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Van Morrison Quotes and Sayings

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You can't stay the same.
If you're a musician and a singer, you have to change,
that's the way it works.
- Van Morrison

Related topics: Music

I do see value in music criticism.
Most of the criticism I have received over the years has been very good.
- Van Morrison

I don't think nostalgia has to be negative.
- Van Morrison

I went back to Belfast and started a club,
the Maritime.
No one had thought about doing a blues club,
so I was the first.
- Van Morrison

 

I write songs.
Then, I record them.
And, later, maybe I perform them on stage.
That's what I do.
That's my job.
Simple.
- Van Morrison

If you're a pop singer, you don't need to evolve.
You just get a set together, have some hit songs and play them over and over.
- Van Morrison

Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was,
in essence, American folk music with a beat.
- Van Morrison

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I'm not a rock singer and I don't want to be a rock singer.
I'm not interested.
It doesn't seem to get across.
- Van Morrison

I've never felt like I was born with a silver spoon at all,
although I've felt like howling at the moon a lot of times!
- Van Morrison

Even today, skiffle is a defining part of my music.
If I get the opportunity to just have a jam,
skiffle is what I love to play.
- Van Morrison

Large audiences did not suit my low-key approach.
- Van Morrison

I always record far more than I can use.
There's probably twice as much recorded as comes out.
- Van Morrison

I think Paul McGuinness and U2 created the Irish music industry.
It certainly wasn't there before that.
- Van Morrison

A famous person to themselves, they don't get up in the morning and think,
I'm famous.
I'm not famous to me.
Famous is a perception.
- Van Morrison

I never paid attention to what was contemporary or what was commercial,
it didn't mean anything to me.
- Van Morrison

The future is keeping you out of the present time.
- Van Morrison

Every performance is different.
That's the beauty of it.
- Van Morrison

Being famous was extremely disappointing for me.
When I became famous it was a complete drag and it
is still a complete drag.
- Van Morrison

You take stuff from different places,
and sometimes you stick a line in because it rhymes,
not because it makes sense.
- Van Morrison

I learnt from Armstrong on the early recordings that
you never sang a song the same way twice.
- Van Morrison

There's always got to be a struggle.
What else is there? That's what life is made of.
I don't know anything else.
If there is, tell me about it.
- Van Morrison

I just need somewhere to dump all my negativity.
- Van Morrison

I'm very lucky, I'm happy with life because my experiences
led me to do what I had to do.
I don't have any regrets whatsoever.
- Van Morrison

The point of jazz is, you do something and then you go on.
- Van Morrison

The first piece of music that captured my imagination
was probably Ray Charles Live At Newport.
- Van Morrison

These days politics, religion, media seem to get all mixed up.
Television became the new religion a long time back
and the media has taken over.
- Van Morrison

There is no black-and-white situation.
It's all part of life.
Highs, lows, middles.
- Van Morrison

My ambition when I started out was to play two or three gigs a week.
And that's what I'm doing.
- Van Morrison

I never bought the commercial thing,
at any stage of the game.
- Van Morrison

I'd love to live in Ireland but I'd like to live as me,
not what someone thinks I am.
People don't understand - I lived there before I was famous.
- Van Morrison

You've got to separate the singer and the songs.
- Van Morrison

It was really strange for me when I started to play
concerts in America where the audiences were all sitting down.
- Van Morrison

In order to win you must be prepared to lose sometime.
And leave one or two cards showing.
- Van Morrison

I educated myself.
To me, school was boring.
- Van Morrison

As a developing musician, skiffle became a platform
for me to start playing music.
- Van Morrison

When I started studying tenor saxophone as a kid in Belfast,
I did so with a guy named George Cassidy,
who was also a big inspiration.
- Van Morrison

What you see is what you get.
- Van Morrison

If it's what you do and you can do it,
then you do it.
- Van Morrison

I understood jazz, I understood how it worked.
That's what I apply to everything.
- Van Morrison

I don't feel comfortable doing interviews.
My profession is music, and writing songs.
That's what I do.
I like to do it, but I hate to talk about it.
- Van Morrison

When I started you were more in touch with the people you were playing to.
There wasn't the distance or the separation that there is now.
- Van Morrison

Hearing the blues changed my life.
- Van Morrison

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha


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