New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.
I hate myself for loving you and the weakness that it showed. You were just a painted face on a trip down to suicide road.
Little red wagon, little red bike, I ain't no monkey but I know what I like.
She knows there's no success like failure, and that failure's no success at all.
I change during the course of a day. I wake and I'm one person, and when I go to sleep I know for certain I'm somebody else.
Sweet Goddess, born of a blinding light and a changing wind, don't be modest - you know who you are and where you've been.
I was born very far from where I'm supposed to be, and so I'm on my way home.
My songs always sound a lot better in person than they do on the record.
I never took much, I never asked for your crutch, Now don't ask for mine.
If you don't believe there's a price for this sweet paradise, just remind me to show you the scars.
You need something to open up a new door, to show you something you seen before but overlooked a hundred times or more.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
I'm against nature. I don't dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can't touch with decay.
Through the mad mystic hammering of the wild ripping hail the sky cracked its poems in naked wonder, that the clinging of the church bells blew far into the breeze, leaving only bells of lightning and its thunder.
Definition destroys ... there's nothing definite in this world.
What was the future? The future was a solid wall, not promising, not threatening - all bunk. No guarantees of anything, not even the guarantee that life isn't one big joke.
A poem is a naked person... Some people say that I am a poet.
If I wanted to be a painter, I might think about trying to be like Van Gogh, or if I was an actor, act like Laurence Olivier. If I was an architect, there's Frank Gehry. But you can't just copy somebody. If you like someone's work, the important thing is to be exposed to everything that person has been exposed to.
They can't hurt me. Sure, they can crush you and kill you. They can lay you out on 42nd and Broadway and put hoses on you and flush you in the sewers and put you on the subway and carry you out to Coney island and bury you on the Ferris wheel. But I refuse to sit here and worry about dying.
Send them all my salary On the waters of oblivion Too much of nothing Can turn a man into a liar It can cause one man to sleep on nails And another man to eat fire Ev'rybody's doin' somethin' I heard it in a dream But when there's too much of nothing It just makes a fella mean.
I wish that for just one time you could I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes... Then you'd know what a drag it is to see you.
Last night I danced with a stranger, but she just reminded me you were the one.
People are going to say, ‘Well, it's not very truthful.' But a songwriter doesn't care about what's truthful. What he cares about is what should've happened, what could've happened. That's its own kind of truth. It's like people who read Shakespeare plays, but they never see a Shakespeare play. I think they just use his name.
People disagreeing everywhere you look makes you wanna stop and read a book.
The little room was filled with American records and a phonograph. Izzy would let me stay back there and listen to them. I listened to as many as I could, even thumbed through a lot of his antediluvian folk scrolls. The madly complicated modern world was something I took little interest in. It had no relevancy, no weight. I wasn't seduced by it.
You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
Can you cook and sew, make flowers grow, do you understand my pain? Are you willing to risk it all or is your love in vain?
I almost died because of obesity. It make me cannot breath when sleep at night.
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.
What good are fans? You can't eat applause for breakfast. You can't sleep with it.
I just don't hear anyone else making the music I'm making in my head, so I'll have to do it myself.