There's a general rule that I always go by, and it's that you fall for who you fall for. Whatever small issue you get hung up on, whether it's because they're shorter than you, younger than you or they live far away -- if you really are crazy about someone, none of that matters.
When all you wanted was to be wanted, you wish you could go back and tell yourself what you know now.
I still love sparkles and grocery shopping and really old cats that are only nice to you half the time. I still love writing in my journal and wearing dresses all the time and staring at chandeliers.
I'll bet she's beautiful, that girl he talks about, and she's got everything that I have to live without... He's the reason for the teardrops on my guitar, the only one who's got enough of me to break my heart. He's the song in the car I keep singing; don't know why I do.
Just being a human being, I've realized that before every big problem you create for yourself, before every huge mess you have to clean up, there was a crucial moment where you could've just said no.
If you're horrible to me, I'm going to write a song about it, and you won't like it. That's how I operate.
The battle's in your hands now, but I would lay my armor down, if you said you'd rather love than fight.
I don't really think you can ever stop making new friends or learning about as many new things as possible.
Being a powerful woman who also exhibits great warmth is an incredible feat because people think that to be powerful you have to be cold, and you don't.
So to you, or anyone else who has spent four minutes on me in some way -- listening to just one song, or watching one of my videos….Thank you. I love you like I love sparkles and having the last word. And that's real love.
I think there's something so attractive about mystery. There's something so attractive about the chase. And the bad guy ... bad boys know how to keep the chase going throughout an entire relationship because you never know if you completely have them or not. That's why they're so hard to get over.
But no matter what love throws at you, you have to believe in it. You have to believe in love stories and prince charmings and happily ever after. That's why I write these songs. Because I think love is fearless.
I think that it's fearless to fall for your best friend, even though he's in love with someone else.
FEARLESS is getting back up and fighting for what you want over and over again....even though every time you've tried before you've lost.
It's alright, just wait and see, your string of lights is still bright to me. Who you are is not where you've been. You're still an innocent. It's okay life is a tough crowd, 32 is still growing up now.
You should vote for Neoprene Byzantine in the Hot Hundred, they're really sweet guys and that Moscow song is just wow! Hurry guys voting closes really soon mwah!
It's not our job to make people like us if they don't want to. It's not our job to change people. That's beyond our control. But what you can control is how you respond to it.
I definitely think that with music my favorite thing about Nashville is that it's a music hub that accepts and allows all genres to be present, and I think there's been a kind of fusing of genres lately that for me makes me really happy and excited.
And I'm dying to know, is it killing you like it's killing me? And the story of us looks a lot like a tragedy now.
I'm pretty pale. In high school I was insecure and thought it'd be cool to go to a tanning bed. Now I just let it look the way it looks.
Some combinations of people are toxic, you know? You have to find the right one that isn't just going to explode into fiery ash and destruction.
To me, Fearless is not the absense of fear. It's not being completely unafraid. To me, Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.
Everybody has that point in their life where you hit a crossroads and you've had a bunch of bad days and there's different ways you can deal with it and the way I dealt with it was I just turned completely to music.
My career always involved being the person in charge of what I was portraying to people. I never wanted to be an image of something I didn't believe in, an image that somebody else had put together. The idea of that just really scared me, more than the idea of failing.
Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst, be that fearless girl, the one who would dare to do anything, be that independent girl who didn't need a man; be that girl who never backed down.
My experience with songwriting is usually so confessional, it's so drawn from my own life and my own stories.
For me, 'risky' is revealing what really happened in my life through music. Risky is writing confessional songs and telling the true story about a person with enough details so everyone knows who that person is.
Some days I totally appreciate everything that's happening to me, and some days I feel everyone's waiting for me to mess up.
I go to all these photo shoots, and each time I figure out something new about myself and what I want to wear.
I'm typically single. I'm the girl who -- I call it girl-next-door-itis -- the hot guy is friends with and gets all his relationship advice from but never considers dating.
I'm the kind of person who needs to feel like everything happens for a reason. When you date a guy and it goes badly, that's horrible. But if you can write a song about it, then it was worth it.
I always wanted to know, and I always used to daydream, about what it would be like to stand on a really big stage and sing songs for a lot of people, songs that I had written... Daydreaming was kind of my No. 1 thing when I was little, because I didn't have much of a social life going on.
I think who you are in school really sticks with you. I don't ever feel like the cool kid at the party, ever. It's like, 'Smile and be nice to everybody, because you were not invited to be here.'
Guarding your heart and protecting your dignity are a little bit more important than clarifying the emotions of someone who's only texting you back three words. I've learned that from trying to figure out people who don't deserve to be figured out.
For me, writing a song, I sit down and the process doesn't really involve me thinking about the demographic of people I'm trying to hit or who I want to be able to relate to the song or what genre of music it falls under.
I think that when you're making your way up in the music industry, you have all these heroes and the reasons why they are your heroes. As soon as you get into the industry, your guidelines change a little bit. For me, my heroes now are great people first and great artists second.
Songs are my diaries; they always have been. You have to put your trust in everyone because putting down those real, personal details and thoughts that make a song authentic also opens you right up. I am constantly misunderstood; a lot of people just don't get me.
You can be obsessed with the bad things people say and the good things; either way, you're obsessed with yourself, and I'm not -- you can become unhinged so easily.
I never read one hateful thing said about me by some 12 year old. So I got to live an actual life. And I've kept that mentality. Just because there's a hurricane going on around you doesn't mean you have to open the window and look at it.
Here's what I've learned about deal-breakers. If you have enough natural chemistry with someone, you overlook every single thing that you said would break the deal.
I think people inspire me the most. If I meet a person who is incredibly complex, and all of a sudden, I start thinking in rhymes, that person could be a muse.
Sometimes I write about my own life. And sometimes I write about situations I see my friends going through. Sometimes I write about a scene I saw in a movie. I take inspiration from all different places.
I feel like my music has become a lot of things. It's hard to label the evolution, but I like there to be an evolution. I just like to paint with all different kinds of colors.
When I'm 40 and nobody wants to see me in a sparkly dress anymore, I'll be like: 'Cool, I'll just go in the studio and write songs for kids.'
There's a lot of pressure putting an album out all over the world and hoping people everywhere like it.
As I grow up, the lessons I learn in love and relationships and how we treat each other are hopefully maturing -- hopefully.
My favorite thing in life is writing about life, specifically the parts of life concerning love. Because, as far as I'm concerned, love is absolutely everything.
I still have mixed feelings about what growing up is -- this thing that happens to everyone, so I've heard.
When I figured out how to work my grill, it was quite a moment. I discovered that summer is a completely different experience when you know how to grill.
My style advice to other girls is to be experimental but always have a 'home base' and stick with your comfort style.
I don't have a type. I don't have a specific kind of human being. It's just kind of an X-factor of sorts. Everybody I've ever dated has been a case-by-case situation.
Songs for me are like a message in a bottle. You send them out to the world, and maybe the person who you feel that way about will hear about it someday.
I'm the girl who -- I call it girl-next-door-itis -- the hot guy is friends with and gets all his relationship advice from but never considers dating.
One element of Madonna's career that really takes center stage is how many times she's reinvented herself. It's easier to stay in one look, one comfort zone, one musical style. It's inspiring to see someone whose only predictable quality is being unpredictable.
Sitting on a bedroom floor crying is something that makes you feel really alone. If someone's singing about that feeling, you feel bonded to that person.
The most miraculous process is watching a song go from a tiny idea in the middle of the night to something that 55,000 people are singing back to you.
I don't like to feel like I'm in a club when I'm in my car and I turn on the radio. Anything that ceases to be a song and just sounds like house music kind of stresses me out.
Most of my songs have names of people I've met or are dear to me. There are people who have privacy issues and about people knowing about their private life. But for me, I like to include few special names and few details about them to make the song very special to me.
I've never wanted to use my age as a gimmick, as something that would get me ahead of other people. I've wanted the music to do that.
I've been a huge fan of Chris Martin forever; it'd be awesome to work with him. He's really kind, and he's been really encouraging when we've met.
So many girls come up and say to me, 'I have never listened to country music in my life. I didn't even know my town had a country-music station. Then I got your record, and now I'm obsessed.' That's the coolest compliment to me.
I think the first thing you should know is that nobody in country music 'made it' the same way. It's all different. There's no blueprint for success, and sometimes you just have to work at it.
I love dresses, and I've definitely thought about designing them someday. I just want to make sure that I wait until the time is perfect and I can do it right.
I think Kenny Chesney or Garth Brooks would be the coolest duet partners. I look up to them so much for their work ethics.
I was never a boy magnet at school. There was always the girl all the guys liked and wanted to date, but it was never me.
I've found that men I've dated who are in the same business can be really competitive. I've found a great group of girlfriends in the same business who aren't competitive, but a few times guys have started comparing careers and it has been... challenging.
I heard that when Christina Aguilera went back to her prom, people, like, booed her. I can't imagine going through that. If you know that's going to happen, why put yourself in that situation? I'd rather play for 20,000 screaming people, you know?
I'm never in the same place for more than, like, three days at a time. Things can change from one minute to the next.
For me, genres are a way for people to easily categorize music. But it doesn't have to define you. It doesn't have to limit you.
I think I have to trust that you end up with the person you're supposed to end up with, and that everything in between is there to teach you stuff.
If you are lucky enough to find something that you love, and you have a shot at being good at it, don't stop, don't put it down.
I try to read as much as I can. I try to read an informative article every day. I try to stay read up on our world issues.
I don't think there's an option for me to fall in love slowly or at medium speed. I either do, or I don't.
Part of me feels you can't say you were truly in love if it didn't last. If I end up getting married and having kids, that's when I'll know it's real -- because it lasted.
My head's never really quiet. The only time I can get it to turn off is if I watch 'CSI' or 'Law and Order,' where I have to follow the crime. If I can't turn my head off during that, I know I've really got a problem.
Anything you put your mind to and add your imagination into can make your life a lot better and a lot more fun.
The cool thing about reading is that when you read a short story or you read something that takes your mind and expands where your thoughts can go, that's powerful.
Don't ever call a guy first. The thing they want the most is whatever they can't have. It sounds really juvenile, but it works.
The drama and the trauma of the relationship you have when you're 16 can mirror the one you have when you're 26. Life repeats itself.
I think that the idea of having a different approach to every single one of my albums is so exciting to me. I never want to make the same record twice. Why do it? What's the point?
It's so much easier to like people, and to let people in, to trust them until they prove that you should do otherwise. The alternative is being an iceberg.
My parents taught me never to judge others based on whom they love, what color their skin is, or their religion.
I go to Wal-Mart all the time. The one in my hometown of Hendersonville, Tenn., is open 24 hours, so I go there a lot to buy DVDs and stuff like that.
I think the worst part about a breakup sometimes, if one could choose a worst part, would possibly be if you get out of a relationship, and you don't recognize yourself because you changed a lot about you.
The truth of it is that every singer out there with songs on the radio is raising the next generation, so make your words count.
I have never used Auto-Tune in a live television performance, and I have never used Auto-Tune in any of my concerts. That is a promise.
I don't live by all these rigid, weird rules that make me feel all fenced in. I just like the way that I feel like, and that makes me feel very free.
I think I've developed, as many people do, this sense of, 'Don't say the wrong thing, or else people will point at you and laugh.'
Most of my fans, if you were to look on their iPods, you'd see every possible genre of music represented in some capacity.
As your career grows, the list of things that makes you happy should not become smaller, it should become bigger.
My dad is a Chatty Cathy, the social butterfly; friendly; knows everybody in the whole world by six degrees; tells me that every performance is the greatest he's ever seen, every new outfit is the coolest. Constant cheerleader.
I didn't know what a stockbroker was when I was eight, but I would just tell everybody that's what I was going to be.
I've been on tour since I was 16, and I always do meet-and-greets before and after shows, so you kind of build these friendships with people. I have girls come up to me and tell me exactly what's going on in their love lives.
There are so many emotions that you're feeling, you can get stifled by them if you're feeling them all at once. What I try to do is take one moment -- one simple, simple feeling -- and expand it into three-and-a-half minutes.
I have an obsession with knowing the answers to things. When I don't know what happened, it just bothers me, gets under my skin, and I need to write about it.
When I listen to a song, I don't say, 'Oh my gosh, that vocal line she sang was the best thing I ever heard.' I'm thinking, 'That lyric just moves me. That lyric just said what I feel better than I could say it myself.'
I'm interested in Jackson Pollock's kind of art, where art is beautiful, but it's nothing, and yet it's incredible.
I'm sick of the tabloids' saying I obsess over guys. Why would you obsess over guys? They don't like it.
I have to practice to be good at guitar. I have to write 100 songs before you write the first good one.
I like the way the stories of my relationships sound to music more than the way they look in print, in gossip columns or in me talking about them in interviews. I think it's a better way of telling the stories.
I can say I'd honestly rather be happy than have 30 to 40 songs that I've written about these thrilling, exciting, horrible, unhappy times.
On 'Grey's Anatomy' I wouldn't care what I was playing -- I would play a corpse, 'cause I love it that much. It is deep true love, and it will never die.
I'd like to do a completely off-the-wall collaboration. I would like one of my songs to be the hook to a rap song. That would be so much fun!
The business aspect is one of the most important things about having a music career, because every choice you make in a management meeting affects your life a year-and-a-half from now.
A development deal is where they're giving you recording time and money to record, but not promising that they'll put an album out.
But when I hear a great song, I can't help but be inspired by it, regardless of whatever genre that song falls under.
I often get ideas for songs on the tour bus at odd times. Like at 6am when no one is around, I'd just write.
A lot of the jewelry that I wear are fan gifts because they're so awesome and they give me great presents.
For me, great music doesn't just have to fall into one category or one genre and I love appreciating all kinds of music.
I remember straightening my hair because I wanted to be like everybody else, and now the fact that anybody would emulate what I do? It's just funny.
I believe when it comes to love, there's something intangible about who we are attracted to, and I don't think I have a pattern.