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'Cause I was already a smoker, it was easy to get addicted.
by Merle Haggard

'Cause I was already a smoker, it was easy to get addicted.
The one thing that they don't teach you about marijuana is how addictive it is.
- Merle Haggard

It's easier to force feed people than it is to give 'em what they want.
It makes more money.
- Merle Haggard

There's been periods of broadcasts in the past where
you could see all ages of entertainers,
ranging from George Burns to Shirley Temple.
That's not the condition now.
- Merle Haggard

And then, of course, there's a couple that claim to be,
but I haven't done any DNA tests or anything.
- Merle Haggard

 

I haven't had any problems with my back since I got the foot surgery.
- Merle Haggard

I've got one young family by the first wife,
with four children.
- Merle Haggard

When you get to readin' about where the music and John
Steinbeck and all those people like that come from,
the further you go the more interesting it becomes.
- Merle Haggard

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Diana Krall knocks me out.
I like jazz and I like her simple approach.
- Merle Haggard

I had some surgery on my feet, which has helped my back some.
- Merle Haggard

I'm just writin' about my little ol' love affair.
- Merle Haggard

I think I'm most proud of my family right now.
I'm more into that then I've ever been.
It also gives a new area to draw from in creativity with my songs.
- Merle Haggard

Well, I'm kinda like George Carlin.
I think that there ought to be a time where everybody
should have all the drugs they want and there'd be nobody in charge,
sort of like...
now!
- Merle Haggard

It sounds like something from a Woody Guthrie song,
but it's true; I was raised in a freight car.
- Merle Haggard

No, I had a back injury early on in my life.
- Merle Haggard

In 1960, when I came out of prison as an ex-convict,
I had more freedom under parolee supervision than there's available...
in America right now.
- Merle Haggard

I've got two families.
- Merle Haggard

The only thing that I miss lately in all music is somebody
that will put out a melody that you can whistle.
It doesn't seem like there's anything happening like that.
- Merle Haggard

I enjoy the videos with the sound off,
where you can look at the belly buttons and everything.
Really some pretty girls, but I don't know about the music.
- Merle Haggard

At my age, I don't buy but a half a loaf of bread,
you know?
- Merle Haggard

And there's some Latino music I like,
and some reggae music.
- Merle Haggard

It makes my wife mad, you know, she wants me to stay home all the time.
But its what I've done all my life and I think when
I quit doing it I'll probably go away pretty quick.
- Merle Haggard

Everybody likes Johnny Cash.
I think the sad part of it is his health is givin' him problems.
- Merle Haggard

My 10 year old son likes it.
He's trying to play guitar and everything.
He likes that kind of music.
- Merle Haggard

95% of the album is my writing, by choice,
because it seems to be what the distributors want.
- Merle Haggard

And then I have two children by Theresa,
one boy 10 and one girl 13.
- Merle Haggard

My second wife Bonnie Owens and I worked together after
we divorced for a period of maybe 20 years.
And I managed to stay friends with another wife.
And then there's one that I don't mess with.
Everybody's got one of those.
- Merle Haggard

HAG Records, is a company that I've owned.
I've had a couple of gospel releases on it.
We developed a pretty good distribution setup there
and we do have something to use in case they don't want to sign us.
- Merle Haggard

There's a rumor that there may be an attempt at organizing
a possible script for a series on my life,
which, when you look at my police record,
you'd have to have more than one hour to tell the story.
- Merle Haggard

It's been said that Bill Gates has come up with something
that'll be released in December that's gonna put a lid on counterfeiting.
If that's a fact then it's really interesting to own your own product -
with all the potential methods of downloading.
- Merle Haggard

Sometimes if you get 'em too drunk they don't pay no
attention to what you're doin' anyways,
so you might as well just do old songs.
But if you get one that's paying attention,
sometimes we'll do some new material.
- Merle Haggard

When I grew up there wasn't air-conditioning or anything of that nature,
and this old car had a wall thickness of about ten inches.
So we had a little warmer house in the winter and a
little cooler in the summer.
- Merle Haggard

I was 48-years old before anybody talked me into it for medicinal purposes,
instead of some of these drugs that they give you that
will lead you to heart surgery and things of that nature.
- Merle Haggard

They shaved a little piece of bone off my small toe.
You see, you balance yourself a certain way and this
toe had grown under the other ones.
So he cut it loose, where I could balance myself and
it makes me walk straight.
- Merle Haggard

The probability that we may fail
in the struggle ought not to deter us
from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
- Abraham Lincoln

Truth never damages a cause that is just.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

At the root of all the harm we cause is ignorance.
- Pema Chodron

I am prepared to die, but there is no cause
for which I am prepared to kill.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We cause ourselves untold misery whenever we believe
others to be imperfect and try to change them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts,
cause your mind to dwell on peace and joy.
- Ernest Holmes

I never considered a difference of opinion
in politics, in religion, in philosophy,
as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
- Thomas Jefferson

Shallow men believe in luck.
Strong men believe in cause and effect.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only one who devotes himself to a cause
with his whole strength and soul
can be a true master.
For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
- Albert Einstein

One of the surest ways to cause
yourself great suffering
is to insist upon being right -
to demand that all others view life
exactly as you view it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I could tell the world just one thing
it would be we're all okay,
and not to worry cause worry is wasteful
and useless in times like these.
I won't be made useless.
I won't be idle with despair,
I will gather myself around my faith.
Light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

I accept that no one else has ever been to blame
for either my joy or my suffering.
The entire cause of all my joys and all my sufferings
is my own emotional response to the events of my life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If anyone is unhappy, remember that
his unhappiness is his own fault...
Nothing else is the cause of anxiety or loss of tranquility
except our own opinion.
- Epictetus

Happiness lies in accepting everyone
in our lives EXACTLY as they are.
We cause ourselves untold misery whenever
we believe others to be imperfect and try to change them.
This is the number one rule for a happy relationship.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence.
Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.
Perhaps the action you take will be successful;
perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow.
But any action is better than no action at all.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Never do anything that taints your mind.
Wrong actions cause negative or evil mental vibrations
that are reflected in your whole appearance and personality.
Engage in those actions and thoughts that nurture
the good qualities you want to have.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Stop holding on to the past.
Release your regrets about whatever you may have done
or failed to do that turned out poorly.
Forgive others for whatever they may have done
or failed to do that cause you harm.
Declare today to be a new beginning.
Let go of the past and move on with creating
a joyful new future for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay
and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.
I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism,
but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists
to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts.
- Jimmy Carter

Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Regrets and resentments cause great suffering but fix nothing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

At times our own light goes out
and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude
of those who have lighted the flame within us.
- Albert Schweitzer

One of the greatest cause of unhappiness -
perhaps even the only cause of unhappiness - is comparison.
I remember as a young child hearing my mother say,
"Comparisons are odious."
That is one of the oldest sayings in the English language,
and one of the most important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A very small degree of hope
is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
- Henri B. Stendhal

I have gratitude for EVERYTHING that has ever occurred
to bring me to this moment.
I accept that no one else is ever to blame
for either my joy or my suffering.
The entire cause of all my joys and all my sufferings
is my own emotional response to the events of my life,
and I am committed to consistently distinguishing
between my feelings about events
and the physical occurrences of those events.
I declare that everyone who has ever played
any role in any of the events of my life
is entirely without fault.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Women's rights is not only an abstraction,
a cause; it is also a personal affair.
It is not only about us; it is also about me and you.
Just the two of us.
- Toni Morrison

Are you feeling stressed and upset?
If so, you are worrying about tomorrow.
Events that have already occurred may cause you regret,
but they only appear to cause worry.
If you just lost your job, you are not worrying about losing your job -
that already happened.
You are worrying about paying your bills and finding a new job.
Those are worries about tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Some cause happiness wherever they go;
others whenever they go.
- Oscar Wilde

The natural cause of the human mind
is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
- Thomas Jefferson

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

I Forgive Myself and All Others with Compassion -
I forgive everyone, especially myself,
for all actions and all inactions throughout my entire life.
I accept that no one else has ever been to blame
for either my joy or my suffering.
The entire cause of all my joys and all my sufferings
is my own emotional response to the events of my life,
and I am committed to consistently distinguishing
between my feelings about events
and the physical occurrence of those events.
I declare that everyone who has ever played any role
in any of the events of my life is entirely without fault.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.
- Groucho Marx

Philanthropy is commendable,
but it must not cause the philanthropist
to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice
which make philanthropy necessary.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anger is something that each one of us has experienced -
some of us only occasionally, some almost daily.
Can we eliminate all anger? Probably not.
We will always have expectations,
and those expectations will often be unmet.
Disappointment is the principle cause of anger.
When we are disappointed, we look for someone to blame.
Declaring someone to be at fault is the nature of anger.
Anger is always directed at someone -
possibly toward God or the non-specific "they,"
but at some animate entity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whoever, fleeing marriage and the sorrows that women cause,
does not wish to wed comes to a deadly old age.
- Hesiod

Expectation (demand) is always a cause of suffering.
Rather than "expecting" to be repaid
when we "loan" something to someone,
consider the "loans" we make to be forward payments
for the "loans" we received from
our ancestors, nurturers and others.
Request that any "loan" that we make be repaid FORWARD,
when the recipient is able,
and then completely forget about the "loan."
It is no longer our business if, when, or how
the "loan" is repaid - or is not repaid.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One of the greatest titles we can have is "old friend."
We never appreciate how important old friends are until we are older.
The problem is we need to start our old friendships when we are young.
We then have to nurture and grow those friendships over our middle age
when a busy life and changing geographies
can cause us to neglect those friends.
Today is the day to invest in those people
we hope will call us "old friend" in the years to come.
- Grant Fairley

Christians are supposed not merely to endure change,
nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick


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