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" I don't think you can write novels on the road. You need a certain stability. "
" I speak of a clinical depression that is the background of your entire life, a background of anguish and anxiety, a sense that nothing goes well, that pleasure is unavailable and all your strategies collapse. "
" Torah values are the ones that inform my life. "
" The fact that my songs take a long time to write is no guarantee of their excellence. "
" I read with some amusement my reputation as a ladies' man. My friends are amused by that, too, because they know my life. "
" There are some people who come to me for some illumination on their problems. I guess they feel I'm writing about some of the things they themselves are going through. But I don't usually have much help to give - there isn't much you can say to someone in the midst of their own crises. "
" I was 15 when I first became deeply touched by the rhythm and structure of words. "
" I've never sold widely enough to be able to relax about money. I had two kids and their mother to support and my own life. So there was never an option of cutting out. "
" Any startling piece of work has a subversive element in it, a delicious element often. Subversion is only disagreeable when it manifests in political or social activity. "
" I always thought that poetry is the verdict that others give to a certain kind of writing. So to call yourself a poet is a kind of dangerous description. It's for others; it's for others to use. "
" I had the title poet, and maybe I was one for a while. Also, the title singer was kindly accorded me, even though I could barely carry a tune. "
" When you stop thinking about yourself all the time, a certain sense of repose overtakes you. "
" Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh. "
" My sense of proprietorship has been so weak that actually I didn't pay attention and I lost the copyrights on a lot of the songs. "
" As a young man, Yeats spoke to me in a way I could understand. Shakespeare I couldn't understand, but Yeats I could. It was his subject matter and also I really admired the way he put his personal life on the line. "
" In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress. "
" At a certain point, if you still have your marbles and are not faced with serious financial challenges, you have a chance to put your house in order. It's a cliche, but it's underestimated as an analgesic on all levels. Putting your house in order, if you can do it, is one of the most comforting activities, and the benefits of it are incalculable. "
You Can Do It
" I think that Bob Dylan knows this more than all of us: you don't write the songs anyhow. So if you're lucky, you can keep the vehicle healthy and responsive over the years. If you're lucky, your own intentions have very little to do with this. "
" I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young. That's what sitting on your ass does to your face. "
" Journalists, especially English journalists, were very cruel to me. They said I only knew three chords when I knew five! "
" There were times that I thought I was good looking. "
" All of my writing has guitars behind it, even the novels. "
" I never had the sense that there was an end: that there was a retirement or that there was a jackpot. "
" There are writers who are great visionaries, who can depict huge movements - things like that. They're the great writers. I'm just the other kind. "
" Out of the thousands who are known or who want to be known as poets, maybe one or two are genuine and the rest are fakes, hanging around the sacred precincts, trying to look like the real thing. "
" Songs seem to take me a long time. I don't know why; they're not especially excellent for taking so long. "
" Well, for one thing, in the tradition of Zen that I've practiced, there is no prayerful worship and there is no affirmation of a deity. "
" One of the reasons I'm on tour is to meet people. I consider it a reconnaissance. You know, I consider myself like in a military operation. I don't feel like a citizen. "
" I don't really understand that process called reincarnation but if there is such a thing I'd like to come back as my daughter's dog. "
" Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered. "
" Music is the emotional life of most people. "