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" It seems to be very clear that each new generation that comes - not only audiences but young bands as well - are very encouraged and enthused and inspired by my work. "
" Honors and awards are very interesting, and I truly accept them. I have very high regard for what they mean. What they mean is that they're pointing to the work. "
" My guitar-playing always included bass lines, melody lines, and rhythm-guitar grooves. "
" Having had polio never held me back as I got older. Although having one leg smaller than the other isn't much fun, I could always get about without any trouble. Luckily, in the music industry, everyone was only interested in my singing and playing and not the size of my legs. "
" When the mid-'70s came around, it looked like, 'Oh-oh, here come the punks.' But if you look closely at The Who and The Kinks, the anger and the frustration is there... There is, within me, just the same social discontent as I go through my career. But to be typecast as a singer of peace and love is fine. "
" The Faces are my old chums. We used to hang out. "
" Before, it had been fame, and then super-fame came. And then it became super-super-fame. One loses one's personal life, really; you're recognized everywhere. But I embraced that. "
" I think of myself as a poet. I grew up with poetic influences - what I know from my background is the bardic poetry, which came down through oral tradition. "
" Yogis have human emotions, but the thing is not to let anger and doubt become an obsession. "
" I'm a teacher, but I'm really a healer. "
" On the outskirts of the desert in Yemen, there was a cafe with a jukebox that had 'Sunshine Superman' on it. I loved that. "
" In my time, we didn't know songs could last. All we ever thought of was next Tuesday. You never imagined a future. "
" I regard myself as an international man, a citizen of the earth. "
" What I needed and actually need is a discipline of tradition, which is lacking in our civilization. Discipline of tradition and the ceremony of humbleness. "
" I went on the Andy Williams show, the Smothers Brothers show, and maybe I shouldn't have. But regrets - I don't think I have any. "
" The Beatles and I became fast friends. "
" I can't help it: when something strikes me, I write it down. "
" I wasn't perfect, although during the '60s, I may have appeared to be. After all, I was partying away there for awhile. From age 17 to 25, I worked only on the outer man, and I did pretty well, but I needed to go back and work on the inside. "
" The songs I write and sing try to say important things with a lightness. "
" My particular space has always been quite unique in popular music. I have a background in R&B and hard rock and straight pop, but I never went all the way with any of those genres. "
" The way I sing my songs leads the listener into a place of introspection, a state of mind that can trigger self-healing and the kind of profound rest you cannot get from sleep alone. "
" I went to America not for fame or fortune but to be able to communicate with the biggest audience. "
" I learned that if you wait long enough, you just grow older. "
" My father was a part of that generation, and my mother, too - the late-'30s, early-'40s big-band generation. Frank Sinatra, Art Blakey, Gene Krupa, Billie Holiday - all that stuff was in my background. "
" I've exhibited quite a few of my photographs. I expand them digitally till they're very big. It's an art school thing, I suppose. "
" I didn't realise that I was so accomplished on the guitar until someone said to me, 'How do you do that?' That someone was John Lennon. He asked me to teach him my technique. "
" A writer without a pen would be like a duck without water! "
" In bohemian circles, we were very aware that poetry was missing from popular culture. "
" 'Sunshine Superman' was a pioneering work that for the first time presented a fusion of Celtic, jazz, folk, rock, and Indian music as well as poetry. "
" Linda loves an argument, and I like to engage, too, but she knows that I'm a poet, so I will engage forever. We are in the Chinese astrology of dogs, and we are forever snapping at each other. "
" I've been vegetarian for many years and only eat fish if I have to. "