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" I'm very interested in writing - it just takes so much discipline, whether it's short stories or novels. "
" When I try to explain to people the big influences in my life, or at least when I first started, the most important ones were my friends who were also writing songs and were typically four or five years older than me. "
" There's a major underlying idea as you grow up that you need to just save your money and get that affordable housing at the edge of town where you're away from the city where all the crime happens or whatever. "
" 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. "
" I didn't used to think about politics much, or social issues. I was a teenager, writing about girls. "
" Pronouns really don't matter in a song - 'I' or 'he' or 'she' or even subscribing a lyric to an inanimate object. "
" Screaming is bad for the voice, but it's good for the heart. "
" I try to make all my songs good. I don't ever write one to finish one. A lot of protest songs end up that way, driven by some kind of emotional response. "
" 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. "
" The only thing major labels can really offer is money. "
" One of my best friends, Mike, had a kid. Just seeing him go through it all was inspiring. It would be so nice to care about someone more than yourself. And Mike is a total delinquent, so if he can do it, I figure I can, too. "
" 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. "
" If there's a song that stops meaning anything to me, then I'll quit playing it. "
" I really just want to be warm yellow light that pours over everyone I love. "
" I don't feel real confident expressing myself except when I'm writing. I feel kind of scatterbrained. I can see everything from both sides and that makes it hard to reach conclusions. Writing enables me to clarify things. "
" I think we should be pushing for amnesty and a path to citizenship for every undocumented person residing in the United States who has not committed a violent crime, with a special emphasis on keeping families together. "
" I always embrace the worst-case scenario. "
" When I would first come to New York on tour, I hated the place. "
" 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. "
" I would prefer to be a little nervous, because when you stop being nervous is kind of when you stop caring. "
" If the world could remain within a frame like a painting on the wall, I think we'd see the beauty then and stand staring in awe. "
" I enjoy recording and performing, but it's the songwriting that I love most. "
" 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've cried, and you'd think I'd be better for it, but the sadness just sleeps, and it stays in my spine the rest of my life. "
" I'm proud that with 'Bright Eyes' we've always experimented and tried to make a different record every time out. "
" There's a very fine line between one person's reality and another person's fantasy. "
" The fact that anytime you think you really know something, you're going to find out you're wrong - that is the rule. The moments where you think you have something figured out, those are the exceptions. "
" 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. "
" If you think about the concept of reincarnation, it's essentially uploading yourself and your spirit into a new form, a new hard drive as it were. "
" My family is Catholic. I went to a Catholic school, that kind of thing, so that was my childhood for sure. "
" Now I believe that lovers should be draped in flowers and laid entwined together on a bed of clover and left there to sleep, left there to dream of their happiness. "