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Lou Reed Quotes and Sayings

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I'm an artist and that means I can be as egotistical as I want to be.
- Lou Reed

Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.
- Lou Reed

My God is rock'n'roll.
- Lou Reed

Take a walk on the wild side.
- Lou Reed


Music was what bothered me, what interested me.
- Lou Reed

I think that everything happens for a reason,
everything happens when it's going to happen.
- Lou Reed

There's a bit of magic in everything,
and some loss to even things out.
- Lou Reed

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How can anybody learn anything from an artwork when
the piece of art only reflects the vanity of the artist and not reality?
- Lou Reed

The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.
- Lou Reed

I don't like overdubs, never liked them.
- Lou Reed

There's only X amount of time.
You can do whatever you want with that time.
It's your time.
- Lou Reed

The music business doesn't interest me anymore.
- Lou Reed

I always thought martial arts was the most modern choreography we could have right now,
and I always wanted to put it to music.
- Lou Reed

Some even claim that I'm a terror, a dictator and they're right.
- Lou Reed

One of my rules is: Never listen to your old stuff.
- Lou Reed

Perfect Night has that magic and it has the raw energy
that grabs you by the throat.
- Lou Reed

If it has more than three chords, it's jazz.
- Lou Reed

I don't believe in dressing up reality.
I don't believe in using makeup to make things look smoother.
- Lou Reed

In the late '70s I started to search for the perfect sound -
whatever that might be,
before that I was mainly interested in drugs,
insanity and the rock'n'roll lifestyle.
- Lou Reed

I can concentrate on my art.
- Lou Reed

I'm too old to do things by half.
- Lou Reed

These are really terribly rough times,
and we really should try to be as nice to each other as possible.
- Lou Reed

I cleaned up my act because otherwise I would have kicked the bucket.
- Lou Reed

I don't think I'm in any position to call myself a martial artist.
I'm a student of the martial arts.
- Lou Reed

I don't like nostalgia unless it's mine.
- Lou Reed

I love Ornette Coleman.
I love Don Cherry.
I love the way those guys play.
- Lou Reed

I don't really think about what the subject of my next album will be.
I just know that I'm going to make another album.
- Lou Reed

I think it's pretentious to create art just for the
sake of stroking the artists ego.
- Lou Reed

I don't know anyone actually who does care what a critic says.
- Lou Reed

I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it.
- Lou Reed

Me, I've concentrated on music pretty much to the exclusion of other things.
- Lou Reed

I think life is far too short to concentrate on your past.
I rather look into the future.
- Lou Reed

I'm in this business for too long to be halfhearted about anything.
- Lou Reed

I'm not joking around when I've said occasionally,
trying to learn how to play a D chord properly has
been a very big thing for me.
- Lou Reed

But I'm also talented and I know when I created something
great and Perfect Night is something great,
no doubt, no but.
- Lou Reed

You can't ask me to explain the lyrics because I won't do it.
- Lou Reed

Perfect Night is minimalistic and that's what makes it so forceful.
- Lou Reed

That's why I survived because I still believe I've got something to say.
- Lou Reed

When I record an album I'm trying to get as close as
possible to that perfect moment.
- Lou Reed

I tried to give up drugs by drinking.
- Lou Reed

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An artist never really finishes his work,
he merely abandons it.
- Paul Valery

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas,
a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
- Edward Steichen

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
- Andy Warhol

Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
- Franz Liszt

A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
- George Edward Moore

I've been called many names like perfectionist,
difficult and obsessive.
I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the
details for any artist to be good.
- Barbra Streisand

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
- George Santayana

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place:
from the sky,
from the earth, from a scrap of paper,
from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
- Pablo Picasso

An artist is always alone - if he is an artist.
No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
- Henry Miller

I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist.
I never think about money.
Beautiful things make money.
- Lord Acton

The artist in me cries out for design.
- Robert Frost

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist,
and the less the artist does the better.
- Andre Gide

To an engineer, good enough means perfect.
With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.
- Alexander Calder

An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
- Edgard Varese

Every production of an artist should be the expression
of an adventure of his soul.
- W. Somerset Maugham

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't
doubt what they're doing.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Every human is an artist.
The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
- Eugene Delacroix

I love power.
But it is as an artist that I love it.
I love it as a musician loves his violin,
to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

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 am not a great cook, I am not a great artist,
but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.
- Michael Palin

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts -
such is the duty of the artist.
- Robert Schumann

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis

A group or an artist shouldn't get his money until his boss gets his.
- Bobby Darin

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

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty,
you know you're an artist.
- David Hockney

The artist's world is limitless.
It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.
It is always on his doorstep.
- Paul Strand

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