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" I think in a lot of ways unconditional love is a myth. My mom's the only reason I know it's a real thing. "
" I enjoy recording and performing, but it's the songwriting that I love most. "
" Pronouns really don't matter in a song - 'I' or 'he' or 'she' or even subscribing a lyric to an inanimate object. "
" I've thought about the idea of, 'Can happiness and creativity co-exist?' So much of what I've done, I think, has been based on being dissatisfied or incomplete or lonely. The answer is, 'There isn't an answer, necessarily.' "
" I never camped as a kid, but I really got into camping and sleeping outdoors. I've also done some amazing river floats in New Mexico and Idaho. It's peaceful and awesome. "
" The way my life's structured, I don't stay in a place for more than a couple months. "
" One of my favorite modern American authors is Denis Johnson. I'm deeply inspired by all of his work - I rip him off constantly. "
" I've always been slightly preoccupied with death or whatever those kind of silly big questions people will tell you to not spend your time worrying about. "
" I'm very interested in writing - it just takes so much discipline, whether it's short stories or novels. "
" I read the newspaper online. Mostly 'The New York Times.' I'll still buy papers if I'm getting on an airplane or the tour bus, though. I like physical things. "
" I find that moving keeps me optimistic, the idea of what's going to be down the road a bit or around the next bend. "
" I think there's a danger, for me at least, in retreating and going inward and depression. I have to stay diligent against that tendency. "
" I think that, with anything creative, you should have the freedom to experiment, and that experimentation means not feeling totally responsible for how other people perceive it. "
" When everything is lonely I can be my best friend. "
" It's very strange when people get so focused on what a song means, what actual events inspired a song. That gets people really excited for some reason... But that's what's great about music - however people interpret it, whatever they see, is what I want to be there for them. "
" If you think about Protestant and Catholic or Shiite and Sunni, they are basically the same thing... one eats with their left hand, the other eats with their right hand. "
" I keep my eyes closed a lot when I'm singing because sometimes it's distracting to see people. "
" My favorite rhymes are sort of half-rhymes where you might just get the vowel sound the same, but it's not really a true rhyme. That gives you far more flexibility to capture the feeling you're trying to express. But sometimes it's best not to have any rhyme. "
" I'm proud that with 'Bright Eyes' we've always experimented and tried to make a different record every time out. "
" Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my all-time favorite writers. I feel spiritual when reading his words, even though they're translated. I wish desperately that I could read it in its original language. I already feel like I'm going to church when I read him; imagine if I could read it in the original. "
" On good days, I can see the inherent goodness in people, and that human beings have a high capacity to learn and adapt. But things like the environment, nuclear weapons and ideas like peak oil - if you think about them too much, they can really freak you out. "
" Considering our history, I can think of nothing more American than an immigrant. "
" I believe that vinyl will outlast CDs. "
" Why are you scared to dream of god when it's salvation that you want? "
" I kind of go in waves with reading. Sometimes I read all the time, and sometimes I can't get settled enough to focus. "
" A boycott is, inherently, a blunt instrument. It is an imperfect weapon, a carpet bomb, when all involved would prefer a surgical strike. "
" There's a small amount of super-wealthy people that want to maintain their billions and billions of dollars. Those are the people who are really making the decisions. "
" I like ideas, but I don't like being preached to. "
" I didn't used to think about politics much, or social issues. I was a teenager, writing about girls. "
" On every Bright Eyes record, there's some kind of sound collage that begins it. Some of them have dialogue, some don't. I like it because it can kind of slow down the attention span a bit. It's a way to draw you in to the rest of the record. "
" We've all seen the power music has to spread messages of solidarity and hope. "