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One of the things that has always motivated me to write
by Carly Simon

One of the things that has always motivated me to write
is the desire to get it out and look at it in an objective way,
so that it doesn't cause me any serious pain by staying inside.
- Carly Simon

You're lucky you had that when you were 20.
I sure didn't.
I was overweight, and I had acne.
- Carly Simon

I always think it's interesting to dig a little bit
deeper every time you go to someplace that seems like
a revelation or a strong connection to an emotional truth.
- Carly Simon

We need role models who are going to break the mold.
- Carly Simon

 

I took it to heart that in order to be a good person,
you never said anything mean about anybody.
- Carly Simon

No, because I've never really changed my style that much.
- Carly Simon

I always sang standards because the songs I wrote for
myself weren't as easy to sing.
- Carly Simon

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A really strong woman accepts the war she went through
and is ennobled by her scars.
- Carly Simon

We are in this period now where we all are trying to
be in shape physically and deny ourselves any pleasure.
- Carly Simon

Do you know how many concerts I've done in my whole life,
in more than 35 years of performing? Sixty-four.
- Carly Simon

The models for me were more the folk-rock singers of the '60s and '70s.
- Carly Simon

As a singer I tried on all these hats,
these voices, these clothes, and eventually out came me.
- Carly Simon

Well, I tried to get a record deal in 1966 or '67,
and everyone thought I was too eclectic.
- Carly Simon

I remember being onstage once when I didn't have fear:
I got so scared I didn't have fear that it brought on an anxiety attack.
- Carly Simon

I try to get to those peculiar and particular things
that you never think of to say.
- Carly Simon

I had a mastectomy in 1998, and then chemo.
- Carly Simon

So I suppose this slightly mature fashion sense happened because of what I had.
- Carly Simon

My father was a classical pianist, and my mother was
a singer of just about everything.
- Carly Simon

But when we listened to the radio, it was Bill Haley
and the Comets or the Everly Brothers.
- Carly Simon

There was a French singer, Francoise Hardy -
I used to look at her pictures and try to dress like her.
- Carly Simon

I'm still more comfortable with standards than with my own songs.
- Carly Simon

Sometimes my boyfriend would write the lyrics and I would write the melody,
and other times I would start from scratch.
Or sometimes I would take a local poem and put that to music.
- Carly Simon

Then I went through a big Peggy Lee stage,
then I became Annie Ross, then Judy Collins.
- Carly Simon

Well, I make every song I sing personal.
I've never chosen a song that wasn't.
- Carly Simon

My look was even more solidified when I started singing
in Greenwich Village with my sister Lucy.
We wore matching dresses as the Simon Sisters.
- Carly Simon

I just want to show off my scar proudly and not be afraid of it.
- Carly Simon

I think that I've got some pretty bad reviews on albums
or songs that later proved themselves.
- Carly Simon

No, because I was always nervous about being onstage.
- Carly Simon

I think that most people really know if it's a really great album.
- Carly Simon

My scar is beautiful.
It looks like an arrow.
- Carly Simon

We went to see all the shows.
American musical theater and jazz were very big.
- Carly Simon

You usually can't tell what's inspiring until you look back on it.
- Carly Simon

It didn't matter as much because I'm a singer,
not an actress, but my face is more acceptable in a
way now than when I first came on the scene,
because I'm part black.
- Carly Simon

I had this terrible stammer, so I couldn't really speak
properly until I was 16 or 17.
- Carly Simon

Sometimes, but the year I lived in France I started to write songs.
- Carly Simon

I've gone through the village of my songwriting and my artistry,
and I've gone through lots of different phases,
including one where it has been very quiet and abandoned me for a few years.
- Carly Simon

You know when you take the paint off an old canvas
and you discover that something's been painted underneath
it? That's what I feel like -
that part of the old is coming through the new.
- Carly Simon

You know, people want to honor me, and on the one hand
I just don't want to be a poster child;
but on the other,
I want to do something classy and great -
something where the residuals will go to the cause.
- Carly Simon

Being in this business for as long as I've been in it,
it's sort of like living in a town or a city before
the war and then after the war and then during the
reconstruction and then during the time that it sprawls out to the malls.
- Carly Simon

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

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

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

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

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

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

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy


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