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I was quite a reader before I became a writer. ...
by Tom T. Hall

I was quite a reader before I became a writer.
- Tom T. Hall

The first guy who came up with the concept of religion
was sitting out under a tree.
I'm sure of that.
- Tom T. Hall

The best compliment I ever had is, one day I was in Nashville,
some disc jockey said, Hey, that sounds like a Tom T. Hall song.
Up until then there hadn't been any such thing.
- Tom T. Hall

After I retired and came off the road,
I gathered up all my musical instruments and suddenly,
I wanted them all to be perfect.
- Tom T. Hall

 

I have my own religion.
I'm sort of one-quarter Baptist, one-quarter Catholic,
one-quarter Jewish.
- Tom T. Hall

My theory is if you have a religion,
it's a good one.
Because some people don't have any at all.
- Tom T. Hall

When you retire, it's a place in life,
a part of the journey.
You just don't quit work; you develop an attitude where
you can do what you please.
- Tom T. Hall

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It used to be that you'd have a song recorded by a
major country artist and if it was a hit,
you could buy a car.
Now you can buy a dealership.
- Tom T. Hall

I had the notion that I wanted to write the great dirty American novel,
so I went to Roanoke College on the GI Bill.
- Tom T. Hall

I never fixed a story.
I didn't make judgments, I let the listener make judgments.
When I got to the end of the story, if it had a moral,
I let the listener find it.
- Tom T. Hall

People think because you're private,
you have something you don't want them to know.
- Tom T. Hall

I'm a very comfortable and happy-go-lucky old man.
I never wanted to be great, because I'd just get worried.
- Tom T. Hall

I never hid out.
I was never big enough a star.
- Tom T. Hall

The way you look for songs, you find yourself looking
for little signals and clues about life and how things are.
- Tom T. Hall

Whiskey's to tough, Champagne costs too much,
Vodka puts my mouth in gear.
I hope this refrain, Will help me explain,
As a matter of fact, I like beer.
- Tom T. Hall

I have had hundreds of people work for me over the years,
and I don't think I ever fired anybody.
- Tom T. Hall

I took up a sort of a hobby of just hanging around the local library.
I'd pick out an author and I would read all their books.
- Tom T. Hall

Faulkner was almost oriental.
I never got into Faulkner.
- Tom T. Hall

Religion is a strange, wonderful thing.
More crimes have been committed in the name of righteousness than any other notion.
- Tom T. Hall

Young kids are doing the same thing I did,
but they're doing it differently.
They don't do brain surgery the way they used to do it either.
- Tom T. Hall

If Barbara Walters was interviewing me,
I'd figure her career was as dead as mine!
- Tom T. Hall

I am a fan of history.
- Tom T. Hall

This generation should entertain this generation.
It's only fair.
When I was a kid, I mowed the lawn.
Now, somebody else's kid can mow the lawn.
- Tom T. Hall

I love winners when they cry, losers when they try.
- Tom T. Hall

The first time with artistic endeavors is,
if it's working, it was your idea, and if it's not,
it's somebody else's idea.
- Tom T. Hall

I was well traveled, and I created this illusion of
literacy through reading and writing.
I wrote a book of short stories.
- Tom T. Hall

My best album is called In Search Of A Song.
That was my best shot right there.
My finest hour, as they say.
I could listen to the whole thing all the way through.
There's nothing really crammed into it.
- Tom T. Hall

Once you know yourself as a genuine seeker,
and when your own inner chamber is quite enlightened,
then comes the natural unfoldment of pure love and compassion
and a genuine desire to serve others.
- Rod Stryker

It is one thing to say that something should be done,
but quite a different matter to do it.
- Aesop

Things are never quite as scary when you've got a best friend.
- Bill Watterson

Look at this butterfly, so beautiful, so delicate.
I can enjoy this butterfly from a distance,
but if I touched her, she would die.
While not quite as delicate as butterflies,
people also need private space and private time
away from the demands of the world -
even away from the attentions of those
with whom they are most bonded.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives,
I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.
- Winston Churchill

It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise,
just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine
it run by a board of gods.
- H. L. Mencken

My formula for living is quite simple.
I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night.
In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
- Cary Grant

Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix,
but I could never quite pull it off.
- Bryan Ferry

I never did quite fit the glamour mode.
It is life with my husband and family that is my high now.
- Patty Duke

A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
- H. L. Mencken

The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Poetry is an orphan of silence.
The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
- Charles Simic

Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous.
In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
- Winston Churchill

I think you go through a period as a teenager of being
quite cool and unaffected by things.
- Miranda Otto

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
- Anne Stevenson

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid
pregnancy by a resort to mathematics,
though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.
- H. L. Mencken

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter
quite like unrequited love.
- Charlie Brown in Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts comic

I'm French, so I'm quite lazy about exercising,
and I smoke.
But I do love going for a run in the morning with my dog.
That's all.
- Eva Green

At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but
the image is that they all come from the top -
I'm afraid that's not quite right.
- Bill Gates

People were actually approaching me on the street and
thinking that I was an athlete.
They couldn't quite place it, but a runner,
or swimmer or something.
- Kristanna Loken

Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books
take place? and the only answer I can give is,
In childhood.
- Beverly Cleary

I never quite understand why we watch the news.
There doesn't really seem much point watching somebody
tell you what the news is when you could quite easily
listen to it on the radio.
- John Hurt

Since I have been singing for so many years,
I don't always need to approach a song quite so laboriously and meticulously.
- Kate Smith

For some reason, I grew up generally believing that
Japan and Korea were quite friendly.
I do know that there is some bad history and the extremists
on both sides are unreasonable.
- Joichi Ito

It was quite nice meeting up because we went through
a lot together and we haven't really seen each much
other to communicate one to one for quite a long time.
- Graham Coxon

The men I find myself attracted to are the ones who
don't say anything and are quite shy.
- Katie Price

My first introduction to chemistry came at a quite
early age through my mother's elder brother.
- Geoffrey Wilkinson

We're really quite nice and friendly,
but everyone has a beastly side to them,
don't they?
- Sid Vicious

We know for a fact that the body is able to process
colloidal silver quite well if it is made correctly
and the dosage levels and concentrations are not too high.
- Stan Jones

I've loved science fiction ever since I was a little kid,
mainly from looking at the covers of science-fiction magazines and books,
and I've read quite extensively as an adult.
- Matt Groening

The Eagles ended on a rather abrupt note,
although in retrospect I realize now that it had been
ending for quite some time.
- Don Henley

But it's just that the whole country is making generally
lousy films these days and has been for quite a while.
That's the big problem that we all have to think about.
- Alexander Payne

But we also think that we've got more quite alot more
support than any new format has ever had.
- Trip Hawkins

I have often heard that the novel is dead.
But I see novels produced, I don't know how many a week,
in France.
I have the impression it's carrying along quite well.
- Nathalie Sarraute

Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness;
it is because there is an Infinite in him,
which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.
- Thomas Carlyle

Strats are my favorite electric guitars,
and I've got quite a collection.
- Dan Fogelberg

Kennedy had made a mess in Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.
He had to do something to look good.
The Apollo program of going to the Moon was quite a goal,.
- Wally Schirra

Internet penetration in Italy is quite low and the
Berlusconi media machine controls most of what people see.
- Joichi Ito

Pray always for all the learned, the oblique,
the delicate.
Let them not be quite forgotten at the throne of God
when the simple come into their kingdom.
- Evelyn Waugh

She's probably in denial that she's a great big ball
of insecurity and I'm quite well aware that I am one.
- Boy George

I've never quite understood why people marry;
marriage is just an invented structure.
- Julie Christie

But I was feeling quite down at the time.
I was living in L.A., which was kind of weird for me.
- Bryan Ferry

I suppose it's easy to play a hypocritical politician with a smiling face;
it's also quite gratifying to play.
- Ian McDiarmid


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