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Eric Clapton Quotes and Sayings

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A British pressing with a compilation of the best stuff really,
I mean actually not only that but, these were all kind
of semi hits for the people on it in America.
- Eric Clapton

Although they can do it all the time,
you know, they're far better than me,
on a musically, on a theoretical music level.
You know, they're out of my league.
- Eric Clapton

I mean, it didn't matter to me that there were people,
it didn't matter that I was shy Just the sound was
so captivating that it helped me to get rid of those inhibitions.
- Eric Clapton

This moment in time, on this tour, you know,
I'm discovering a lot of new things.
And to be 45 and doing that, it's a mixture of pleasure and pain,
I can assure you.
- Eric Clapton

 

Yeah, and I went straight into a fantasy world.
Just stepped straight into the abyss.
You know, I was gone and kids used to walk past my front room,
cause I lived on the green.
- Eric Clapton

I don't have half the nerves there that I have anywhere else.
- Eric Clapton

I've got the god given talent or the god given opportunity better put,
to let that out in a harmless way you know,
and I don't know what it does to you,
I don't really know.
- Eric Clapton

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I mean, the sound of an amplified guitar in a room
full of people was so hypnotic and addictive to me,
that I could cross any kind of border to get on there.
- Eric Clapton

It was stumbling on to really the bible of the blues,
you know, and a very powerful drug to be introduced
to us and I absorbed it totally,
and it changed my complete outlook on music.
- Eric Clapton

It's very dependent on your state of mind.
And your emotional state as well.
And a lot of it comes pouring out, you don't really
have that much control with it.
- Eric Clapton

They looked great, you know the drawings of the guys
playing looked great and bits of string around their necks.
So it didn't seem to be that difficult a thing to do,
or that inaccessible.
- Eric Clapton

Yeah, it is, because it's a real discovery of your inner resources,
you know.
That's what my character is all about and what my playing is all about.
But to get up there and just go inside and draw out
something that makes you feel good first and foremost.
- Eric Clapton

It was a mystery to me, how the tuning was,
or the style seemed to come out of nowhere,
it obviously had roots in America going way back,
there was nothing like it for me I'd ever seen before.
- Eric Clapton

Yeah, I wanted to know where they got it from,
what it was all about, you know, and it seemed to strike
something in me that was you know rearing it's head
and I still don't know what that is.
- Eric Clapton

The first one was quite cheap, but that was expensive for us.
For my folks to buy on the Never Never.
It was quite, you know, a rare object to have and I
gained quite a lot of status by having this.
- Eric Clapton

Leave bands, go back to obscurity if I choose to,
without a great sense of loss of security because it's
all been based on the fact that I did it on my own or was doing,
enjoying doing it on my own in the first place.
- Eric Clapton

Very much like that, and very much a loner,
do you know and I didn't fit really into sport or all
kind of group activities as a kid,
I couldn't find a niche.
And music was not really part of the kind of village curriculum it would,
you know.
- Eric Clapton

I just managed to convince my grandmother that it was
a worth while that was something to do,
you know, and when I did finally get the guitar,
it didn't seem that difficult to me,
to be able to make a good noise out of it.
- Eric Clapton

One summer I remember, I got exposed to Chuck Berry
and Buddy Holly and Buddy Holly was a very very big,
made a very big impression on me.
Because of a lot of things, you know,
the way he looked and his charisma.
- Eric Clapton

Oh yeah, I mean, it wasn't a very good guitar,
most good guitars have got thrust rods in the necks
that you can adjust or that'll keep them in shape,
you know keep them straight.
This one just, well it turned into a bow and arrow
after a couple of months.
- Eric Clapton

Sitting down to a meal with an Indian family is different
from sitting down to a meal with a British family.
- Roland Joffe

If these theatres didn't exist, the tradition of British
theatre would cease to exist.
- David Soul

My influences were Peter Sellers and the great British character actors.
- Tracey Ullman

I think you know that I classify science as British science,
American science, and everybody else.
- Martin Fleischmann

I seemed to belong to three countries:
I had an apartment in Paris,
a house in Hollywood, and when I married British theater director Peter Hall,
I moved to London.
- Leslie Caron

Be blind.
Be stupid.
Be British.
Be careful.
- Virginia Graham

I give no more paroles to British officers.
- Christopher Gadsden

If an army of monkeys were strumming on typewriters,
they might write all the books in the British Museum.
- Arthur Eddington

British girls are as temperamental as Americans.
- Ivor Novello

The coast of British Columbia was one of the three
chief centers of aboriginal America.
- Ellsworth Huntington

As for the British churchman, he goes to church as he goes to the bathroom,
with the minimum of fuss and no explanation if he can help it.
- Ronald Blythe

The French and the British are such good enemies that
they can't resist being friends.
- Peter Ustinov

The British needlewoman follows blindly where the merchant leads.
- Ann Macbeth

The British Government and the Irish Government have
accepted very clearly the Mitchell Report.
- Dick Spring

A few regular troops from old France,
weakened by hunger and sickness, who,
when fresh, were unable to withstand the British soldiers,
are their general's chief dependence.
- James Wolfe

The British do not expect happiness.
I had the impression, all the time that I lived there,
that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right.
- Quentin Crisp

The British have slang words, as we do,
but it was fun.
- Dennis Farina

The truth is that neither British nor American imperialism was or is idealistic.
It has always been driven by economic or strategic interests.
- Charley Reese

It was just us lampooning our own peer group,
saying, well hey, where did this stuff come from? And
where does British guys get to be so good at it suddenly?
- Neil Innes

With most British actors, it's amazing.
I think they start with the character on the outside and work in.
- Norman Jewison

There just seems to be more acceptance now of...
other kinds of British films, than the picture-postcard ones.
- Tim Roth

Our ability to make a decision about the declaration
is hampered by the British government being reluctant
to give us the clarification which we require.
- Martin McGuinness

If there is to be any hope of prosperity for this country
it is by reversing that policy which made us simply
the kitchen garden for supplying the British with cheap food.
- Eamon de Valera

Yes, I won the Bafta.
I thought the British were very intelligent.
- Eli Wallach

However, I began to submit poems to British magazines,
and some were accepted.
It was a great moment to see my first poems published.
It felt like entering a tradition.
- Helen Dunmore

It is up to you to decide that this has lasted long enough,
that our boys are dying to serve no British interest
but for the interests of a small clique of utterly unscrupulous men.
- John Amery

Although the Chinese had used opium as a medicine,
there was no widespread addiction before the British arrived.
- Robert Trout

The parallel development in American blues to the British
movement has resulted in Johnny Winters.
- Alexis Korner

I think at its best the American sense of humor is
the same as the British sense of humor at its best,
which is to be wry and ironic and self deprecating.
- Simon Pegg

We have lost all our big Australian industries and icons,
including Qantas when it sold 25 % of its shares and
a controlling interest to British Airways.
- Pauline Hanson

No, men and women of the Irish race,
we shall not fight for England.
We shall fight for the destruction of the British Empire
and the construction of an Irish republic.
- James Larkin

I don't enjoy British shows as a rule because British audiences are strange.
- Andrew Eldritch

There is not a single injustice in Northern Ireland
that is worth the loss of a single British soldier
or a single Irish citizen either.
- James Callaghan

And so I was very grateful that I didn't do the British stiff upper lip,
but I went straight to a therapist.
And she was wonderful and helpful, and I went for about two years.
- Lynn Redgrave

In this context the British and Irish governments will have to promote a new,
imaginative and dynamic alternative in which both governments
will share power in the north.
- Gerry Adams

It has, therefore, been a favorite boast of the people of Wales and Cornwall,
that the original British stock flourishes in its unmixed purity only among them.
- Thomas Bulfinch

I gave my parole once, and it has been shamefully violated
by the British Government;
I shall not give another to people on whom no faith can be reposed.
- Christopher Gadsden

I went over before the British Open and played Valderrama
thinking that I might make the team,
might be a captain's pick.
I made the effort to go over there.
- Payne Stewart

So I rang up British Telecom, I said 'I want to report a nuisance caller',
he said 'Not you again'.
- Frank Carson

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India,
history will look upon the act of
depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There are actually quite high profile British TV star
cameos in it that you probably wouldn't even notice,
that the British wouldn't even notice,
let alone the American audience.
- Simon Pegg

The House of Lords is the British Outer Mongolia for retired politicians.
- Tony Benn

She has turned the British bulldog into a Reagan poodle.
- David Steel

Being pretty crazy while being chased by the National Enquirer is not good.
The British tabloids were the worst.
- Margot Kidder

We remain united with the British, and our allies around the world,
in our resolve to defeat terrorism and bring those
who commit these acts to justice.
- Doc Hastings

If the (British) Arts Council give you money,
they also tell you how to spend it.
- Neville Marriner

My unbeaten record and the 10 British Open wins have not been equalled.
- Jahangir Khan

I'd be quite excited to play somebody British.
- Claire Forlani

I would sooner play in a good British picture than
in the majority of American pictures I have seen.
- Glynis Johns

I live in London and I am a British subject,
although I do write in Spanish, of course.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

The British tend to shy away from the spotlight.
We don't like being singled out in any way,
and I think that is something which is important for me to learn to do.
- Damon Hill


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