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I don't think that Dreamworks would have signed me
by Elliott Smith

I don't think that Dreamworks would have signed me
expecting to really mess around with whatever it is I do.
- Elliott Smith

I was trying to do the same thing that I always do
which is make an interesting record.
- Elliott Smith

I didn't know how many people knew who Ferdinand was.
- Elliott Smith

I didn't think I was gonna be playing on the Oscars or anything.
- Elliott Smith

 

There are lots of things I like about playing in a band,
the things I can't do by myself you know.
- Elliott Smith

I mean people just have a way of - y'know they'll review
your record in two sentences and put you in this little
stupid box that you don't want to be in.
- Elliott Smith

I actually don't think that I'm gonna sell a lot of records.
- Elliott Smith

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It touches on drug use.
I got caught up in that for almost two years.
- Elliott Smith

If you play acoustic guitar you're the depressed,
sensitive guy.
- Elliott Smith

I didn't have a hard time making it,
I had a hard time letting it go.
- Elliott Smith

And I'm not trying to write heavy songs.
- Elliott Smith

It was kind of ridiculous to carry it up to a certain
point and then drop the ball or the bomb,
like quitting the band right after we had signed to Virgin.
- Elliott Smith

It's a lot easier to tell the truth usually.
- Elliott Smith

Well, I try not to think about the general public since
I have no idea what the general public is and I don't think anybody does.
- Elliott Smith

There's always that argument to make -
that you're in better company historically if people
don't understand what you're doing.
- Elliott Smith

My girlfriend at the time convinced me to send these songs to Cavity Search.
When they wanted to put out my record I was totally shocked.
- Elliott Smith

I watched myself put my paw in the bear trap on that
one because there was this clause about leaving members.
- Elliott Smith

The band's filter, but playing live is a lot of fun.
- Elliott Smith

I rode on a float in one of the parades in Mississippi.
It's an experience.
- Elliott Smith

I don't really like New York better than Portland.
It's just a different place.
- Elliott Smith

I was coming off of a lot of psyche meds and other things.
- Elliott Smith

I'm just writing songs about how I feel or about how people I know feel.
- Elliott Smith

I can't think of anything off the top of my head that
seems more important than something designed to raise
money to keep something going that keeps IV drug users from dying.
- Elliott Smith

It's just that a lot of songs that are popular right now,
they don't have any meaning.
- Elliott Smith

Because God only knows why people like what they like
and don't like something else.
- Elliott Smith

I wondered if I would talk about drug use.
But I guess, why hide it?
- Elliott Smith

I just wanted to move out of Portland to do something.
- Elliott Smith

But I was also doing odd jobs around Portland,
like spreading gravel and transplanting bamboo trees.
- Elliott Smith

I like home recordings and studio recordings just as much as each other -
I don't think one is better -
but for this record I wanted to see what I could do
in a real studio with real producers.
- Elliott Smith

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

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

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Small is the number of people who
see with their eyes
and think with their minds.
- Albert Einstein

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

Know that life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day;
live life to the fullest;
make the most of what you have.
It is later than you think.
- Horace

How you think when you lose
determines how long it will be until you win.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

Life is fully as bad as you think it is,
so never think life is bad.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you think you're free, there's no escape possible.
- Ram Dass

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are
and then live with that decision.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

When you are reluctant to change,
think of the beauty of autumn.
- V. B. Brown

Wonder what opportunities you pass, unwittingly,
because your hands are so busy clasping
what you think you have always known.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Nurture your mind with great thoughts,
for you will never go any higher than you think.
- Benjamin Disraeli


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