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Elvis Costello Quotes and Sayings

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Maybe I just never learned my harmony part,
because what everybody says sounds odd to them sounds perfectly natural to me.
- Elvis Costello

But there are things in Il Sogno that the methods of
The Delivery Man could never achieve.
- Elvis Costello

And I don't feel any form of music is beyond me in
the sense of that I don't understand it or I don't
have some love for some part of it.
- Elvis Costello

My ultimate vocation in life is to be an irritant.
- Elvis Costello

 

I've been lucky to listen to lots of different types of music.
- Elvis Costello

Sometimes I write notes that I have difficulty singing.
- Elvis Costello

There's no such thing as an original sin.
- Elvis Costello

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I believe that music is connected by human passions
and curiosities rather than by marketing strategies.
- Elvis Costello

Women hear rhythm differently than men.
- Elvis Costello

You need a platform upon which to release an orchestral record,
otherwise it's just going to be an obscurity.
- Elvis Costello

Well, I've had a lot of different experiences in music over the years.
And not everything you do can satisfy everybody's idealised version of you.
- Elvis Costello

I find humming is very useful.
- Elvis Costello

And obviously, when I started out, I had a little bit
more curiosity than some,
and went seeking out the original artists,
or in some cases searching up country music.
- Elvis Costello

I used to be disgusted; now I try to be amused.
- Elvis Costello

I found with this record I had to really be strong-willed,
because in the past I've tended to tinker and add a
thing or take a thing away,
and nearly always been wrong.
- Elvis Costello

I know that when I make a record like The Delivery
Man as a contrast to even Il Sogno,
this is going to reach a wider audience,
because it communicates in that very direct way.
- Elvis Costello

These are the sort of things that push you on in music -
the curiosity,
a passion for new ideas.
- Elvis Costello

Really the only thing holding a lot of records together
is the personality of the singer,
and the will to write all of these different things.
- Elvis Costello

There are many critics who have an idealised version
of where my strengths lie.
- Elvis Costello

Mention Hubert Sumlin, as well, because Hubert's a great man,
and again, you know, I don't play the guitar very good,
but when I'm playing this kind of music,
I always have him in my mind.
I wish I could play like Hubert.
- Elvis Costello

Very similar experience happened last year when we released this album,
North.
It was on Deutsche Grammophon, it was very,
very honest.
It was the most honest record I've ever written.
- Elvis Costello

You have to face the fact that I have no reputation as a composer;
I have my reputation as a songwriter and a performer-and
that opportunity came this summer,
when I was invited to perform at the Lincoln Centre festival in New York...
three nights.
- Elvis Costello

And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet,
I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group,
chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even.
- Elvis Costello

Obviously I got known for some other songs early on,
and some of those were rock'n'roll songs.
Some of them were melodic pop songs.
And I've done lots of different things,
as you know, but every so often I get drawn back.
- Elvis Costello

Well, T Bone's had a remarkable career as a producer
since the time that we first worked together.
He was dividing his time between recording and producing when we first met,
and touring.
We toured together and we were great friends.
- Elvis Costello

Obviously the people that I admired,
like the Beatles,
were really into rock'n'roll, but it was already a
little past rock'n'roll when I started listening and
making my own choices about music.
- Elvis Costello

I'd been to Memphis before, but we stayed out of Memphis
early on in the late 70s for obvious reasons.
People were very sensitive about Elvis Presley,
and my stage name obviously would be provocative to
some people in that area at that time.
- Elvis Costello

A part of you has grown in me.
And so you see, it's you and me
together forever and never apart,
maybe in distance, but never in heart.
- Anonymous

Today... maybe I can take one step
on that profoundly complex path to peace.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Maybe So, Maybe Not.
- Ancient Taoist Proverb

A sloth lives a pretty good life, s-l-o-w-l-y.
Maybe we have something to learn from him.
Some days, being sloth-like may be just what you need
to avoid being consumed by urgency.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Maybe life isn't really as complicated
as we make it out to be.
Perhaps a simple child-like attitude would create
a less stressful and happier life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't know if we each have a destiny,
or if we're all just floatin' around accidental-like on a breeze.
But I, I think maybe it's both.
- the movie Forrest Gump

To be one, to be united is a great thing.
But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.
- Bono

I know how hard it is in these times to have faith.
But maybe if you could have the faith to start with,
maybe the times would change.
You could change them. Think about it. Try.
And try not to hurt each other.
- the movie Oh, God!

Maybe I could have loved you better.
Maybe you should have loved me more.
Maybe our hearts were just next in line.
Maybe everything breaks sometime.
- Jewel

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
- Arthur Miller

Maybe there is no actual place called hell.
Maybe hell is just having to listen to our grandparents
breathe through their noses when they're eating sandwiches.
- Jim Carrey

You know what? Maybe there's a good reason
donkeys shouldn't talk.
- the movie Shrek (2001)

Maybe nature is fundamentally ugly, chaotic and complicated.
But if it's like that, then I want out.
- Steven Weinberg

You might have seen a housefly, maybe even a superfly,
but I bet you ain't never seen a DONKEY fly!
- the movie Shrek (2001)

My family comes first.
Maybe that's what makes me different from other guys.
- Bobby Darin

Maybe a person's time would be as well spent raising
food as raising money to buy food.
- Frank Howard Clark

We'll sort of get over the marriage first and then maybe look at the kids.
But obviously we want a family so we'll have to start thinking about that.
- Prince William

I have a daughter who's 11 years old.
Maybe she'll grow up independent and really really
heavy and become a movie star and she'll play me in my life story.
- Patti Smith

Maybe our generation is more about sex,
but it feels like romance is dying out.
- Orlando Bloom

California is an island, and New York's an island.
Maybe it's time for me to change islands.
- Paul Mazursky

I don't like to think that maybe I'm just getting old.
I'm not too excited about watching a huge explosion.
I'm more interested in people and characters.
- Norman Jewison

If I would have listened, if I would have understood
diabetes like I understood music,
maybe these things wouldn't have happened.
- Marvin Isley

I think he had a wake-up call.
It's a different kind of race, and I think maybe he
didn't take it quite as seriously as he might have,
but you can bet he learned a lot of lessons.
- Frank Shorter

I am always looking for a cool tee shirt;
maybe one with a rock band or an old advertisement.
- Bridget Hall

My idea of what's good and bad and right and wrong
is maybe greyer than most,
and I like writing about that.
- Shaun Cassidy

Actually, I think it's interesting that when I put the weight on,
I was already with him.
I don't know, maybe I felt safe.
And he likes me like this.
He likes me whatever size I am.
- Delta Burke

First, I'm trying to prove to myself that I'm a person.
Then maybe I'll convince myself that I'm an actress.
- Marilyn Monroe

So when they have Mourinho and Benitez joining the
Premiership they should say it's good for us,
maybe these guys have something new to give.
- Jose Mourinho

I want to take a few years out, maybe make a couple
of more films or whatever.
- Tom Felton

I want a part where I can use my own hair,
my own voice, and maybe even be literate.
- Judy Holliday

She's a cool ghost.
Maybe me being nude all the time is why we get along.
- Matthew McConaughey

I just think that it's maybe fashionable today to try
to take individual actions and individual failures
and take the broadest possible brush and try to paint a company.
- Lee Scott

In spite of the Depression, or maybe because of it,
folks were hungry for a good time, and an evening of
dancing seemed a good way to have it.
- Lawrence Welk

Maybe I'm not a great man but I damn well want to break the record.
- Roger Maris

Those who believe in the importance of serving others
should lead the way by fighting against the temptation we all have,
and maybe especially as we age, to close in upon ourselves.
- Marvin Olasky

I shoot a little bit, maybe two rolls,
medium format, which is 20 pictures,
and if it's not working,
I change the position.
- Annie Leibovitz

Is encouragement what the poet needs? Open question.
Maybe he needs discouragement.
In fact, quite a few of them need more discouragement,
the most discouragement possible.
- Robert Fitzgerald

If your mind is at work, we're in danger of reproducing another cliche.
If we can keep our minds out of it and our thoughts out of it,
maybe we'll come up with something original.
- Peter Falk

I wish something on T.V.
would trouble me.
Then maybe I would watch it.
- John Waters

I was maybe only 13 or 14 when I started to play junior tournaments.
- Jana Novotna

If we had been less reliant on technology and the security
that we enjoy in being divorced from what we used to know,
maybe things would have turned out differently.
- Heather Donahue

The party has to be rebuilt on all levels.
In a way, maybe it's to be expected when you've had
a governor in office for 12 years and he and his people are stepping down.
- Peter King

There was a darkness, a melancholy, that people had trouble accepting.
Maybe now, it would work better.
- Alain Resnais

I just have a thing for writers.
Maybe it because I'm just so not a writer.
- Patricia Clarkson


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