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Elliott Smith Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

 

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

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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

Because God only knows why people like what they like
and don't like something else.
- 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 touches on drug use.
I got caught up in that for almost two years.
- 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

If you play acoustic guitar you're the depressed,
sensitive guy.
- 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 didn't think I was gonna be playing on the Oscars or anything.
- Elliott Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority
is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
- Dale Carnegie

Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry
always gets the best of the argument.
- Voltaire

My life is my argument.
- Albert Schweitzer

Keep cool; anger is not an argument.
- Daniel Webster

The best argument against democracy is
a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill

If you can not answer a man's argument,
all is not lost; you can still call him vile names.
- Elbert Hubbard

A half truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible
as an argument than a whole one.
It carries better.
- Stephen Leacock

I say, If everybody in this house lives where it's God first,
friends and family second and you third,
we won't ever have an argument.
- Jeff Foxworthy

In one sense I feel that my book is a one-woman argument against determinism.
- Susan Griffin

My argument would be that I don't think there is much
that's genuinely political art that is good art.
- Thom Yorke

Shrines!
Shrines!
Surely you don't believe in the gods.
What's your argument? Where's your proof?
- Aristophanes

The argument of the strongest is always the best.
- Jean de La Fontaine

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable.
The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
- James Russell Lowell

This band has never had an argument.
It's just amazing.
- Dave Edmunds

Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.
- Robert Benchley

Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective.
A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.
- Hosea Ballou

History is full of really good stories.
That's the main reason I got into this racket:
I want to make the argument that history is interesting.
- Sarah Vowell

If this phrase of the 'balance of power' is to be always an argument for war,
the pretext for war will never be wanting,
and peace can never be secure.
- John Bright

The best way to win an argument is to begin by being right.
- William Ruckelshaus

A flourishing, morally credible media is a vital component
in the maintenance of genuinely public talk,
argument about common good.
- Rowan D. Williams

A day without an argument is like an egg without salt.
- Angela Carter

At a time like this, scorching irony,
not convincing argument, is needed.
- Frederick Douglass

That's what we're missing.
We're missing argument.
We're missing debate.
We're missing colloquy.
We're missing all sorts of things.
Instead, we're accepting.
- Studs Terkel

At the conclusion of my argument I received very high
compliments from the Chief Justice and later from other of the Judges.
What they said I do not care to repeat.
- William Henry Moody

Sometimes we deny being worthy of praise,
hoping to generate an argument we would be pleased to lose.
- Cullen Hightower

Capital punishment is the source of many an argument,
both good and bad.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Is it possible to covet a much longer life for one's
self and be as devoted to the well-being of the next
generation? It's a long argument.
- Leon Kass

My argument is that War makes rattling good history;
but Peace is poor reading.
- Thomas Hardy

The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant.
Every table had an argument going.
- George Carlin

I have found you an argument; I am not obliged to find you an understanding.
- James Boswell

Anger is seldom without argument but seldom with a good one.
- Lord Halifax

A knock-down argument; 'tis but a word and a blow.
- John Dryden

The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it.
- Edward W. Howe

The best argument for mutual funds is that they offer
safety and diversification.
But they don't necessarily offer safety and diversification.
- Ron Chernow

He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument,
but in the right word.
The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.
- Joseph Conrad

Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because
your opponent has taken the right side.
- Baltasar Gracian

I love argument, I love debate.
I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me,
that's not their job.
- Margaret Thatcher

Ridicule is the first and last argument of a fool.
- Charles Simmons

Whenever I run into prejudice.
I smile and feel sorry for them, and I say to myself,
There's one more argument for birth control.
- Freddy Fender

There was a very convincing argument made that the
extremists have won and the aggression is now supported by the majority,
therefore fighting until surrender was the only alternative.
- Joichi Ito


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