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" A guy and a girl can be just friends, but at one point or another, they will fall for each other... maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever. "
" The idea of God as a fatherly figure who looks down on us and worries about how we're doing or takes sides when we have fights - it's more irritating than Santa Claus. The world and the universe are far more wonderful if there's not a puppet master. "
" A friend is always good to have, but a lover's kiss is better than angels raining down on me. "
" I think some people would say that I do overwhelm the words with the music, and sometimes thank goodness I do. "
" When I listen to my favorite songwriters, they have such simple melodies and chords. I occasionally manage to stop at the right time, but all too often I keep on going until I have way too many notes and words. But that's just what I do. "
" We look to our leaders once we elect them to either lead us in the right direction or at least not crush us. "
" South Africa gives me a perspective of what's real and what's not real. So I go back to South Africa to both lose myself and gain awareness of myself. Every time I go back, it doesn't take long for me to get caught into a very different thing. A very different sense of myself. "
" We give the podium to a lot of people who shouldn't have the podium. The message that's delivered the loudest and in the most entertaining way is the one that we're going to put on because that's what we want. We want ratings more than we want to deliver information. That's just where the culture's gotten. "
" Being able to scream at the top of my lungs in front of people is very therapeutic. It is a great gift for me to be able to do that. "
" I go back to South Africa at least once a year, sometimes twice, and usually for a month. And probably, I'm guessing, I'll spend more time back there as I get older. "
" For me, in songwriting, I have a route I can take. Maybe there's some forks, I can go this way, this way. But I know those roads. I still have the experience behind me. "
" We've never played at this place before. This place is big, and I'm kinda nervous, so we're going to make it feel small by pretending we're in a... bedroom. We'll hang off the edge of the bed, take off our shoes and get naked! "
" Take what you can from your dreams, make them as real as anything. "
" When I look at how fortunate I've been, being a musician... my response to being overpaid is that I should pay it back to my community in some way. "
" Nothing is black or white, nothing's 'us or them.' But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There's incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope. "
" We have to be active about kindness and about peace. I've always fantasized that it would be great if there was a Department of Peace. "
" I'm a fairly tormented artist, and I'm less willing to indulge myself in self-pity, outside of songwriting. "
" Success turns a lot of people off. I have a pretty solid sense of joy and respect that irritates people, and can irritate me, too. "
" I want to figure out a way to not be stupid with money, then make a whole bunch of it, then I want to move to Outer Mongolia. I want to milk a yak. Maybe I'll just settle for a cow. "
" It is criminal to put our servicemen and women in harm's way and to put the lives of so many civilians on the line for the misguided frustrations of the Bush administration. "
" I don't believe in trickle-down economics. I don't think that people who have the most are inclined to share it, generally. "
" So often we talk about saving the planet, but what we really mean is to save the planet the way it is, so we can live here. So that is can sustain us. Because the planet doesn't need to be saved. It doesn't care if all the squirrels, elephants, and trees die and there's just a couple of amoebas floating around at the poles. "
" I think we should all talk to our enemies and talk to our friends. Talk! That's the only way we'll find solutions. "
" Good music is good music, and everything else can go to hell. "
" Tomorrow is no place to place your better days. "
" When I write the set, I try to create something that will not only be interesting for the audience, but will have a flow for the band, too, so we don't get boring. "
" I think I'm probably a very sad man wrapped in a very joyful package, and I think I'm very resilient, and I think I'm quite generous, sometimes to a fault. And I'm very bad with money, but I don't see that too much of a flaw. "
" It's funny, I get a little quieter with time. I don't want to chase my tail and one day repeat myself and repeat myself and one day have kids going to college and not have memories that I should, because I was too busy doing my thing. "
" There's a freedom to being young that is harder to come by as time goes on. "
" In so many areas of life, I'm a spaz and incompetent. "
" I definitely like the oddballs. There's a song called 'Little Thing,' which is the only song that I have recorded that has no words. And it's the one that I get past my critic inside me. "