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I started being a songwriter pretending I could do it,
by James Taylor

I started being a songwriter pretending I could do it,
and it turned out I could.
- James Taylor

That's the motivation of an artist -
to seek attention of some kind.
- James Taylor

I'm very unstable; there's no stability in a musician's life at all.
You live on a bus or on the road hand to mouth and
you don't know where your money's coming from.
- James Taylor

I was in chemical jail.
- James Taylor

 

I don't know much about God.
But if everything does originate with God,
then certainly songs do as well.
- James Taylor

There'll come a writing phase where you have to defend the time,
unplug the phone and put in the hours to get it done.
- James Taylor

I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out,
to share your love or pain with others.
- James Taylor

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When I cleaned up some 17 odd years ago,
I felt terrible for about six months.
The only thing that gave me any real relief was strenuous physical activity.
- James Taylor

It's hard to find a way forward.
When you're 18 it happens in huge chunks every day,
but after 20 years, growth is much more costly.
- James Taylor

Americans work a long away ahead of themselves because
of the size of the place.
To make any impact at all you have to promote yourself
with live performances ages before a release.
- James Taylor

It is the most delightful thing that ever happens to me,
when I hear something coming out of my guitar and out
of my mouth that wasn't there before.
- James Taylor

If the gig's going really well, I'm incredibly happy
on stage and really feel good about my life and things.
- James Taylor

It's probably foolish to expect relationships to go
on forever and to say that because something only lasts 10 years,
it's a failure.
- James Taylor

Being on a boat that's moving through the water,
it's so clear.
Everything falls into place in terms of what's important and what's not.
- James Taylor

I think people are isolated because of the nature of human consciousness,
and they like it when they feel the connection between
themselves and someone else.
- James Taylor

Knowing when to quit is probably a very important thing,
but I just am not ready.
- James Taylor

Time will take your money, but money won't buy time.
- James Taylor

Certain things in life are more important than the
usual crap that everyone strives for.
- James Taylor

Music is like a huge release of tension.
- James Taylor

I am myself for a living.
I don't animate a character.
- James Taylor

If you feel like singing along, don't.
- James Taylor

Once you get that two-way energy thing going,
everyone benefits hugely.
- James Taylor

I don't take compliments very easily.
I think most musicians suffer from low self-esteem to some extent.
- James Taylor

I don't read music.
I don't write it.
So I wander around on the guitar until something starts to present itself.
- James Taylor

Somehow it helps just to take something that's internal and externalize it,
to see it in front of you.
- James Taylor

I can take criticisms but not compliments.
- James Taylor

I don't think anyone really says anything new.
- James Taylor

Fortunately, it doesn't seem to have made a lot of
difference to my audience that I'm as bald as a billiard ball!
- James Taylor

If I were to try to identify a turning point I'd say that was it -
getting clean.
- James Taylor

We all have to face pain, and pain makes us grow.
- James Taylor

You have to choose whether to love yourself or not.
- James Taylor

The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.
- James Taylor

I think that we're all totally isolated beings and always will be.
- James Taylor

If you think my music is sentimental and self-absorbed,
I agree with you.
- James Taylor

Sobering up was responsible for breaking up my marriage.
That's what it couldn't stand.
- James Taylor

I was a functional addict.
- James Taylor

I believe 100 percent in the power and importance of music.
- James Taylor

If you're an addict, it controls your life and your
life becomes uncontrollable.
It's boring and painful, filling your system with something
that makes you stare at your shoes for six hours.
- James Taylor

People should watch out for three things:
avoid a major addiction,
don't get so deeply into debt that it controls your life,
and don't start a family before you're ready to settle down.
- James Taylor

It is a process of discovery.
It's being quiet enough and undisturbed enough for
a period of time so that the songs can begin to sort of peek out,
and you begin to have emotional experiences in a musical way.
- James Taylor

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

If you have no confidence in self,
you are twice defeated in the race of life.
With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

An individual has not started living
until he can rise above the narrow confines
of his individualistic concerns
to the broader concerns of all humanity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

What are you committed to?
Have you started, or are you still thinking about it -
and making excuses?
Do you work toward your goal each day?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty.
She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is.
- Ellen DeGeneres

I'm not a real movie star.
I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.
- Will Rogers

I started on an Apple II, which I had bought at the
very end of 1978 for half of my annual income.
I made $4,500 a year, and I spent half of it on the computer.
- Bill Budge

I have been dairy free for several years,
and I started because I felt it was going to reduce my allergies,
which it did, and help me lose weight,
which it did.
- Fran Drescher

The Bible looks like it started out as a game of Mad Libs.
- Bill Maher

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence;
but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The greatest pleasure when I started making money was
not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to
have as many freshly typed drafts as possible.
- Gore Vidal

I started playing ball when I was a kid.
My dad was a pro ball player and he passed on his knowledge to me.
- Kurt Russell

As I have discovered by examining my past,
I started out as a child.
Coincidentally, so did my brother.
My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket,
so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell,
who taught me what was meant by "survival of the fittest."
- Bill Cosby

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

It all started when my dog began getting free roll over minutes.
- Jay London

I started dieting.
I dieted, dieted, dieted and tried all the diets and
I would lose and then I would go back to normal eating
and would put it on and then some.
- Suzanne Somers

When I got back into the film business after college,
I started out as a production assistant.
- Mike Lookinland

Now, when I started my theater, the modus operandi
was having the actors stare right into the audience.
- Richard Foreman

If I started worrying about how my constituents are
going to react to every move I make,
I wouldn't be able to do my job here.
I'll do what I think is right and explain it later.
- Ed Harris

What drives people to public service is a sense of possibility.
If you haven't sensed that possibility you don't get started in the same way,
you don't feel you can have an impact.
- Henry Hampton

After wrestling with myself for six months,
I began medical treatment.
During that time I started a band with some friends
of mine called Jack's Car,
but that didn't last.
- Jack Irons

We started out as far to the left as we could.
- Marguerite Moreau

Good actors I've worked with all started out making faces in a mirror,
and you keep making faces all your life.
- Bette Davis

I had heard Ornette a couple of times,
but I didn't really know where he was coming from until
we started the record and it was beautiful,
Fred.
It opened up my mind.
- Freddie Hubbard

I started out by believing God for a newer car than the one I was driving.
I started out believing God for a nicer apartment than I had.
Then I moved up.
- Walter Bagehot

Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary.
When you start thinking of pressure,
it's because you've started to think of failure.
- Tommy Lasorda

I started working on trying to sound like June from the very beginning.
- Reese Witherspoon

When the show started out, it was like all of a sudden
we had to do 35 episodes and we had just a month and a half to write them,
and it took me a while to realize that I was in charge.
- Mike Judge


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