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For years I've kept a list of dream projects. ...
by Michael Bolton

For years I've kept a list of dream projects.
- Michael Bolton

I have friends who've tried to break into the UK,
who went back with their tails between their legs.
Fortunately I've had the opposite experience.
- Michael Bolton

I have to be happy in the here and now because every
time you start focusing on your legacy you're really
setting yourself up for disappointment.
- Michael Bolton

Sinatra, here's a guy who plays a tough guy in all his movies,
but was allowed to be vulnerable when he stepped up to the microphone.
- Michael Bolton

 

The bigger you are, the harder they come down on you.
- Michael Bolton

When I was invited to sing with Pavarotti,
I had about two weeks to learn Italian.
- Michael Bolton

Someone told me there was a publisher that could find
a good home for my songs,
but I didn't want to give up my pursuit of a career
in the business as an artist.
- Michael Bolton

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It's a combination of melody and lyrics,
not one without the other.
It's a confluence of these different elements that
makes something powerful.
- Michael Bolton

There are certain people who have become better artists,
but they're brilliant at marketing.
I think someone who's been phenomenal like that is Madonna.
- Michael Bolton

Black music has increased my enjoyment of what I do.
It has increased my range, my ability to reach into
myself and accept myself.
- Michael Bolton

I was blown away by the control and the range that I was hearing.
I'm listening to Pavarotti and thinking,
What the hell have I been doing with my voice all these years?
- Michael Bolton

With the internet, things are so much more immediate.
People taste-test things to see if they want to buy the CD.
- Michael Bolton

It's understanding the intention of a composer that
allows a producer and an arranger to make those moments speak.
- Michael Bolton

A lot of the greatest compositions were made famous by Sinatra.
- Michael Bolton

You can't make everybody love what you do,
but you can know how great you feel doing it.
- Michael Bolton

I kept looking to do songs that were written years
ago and would live or outlive all of us,
and the one thing they had in common was Sinatra.
- Michael Bolton

Whoever best serves the song is going to be served by the song.
- Michael Bolton

I'm proud of my mentors.
Ray Charles is the strongest influence on me as a singer.
- Michael Bolton

When you have great songs that are going to live longer than the composers,
everything you can do to bring those different elements and nuances out,
serve the song.
- Michael Bolton

No matter how great we get with digital formats of instrumentation,
nothing really quite duplicates the real thing.
- Michael Bolton

Considering the amount of information we're bombarded by,
it's amazing if a song can transcend time.
- Michael Bolton

The whole industry evolves around a great song.
- Michael Bolton

I love songwriting.
It's second to my love for singing in how I express myself.
- Michael Bolton

When I started studying for the arias it was like going
into training for a heavyweight title fight.
- Michael Bolton

It's an important thing to remember where you came from.
- Michael Bolton

One song will launch you, but you don't want to be a one-song artist.
- Michael Bolton

To sing along with Stevie Wonder, you had to make your
voice do things it was not accustomed to doing.
- Michael Bolton

The Top 40 is geared toward 20 and under,
not 20 and up.
That's the audience I'm geared to.
- Michael Bolton

Dr. King is so inspiring, so impressive,
so moving as a human being.
- Michael Bolton

A lot of my success comes from black music.
It's something I'm very proud of.
- Michael Bolton

You're presuming too much by using the word legacy -
presuming that someone is going to care.
- Michael Bolton

We used to call it recurrent airplay when someone had a hit.
- Michael Bolton

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

The years teach much which the days never know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is not a matter of counting the years,
but making the years count.
- Michele St. Amand

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;
if in terms of ten years, plant trees;
if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
- Confucius

It takes years to build up trust,
and only seconds to destroy it.
- Anonymous

It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.
- Eddie Cantor

And in the end, it's not
the years in your life that count,
it's the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits
and then complain that he's not the man she married?
- Barbra Streisand

When a man you like switches from what
he said a year ago, or four years ago,
he is a broad-minded person who has courage enough
to change his mind with changing conditions.
When a man you don't like does it,
he is a liar who has broken his promise.
- Franklin Pierce Adams

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth,
but delicious in the years of maturity.
- Albert Einstein

Almost nothing you worry about today
will matter in a hundred years.
Think carefully about what you can focus on today.
Choose tasks that will actually make a positive difference
to your great-grandchildren.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anger is a destructive emotion
that becomes instinctive over the years.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you plan for a year, plant a seed.
If for ten years, plant a tree.
If for a hundred years, teach the people.
When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest.
When you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests.
- Kuan Chung

You can make more friends in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get other people interested in you.
- Dale Carnegie

You can close more business in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get people interested in you.
- Dale Carnegie

I do not fear death.
I had been dead for billions and billions
of years before I was born,
and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
- Mark Twain

I have spent many years of my life in opposition,
and I rather like the role.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue.
If we have enough friends, we may go on for years,
intending to leave, talking about leaving -
instead of actually getting up and leaving.
- Erica Jong

Old is always fifteen years from now.
- Bill Cosby

One of the greatest titles we can have is "old friend."
We never appreciate how important old friends are until we are older.
The problem is we need to start our old friendships when we are young.
We then have to nurture and grow those friendships over our middle age
when a busy life and changing geographies
can cause us to neglect those friends.
Today is the day to invest in those people
we hope will call us "old friend" in the years to come.
- Grant Fairley

He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort,
should, when young, consider that he may one day become old,
and remember when he is old, that he has once been young.
- Joseph Addison

When a man goes through six years training to be a
doctor he will never be the same.
He knows too much.
- Enid Bagnold

Give me a couple of years, and I'll make that actress an overnight success.
- Samuel Goldwyn

I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck,
but my lawyer thinks he can get me five.
- Steven Wright

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

I haven't spoken to my wife in years.
I didn't want to interrupt her.
- Rodney Dangerfield

I got through my teen years by being a bit of a clown.
- Diane Cilento

Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about
your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.
- Grantland Rice

I will never be an old man.
To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
- Francis Bacon

To be seventy years young is sometimes
far more cheerful and hopeful
than to be forty years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The way you think, the way you behave,
the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.
- Deepak Chopra

My mother gets all mad at me if I stay in a hotel.
I'm 31-years-old, and I don't want to sleep on a sleeping
bag down in the basement.
It's humiliating.
- Ben Affleck

I think and think for months and years.
Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false.
The hundredth time I am right.
- Albert Einstein

Once you have seen the truth
you must make the decision to let go
of the pain, anger, and resentment you have been holding on to.
This requires you to take action.
If you are attached to your pain, resentment,
and self-righteousness, and addicted to your emotional reactions,
this will be a difficult step for you.
Taking action requires letting go of the very thing
you have been holding on to for so many years.
There is comfort in what we find familiar,
even if we are experiencing pain and suffering.
The pain and suffering itself becomes the familiarity we seek.
It takes absolute faith in yourself
plus courage, will, and discipline to let go.
But once you let go, it will be as if
the weight of the world has been taken off your shoulders.
In this process it is important to forgive
not just the others in our lives, but also ourselves.
For most people, giving ourselves
the gift of forgiveness is very challenging.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is always some specific moment when we become
aware that our youth is gone;
but,
years after, we know it was much later.
- Mignon McLaughlin

Thirty to 40 years ago, most financial decisions were fairly simple.
- Scott Cook


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