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" You know some of the people in The Strokes, yeah, their parents had success - but we didn't live like yuppies. "
" I'm not a pop song lyric writer. I can't just focus on one simple meaning or even a double entendre. "
" Making an album can be like being pregnant: you want to pop that thing out and show everybody! "
" 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. "
" When you first start writing a song, it's fun, then when you start recording it, it's fun, but by the time you've finished recording it, you're sick of it. "
" I see myself out of my own eyes, which means I have no idea what's going on the other way around. I just think I try to be a good person - and I fail. "
" A band is a good way to break up a friendship. "
" Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense. "
" Can our mind evolve to be something other than an extension of our animal needs? "
" The Strokes can play anything. They could play 'Thriller,' and it would just sound like 'Thriller' as played by the Strokes. "
" Boarding school didn't feel like my world, I felt like an alien; people there had a lot of money. "
" With a hundred ways to do a dozen things, why not try it all? "
" I think a lot of people study the rules too much and then don't know how to be creative. "
" 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. "
" My parents separated when I was eight. I grew up with my mom alone. "
" I always want to make Strokes records and play Strokes shows. "
" Who you are vs. who you wish you were: Who wins? "
" I'm happy to feed the illusion that I'm a lazy recluse. "
" Desire is individual. Happiness is common. "
" The best solutions are often simple, yet unexpected. "
" Greed is the inventor of injustice as well as the current enforcer. "
" For a long time I didn't want to do a solo thing, but there comes a point where everyone else is going outside of The Strokes and The Strokes filtering process. "
" The artistic element of Manhattan has kind of moved to Brooklyn. Has it changed it? Yeah. Has it ruined it? I would say no. It is what it is. I say better that than an urban war zone. "
" I'm always writing something. I've got so much stuff, I don't know what to do with it. Some of it will be Strokes, some of it will be I don't know what - stuff for pop singers. TV themes. I've got a jar stuffed with songs, all these ideas that are just me humming into a recording device. "
" The problem with touring isn't the traveling and the shows, it's the vegetal state you get into. "
" I enjoy songwriting. It's slow-motion improvising. "
" It find it funny how people from Boston and New York hate each other because of pro teams. "
" 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. "
" 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'. "
" Compared to people in Africa, I think we've all had privileged upbringings. "
" Religion is never the problem; it's the people who use it to gain power. "