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I consider myself to be an inept pianist,
by Billy Joel

I consider myself to be an inept pianist,
a bad singer, and a merely competent songwriter.
What I do, in my opinion, is by no means extraordinary.
- Billy Joel

I think music in itself is healing.
It's an explosive expression of humanity.
It's something we are all touched by.
No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
- Billy Joel

Why do musicians give so much time to charitable causes?
The most humanitarian cause that we can give our time
to is the creation and performance of music itself.
- Billy Joel

I have a theory that the only original things we ever do are mistakes.
- Billy Joel

 

It feels great to have a #1 album.
- Billy Joel

My songs are like my kids.
- Billy Joel

I'm a history nut.
- Billy Joel

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Like family, we are tied to each other.
This is what all good musicians understand.
- Billy Joel

I can't think of one person I've ever met who didn't like some type of music.
- Billy Joel

When I look at great works of art or listen to inspired music,
I sense intimate portraits of the specific times in which they were created.
- Billy Joel

You're not the only one who's made mistakes,
but they're the only things that you can truly call your own.
- Billy Joel

Twyla Tharp put it together from the material I wrote
and recorded over my whole career.
I thought it was pretty good, but how objective could I be?
- Billy Joel

More than art, more than literature,
music is universally accessible.
- Billy Joel

If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.
- Billy Joel

When I was a young musician, the only option available
to pursue secondary education in music was to attend
a classical conservatory.
- Billy Joel

Musicians now find themselves in the unlikely position of being legitimate.
At least the IRS thinks so.
- Billy Joel

I don't care what consequence it brings,
I have been a fool for lesser things.
- Billy Joel

There's nothing better than good sex.
But bad sex? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is better than bad sex.
- Billy Joel

I am no longer afraid of becoming lost,
because the journey back always reveals something new,
and that is ultimately good for the artist.
- Billy Joel

I did write a letter to the archdiocese who'd banned the song,
Only the Good Die Young, asking them to ban my next record.
- Billy Joel

I think historically America has been pretty tolerant.
It seems when there's a mass influx from one place,
that's when it becomes problematic for Americans.
- Billy Joel

In an age of incompetence, I've been able to last in this crazy business.
I actually know how to play my ax and write a song.
That's my job.
- Billy Joel

I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints -
the sinners are much more fun.
- Billy Joel

There's a deep-seated paranoia that Americans have
about not being Americans or something.
- Billy Joel

Have you listened to the radio lately? Have you heard the canned,
frozen and processed product being dished up to the
world as American popular music today?
- Billy Joel

I am, as I've said, merely competent.
But in an age of incompetence, that makes me extraordinary.
- Billy Joel

Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts.
- Billy Joel

I keep telling people: Don't make me the poster boy
for AA because I don't know a lot about sobriety,
but I do know a lot about drinking.
- Billy Joel

I definitely prefer being a lover than a fighter.
- Billy Joel

Most people are satisfied with the junk food being sold as music.
- Billy Joel

It's really hard to make a living as a musician.
It's almost impossible.
- Billy Joel

For whatever reason, not all people are born with the
particular gift of being able to express ourselves through music.
And, believe me, it is a gift.
- Billy Joel

I don't know why people thought I was retiring.
- Billy Joel

I never said I wasn't going to play any more.
I don't know where that came from.
- Billy Joel

The good ole days weren't always good,
and tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems.
- Billy Joel

I was drawn to boxing because I got beat up as a kid.
I was the kid with the piano books in a New York neighbourhood.
- Billy Joel

I have been both praised and criticized.
The criticism stung, but the praise sometimes bothered me even more.
To have received such praise and honors has always been puzzling to me.
- Billy Joel

When I was 19, I made my first good week's pay as a club musician.
It was enough money for me to quit my job at the factory
and still pay the rent and buy some food.
I freaked.
- Billy Joel

I sold my house to Jerry Seinfeld.
- Billy Joel

I've crashed my car three times.
- Billy Joel

I'm probably writing music now for the same reason
as I started writing songs when I was 14 -
to meet women.
- Billy Joel

You want to give people a reason to hate my guts more? I'm making more money.
- Billy Joel

We are living in a time when American popular music
is finally being recognized as one of our most successful exports.
The demand is huge.
- Billy Joel

I really wish I was less of a thinking man and more
of a fool not afraid of rejection.
- Billy Joel

If you tell kids they can't have something,
that's what they want.
- Billy Joel

In a way, we are magicians.
We are alchemists, sorcerers and wizards.
We are a very strange bunch.
But there is great fun in being a wizard.
- Billy Joel

The whole world loves American movies,
blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll.
It is probably a better way to get to know our country
than by what politicians or airline commercials represent.
- Billy Joel

Artist - musicians, painters, writers,
poets, always seem to have had the most accurate perception
of what is really going on around them,
not the official version or the popular perception of contemporary life.
- Billy Joel

Those who have expressed doubts and misgivings about
their ability to live this kind of life shouldn't try,
because being a musician is not something you chose to be,
it is something you are.
- Billy Joel

As human beings, we need to know that we are not alone,
that we are not crazy or completely out of our minds,
that there are other people out there who feel as we do,
live as we do, love as we do, who are like us.
- Billy Joel

If you make music for the human needs you have within yourself,
then you do it for all humans who need the same things.
You enrich humanity with the profound expression of these feelings.
- Billy Joel

Historically, musicians know what it is like to be outside the norm -
walking the high wire without a safety net.
Our experience is not so different from those who march
to the beat of different drummers.
- Billy Joel

Don't make music for some vast, unseen audience or
market or ratings share or even for something as tangible as money.
Though it's crucial to make a living,
that shouldn't be your inspiration.
Do it for yourself.
- Billy Joel

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

Consider adopting the ongoing practice of zero-based gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Calm provides clarity. Pause to consider
the gifts you have been given,
the difference you have made
and the direction in which you are headed.
- Anonymous

Consider calling it a challenge
rather than calling it a crisis.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to
remember seven generations in the past and
consider seven generations in the future
when making decisions that affect the people.
- Wilma Mankiller

Consider being more acceptive of your partner's behaviors.
It is unlikely that they are intentionally aggravating you.
Almost always, they are just doing what they think they should do.
Try setting aside your own rules for how they should behave,
and adopt a live-and-let-live attitude.
Your relationship will become stronger and happier if you do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ask today as you consider the many choices in your view -
what is the highest and best use
of your talents, skills and abilities?
When you answer that, seize the opportunity
to sharpen those qualities even more sharply
by applying your focused effort.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I renounce all assumptions and expectations.
I thoughtfully consider all possibilities,
and CHOOSE among them with consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Honor your past, and all the consequences of that past.
Receive insight into relieving the pain
caused by past experiences and current attitudes toward life.
Observe life as it currently appears,
and then train yourself to observe life
from other perspectives that support a higher quality of living.
Re-consider your priorities.
Chart your Course.
Set Sail with Courage.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When was the last time you took
a different route to work ... just because?
Consider shaking up your life a little (or a lot) ...
for no reason, except to do it.
Let your life be an adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ask why this task is on your to-do list.
Consider discarding those items to which
you are not truly committed.
For the tasks which do speak
to the longings of your own heart,
begin now, today, this moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Consider a new beginning with your family -
choose to take them less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Consider a parent who says,
"Look at the sacrifices I'm making so you can have a better life."
Contrast that with another parent who demonstrates
living a great life every day.
Self-sacrifice is not a virtue.
Living a great life and sharing that life with others
is the noble way to live.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I CHOOSE with Open Mind and Open Heart -
I renounce all assumptions and expectations,
and I declare that I will thoughtfully consider all possibilities.
I will CHOOSE with courage, awareness,
consciousness, and compassion toward all.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I CHOOSE with Thoughtful Consideration:
I renounce all assumptions and expectations,
and declare that I will thoughtfully consider
all possibilities and CHOOSE among them with consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Animals, whom we have made our slaves,
we do not like to consider our equal.
- Charles Darwin


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