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" My parents separated when I was eight. I grew up with my mom alone. "
" The thing for me is I never had this burning desire to do a solo record my whole life. "
" Desire is individual. Happiness is common. "
" I find it funny how people from Boston and New York hate each other because of pro teams. But, like, everyone on the Red Sox is a random millionaire athlete from somewhere else. "
" Birth is a beautiful thing. "
" I over-think stuff a lot. "
" Whenever I go to shows, I end up looking at what shoes the guy onstage is wearing and the jacket he's got on. And when you know everything's gonna be under scrutiny, it makes you feel more comfortable if you have cool stuff. "
" I'm happy to feed the illusion that I'm a lazy recluse. "
" Can our mind evolve to be something other than an extension of our animal needs? "
" No matter who I'm talking to, I always talk like I'm doing an interview. "
" The best solutions are often simple, yet unexpected. "
" I'm not a pop song lyric writer. I can't just focus on one simple meaning or even a double entendre. "
" People often put me in a V-neck tennis club sweater, driving a Bentley, but my life wasn't like that. "
" Greed is the inventor of injustice as well as the current enforcer. "
" No one leaves an old friend unless they are ashamed. "
" When the Strokes first started playing gigs, instead of getting into a costume for the shows, we talked about how we should dress every day, in real life, like we're playing onstage. I don't really care about clothes, but it's about wearing something that gives you social confidence. Or maybe helps you pick up chicks. "
" I very often have night terrors. Just think of the worst possible situation, and it's a regular thing for me. I've died in my sleep twenty-three different ways. "
" Boarding school didn't feel like my world, I felt like an alien; people there had a lot of money. "
" I always reference 'Mad Max' when I think about what I want to wear. But it's a fine line between that and 'Edward Scissorhands'. "
" Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense. "
" Sometimes I've sat outside, not to tan, but as a result of that I ended up tanning slightly. "
" Who you are vs. who you wish you were: Who wins? "
" One of the big songwriting things for me has always been: always think what you do sucks. Because the second you stop believing that, you suck. And that's a fact. "
" New York is in my soul. "
" I have to say, I'm good with gifts. If I find something perfect for a certain person, I'll just get it and put it away in a kind of nook under my bed - a little gift hutch, if you prefer. "
" I mean, I guess you could say I'm a bit of a perfectionist. "
" A band is a good way to break up a friendship. "
" The problem with touring isn't the traveling and the shows, it's the vegetal state you get into. "
" It's not like I wake up and songs flow out of me. "
" A tour is the most intense, stimulating way to hear music; it's the best form to receive it. There's genuine excitement from people. I feel like we've stepped up a level. "
" If the choice is between doing something supercool and having no one hear it and doing something equally cool and tricking people into putting it on the radio, I don't think the second option is some big sellout. "