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James Taylor Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by James Taylor

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

Related topics: Art

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

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

 

Sobering up was responsible for breaking up my marriage.
That's what it couldn't stand.
- 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 I were to try to identify a turning point I'd say that was it -
getting clean.
- James Taylor

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

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

Certain things in life are more important than the
usual crap that everyone strives for.
- 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 am myself for a living.
I don't animate a character.
- James Taylor

I was a functional addict.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Music is like a huge release of tension.
- 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

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

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

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

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

I was in chemical jail.
- James Taylor

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

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

I can take criticisms but not compliments.
- James Taylor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common
is not gender or ethnic background,
but motivation, perseverance, and desire -
the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery.
- Ellen Ochoa

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

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

I don't think any collector knows his true motivation.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I don't care about motivation.
I care about credibility.
- Eliot Spitzer

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

I don't believe in team motivation.
I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it
will have the necessary confidence when it steps on
a field and be prepared to play a good game.
- Tom Landry

I wonder sometimes if the motivation for writers ought to be contempt,
not admiration.
- Orson Scott Card

There's always the motivation of wanting to win.
Everybody has that.
But a champion needs, in his attitude,
a motivation above and beyond winning.
- Pat Riley

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

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

But what was my motivation was music,
and the fact that I love to move around.
I'm always moving around.
- Suzanne Farrell

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

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

Wanting something is not enough.
You must hunger for it.
Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order
to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.
- Les Brown

A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.
- Pat Riley

I fear that our true motivation is about oil and our own flailing economy;
about the failure to destroy Al Qaeda and about revenge.
- Dave Matthews

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

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

An employee's motivation is a direct result of the
sum of interactions with his or her manager.
- Bob Nelson

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

We expert teachers know that motivation and emotional impact are what matter.
- Donald Norman

A single prop that does not look real to an audience can louse you up.
The same is true of the smallest flaw in setting up
the motivation in a story line.
- Desi Arnaz

I just knew that economics had never been my big motivation.
- Leigh Steinberg

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


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