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Where there is music, there can be no evil.


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Some days you're the windshield, some days you're the bug.


"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."

- Some guy

EDIT: Just kidding, it's Albert Einstein.

All my life I've looked at words as though i were seeing them for the first time.
Ernest Hemingway

"Eeek...get it off me...GET IT OFF ME!"

Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.
Miles Davis

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One day I will find the right words and they will be simple.
Jack Kerouac

Art is theft.
Pablo Picasso

If you eat the worm, you'll see visions.

-- Some guy, it wasn't Einstein

One of the surest tests [of the superiority or inferiority of a poet] is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest.
T.S. Eliot

The only stuff I'll ever study is stuff I can steal from.
David Bowie

And now, a few words from Mr. Brian Eno;

"I'm fascinated by musicians who don't completely understand their territory; that's when you do your best work."

"Honor thy error as a hidden intention."

"Set up a situation that presents you with something slightly beyond your reach."

"I set up situations that involve abandoning control and finding out what happens."

No matter where you go, there you are

Most famously from Buckaroo Bonzai

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to.

Jim Jarmusch

It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it lie around neglected.
Mark Twain

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.
Salvador Dali

Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find your self.
Yohi Yamamoto

You start off as a phony and become real.
Glenn O'Brien

We want you to take from us. We want you, at first, to steal from us, because you can't steal. You will take what we give you and you will put it in your own voice and that's how you will find your voice. And that's how you begin. And then one day someone will steal from you.
Francis Ford Coppola

@Fuzzy-- mo eno:

My interest in making music has been to create something that does not exist that I would like to listen to. I wanted to hear music that had not yet happened, by putting together things that suggested a new thing which did not yet exist.
Brian Eno

The important thing is to infuse everything with as much drama as possible.

- Andy Warhol

@cts I think your quote is attributable to Mark Knopfler. If I recall, the song is The Bug from the On Every Street album.

The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.
Jessica Hische

You can't connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards.
Steve Jobs

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“From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope that you will suffer betrayal, because that will teach you the importance of loyalty"

“Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time, so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck, again from time to time, so you will be conscious of the role of chance in life, and understand that your success is not completely deserved, and that the failure of others is not completely, deserved, either.

“And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you will be ignored, so you know the importance of listening to others. And I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.”
- Chief Justice John Roberts

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
Howard Aiken

It isn't necessary that you leave home. Sit at your desk and listen. Don't even listen, just wait. Don't wait, be still and alone. The whole world will offer itself to you.
Franz Kafka

"There's no cake for a rug."
Roy 'The Boy' Herrington - 1975

Complain about the way other people make software by making software.
Andre Torrez

Modern art = I could do that + Yeah, but you didn't.
Craig Damrauer

Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
Samuel Beckett

I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.
Tom Waits

Love is so short, and forgetting is so long.
Pablo Neruda

"Don't think too much! Not while making music!"
- Holger Czukay, CAN

"We completely refuse to make a judgement about what is beautiful and what isn't. We make something, that's all, and the scope of possible sounds is immense."
- Holger Czukay, CAN

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A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence. --James N. Watkins

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
Gustave Flaubert

She rescued me. I'd be playing in a steak house right now if it wasn't for her. I wouldn't even be playing in a steak house. I'd be _cooking_ in a steak house.
Tom Waits, on his wife and musical collaborator, Kathleen Brennan

We are all born mad. Some remain so.
Samuel Beckett

Those who control their passions do so because their passions are weak enough to be controlled.
William Blake

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
Henry J. Kaiser

"Dare to wear the foolish clown face."
- Frank Sinatra

Telling yourself, “Oh, you have all the time in the world, you have all the money in the world, you have all the colors in the palette, anything you want,” I mean, that just kills creativity.
Jack White

Just read a new interview with Ray Davies and he is quoted as saying :
‘You argue with yourself when you’re writing songs. ‘I’m trying to get my writing simpler and to the point. It’s like writing a suicide note: why bother with some detailed examination of your life when you can just write, “F*** it?”’

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I do some of my best writing driving around. I don't keep a pad with me. Think about the lines that got away.
John Prine

It's easy to be simple and be bad, but to be simple and be good is very difficult.
Hal David

You can't blame a writer for what the character says.
Truman Capote

There's something I keep trying to put into words but I haven't quite satisfied myself that I've said it. It's getting closer, but there's a lot further to go, that's for sure.
Jane Siberry

The blues is a natural fact.
Brownie McGhee

When I write songs, I don't think. There's no thinking process. In fact, it's a non-thinking process. It's very difficult for me to talk about it because when I write, I'm not thinking about it, I'm just doing it.
Van Morrison