Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.
I am ready for whatever’s coming. I expect nothing but to be let down or turned away. I am alone. Goddamn. The shit hurts sometimes, but I realize what I am, what I have become.
I definitely learned a lesson this time. I know that I can be broken. I am not as tough as I thought. I see it now. At this point, it’s the only thing good that came out of all of this. I know myself better now and know what I have to do.
When life hands you a lemon, say, ‘Oh yeah, I like lemons! What else ya got?
Hope is the last thing a person does before they are defeated.
There is nothing like being told to go fuck yourself by the same person who was, only days before, praying on your behalf.
It hurts to let go. Sometimes it seems the harder you try to hold on to something or someone the more it wants to get away. You feel like some kind of criminal for having felt, for having wanted. For having wanted to be wanted.
I think about the meaning of pain. Pain is personal. It really belongs to the one feeling it. Probably the only thing that is your own. I like mine.
I’ll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.
Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
Everything you do makes my body scream with loneliness. When I see you, the room swallows me. I find myself at the bottom of the pool.
Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but i feel more lonely in a crowded room with boring people then i feel on my owm.
The material you work with is that which you will come to resemble. That which you work against will always work against you, including yourself.
I see walking bombs on the streetHearts not beating, but ticking
I think to myself: I don’t want to survive this oneI want to burn up in the wreckage
She lit my soul and inhaled deeplyFlicking my ashes occasionally.
You always know the mark of a coward. A coward hides behind freedom. A brave person stands in front of freedom and defends it for others.
For some there is no musicNo lightsNo fireNo untamed madness that breathes lifeThere is workAnguishFrustrationRageDespairA dullness that rings like wooden thunder
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
I’ll be here tomorrowIf I can make it through today.
In my world there would be as many public libraries as there are Starbucks.
I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.
I still have dreams about CBGB’s. I still miss the place.
We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don’t. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success.
I once asked Ozzy Osbourne, truly one of my favorite people in the world, if he was cool with singing Black Sabbath songs year after year, whether he was performing with Black Sabbath or out on a solo tour. He said it was great.
I don’t mind The Boss. I think he’s an honest guy. I have some of his records, not all of them. I’ve met a couple of the E-Street guys, and they seem really cool.
America was cool with Saddam Hussein when he was killing Iranians.
I get along with Australians really well. Everyone’s usually really cool, and it’s always a drag to leave.
Imagine a 15-year-old kid saying, ‘I have two moms – it’s cool.’ I don’t fear that at all.
Now and then, someone is able to look at an empty space, conclude it would be a great place to start a revolution, and bravely go forward.
I tend to gravitate to the darkest or most obscure part of any venue in an effort to have my own space to experience the music on my own, free from unwanted conversations and other distractions.
I am a veteran of the War on Christmas. I am just emerging from a battlefield strewn with dead trees and torn shreds of brightly colored wrapping paper.
Don’t do anything by half. If you love someone, love them with all your soul. When you go to work, work your ass off. When you hate someone, hate them until it hurts.
We’re at peak oil, peak water, peak resources, and so either we figure it out and let science lead or we head down a very bad, dark trail to where a lot of people aren’t going to make it.
I think self-reliance and self-responsibility and self-accountability will help you as a parent, a teacher, as a citizen as a friend.
For many years, I tried to make New Year’s resolutions. I made lists and shot for great heights: I would show altruism and exert moral strength, patience and all those other great attributes.
I find it takes a lot of strength to endure myself.
I have not the smarts or patience for political office.
Marriage equality is a term so ridiculous on its face that when you hear it mentioned, you would think you were in Riyadh. Years from now, perhaps we can lose the equality part, the same-sex part and call it what it is – marriage.
As a teen, I heard the second Velvet Underground album, ‘White Light/White Heat,’ and it was too much for my limited scope of appreciation. It was intense, but I didn’t get it.
Musicians should not play music. Music should play musicians.
Every year, August lashes out in volcanic fury, rising with the din of morning traffic, its great metallic wings smashing against the ground, heating the air with ever-increasing intensity.
There’s tons of junk food for your mind on the Internet. You can sit there for three or 10 or 20 hours a day getting in online arguments with other people who also choose to waste their time.
Being in New York is an almost overwhelming experience. While Washington, D.C., is my favorite American city, I regard New York City as the most amazing city in the world. No other comes close. It is an incredible, inexhaustible engine.
It is amazing to hear grown-up people rationalize homophobia and discrimination. The lengths they go to trying to prove their points take reason to its breaking point.
Those who seek to profit by division don’t stand a chance.
I think more tolerance, more people having more access to a chance to be literate, and a chance to stay healthy makes for a more peaceful planet.
When I read that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had disappeared – a state-of-the-art Boeing 777, said to be an incredibly safe way to travel – I waited patiently for the chance to learn what happened.
Sometimes the truth hurts. And sometimes it feels real good.
I think young people should travel and travel often to other countries… like I do.
I just travel the world with my backpack and my cameras and a bunch of Clif bars.
A lot of Americans don’t have a passport, never will have a passport. Not only will they not travel, they don’t want to travel.
The Bad Seeds are a band I will travel a great distance to see whenever possible.
It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.
So, one way or another, I found myself in a few movies. I take it seriously when I’m on the set, but I don’t take myself seriously as an actor.
Jazz music is as American as it gets, and so is the U.S. Postal Service. A Miles Davis stamp is a perfect marriage of two great American institutions.
Of course same sex marriage is constitutional! The right to be yourself, to pursue life, liberty, and property, is protected several ways over several amendments. John Boehner should know this.
I think marriage is a boring and fault-ridden contractual obligation.
There is not one single police officer in America that I am not afraid of and not one that I would trust to tell the truth or obey the laws they are sworn to uphold. I do not believe they protect me in any way.
War is very sad and small life is pathetically fragile at times.
The history of apartheid-era South Africa is incredibly sad and at times infuriatingly incomprehensible.
With any advent in technology, any technological innovation, there is the good and the bad.
I don’t hate the government. I don’t think the Second Amendment is being infringed upon.
Enough Americans saw fit to give president Obama a second term. I don’t think there will be many people keeping their Romney/Ryan bumper stickers on their cars.
‘SMiLE’ is perhaps the Beach Boys’ most legendary album. It was recorded in 1966 and 1967 but only saw a formal release in 2011. That’s a long time to wait for what was said to be Brian Wilson’s masterpiece.
Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a hopeless romantic who listens to love ballads and doo-wop songs all the time.
When people hold you in high esteem, it’s very delicate relationship. When they meet you they’re putting all their chips up. It’s make or break.
To anger female voters in America is to tread on the tiger’s tail. Women turn out in huge numbers, and they are well aware of how their bodies work and what they need.
I am an optimist because I want to change things for the better and I know that blood has to be spilled and disharmony and cruelty are necessary to do that.
So I’m more at home with my backpack, sleeping in a hotel room or on a bus or on an airplane, than I am necessarily on a bed. It’s weird being here. It feels like I’m standing next to my real life.
Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but I feel more lonely in a crowed room with boring people than I feel on my own.
Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor.