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James Taylor Quotes and Sayings

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That's the motivation of an artist -
to seek attention of some kind.
- James Taylor

Related topics: Art

It's probably foolish to expect relationships to go
on forever and to say that because something only lasts 10 years,
it's a failure.
- James Taylor

I was in chemical jail.
- James Taylor

I started being a songwriter pretending I could do it,
and it turned out I could.
- James Taylor

 

We all have to face pain, and pain makes us grow.
- James Taylor

I'm very unstable; there's no stability in a musician's life at all.
You live on a bus or on the road hand to mouth and
you don't know where your money's coming from.
- James Taylor

Fortunately, it doesn't seem to have made a lot of
difference to my audience that I'm as bald as a billiard ball!
- James Taylor

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I don't read music.
I don't write it.
So I wander around on the guitar until something starts to present itself.
- James Taylor

I don't think anyone really says anything new.
- James Taylor

If you feel like singing along, don't.
- James Taylor

I am myself for a living.
I don't animate a character.
- James Taylor

Being on a boat that's moving through the water,
it's so clear.
Everything falls into place in terms of what's important and what's not.
- James Taylor

I don't take compliments very easily.
I think most musicians suffer from low self-esteem to some extent.
- James Taylor

Somehow it helps just to take something that's internal and externalize it,
to see it in front of you.
- James Taylor

I don't know much about God.
But if everything does originate with God,
then certainly songs do as well.
- James Taylor

It is the most delightful thing that ever happens to me,
when I hear something coming out of my guitar and out
of my mouth that wasn't there before.
- James Taylor

Certain things in life are more important than the
usual crap that everyone strives for.
- James Taylor

You have to choose whether to love yourself or not.
- James Taylor

Time will take your money, but money won't buy time.
- James Taylor

Americans work a long away ahead of themselves because
of the size of the place.
To make any impact at all you have to promote yourself
with live performances ages before a release.
- James Taylor

If the gig's going really well, I'm incredibly happy
on stage and really feel good about my life and things.
- James Taylor

There'll come a writing phase where you have to defend the time,
unplug the phone and put in the hours to get it done.
- James Taylor

If you think my music is sentimental and self-absorbed,
I agree with you.
- James Taylor

The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.
- James Taylor

I think people are isolated because of the nature of human consciousness,
and they like it when they feel the connection between
themselves and someone else.
- James Taylor

I think that we're all totally isolated beings and always will be.
- James Taylor

Once you get that two-way energy thing going,
everyone benefits hugely.
- James Taylor

It's hard to find a way forward.
When you're 18 it happens in huge chunks every day,
but after 20 years, growth is much more costly.
- James Taylor

I can take criticisms but not compliments.
- James Taylor

If I were to try to identify a turning point I'd say that was it -
getting clean.
- James Taylor

Sobering up was responsible for breaking up my marriage.
That's what it couldn't stand.
- James Taylor

Knowing when to quit is probably a very important thing,
but I just am not ready.
- James Taylor

I believe 100 percent in the power and importance of music.
- James Taylor

I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out,
to share your love or pain with others.
- James Taylor

I was a functional addict.
- James Taylor

When I cleaned up some 17 odd years ago,
I felt terrible for about six months.
The only thing that gave me any real relief was strenuous physical activity.
- James Taylor

Music is like a huge release of tension.
- James Taylor

If you're an addict, it controls your life and your
life becomes uncontrollable.
It's boring and painful, filling your system with something
that makes you stare at your shoes for six hours.
- James Taylor

It is a process of discovery.
It's being quiet enough and undisturbed enough for
a period of time so that the songs can begin to sort of peek out,
and you begin to have emotional experiences in a musical way.
- James Taylor

People should watch out for three things:
avoid a major addiction,
don't get so deeply into debt that it controls your life,
and don't start a family before you're ready to settle down.
- James Taylor

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

A person acting from a motivation
of contribution and service
rises to such a level of moral authority
that worldly success is a natural result.
- Marianne Williamson

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Money was never a big motivation for me,
except as a way to keep score.
The real excitement is playing the game.
- Donald Trump

If money was my only motivation, I would organize myself differently.
- Placido Domingo

I find motivation and inspiration and hope in information.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You know looking back on it now I used the fight and
after the fight as motivation,
to make sure I was going to be the best middleweight
in the world for a long time.
- Marvin Hagler

Motivation is simple.
You eliminate those who are not motivated.
- Lou Holtz

Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.
- Norman Ralph Augustine

Ability is what you're capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
- Raymond Chandler

We talk on principal, but act on motivation.
- Walter Savage Landor

We had an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth and
I think if that's not enough motivation I don't think
you should be playing this game.
- Tina Thompson

Myths are stories that express meaning,
morality or motivation.
Whether they are true or not is irrelevant.
- Michael Shermer

I sat down with my trainers to check my past seasons
and to see what could be done to keep me motivated and in good shape.
I had to find a new motivation, a new momentum.
- Hermann Maier

Money was never the motivation.
It never should be in sports.
- Katarina Witt

It was all about wanting to get revenge.
Pathetic, really, but it still is the motivation.
- Julian Clary

Motivation is everything.
You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people.
Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the
line and get him to inspire his people.
- Lee Iacocca

People need motivation to do anything.
I don't think human beings learn anything without desperation.
- Jim Carrey

At the same time, it makes me feel like I have to prove
myself to the new guys coming in as well as prove myself to the coaching staff,
which is a good bit of motivation for me.
- Michael Strahan

Everybody kind of perceives me as being angry.
It's not anger, it's motivation.
- Roger Clemens

Y'know, the real reason why I was such a failure in
the sense of being unable to make any sort of a living
was because I was really not motivated.
I had no motivation.
- Paul Twitchell

I'd say the most memorable thing for me was my dedication
and motivation in how I got so involved in boxing.
- Alexis Arguello

When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character,
I say, 'It's in the script.' If he says,
'But what's my motivation?, ' I say,
'Your salary.'
- Alfred Hitchcock

I have worked enough and I am happy to be touring the
country speaking about living with MS to give people
inspiration and motivation to help themselves.
- Teri Garr

Action, reaction, motivation, emotion,
all have to come from the characters.
Writing a love scene requires the same elements from the writer as any other.
- Nora Roberts

If someone is going down the wrong road,
he doesn't need motivation to speed him up.
What he needs is education to turn him around.
- Jim Rohn

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration,
motivation, and a pinch of creativity.
- Bo Bennett

I think change is possible, but only for individuals
who were never truly gay in the first place and who
have a strong personal motivation to recover their heterosexuality.
- Marilyn vos Savant

People are stupid;
given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything.
Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie
because they want to believe it's true,
or because they are afraid it might be true.
- Terry Goodkind

But now I'm getting that spiritual motivation to visit Africa.
- Dennis Brown

It doesn't matter who is playing or how old they are.
I just worry about what I can control.
It doesn't give me more or less motivation.
- Monica Seles


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