(On L'Wren Scott dancing on the tables in her three-inch heels, in their first date at Le Train Bleu.) “It was something.”
(Talking about L'Wren Scott at her memorial) I’m so grateful to her for enriching my life in every way
Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind.
Anarchy is the only slight glimmer of hope
I should think that being my old lady would be all the satisfaction or career any woman needs.
It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.
(On media coverage of him): As long as my face is on page one, I don't care what they say about me on page seventeen.
Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
Either we stay at home and become pillars of the community or we go out and tour. We couldn't really find any communities that still needed pillars.
I am conservative with a small "c". It's possible to be conservative in fiscal policy, and tolerant on moral issues or questions of freedom of expression.
(About Elvis Presley) He was a unique artist... an original in an area of imitators.
All dancing is a replacement for sex.
I'd rather be dead than singing "Satisfaction" when I'm forty-five.
It's all right letting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back.
I was going back to college for a while, but I never made it. I'm a real dropout. I wanted to do comparative religion and history, but I just couldn't take three months off and go every day. I found myself having to work, and I'm just too lazy. I need three months off from music, but I can never get them.
It's kind of limiting using your intellect to write songs like Brown Sugar, isn't it? The only thing I'm really interested in is comparative religion and ancient history.
In the year 2000, no one will be arrested for drugs and those sort of things. It will be laughable, just like it would be laughable if people were still hanged for stealing sheep. These things have to be changed, but it takes maniacs obsessed with individual microcosmic issues to bring it about. I could get ever so obsessed about the drugs thing, and if I really worked hard at it, I might perhaps speed up the process of reform by perhaps ten years or five years or perhaps only six months. But I don't feel that it's important enough.
We belong to a generation that's separate from any other. We believe in what we're doing. We're happy to have the kids screaming for us. It gets me down to think that a lot of them will one day disappear into the drab nest. I hope all of them won't. If only the whole world could stay young.
Everybody has their own moral code. I conduct myself as I think fit.
It's hard to remember just what that period(the sixties) was like, but I can assure you it was extremely different from now. There was attitude, things you take for granted now they wouldn't then: social values, the way people mix, racial segregation, sexual segregation and orientation, the opportunities people would or wouldn't have, class and money. And the list goes on.
OK, that was a very big break, the '60s thing. But it was winding up from the days of Elvis. The Elvis period was super-rebellious. Because that kind of music was much more shocking than the music of the Beatles - the early Beatles... The sexuality of the early Elvis years was much more shocking to a straight audience than the Beatles' I Want to Hold Your Hand... The wild men - Elvis, Jerry Lee - they were much more scary. So when we're talking about any '60s break, you have to take that into account. They'd already made this sexual charge.
What's success to bourgeois people anyway? Success to them is an endless succession of marriage and the monotony of suburban cars. That's what they think success is. I didn't want to please my parents anyway.
The '50s were the beginnings of a consumer revolution. A few books like Absolute Beginners give a reasonably accurate flavor of the period if you weren't there or can't quite remember; I was very young.
Keith and I have a very complicated relationship. I don't pretend to understand it. I find it quite tricky. He is a very inward person and he was always a very quiet and meditative type of person, so to bring out what he really wants to say is, I think, quite a problem for him sometimes. I'm a very outgoing person and very gregarious. Keith isn't, really, although he's learned to be somewhat more gregarious than he used to be.