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" I was raised Catholic, and I have an aversion to anyone who takes religion to the extreme. "
I Was Raised
" I'll never understand how destroying families through deportation benefits our society. How we treat the undocumented says a great deal about us as a people and whether or not we'll continue to fulfill the fundamental American promise of equality and opportunity for all. "
" When I was younger, I was somewhat of an idealist. I guess I'm a little bit more of a realist now. I think there's a lot that can be done to make the world a better place, but it's more about choosing your battles. "
" I'm proud that with 'Bright Eyes' we've always experimented and tried to make a different record every time out. "
" The worst thing you can do as an artist is to repeat yourself. "
" When you look at what people consider success in the music industry, it's just terrible music. "
" I really just want to be warm yellow light that pours over everyone I love. "
" I used to work at a school as a teacher's assistant, and my mom is a principal at an elementary school. I don't know, I think that's a pretty good life, teaching kids. "
" To me, a political song is also a personal song. Most political activism has been driven by empathy for other people and the desire for a world that's less divisive. Even if songs aren't overtly political, they can make a listener more empathetic. "
" It seems like everything I do musically I tend to lose a few fans and gain a few fans, and it all kind of evens out. "
" I have many friends who are both Mexican and Mexican-American and others who, I guess you would say, are somewhere in between. The ironic thing is that all three of those categories often exist inside of the same family. "
" Movement has been one of the few constants in my life, and I always feel a great sense of optimism when I set off to a new place. "
" I'm always fascinated when people really fervently believe, because I have such a hard time believing anything. When people have real faith in something, it's fascinating to me. And the fact that so many people, in surveys, so many people say they do. It kind of blows my mind. "
" If there's a song that stops meaning anything to me, then I'll quit playing it. "
" Sometimes I daydream about having a farm and a wife and some babies and watching the grass grow, but you have to meet the right person for that. "
" The only thing major labels can really offer is money. "
" 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 have a terrible memory in general, but one thing I've always been able to remember is my songs. "
" There's a lot of optimism in changing scenery, in seeing what's down the road. "
" 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. "
" When you write a song, the goal is not to convey the details of your life. You should write a memoir or something if that's what you're going to do. "
" When everything is lonely I can be my best friend. "
" 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. "
" Pronouns really don't matter in a song - 'I' or 'he' or 'she' or even subscribing a lyric to an inanimate object. "
" Why are you scared to dream of god when it's salvation that you want? "
" We've all seen the power music has to spread messages of solidarity and hope. "
" 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. "
" My family is Catholic. I went to a Catholic school, that kind of thing, so that was my childhood for sure. "
" To outsiders it probably seems like splitting hairs, but to me, Bright Eyes is a simply the collaboration between myself and Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott. What you hear is definitely the sum of all our ideas and represents all three of us. But I still write the songs myself. "
" I prefer career artists that have spent time honing their craft, as opposed to, 'I won a karaoke contest on a reality show and now I have a record.' That's such a drag. The music that comes out of it is so poor. "
" 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. "