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Beck Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Beck.

I had long hair when I was a teenager.
- Beck

No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist.
- Beck

In the studio, I'm always throwing people on different instruments.
- Beck

Two men look out the same prison bars;
one sees mud and the other stars.
- Beck

 

I think you have to keep a childlike quality to play music or make a record.
- Beck

I think my whole generation's mission is to kill the cliche.
- Beck

I didn't want to do something typical.
- Beck

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I did that Grammys thing - I did a little freeform poem.
- Beck

There's never any pressure on the music having to be something.
- Beck

Anything goes.
You always find interesting things that way.
- Beck

I just go in the studio and write on the spot and see what comes out.
- Beck

Sometimes things in life take a few years to digest,
and they find their way into the work later on.
Sometimes I'm writing about things from eight years
ago-they just took a long time to distill and come
out in the appropriate way.
- Beck

The repercussions of what you put out and what people
gravitate to in your music never registered at all.
I never had that thing that maybe other bands have -
a specific idea of what they are and what their sound is.
- Beck

Art is the child of Nature; yes, her darling child,
in whom we trace the features of the mother's face,
her aspect and her attitude.
- Beck

In Japan, you get on the bullet train or the airplane,
and I loved the little speeches the stewardesses would do.
They even do little speeches before you play gigs.
- Beck

Sea Change was so specific.
From the beginning it was set what it was going to be.
All the other ideas that I had at the time I had to put to the side.
- Beck

I would love to do an electronic record.
There's just so much to see and do and try.
And life goes by.
- Beck

I hear a lot of bad TV commercials that try to sound like Where It's At.
That pretty much turned me off from using the electric
piano for a lot of years.
- Beck

You have to shelve a lot of your inspiration.
There's only so much you can do with one record.
- Beck

I sat out a few years because I wasn't really sure
what I wanted to do next.
So many things were changing in music and in culture,
so it seemed like a good time to step back.
- Beck

We play a hip-hop song and suddenly 25 people on the
left jump up and put their hands in the air;
then you play Lost Cause and they're like,
I don't know about this one.
- Beck

In the past it seemed like I was making fun of rap a little bit.
But it was more me making fun of myself,
since I'm not technically a rapper, whatever that means.
- Beck

There are a lot of people who really abused sampling and gave it a bad name,
by just taking people's entire hit songs and rapping over them.
It gave publishers license to get a little greedy.
- Beck

It's really hard for me to commit, one way or the other.
I was just always creating and seeing what came out.
- Beck

If someone is making a judgment when they don't have firsthand experience,
it's intolerant.
How can you make a judgment on something you don't know about?
- Beck

When you work with somebody for a long period of time,
you develop a shorthand with everything.
- Beck

The years keep going by and you realize,
Wow.
Doing these records is such a process:
going on tour for a year and a half,
then you get home and you want to do other things.
- Beck

Tonight the city is full of morgues,
and all the toilets are overflowing.
There's shopping malls coming out of the walls,
as we walk out among the manure.
That's why I pay no mind.
- Beck

I'm just taking one step at a time.
I could zigzag one way, but it's not usually on purpose.
- Beck

There's 40 or 50 songs that nobody's heard that I've done in between albums.
There's a whole evolution from Midnite Vultures to
Sea Change that's never been released.
- Beck

I hadn't done much rapping in a while.
I really wasn't sure I was going to do that any more.
For a couple years I thought I was done with that.
It wasn't really required of me.
- Beck

When my nephew was 3 and 4, he would say the most genius things.
He said, You're hammer macho with FBI dogs.
I thought it was just one of those great lines.
- Beck

Every time you go in, it's like starting over.
You don't know how you did the other records.
You're learning all over.
It's some weird musician amnesia, or maybe the road wipes it out.
- Beck

I'm the artist formally known as Beck.
I have a genius wig.
When I put that wig on, then the true genius emerges.
I don't have enough hair to be a genius.
I think you have to have hair going everywhere.
- Beck

There's some quality you get when you're not totally comfortable.
When you're not doing what you're used to,
you could completely fall on your face.
You could completely blow it.
- Beck

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

If i had known... i would have lingered
over my coffee a little longer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

I do not fear death.
I had been dead for billions and billions
of years before I was born,
and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
- Mark Twain

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

If someone had told me I would be Pope one day,
I would have studied harder.
- Pope John Paul I

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

Suppose our gratitude could be zero-based gratitude.
With zero-based gratitude,
we would be grateful for everything we had each day -
regardless of whether it was more or less than yesterday.
With zero-based gratitude, I can be grateful for all the people,
the love, the food, the shelter, the services,
the health, that I am blessed with today,
regardless of what I had yesterday.
With zero-based gratitude,
I can be grateful each day for the gift of life itself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I recognize that the person I was in my past
is not the person I am today.
That person did the very best they could,
given the knowledge, emotions, and prior experience
they had to draw upon at the time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If the tongue had not been framed for articulation,
man would still be a beast in the forest.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My father and he had one of those English friendships
which begins by avoiding the intimacies
and eventually eliminates speech altogether.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Everyone who got where he is,
had to begin where he was.
- Richard L. Evans

Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

I was wise enough to never grow up
while fooling most people into believing I had.
- Margaret Mead


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