Lester Bowie wrote:"We're just beginning to learn the importance of music in our society."
Tori Amos wrote:“Kevin Craig said I sang like a frog. He wrote this on a piece of paper in fourth grade to Peggy Shaw and said, 'I love you forever, Peggy. God, Ellen Amos sings like a frog.' And I was pretty devastated and I wasn't gonna sing again. And my brother said, 'You listen to Robert Plant, you sing to his records every day, and one day they'll stop laughing at you.' And that's what I did.”
Tori Amos wrote:I waited a long time before giving up my virginity, because of this feeling: 'how can I be a nice, respectable girl and want to do this?' And more than anything I wanted respect from men, my father in particular. And even at that age I felt that Jesus was a real, living presence in my life. That can be a bit of a disadvantage. It's weird when you're giving a guy head at 15 and you're thinking, 'Jesus is looking at me!'
Lewis Carroll wrote:"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh you can't help that," said the Cat:
"We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
Tori Amos wrote:When I was 12, I was smoking weed at a friend's house and my father came to pick me up early. And we'd smoked so much. I'm like reeking. I lied my ass off. I told him my friend and her brother had been doing stuff. But not me. Then we had to go out to dinner with someone from the local church and his son. Halfway through, the son, who was about 18, took me to one side and said, "You are sooo stoned."
Richard P. Feynman wrote:Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
Tori Amos wrote:I had an eleventh-grade teacher called Mrs. Barrett, who kept giving me C's on my writing. I'd say, "Why are you giving me C's?" I was really demoralized. And she said, "Because you can do better. Go read Sylvia Plath."
Tori Amos wrote:My friend, Linda McBride, came to see me when I was playing a club in D.C. I was 17 and a half, almost 18. She was 18. She came in with her new boyfriend. I think his name was Patrick. She was only with him for a week. She brought him in. She said, "Hi Ellen. This is Patrick. What's goin' on?" I said, "I'm still looking for my name." And he looks at me, and says, "Your name's Tori." And I go, "You're right."
Bertrand Russell wrote:To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.
Tori Amos wrote:I'm the Queen of the nerds. I love nerds--by which I mean, not a cool, bitchin' person. I guess I was a cool nerd. I wasn't shuffling my feet in the corner of the playground, I was the homecoming queen, but then, all the nerds voted for me.
Vilhjalmur Stefansson wrote:What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public.
Billy Bragg wrote:All musicians start out with ideals but hanging on to them in the face of media scrutiny takes real integrity. Tougher still is to live up to the ideals of your dedicated fans.
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