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As I look back over my life, before I had any real identity,
by Michelle Shocked

As I look back over my life, before I had any real identity,
I was a traveler.
I grew up an Army brat, a runaway, an activist,
and a musician.
All my life I've been traveling.
- Michelle Shocked

I'm one of the few that comes from this vantage point:
I never tried to get a record deal.
- Michelle Shocked

Music is not a commodity, it's a resource.
- Michelle Shocked

Make your own music.
It can be done.
- Michelle Shocked

 

I walked along that slippery slope where if you fail through lack of faith,
you sell your soul to the devil.
- Michelle Shocked

I've been through some dark times but I've experienced joy too.
Now that joy can't be suppressed.
- Michelle Shocked

Music is too important to be left to professionals.
- Michelle Shocked

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I'm too shy, really to be able to hang out with my heroes for too long.
- Michelle Shocked

I try to look at this music career thing as the means to an end.
And really, at the end of it, I see myself on a sailboat,
sailing off the edge of the world.
- Michelle Shocked

They sign a bunch of women, and they call it a movement.
I don't like the way women in music have been identified
as women first and musicians second.
- Michelle Shocked

I think the word soul has gotta come into it.
Music that's created just for consuming lacks that soul,
that swing, that feeling.
- Michelle Shocked

I accepted a change in my life.
I didn't choose that change and those are the best changes to make.
- Michelle Shocked

I think people have to choose between living with contradictions
or painting themselves into a corner.
I have a lot of contradictions.
- Michelle Shocked

I'm a perfectionist, which I think is a mistake.
- Michelle Shocked

People might say I'm difficult, but did you ever hear
anyone describe a label as 'difficult'? By nature,
artists should challenge.
When they call you difficult, it is a reflection of the imbalance of power.
- Michelle Shocked

Ideals are not something I can control.
It's not logic that convinces me of something,
it's what my heart says.
My heart has a way of involving me in things,
which can only be good for the music.
- Michelle Shocked

My grandmother had a Miss Margaret's School of Dance
to teach tap and ballet to kids,
but I never studied it.
I was raised a Mormon and they're dancing fools.
It's the only vice they have - dancing.
- Michelle Shocked

The thing I fail to do is fully comprehend what's given
back to me by the audience.
You would think you would be a performer partly so
you could feel all the appreciation or adulation,
but I haven't quite managed that yet.
- Michelle Shocked

Writing and singing does give me some kind of release
from the demons of my past,
it is a therapy of sorts, but to be honest,
my marriage played a more important role in the acceptance
of myself than performance has ever done.
- Michelle Shocked

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
- John Lubbock

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden

It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Margaret Thatcher

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

Look twice before you leap.
- Charlotte Bronte

Never bend your head. Always hold it high.
Look the world straight in the eye.
- Helen Keller

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.
It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.
- Anonymous

Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

When trouble arises and things look bad,
there is always one individual who perceives a solution
and is willing to take command.
Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Dave Barry

Let us not look back in anger
or forward in fear,
but around in awareness.
- James Thurber

If you look for the bad in people
expecting to find it, you surely will.
- Abraham Lincoln

It is always wise to look ahead,
but difficult to look further than you can see.
- Winston Churchill

The farther backward you can look,
the farther forward you can see.
- Winston Churchill

Until you'll willing to look foolish,
you'll never have the possibility of being great.
- Cher

If you look into your own heart,
and you find nothing wrong there,
what is there to worry about?
What is there to fear?
- Confucius

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

You're standing on the threshold of success.
Don't look down, it'll make you dizzy.
- the character Timothy Q. Mouse in the Walt Disney movie Dumbo

A man should look for what is,
and not for what he thinks should be.
- Albert Einstein

The world is a dangerous place,
not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.
- Albert Einstein

I look to a day when people will not be judged
by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where there is unconditional love,
there is no room for unhappiness.
Whenever I look in the mirror today,
I will say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For time and the world do not stand still.
Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength
which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.
- Marcus Aurelius

Shake structures.
School yourself.
Look twice at a thing,
once upside down.
Answer yourself clearly.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
- Henry David Thoreau

I look for what needs to be done.
After all, that's how the universe designs itself.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Do not look for approval
except for the consciousness of doing your best.
- Andrew Carnegie

All you have to do is look straight and see the road,
and when you see it, don't sit looking at it - walk.
- Ayn Rand

Look to be treated by others as you have treated others.
- Publilius Syrus

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm
but because of those who look at it without doing anything.
- Albert Einstein

Whatever happens, always look to tomorrow -
with courage and optimism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
- Jonas Salk

As your spirit soars throughout
the vast Cathedral of Your Being,
look now into the still waters
of the reflecting pool and behold the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Look now into the still waters
of the reflecting pool
and behold the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people
is that they trigger confusion in us
that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with.
To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves,
we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's eyes.
- Pema Chodron

Don't look for approval from anyone other than yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.
- Robert Brault

I look only to the good qualities of men.
Not being faultless myself,
I won't presume to probe into the faults of others.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them.
- Alan Watts

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.
You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard
or just think it's going to get on by itself.
You've got to keep watering it.
You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
- John Lennon


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