these other creeps that surround your band and suck off you like leeches and try to manipulate you and your business. You have to watch like a hawk. I'm always ready to fight. I see it very much as a battle. "
" At the end of the day, though, the band members have to be strong. It's down to the individuals in the unit. Listen to me, I'm talking like I'm in the army and this is my squadron. "
" How you present yourself is nobody's business but your own. The stylists have an opinion. The hair people have an opinion. The fans and the management have opinions. Ultimately, you have to trust that you are the safe-keeper of yourself. "
" Humans all want to beat the clock but nobody ever does. "
" I am a contradictory mess but I see it as my prerogative to change my mood like the weather. "
" I am greedy, and most importantly, game for what's next. "
" I am laughably aggressive, and the rest of the band is very laid back, so we mix well. "
" I am not a sexy woman, I'm not beautiful, I'm not a sex kitten, I don't flirt with people, yet I've been tagged more of sex symbol than women who truly are and I that's solely because I don't reveal too much: people are curious. "
" I couldn't feel good about myself hanging out in Armani clothes when my girlfriend can't even pay her heating bill. I'd feel foul and I'd be embarrassed. "
" I'd never imagined myself in a band. So the fact that I've had such a long career without really naturally pursuing it is really astounding. It's taken me a long time to accept what I do for a living and actually feel like I have anything of value to add to the equation. "
" I don't find any kind of tension very productive, I find it destructive, actually. "
" I feel privileged, to be honest. "
" I feel the same way I did when I was in school. I'm having the same insecurities. "
" If you have any opinions at all or if you're even remotely verbal then they're going to call you fiery. "
" I have a lot of very close girlfriends and sisters - I'm from an all female family. My father often quips that even the cat was neutered! "
" I have a temper on me that could hold back tides. "
" I just am fascinated by other female artists, probably because I feel a kinship with them, no matter who they are and what they do. "
" I just want to live my life a little freely and not adhere to any schedule - just make music and have fun. "
" I know lots of people who've never been lucky enough to get to this stage in their life. And I'm not gonna hide it for anybody. "
" I like the feeling that I'm giving young women self-confidence. It sounds so cliched, but it can be very moving. "
" I love pop music. Who doesn't? "
" I'm 45 years old. I used to be a club girl, but that's not my world anymore. That doesn't mean I can't make music that excites. I think it's inspiring to see an artist you grew up with take another crack. "
" I'm afraid of happy people. They're chemically unbalanced. "
" I'm a loud person; I love noise and aggression. I crave contact. "
" I mean, I tend to do my own thing, and that usually crosses purposes with everyone around me. "
" I'm fairly in control and I don't like to flirt particularly. I mean, obviously if I meet someone who I think is hot, of course I'll want to flirt with him, But in general I don't use it in day-to-day life. "
" In terms of fitting in, you know, I don't have a lot of armor up. I'm a raw nerve and it's really uncomfortable for a lot of people. "
" In the '90s, the radio was still alive with all different kinds of points of view, and I think that's why people are longing for that time. It was the first time that alternative music broke through to the mainstream. "
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