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I guess my idea of a good audience is one that's quiet and listens,
by Dan Hicks

I guess my idea of a good audience is one that's quiet and listens,
but also that's alive: they respond,
they're getting the jokes,
they're with me.
And that' s been happening.
- Dan Hicks

I haven't been drinking for years now.
Something's got to give.
I don't mind that I'm a guy that's stopped drinking,
though this interview is making me mighty thirsty.
- Dan Hicks

There've been periods where I had to convince the audience or win them over.
- Dan Hicks

I don't dictate the solos and I don't dictate the vocal harmonies.
- Dan Hicks

 

There's some pictures of me playing hollow bodies,
but I never last long.
I always come back to the acoustic.
- Dan Hicks

It's not about retro or modern, it's about this note or that note,
which sounds better?
- Dan Hicks

I don't think I'd want a revival.
I'm not doing a tribute to myself.
- Dan Hicks

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About 10 years ago, I took some vocal lessons.
I'll bet that helped.
I got a tape of exercises that the girl gave me,
which I don't do anymore, but they were good.
And I don't smoke.
- Dan Hicks

And it really is a good feeling to get up there and make that sound.
I'm not stuck in a time warp, because I can use as
many of the old songs as I want to,
just the favorites.
- Dan Hicks

My stuff was more of a folk coffeehouse thing,
with more acoustic guitar, just me doing a single,
and then adding on instruments and voices,
with emphasis on lyrics and singing and light kind of acoustic jazz.
- Dan Hicks

I was always looking to record, but how much I actually
pursued it was another thing.
The major labels weren't that interested in me,
and the smaller labels didn't have any money to do anything.
- Dan Hicks

I had different bands.
I played with the Acoustic Warriors for the most part,
without girl singers.
It was the same kind of sound, acoustic guitar,
bass, with violin and sometimes accordion,
and the guys would sing, that kind of thing.
- Dan Hicks

There's been a big buzz about the Charlatans in the last couple of years.
I've heard the word Charlatans more in the last few
years than I'd heard it for the previous 20 years.
People would interview me for years and never even mention the Charlatans.
- Dan Hicks

Right now, I'm thinking in terms of just having a good band,
man.
Having a good act for the stage.
Being a good performer, you know? Connected to that is future recordings,
and future tunes, that kind of stuff.
- Dan Hicks

I'm becoming more and more myself with time.
I guess that's what grace is.
The refinement of your soul through time.
- Jewel

Walk on road, hmmm?
Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe.
Walk middle, sooner or later get squish just like grape.
Here, karate, same thing.
Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no."
You karate do "guess so," squish just like grape. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness
with which one must look and listen,
record in astonishment
and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.
- Margaret Mead

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

Meddling:
Everything that happens in the world, or doesn't happen,
is NOT my responsibility.
There are more than enough things that are my responsibility.
I am responsible for my thoughts, my beliefs, and my actions -
and that is enough.
It does not serve me to mind anyone else's business.
I can only make myself unhappy by trying to second guess
what anyone else thinks or does.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Still, things could be a lot worse.
Oh, that's right... I'm falling to my death. Guess they can't.
- the movie Megamind (2010)

From the way most people live,
one would never guess that humans are beings of free will.
Repetition can be a choice, but often it isn't.
The athlete or pianist who practices the same routine
day after day, year after year, has their eye on a goal.
The unending repetition is a conscious choice
in the pursuit of a life dream.
But what about the sameness of most lives?
Observe the morning commute, the after-work drink,
the Sunday football game or religious service -
how many of those people are consciously following their dream,
training their mind, body, and spirit through that daily repetition?
And how many are mindlessly slogging through each day
out of habit and boredom?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else's.
- Will Rogers

I guess I was a mom so late in life,
my daughter was the greatest thing since sliced bread.
- Candice Bergen

I don't like formal gardens.
I like wild nature.
It's just the wilderness instinct in me,
I guess.
- Walt Disney

If you don't design your own life plan,
chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan.
And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
- Jim Rohn

Every spirit makes its house,
and we can give a shrewd guess
from the house to the inhabitant.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door,
leaving those who look through to guess about what
is seen during the moment.
- Carl Sandburg

I am not quite sure where home is right now.
I do have places in London and Milan,
and a house in Spain.
I guess I would say home is where my mother is,
and she lives in Spain.
- Sarah Brightman

So if diva means giving your best, then yes,
I guess I am a diva.
- Patti LaBelle

A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
- Rudyard Kipling

Yes, well, you are quite camp, so I guess that he could see the point of you.
- Diana Rigg

We're great, Jo and me.
We're pals, and I guess sex has a lot to do with it.
She's also brilliant at clearing a room.
So protective, so devoted.
I can't believe how much she loves me.
- Ron Wood

I have another Russian idea, too, with a place and a period,
so I guess I have enough to keep me busy for quite some time,
especially considering that I'm such a slow writer.
- Martin C. Smith

You mustn't take what I say as gospel because no one
can second-guess the future.
- James Lovelock

Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon,
who wrote so many poems without signing them,
was often a woman.
- Virginia Woolf

I guess darkness serves a purpose: to show us that
there is redemption through chaos.
I believe in that.
I think that's the basis of Greek mythology.
- Brendan Fraser

I guess I harboured hopes that things would happen more quickly,
but I'm not disappointed.
- Jerry Greenfield

I don't want to be a star.
If you have to label me anything, I'm an actor -
I guess.
A journeyman actor.
I think 'star' is what you call actors who can't act.
- Paul Muni

I usually write when I'm in a great place.
When I'm depressed, I don't usually write.
So I take all of when I'm depressed and throw it into when I'm feeling good.
Weird, I guess.
- Del Shannon

We live in a time where government is not a leadership thing,
it's more a business that's out there and running riot,
so I guess the people have to go out there and say stuff.
- Yahoo Serious

I don't think you can ever make enough to be set for life.
Well, I guess there are limits.
In the billions, I guess.
- Dustin Diamond

I was told to avoid the business all together because of the rejection.
People would say to me, 'Don't you want to have a normal
job and a normal family?' I guess that would be good advice for some people,
but I wanted to act.
- Jennifer Aniston

Yes, hard is good.
When I was in high school, I spent a lot of time on
my knees playing with balls.
I guess it was only natural that I became a catcher.
- Mike Piazza

I'm currently raising a 15 year old son and an 18 year old daughter,
which a guess is my punishment for a wild youth!
- Gil Gerard

I guess when Rick is finished with his Journey to the Centre of the Earth,
then we might have a go at something.
We'd like to, we're open to it, and we've been talking about it.
- Keith Emerson

I guess I thought I was Elvis Presley but I'll tell ya something.
All Elvis did was stand on a stage and play a guitar.
He never fell off on that pavement at no 80 mph.
- Evel Knievel

We made one film called Thy Neighbor's Wife in which
I got flogged at the public whipping post for adultery.
I did my best acting in that film, I guess.
- Cleo Moore

We were all Romans once, I guess.
- Omar Epps

It's easier to learn things for life by the age of
12 and not the age of 18.
This is just my guess.
- Luc Montagnier

It is also, I would guess, a universal that in all
societies people value respectability granted to them.
- Kenneth L. Pike

The artist never entirely knows.
We guess.
We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
- Agnes de Mille

I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything like golf.
I have never been depressed enough to take up the game,
but they say you get so sore at yourself you forget to hate your enemies.
- Will Rogers

I guess my enthusiasm kind of rubs off on people.
- Margaret Murray

I'm not geeky but I have my geeky, corky moments,
and then I've got some aspects of cool in me,
I guess.
- Nick Cannon

I'd guess that 80 percent of the people who work for Playboy are feminists.
- Christie Hefner

I guess I had it made.
My mother gave me advice - she taught me that women
like to be looked in the eye -
and my grandmother gave me condoms.
- Usher Raymond

There's nothing worse, I guess, than being black in
an all-white church or being southern and being a liberal.
- Lee Hazlewood

I'm an actor.
And I guess I've done so many movies I've achieved some high visibility.
But a star? I guess I still think of myself as kind of a worker ant.
- Bill Vaughan

I guess what people forget sometimes is that when I write songs,
I write them sometimes in about 20 minutes.
- Alanis Morissette

I guess the President says the majority of the people didn't elect him,
he doesn't have to listen to 'em anyway.
- Star Jones

I will be sad.
I've gotten very attached to Harry and all that goes on in his world,
I guess I'll just be kind of tasting every bit of it
because it will be the last one.
- Mary Grandpre

With The Guess Who, it took us fifty-something singles before we had hits.
- Randy Bachman

It kills you to see them grow up.
But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't.
- Barbara Kingsolver

I guess you can tease me about being a drama queen,
because that did heighten the drama.
- Greg Louganis

I was built for the long run, not for the short dash,
I guess.
- William Shatner

I like to go for a walk or swimming or in the garden when I can.
It's a busy kind of life, but I guess I'm lucky.
- Brian May

I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things.
The glass is always half empty.
And cracked.
And I just cut my lip on it.
And chipped a tooth.
- Janeane Garofalo

I was sick.
I guess I was about to crack up thinking about all my good buddies.
They were better men than me and they're not coming back.
Much less back to the White House, like me.
- Ira Hayes

Tennis is so competitive.
I guess that's the way it has to be.
- Monica Seles

I guess I just don't like being physically in front
of people I don't know very well,
because I expect to be "seen through,"
or,
even worse, instantly hated.
- Chris Ware

I did three tours in Vietnam.
I guess a total of about almost two years.
- Morley Safer


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