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Elvis Costello Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Elvis Costello

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And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet,
I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group,
chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even.
- Elvis Costello

There's no such thing as an original sin.
- Elvis Costello

I used to be disgusted; now I try to be amused.
- Elvis Costello

Obviously I got known for some other songs early on,
and some of those were rock'n'roll songs.
Some of them were melodic pop songs.
And I've done lots of different things,
as you know, but every so often I get drawn back.
- Elvis Costello

 

Women hear rhythm differently than men.
- Elvis Costello

Sometimes I write notes that I have difficulty singing.
- Elvis Costello

I'd been to Memphis before, but we stayed out of Memphis
early on in the late 70s for obvious reasons.
People were very sensitive about Elvis Presley,
and my stage name obviously would be provocative to
some people in that area at that time.
- Elvis Costello

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And I don't feel any form of music is beyond me in
the sense of that I don't understand it or I don't
have some love for some part of it.
- Elvis Costello

You have to face the fact that I have no reputation as a composer;
I have my reputation as a songwriter and a performer-and
that opportunity came this summer,
when I was invited to perform at the Lincoln Centre festival in New York...
three nights.
- Elvis Costello

Well, I've had a lot of different experiences in music over the years.
And not everything you do can satisfy everybody's idealised version of you.
- Elvis Costello

My ultimate vocation in life is to be an irritant.
- Elvis Costello

You need a platform upon which to release an orchestral record,
otherwise it's just going to be an obscurity.
- Elvis Costello

I found with this record I had to really be strong-willed,
because in the past I've tended to tinker and add a
thing or take a thing away,
and nearly always been wrong.
- Elvis Costello

Well, T Bone's had a remarkable career as a producer
since the time that we first worked together.
He was dividing his time between recording and producing when we first met,
and touring.
We toured together and we were great friends.
- Elvis Costello

These are the sort of things that push you on in music -
the curiosity,
a passion for new ideas.
- Elvis Costello

Maybe I just never learned my harmony part,
because what everybody says sounds odd to them sounds perfectly natural to me.
- Elvis Costello

But there are things in Il Sogno that the methods of
The Delivery Man could never achieve.
- Elvis Costello

Really the only thing holding a lot of records together
is the personality of the singer,
and the will to write all of these different things.
- Elvis Costello

I know that when I make a record like The Delivery
Man as a contrast to even Il Sogno,
this is going to reach a wider audience,
because it communicates in that very direct way.
- Elvis Costello

Mention Hubert Sumlin, as well, because Hubert's a great man,
and again, you know, I don't play the guitar very good,
but when I'm playing this kind of music,
I always have him in my mind.
I wish I could play like Hubert.
- Elvis Costello

I've been lucky to listen to lots of different types of music.
- Elvis Costello

I believe that music is connected by human passions
and curiosities rather than by marketing strategies.
- Elvis Costello

I find humming is very useful.
- Elvis Costello

Obviously the people that I admired,
like the Beatles,
were really into rock'n'roll, but it was already a
little past rock'n'roll when I started listening and
making my own choices about music.
- Elvis Costello

There are many critics who have an idealised version
of where my strengths lie.
- Elvis Costello

Very similar experience happened last year when we released this album,
North.
It was on Deutsche Grammophon, it was very,
very honest.
It was the most honest record I've ever written.
- Elvis Costello

And obviously, when I started out, I had a little bit
more curiosity than some,
and went seeking out the original artists,
or in some cases searching up country music.
- Elvis Costello

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein PHOTO

It's never too late -
never too late to start over,
never too late to be happy.
- Jane Fonda PHOTO

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous PHOTO

Anger is a destructive emotion
that becomes instinctive over the years.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest weapon against stress
is our ability to choose one thought over another.
- William James

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge
and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you,
you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Nothing external to you has any power over you.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another
as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
- Thomas Jefferson

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

Protect your vision.
Prevail over adversity.
Persevere in the midst of turmoil.
Passionately act upon your convictions.
Purposely walk into the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The past has no power over the present moment.
- Eckhart Tolle

One whispered yes becomes the wind song over an ocean of no's.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You can have no dominion greater or
less than that over yourself.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

The tyrant dies and his rule is over,
the martyr dies and his rule begins
- Soren Kierkegaard

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth,
so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.
To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.
To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over
the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
- Henry David Thoreau

Repressed anger still is anger, it just isn't expressed.
If you truly have no anger, you are blessed and joyful.
If you have repressed anger, know that you have anger,
you just haven't expressed that anger.
Go ahead, express your anger briefly,
pound pillows, scream, curse.
Then take a deep breath, and get over it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

It would be insane for me to
lose sleep over the opinions of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

When someone you love dies,
you don't lose them all at once.
You lose them in pieces over time
- the movie Simon Birch

And you would accept the seasons of your heart
just as you have always accepted
that seasons pass over your fields
and you would watch with serenity
through the winters of your grief.
- Khalil Gibran

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein (attributed)

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
- Norman Vincent Peale

When we are happy and serene,
time loses its power over us.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.
The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over
and let the beautiful stuff out.
- Ray Bradbury

My Cup Runneth Over - My Life Is Abundant.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every blade of grass has an angel
that bends over it and whispers, "grow! grow!
- Talmud

You don't lead by hitting people over the head -
that's assault, not leadership.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Even if you're on the right track,
you'll get run over if you just sit there.
- Will Rogers

The grass is not always greener
on the other side of the fence.
Fences have nothing to do with it.
The grass is greenest where it is watered.
When crossing over fences, carry water with you
and tend the grass wherever you may be.
- Anonymous

If we screw it up, start over. Try something else.
- Lee Iacocca

It ain't over till it's over.
- Yogi Berra

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

It's like deja-vu, all over again.
- Yogi Berra

When we hate our enemies, we are
giving them power over us:
power over our sleep, our appetites,
our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Our enemies would dance with joy if only
they knew how they were worrying us,
lacerating us, and getting even with us!
Our hate is not hurting them at all,
but our hate is turning our own days
and nights into a hellish turmoil.
- Dale Carnegie

I allow life to wash over me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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