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" All I ever wanted to do was play the guitar; singing was a sideline. "
" I'm an avid golfer. "
" I worked my butt off. "
" I love singing. I just love it. "
" I felt my music wasn't aiming at anybody. Everything I was doing was because it was a good song. "
" Perhaps I've found the secret for an unhappy private life. Every three years, I go and marry a girl who doesn't love me, and then she proceeds to take all my money. "
" I don't have Alzheimer's. I have part-timer's. "
" I've been every way there is to be. "
" I'll tell you, my dad played and sang, and it didn't take me long to figure out that playing a guitar was a whole lot better than getting ahold of a hoe handle or chopping cotton, man. "
" Music is music. It doesn't matter if I am trying to aim at country or trying to aim at pop. "
" When we cut 'Strangers In The Night,' we did the whole song in two takes. "
" There's a longing in country music that can soften even the rockiest heart. "
" I have been blessed. I really have. "
" I've been singing and playing the guitar ever since I can remember. "
" A good song is a good song. "
" Picking a guitar was a lot easier than picking cotton. "
" When I did 'Wichita Lineman,' it was as good as I could do it, so I keep doing it that way. It's such a haunting song. "
" I needed a capo - a clamp to hold down the strings - so my daddy made me one out of a corn on the cob and a rubber band. "
" You don't mess with politics and religion. Leave it alone. People get upset at that sometimes. "
" I like to play golf. You know, make a little money, lose a little money. Get 10 bucks, lose 20 bucks. "
" Actually, I believe in the institution of marriage. "
" I don't hold grudges. "
" I got to play with the big guys, the Wrecking Crew. They just blew me away. I learned a lot of stuff from those guys. "
" The more you play music, the better you'll get. "
" We lived on the farm, and our mode of transportation was wagon and team. No electricity. I'm the seventh son of 12 kids - eight boys and four girls. Mom and Dad handled that very well. But I wanted to get out. "
" I was out of control... I was a mess, but God has forgiven me. "
" I learned it was crucial to play right on the edge of the beat... It makes you drive the song more. You're ahead of the beat, but you're not. "
" I realize you are going to make mistakes through life. Just don't make any bad ones, you know. Like all of my records are perfect records, but I did make mistakes on them. "
" If we grew it, we ate it. If Daddy shot it, Mamma cooked it. "
" Hank Williams' music - it just doesn't go away, for some reason. "
" I like to start the day early, it keeps me out of trouble. "