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I'm not full of malice, but I do dislike Neil Diamond a lot,
by Robert Wyatt

I'm not full of malice, but I do dislike Neil Diamond a lot,
and I'm sorry that I've done a Neil Diamond song.
- Robert Wyatt

Those nations of artists, finding their own individualism,
and kind of standing against the world:
to me that's the ultimate nightmare.
I want to get lost and diffused in the world.
- Robert Wyatt

I only choose musicians who I think will emerge,
can emerge, with their own character,
while still going along with the tune in question.
- Robert Wyatt

On the whole, I tend not to listen to my peers.
- Robert Wyatt

 

In the past, so many of my records, really,
have been sketches for records that never really got made.
- Robert Wyatt

When I'm singing I try not be a singer with a capital
S. I just try to get it out so I feel comfortable with it.
- Robert Wyatt

My heroes are people like Picasso and Miro and people
who at last really reach something in their old age,
which they absolutely couldn't ever have done in their youth.
- Robert Wyatt

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There's no field of music which doesn't have good ideas.
- Robert Wyatt

What keeps me going is a constant sense of disappointment
with what I've already done.
- Robert Wyatt

The most effective instruments do have a vocal quality.
- Robert Wyatt

We did not get any money from the early records.
It was all taken by crooked managers.
It is just a gangster's paradise.
- Robert Wyatt

I find it hard to take rock groups very seriously or treat them with respect.
There is something absurd about these gloomy young
men getting together and banging away.
- Robert Wyatt

Anybody who thinks pop music's easy should try to make
a pop single and find out that it isn't.
- Robert Wyatt

This constant pressure from record companies to come
up with a hit single or something like that,
I find completely tiresome.
- Robert Wyatt

I don't find the business easy.
The moment you start talking about the business,
you start sounding like someone in Spinal Tap.
- Robert Wyatt

I think that pop, and to some extent rock,
are like sport and fashion industry in that they're
about the exuberance of youth.
That's the sort of subliminal ideology.
- Robert Wyatt

I've always liked pop music.
There was a bit of a misunderstanding with the avant-garde rock scene,
because I think I was sort of swimming the wrong way,
really.
- Robert Wyatt

I think the people who did well, or are happy,
in a youth industry, they define themselves out of
the business after a decade or so.
- Robert Wyatt

People are quite shocked when you remind them that
Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra never wrote a song
that they recorded in their lives,
as far as I know.
- Robert Wyatt

I'm just a very primitive, infantile folk singer.
- Robert Wyatt

I'm not, by nature, a collaborator.
My biggest influences were people like painters and poets.
These are solitary workers.
- Robert Wyatt

It just doesn't mean anything to me,
the high-profile,
big money side of things.
I just want enough to live on, and to be able to get on with what I do,
and hang around my friends.
- Robert Wyatt

I know people who grow old and bitter.
I want to keep making a fresh start.
I don't want them to defeat me.
That would be suicidal.
- Robert Wyatt

I don't do live things.
- Robert Wyatt

In theory, I'd like to work in a group.
But the group I'd like to work in, all the musicians
in them are long since dead.
- Robert Wyatt

I would like to think that the singer is the butterfly,
and the drummer was just the little grub in the ground,
working to become a caterpillar.
- Robert Wyatt

When there is a voice in a piece of music,
we tend to focus on the voice.
That is probably something from when we were babies
and we depended on hearing our mother's voice.
- Robert Wyatt

People say, oh it's a shame, you're not nostalgic about the '60s.
Well actually, it's quite good, when you think of it.
Wouldn't it be sad if I was sitting here wishing it back?
- Robert Wyatt

There are singers that I have enjoyed,
from Nina Simone and Ray Charles onward.
But the music that made music the number one thing
for me as a youth was jazz.
- Robert Wyatt

I have never felt in tune with the whole rock industry.
- Robert Wyatt

When I lost the use of my hi-hat and bass drum legs,
I became basically a singer.
I was a drummer who did a bit of singing,
and then I became a singer who did a bit of percussion.
- Robert Wyatt

Even if you're specific about the character of the song,
it's more exciting to place them, juxtapose them in
such a way as to make an adventure out of the sequence of the songs.
- Robert Wyatt

I find writing songs hard, because it does not come naturally to me.
I never set out to be a songwriter or a singer.
- Robert Wyatt

Being big and famous doesn't get you more freedom,
it gets you less.
- Robert Wyatt

The things that I draw on, and the world that I feel part of,
aren't particularly youth culture.
- Robert Wyatt

I prefer the mystic clouds of nostalgia to the real thing,
to be honest.
- Robert Wyatt

It was physically difficult, adjusting to wheelchair life,
but I remember a great relief and happiness that I
was finally getting somewhere,
finding musicians to work with that were sympathetic.
- Robert Wyatt

There are people I would like to work with.
It's a bit harder, because I live out in the sticks anyway,
and plus being in a wheelchair means that I can't really circulate.
So I tend to stick to my own thing.
- Robert Wyatt

I don't know how many thoughts we have a second,
but it's quite an amazing number, and just to pin down
the appropriate sequence of those,
all you really need is a pencil and a piece of paper.
- Robert Wyatt

If you've never felt that you quite got a hold of it,
you just feel that before you die, you've got to try and get it right once.
And hope that the experience you have makes up for
the some of the diminishing energy.
- Robert Wyatt

I really liked them, not just Syd, but all of them.
Roger was very important, I thought,
his contribution.
And so was Rick's organ playing.
It was a good band.
It became something else completely,
obviously.
- Robert Wyatt

I play music a lot but on my own mostly,
so it was nice to be around other people.
There was a certain sense a relief in the physical
act of just playing and being with other musicians.
- Robert Wyatt

Love is blind.
My politics has been, too.
I think you can fall in love with ideas,
and you can fall in love with people.
It's a very subjective experience.
And I'm loyal to that experience.
- Robert Wyatt

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden


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