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" When I went back to England after a year away, the country seemed stuck, dozing in a fairy tale, stifled by the weight of tradition. "
" Democracy is a daring concept - a hope that we'll be best governed if all of us participate in the act of government. It is meant to be a conversation, a place where the intelligence and local knowledge of the electorate sums together to arrive at actions that reflect the participation of the largest possible number of people. "
" If you want to make someone feel emotion, you have to make them let go. Listening to something is an act of surrender. "
" Honor thy error as a hidden intention. "
" Feelings are more dangerous than ideas, because they aren't susceptible to rational evaluation. They grow quietly, spreading underground, and erupt suddenly, all over the place. "
" When governments rely increasingly on sophisticated public relations agencies, public debate disappears and is replaced by competing propaganda campaigns, with all the accompanying deceits. Advertising isn't about truth or fairness or rationality, but about mobilising deeper and more primitive layers of the human mind. "
" I don't live in the past at all; I'm always wanting to do something new. I make a point of constantly trying to forget and get things out of my mind. "
" Musicians are there in front of you, and the spectators sense their tension, which is not the case when you're listening to a record. Your attention is more relaxed. The emotional aspect is more important in live music. "
" Painting, I think it's like jazz. "
" The biggest crime in England is to rise above your station. It's fine to be a pop star. 'Oh, it's great, lots of fun, aren't they sweet, these pop stars! But to think you have anything to say about how the world should work? What arrogance!' "
" My kind of composing is more like the work of a gardener. The gardener takes his seeds and scatters them, knowing what he is planting but not quite what will grow where and when - and he won't necessarily be able to reproduce it again afterwards either. "
" Human development thus far has been fueled and guided by the feeling that things could be, and are probably going to be, better. "
" Lyrics are the only thing to do with music that haven't been made easier technically. "
" People tend to play in their comfort zone, so the best things are achieved in a state of surprise, actually. "
" A big ego means that you have some confidence in your abilities, really, and that you're prepared to take the risk of trying them out. "
" I'm very good with technology, I always have been, and with machines in general. They seem not threatening like other people find them, but a source of fun and amusement. "
" I don't like headphones very much, and I rarely listen to music on headphones. "
" It's not the destination that matters. It's the change of scene. "
" Singing aloud leaves you with a sense of levity and contentedness. "
" Every collaboration helps you grow. With Bowie, it's different every time. I know how to create settings, unusual aural environments. That inspires him. He's very quick. "
" I believe that singing is the key to long life, a good figure, a stable temperament, increased intelligence, new friends, super self-confidence, heightened sexual attractiveness, and a better sense of humor. "
" Control and surrender have to be kept in balance. That's what surfers do - take control of the situation, then be carried, then take control. In the last few thousand years, we've become incredibly adept technically. We've treasured the controlling part of ourselves and neglected the surrendering part. "
" I believe in singing to such an extent that, if I were asked to redesign the British educational system, I would start by insisting that group singing becomes a central part of the daily routine. I believe it builds character and, more than anything else, encourages a taste for cooperation with others. "
" Emotion creates reality, reality demands action. "
" Anything popular is populist, and populist is rarely a good adjective. "