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Alexander Downer Quotes

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Sheik Hilaly is making a good contribution.
He is making a good contribution.
- Alexander Downer

So this is all part of a free society.
People are entitled to hold whatever view they want,
and the media can report things how they wish.
- Alexander Downer

Well, it's a - I don't want to disappoint you,
but it's a time worn tradition of Australian Governments
over many years not to get into any discussion about
that aspect of intelligence matters.
- Alexander Downer

Well, I'm not going to go into what the letter says,
because the police are looking at that.
But as you say it's in Bahasa.
But of course that's not to suggest that the letter
came from outside of Australia.
It came from in Australia.
It came from Victoria.
- Alexander Downer

 

The sheik is, thank God, still alive and this hurts
Bush who promised to his people to kill Osama.
- Mohammed Omar

So I started chanting when I was nineteen,
which was about twelve years ago, and it really had
a huge impact on my outlook,
happiness, and general creativity.
- Duncan Sheik

I privilege the music over the lyrics.
- Duncan Sheik

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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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I'm a pretty big P.J.
Harvey record fan and you can really hear New York in his record.
- Duncan Sheik

Simon Hale, the British arranger, does all string and
wood arrangements on my records.
- Duncan Sheik

But really important, perhaps most important is the craft;
how you make your record,
the creation of these sonic worlds you want your listener to hear.
- Duncan Sheik

I feel fortunate about being able to make the music
I want to make and getting away with it.
- Duncan Sheik

A real foolproof way to do it is play your stuff by
hook or by crook and build up a grass roots following.
- Duncan Sheik

My first two records were more energetic;
Phantom Moon is subtle,
quiet; so these various reactions are just something I expected.
- Duncan Sheik

I think in a way I was probably completely naive about
what it takes to make something become a hit.
- Duncan Sheik

And frankly, when I made that record,
hit songs were not what I was trying to achieve.
- Duncan Sheik

I got a publishing deal with BMG, they were supportive,
and some money to record demos.
- Duncan Sheik

I make the kind of music I like.
- Duncan Sheik

So, once I've written a song, you know,
I'm pretty happy with what the song is on its own terms.
- Duncan Sheik

I also wanted to make a record that was about other things than romance,
yeah, after two years on the road singing all the songs from the first album,
I got kind of tired of that.
- Duncan Sheik

I actually think sadness and darkness can be very beautiful and healing.
- Duncan Sheik

Ultimately, if I'm really moved by something,
it's going to go on the record and that's that.
- Duncan Sheik

I try to make sure that the Buddhism is more or less
implicit in the music rather than explicit.
- Duncan Sheik

But I can't really say there is too much modern music
that I'm blown away by at this moment.
- Duncan Sheik

It's inevitable your environment will influence what you do.
- Duncan Sheik

If I were to do this over I'd play a lot more shows before I made a record.
- Duncan Sheik

I certainly wouldn't say that my life is a disaster,
but there have been moments where I've felt like that.
- Duncan Sheik

I wouldn't say that I've had a tough life by any stretch of the imagination.
- Duncan Sheik

Because of my Buddhist practice, I'm never lacking for inspiration.
- Duncan Sheik

Lately I've been a workaholic.
I'm in the studio all the time and I've helped to produce a couple of artists.
- Duncan Sheik

Happy music doesn't tend to move me much.
- Duncan Sheik

I started playing music at a pretty young age.
- Duncan Sheik

I mean, at the end of the day when I'm making a record,
what I want to do is what I do.
- Duncan Sheik

Things come to me pretty regularly.
There is never a shortage or a backlog.
- Duncan Sheik

For my second record I had gotten ProTools (program)
and started to familiar myself with hard disc recording.
- Duncan Sheik

My second record was all about big ideas -
I was trying to make big statements about the culture,
about life.
I think in a certain way, I was a 27 year old kid with a guitar.
- Duncan Sheik

I think my Buddhist practice has a profound influence
on my life and encompasses my creative projects.
- Duncan Sheik

The experiences of promoting my first album were really something;
there is so much illusion in my environment (touring
and pop music) that I wanted to clear away.
- Duncan Sheik

I actually am always a music first person.
- Duncan Sheik

I'd have these weird experiences where I'd just be
walking down the street with this chord progression in my head,
this happened more than a few times,
and I'd walk home and find a fax in my machine and
it would match the music in my head.
- Duncan Sheik

I'm fortunate I have this coterie of musicians around
me to help take music to next level.
Being surrounded by so much creative energy,
so many creative people really feeds that creativity in me.
- Duncan Sheik

The difficult thing about a pop record is that you're given guidelines:
it has to have 3 choruses,
and then it must be between 3 minutes fifteen seconds
and three minutes forty-five seconds.
- Duncan Sheik

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

I thank Spirit for EVERYTHING
that has brought me to this moment,
and entrust my entire being
to the gentle nurture of Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know the power of saying, "Thank you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

It is my choice to care deeply about others.
No kindness is too small to be important -
the smile to the bank teller,
the sincere "thank you" for all kindnesses received,
the reassuring hand on the shoulder of a loved one or friend.
There is compassion in selfless generosity,
but there is also compassion in heartfelt empathy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a nurturing mother,
when you just remember to say "thank you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am a self-centered spoiled-rotten brat,
Thank you for nurturing me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I want to thank my parents for everything I am today -
fat, miserable, and paranoid.
- Anonymous

I take every opportunity to articulate to others
the ways that they have blessed and influenced me.
I hold sweet memories of making the opportunity
to thank teachers who have influenced me.
I encourage everyone to seize opportunities
to tell people who have made a gift of knowledge or influence.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Thank you, gentlemen. Someday I will repay you,
unless of course I can't find you, or if I forget.
- the movie Shrek 2

Thank you for joining me on this journey we call Life,
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Not for nothing is their motto TGIF -
'Thank God It's Friday.' They live for the weekends,
when they can go do what they really want to do.
- Richard Nelson Bolles

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.
The last is to say thank you.
In between, the leader is a servant.
- Max de Pree

Thank you, God, for this good life
and forgive us if we do not love it enough.
- Garrison Keillor

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste
the sky as well as the earth.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
- George S. Patton

You have five seconds to enjoy it and then you remember who you didn't thank.
- Helen Hunt

Let your children be as so many flowers,
borrowed from God.
If the flowers die or wither, thank God for a summer loan of them.
- Samuel Rutherford

It was a lovely opportunity for the first time in my
whole career to stand up and thank people who are really
responsible for me getting to realize my dreams.
- Rachel Griffiths

Some people asked me if I would be interested in managing the A's.
I said a definite no thank you.
At night, that place is a graveyard with lights.
- Whitey Herzog

You know, you have to put bread on the table.
So you thank God you got the job.
- Gavin MacLeod

I thank all of those who weren't born in this country
for coming here and making a contribution to Australia.
We are the least discriminatory country in the world,
in my view.
- John Howard

A woman in Mexico wanted me to heal her.
But I can't heal anybody.
I just put my hand on her and said, 'Thank you for seeing the film.'
- Jim Caviezel

I'd like to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.
- Joe DiMaggio

I just thank my father and mother, my lucky stars,
that I had the advantage of an education in the humanities.
- David McCullough

God bless America.
God save the Queen.
God defend New Zealand and thank Christ for Australia.
- Russell Crowe

There are very few misanthropes, thank goodness!
- Ivor Novello

I have good looking kids.
Thank goodness my wife cheats on me.
- Rodney Dangerfield

I never learned to verbalize an abstract musical concept.
No thank you.
The whole point of being a serious musician is to avoid
verbalization whenever you can.
- Virgil Thomson

I'm officially middle-aged.
I don't need drugs anymore, thank God.
I can get the same effect just by standing up real fast.
- Jonathan Katz


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