Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see.
Maybe there is another who sees life not as a flickering candle but as a torch that can illuminate an undiscovered world.
One of the inescapable encumbrances of leading an interesting life is that there have to be moments when you almost lose it.
Humor has bailed me out of more tight situations than I can think of. If you go with your instincts and keep your humor, creativity follows. With luck, success comes, too.
There's no 'dumb-ass' vaccine.
Miyama hotel disco bar
He asks if she's a movie star
Her eyes light up they're going far
No time for a room -- it happened too soon
Now they're makin' love in her rent-a-car.
Any attempts at autobiography before the age of eighty seem pretty self-involved to me. There are a lot of smart middle aged people but not many wise ones.
It is an eternal truth in the political as well as the mystical body, that where one member suffers, all the members suffer with it.
There's a strange sense of pleasure being beat to hell by a storm when you're on a ship that is not going to sink.
Life was just a tire swing. 'Jambalaya' was the only song I could sing. Blackberry pickin', eatin' fried chicken, And I never knew a thing about pain. Life was just a tire swing.
There will always be those who feel more comfortable not venturing from the warmth of the hearth, but there are those who prefer to look out the window and wonder what is beyond the horizon.
And there's that one particular harbor Sheltered from the wind Where the children play on the shore each day And all are safe within.
Yeah. I wouldn't do it if it wasn't fun... We're showing people how, in a pretty crazy and whacked-out, dangerous world, you can still have fun.
It's my job to be better than the rest, and that's enough reason to go for me. It's my job to be better than the rest, and that makes the day for me.
My only contact with the outside world was an RCA Victrola, and Elvis would sing, and then I'd dream about expensive cars.
We need more fruitcakes in this world and less bakers!
We need people that care! I'm mad as hell! And I don't want to
take it anymore!
They send you off to college, try to gain a little knowledge, but all you want to do is learn how to score.
I want to keep going as I have, to travel, read, perform, write, and enjoy my family. I've promised myself only this: no more Laundromats, no more two-shows-a-night, and no more deadlines. I'll work at my own pace.
It's important to have as much fun as possible while we're here. It balances out the times when the minefield of life explodes.
Where's the church, who took the steeple, Religion's in the hands of some crazy ass people, Television preachers with bad hair and dimples, The God's honest truth is, it's not that simple.
I remember the excruciating school task of writing a three-page term paper. But, oh, that feeling when I was done! I think I drive myself for that feeling of accomplishment.
Being rich and famous seems to have its ups and downs. That's the price you pay for being troubadours and clowns.
Be good, and you will be lonesome, be lonesome and you will be free. Live a lie and you will live to regret it, that's what living is to me.
Whether it's a letter, song lyrics, part of a novel, or instructions on how to fix a kitchen sink, it's writing. You keep your craft honed, you acquire the discipline to finish things. You turn into a self-taskmaster.
It's those changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes nothing remains quite the same. With all of our running and all of our cunning, if we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane.
So I'll put on my bob marley tape And practice what I preach Get jah lost in the reggae mon As I walk along the beach.
Sail the main course in a simple sturdy craft. Keep her well stocked with short stories and long laughs. Go fast enough to get there but slow enough to see. Moderation seems to be the key.
I've always found drugs and alcohol somewhat pedestrian. It's like, I don't need an external agent to open my mind. I'm here, conscious, alert, present. Why would I alter that?
We got to roll with the punches, play all of our hunches, make the best of whatever comes your way. Forget that blind ambition, learn to trust your intuition -- plowing straight ahead, come what may.
Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred years to late. Cannons don't thunder, there's nothing to plunder, I'm an over forty victim of fate.
I was hungry and went out for a bite, ran into a chum with a bottle of rum and we wound up drinking all night.
I've done a bit of smuggling, I've run my share of grass. I made enough money to buy Miami, but I piss it away so fast.
When the good times come around, they gallup in like wild horses. You just try to stay on them for as long as you can. And when they throw you offyou just wait in the shade until they come around again.
I have never cared about setting world records, or filling my boat with fish, or, for that matter, even catching fish. I go for the experience of spending six hours in the arms of the ocean, never thinking of a single thing except chasing fish.
Later down the road of life, i made the discovery that salt water was also good for the mental abrasions one inevitably acquires on land.
Nothing to show but this brand new tattoo. But it's a real beauty, a Mexican cutie, how it got here I haven't a clue.
The right combination of guilt and machismo has sent many a fool out into the jungle when he should have stayed home.
If I couldn't laugh, I just would go insane. If we couldn't laugh, we just would go insane. If we weren't all crazy, we would go insane.
I have always looked at life as a voyage, mostly wonderful, sometimes frightening. In my family and friends I have discovered treasure more valuable than gold.
He went to Paris looking for answers to questions that bothered him so. He was impressive, young and aggressive, saving the world on his own.
Come back, come back, back to Jamaica
Don't you know we made a big mistaika
We would be so sad if you told us goodbye
And we promise not to shoot you out of the sky!
As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin' man, I have chalked up many a mile. Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks, and I learned much from both of their styles.
And I wound up in New Orleans for all those years and it was a great place, really a catalyst creatively.
If I couldn't laugh I just would go insane, If we couldn't laugh we just would go insane, If we weren't all crazy we would go insane.
I always said that I wouldn't use a teleprompter, and if I start to sing real flat, I'll hang it up.
Elvis was the only man from Northeast Mississippi who could shake his hips and still be loved by rednecks, cops, and hippies.
And you find as a writer there are certain spots on the planet where you write better than others, and I believe in that. And New Orleans is one of them.
Instinct taught me 20 years ago to pace a song or a concert performance. That translates into pacing a story, pleasing a reading audience.
You know, as a writer, I'm more of a listener than a writer, cuz if I hear something I will write it down.
Places I've lived since then had to have some kind of uniqueness and character about them. And logically Key West, and then Down Island. So, all of that stuff sort of had it's roots in New Orleans and went crazy.
These old ballparks are like cathedrals in America. We don't have big old Gothic cathedrals like they do in Europe. But we got baseball parks.
I still consider it a summer job, though. So, I try to maintain that summer job as long as I can. But it's exciting to be able to have the opportunity to do things I always dreamed of as a kid.
Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.
Moderation is the key so I work certain amount of time and then I take a certain amount of time off.
There's something missing in the music industry today... and it's music. Songs you hear don't last, it's just product fed to you by the industry.
The stores and the things like that, the business side of things came out at the point when, I'd say probably in the early '70s, it looked like the year of the singer-songwriter was over, 'cause music changed in our time and the spotlight was out.
I can only say the first thing that pops into my mind is I remember, years ago, seeing kind of a has-been country singer working -- when I first moved to Nashville -- in a bar in a Holiday Inn.
I hate to mention age, but I come from an era when we weren't consumed by technology and television.
I hate to mention age, but I come from an era when we weren't consumed by technology and television. My mother insisted that her children read. To describe my scarce leisure time in today's terms, I always default to reading.