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Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify
by Steve Albini

Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify
it with reason and experiment.
- Steve Albini

In 1980, I moved to Chicago, and I recorded demo tapes for my friends' bands,
and in 1981, the first Big Black record -
the first thing I did that was an actual record.
- Steve Albini

I don't think anyone has exhausted the range of sound
possible in a conventional rock band,
but people do become slaves to their own easiest techniques.
- Steve Albini

I'm busy doing my job, and being a loudmouth doesn't
appeal to me as much as when I was younger and had
the youthful delusion that I was smarter than everybody else.
- Steve Albini

 

Find people who think like you and stick with them.
Make only music you are passionate about.
Work only with people you like and trust.
Don't sign anything.
- Steve Albini

Know what you're trying to do before you do it.
Turning knobs at random isn't enlightening any more
than throwing paint at a wall blindfolded will let
you paint a nice picture.
- Steve Albini

For less than the cost of a Big Mac,
fries and a Coke,
you can buy a loaf of fresh bread and some good cheese or roast beef,
which you will enjoy much more.
- Steve Albini

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I moved to Chicago in 1980 to go to college.
- Steve Albini

Buy groceries and feed yourself, even on the road.
- Steve Albini

A more important reason is that the bands will intuitively
trust someone they think is a peer,
and who speaks fondly of the same formative rock and roll experiences.
- Steve Albini

By now all rock bands are wise enough to be suspicious of music industry scum.
- Steve Albini

The band cannot sign to another label or even put out
its own material unless they are released from their agreement,
which never happens.
- Steve Albini

Make no mistake about it: once a band has signed a letter of intent,
they will either eventually sign a contract that suits
the label or they will be destroyed.
- Steve Albini

It betrays hubris on the part of the artist to think
his medium is limiting him,
and I think we all recognize this.
- Steve Albini

There is a lot of use of ProTools in professional studios,
but this is mostly for the special effects it allows,
not for sound quality.
These special effects soon fall out of fashion,
and I don't think this trend will define studios permanently.
- Steve Albini

The woman I am currently crazy about was a vegetarian
for a year until I started dating her.
As is the case with most vegetarians,
she had never eaten properly prepared meat,
only commercially packaged or otherwise abused flesh.
- Steve Albini

Many rock musicians are excellent cooks,
I've found, and those that are prefer to eat their
own cooking in the studio.
I encourage this behavior as I also enjoy the benefits of fresh food.
- Steve Albini

We have no general conceptual thrust for the band,
other than trying to make music that keeps our interest.
When things are novel, they are probably things we
have discovered by accident or investigation rather than by design.
- Steve Albini

If the label presents them with a contract that the band don't want to sign,
all the label has to do is wait.
There are a hundred other bands willing to sign the exact same contract,
so the label is in a position of strength.
- Steve Albini

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

When in doubt, do it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Beyond a doubt, truth bears the same relation
to falsehood as light to darkness.
- Leonardo da Vinci

It is not my place to doubt the sincere beliefs of others.
My job is to question my own beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe those who are seeking the truth.
Doubt those who find it.
- Andre Gide

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
- Voltaire

Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.
- Aristotle

Doubt is the vestibule which we all must pass through
before we can enter the temple of truth.
- Osho

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

My life is for living, not for worry or doubt,
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When all is said and done,
the one sole condition that makes
spiritual happiness and preserves it
is the absence of doubt.
- Mark Twain

When prayer removes distrust and doubt
and enters the field of mental certainty,
it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.
- Ernest Holmes

Once we doubt ourselves, success slips beyond our grasp.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not believe in the God of the theologians;
but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt.
- Thomas Edison

I no doubt deserved my enemies,
but I don't believe I deserved my friends.
- Walt Whitman

Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination,
which the steadfast heart will conquer,
and the large mind will transcend.
- Helen Keller

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt.
Doubt separates people.
It is a poison that disintegrates
friendships and breaks up pleasant relations.
It is a thorn that irritates and hurts;
it is a sword that kills.
- The Buddha

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you doubt the virtue in self-honor,
remember what the flight attendant says,
"Put your own oxygen mask on first."
You are of no use to anyone else
if you have not taken care of your own needs first -
this includes your own emotional,
as well as physical, well-being.
In addition, your greatest value to your children,
your family, your friends, and your community
is the example you set, leading a great life that inspires
those around you to emulate your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is too much fathering going on just now and there
is no doubt about it fathers are depressing.
- Gertrude Stein

When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble,
delegate; when in charge, ponder.
- James H. Boren

I, with a deeper instinct,
choose a man who compels my strength,
who makes enormous demands on me,
who does not doubt my courage or my toughness,
who does not believe me naive or innocent,
who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
- Anais Nin

Faith and doubt both are needed - not as antagonists,
but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve.
- Lillian Smith

To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to
feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
- George Orwell

What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn't have any doubt -
it is sure to get where it is going,
and it doesn't want to go anywhere else.
- Hal Boyle

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't
doubt what they're doing.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
- Khalil Gibran

Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic,
for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt.
- Robert Lindner

I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed.
If you truly eradicated it in a child,
he would grow up to be an eggplant.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

I don't doubt God. I have firm faith absolutely in God.
It's religion I'm doubting.
- Bono

When in doubt, take more time.
- John Zimmerman

Faith keeps many doubts in her pay.
If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
- Henry David Thoreau

Never doubt that you can change history.
You already have.
- Marge Piercy

Doubt is part of all religion.
All the religious thinkers were doubters.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool,
than to speak and remove all doubt.
- sometimes attributed to Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, or Samuel Johnson

Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt
is theoretically possible.
- William James

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- although attributed to St. Francis of Assisi,
this prayer first appeared (written in French) in 1912

I doubt that the Lord cares much which honorable vocation you choose.
But He does care if you love one another and serve one another.
- Russell M. Nelson

For most entertainers, there is a single experience,
one defining moment, when confidence replaces the self-doubt
that most of us wrestle with.
- Charley Pride

There is no doubt that I, also, had long been aware of the problem,
i.e.
producing X-ray interferences, before the inherent
difficulties had finally been surmounted.
- Max von Laue

Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order
not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection,
criticism, and doubt.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Anybody who has any doubt about the ingenuity or the
resourcefulness of a plumber never got a bill from one.
- George Meany

Ezra was right half the time, and when he was wrong,
he was so wrong you were never in any doubt about it.
- Ernest Hemingway

There's no doubt that the squad needs strengthening
if we are to get back up among the top three because
they are operating on another level to us at the moment.
- Steven Gerrard

If none were to Marry, but Men of strict Vertue and Honour,
I doubt the World would be but thinly peopled.
- Mary Astell

You have to not listen to the nay sayers because there
will be many and often they'll be much more qualified
than you and cause you to sort of doubt yourself.
- James Cameron

If God, as some now say, is dead, He no doubt died
of trying to find an equitable solution to the Arab-Jewish problem.
- I. F. Stone

If I had not actually got into this work and been called of God,
I would back out.
But I cannot back out: I have no doubt of the truth.
- Joseph Smith, Jr.

The worst thing about that kind of prejudice...
is that while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it,
it feeds you self-doubt.
You start thinking, perhaps I am not good enough.
- Nina Simone

But I'm also talented and I know when I created something
great and Perfect Night is something great,
no doubt, no but.
- Lou Reed


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