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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.
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.
I think every entertainer's had nights when things go wrong. I mean you can't remember everything all the time, and especially if you're having hard times personally, things going on that you - you know, and then people make it worse. And that makes you feel worse.
My choices, including those related to the day-to-day aspects of life, like the use of a modest car, are related to a spiritual discernment that responds to a need that arises from looking at things, at people and from reading the signs of the times. Discernment in the Lord guides me in my way of governing.
I've had all six of my books reach the New York Times bestseller list, which is especially rewarding seeing as I flunked out of high school twice because I couldn't write. It just goes to show you that we learn from our mistakes.
When you're having a bad day at work, a lot of times it's your head. When you're having good days, a lot of times it's the absence of the mind.
There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.
There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls.
If what you do is being threatened as a profession, that could be scary. But that's the same reason why I walked out on stage many times after receiving death threats. I couldn't live without doing what I wanted to do. So at the same time I have to be willing to die for it.
It's hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.
An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.
I live halfway between reality and theater at all times. And I was born this way.
I do remember how it was to be poor. I do remember that in my early years, we had to grow and raise all of our food, even our animals. And I remember in my early life, we didn't even have electricity. So it was very, very hard times then.
The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the state governments, in times of peace and security.
It's much easier to cheat than it is to be loyal. Everyone goes through down times. You just don't put yourself in those situations, you know?
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.
'Mean' is a song I wrote about somebody who wrote things that were so mean so many times that it would ruin my day. Then it would ruin the next day. And it would level me so many times, I just felt like I was being hit in the face every time this person would take to their computer.
As many times as I've seen 'The Merchant of Venice,' I always take Shylock's side. For all the hatred that guy is shown, he has a reason to hate in return. He's treated cruelly. And it's tragic that he learns to be intolerant because of what others do to him.
My stepdad provided me with an amazing childhood. I played outside like a normal kid, I rode my bike, I walked to school, but the happiest times were when I was acting.
For me, already being part of a single parent household and knowing it was just me and my mom, you'd would wake up times and hope that the next day you'd be able to be alongside your mother because she was out trying to make sure that I was taken care of. But all I cared about was her being home.
My favorite movies of all times is 'Doctor Zhivago,' and I love 'Gone With the Wind.' I'd love to play some Southern belle or something where I owned a plantation.
Any man who makes a speech more than six times a year is bound to repeat himself, not because he has little to say, but because he wants applause and the old stuff gets it.
Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
I've been asked this question so many times, do you feel you need to write a book for adults? No, I don't need to write a book for adults.
J. K. Rowling
A 'human right' is, by definition, timeless. It cannot adhere to some societies and not others, at some times and not at other times.
C. S. Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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