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We got on American Bandstand, where kids would dance
by Paul Simon

We got on American Bandstand, where kids would dance
to a record and then rate it.
We called ourselves Tom and Jerry.
I was Jerry.
- Paul Simon

Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you,
following you right on up until you die.
- Paul Simon

I would be willing to do almost anything to make Art happy.
I care about our friendship.
The only thing I won't do is change the essence of my work.
- Paul Simon

How much can you do with two voices? You can sing thirds
or you can sing fifths or you can do a background harmony.
- Paul Simon

 

There's something about the sound of a train that's
very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful.
- Paul Simon

I don't consider myself to be a major talent,
so the only solace I can take is to hope I'm growing.
- Paul Simon

As long as you have capital punishment there is no
guarantee that innocent people won't be put to death.
- Paul Simon

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Artie travels all the time.
The rehearsals were just miserable.
Artie and I fought all the time.
He didn't want to do the show with my band;
he just wanted me on acoustic guitar.
- Paul Simon

The record company stay out of my way.
Whenever the record is finished, they take it.
- Paul Simon

The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly
into our hearts and our brains.
- Paul Simon

One of the things that upset me was some of the criticism
leveled at Simon and Garfunkel.
I always took exception to it, but actually I agree with a lot of it.
- Paul Simon

I'm more interested in what I discover than what I invent.
- Paul Simon

I'm not in it for the money.
I like music.
I love to write music.
I can't imagine myself not playing or singing or writing.
It would just drive me crazy if I didn't.
- Paul Simon

Not every song I write is ecstasy.
And it can happen only one time.
After that, when you sing the same melody and words,
it's pleasure, but you don't get wiped out.
- Paul Simon

My life so common it disappears and sometimes even
music cannot substitute for tears.
- Paul Simon

We were always able to sing and blend well together;
that's our gift.
But aside from that, we're really two different guys.
- Paul Simon

You want to be a writer, don't know how or when? Find a quiet place,
use a humble pen.
- Paul Simon

We had many more points of agreement than we had points of difference,
but we did differ, and the bigger we got,
the more insistent we got that each one of us should have his way.
- Paul Simon

Faith is an island in the setting sun,
But proof is the bottom line for everyone.
- Paul Simon

I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown.
There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion.
It's chicken and eggs.
And I said, I gotta use that one.
- Paul Simon

My whole artistic life has always been about change,
change, change, move on, move on.
It's the only thing I find interesting.
- Paul Simon

All lies and jests, still a man hears what he wants
to hear and disregards the rest.
- Paul Simon

I think I have a superior brain and an inferior stature,
if you really want to get brutal about it.
- Paul Simon

Mrs.
Robinson is a little dated now, but it has nothing to do with Joe DiMaggio.
- Paul Simon

When we came into the studio I became more and more me,
making the tracks and choosing the musicians,
partly because a great deal of the time during Bridge,
Artie wasn't there.
- Paul Simon

If you can get humor and seriousness at the same time,
you've created a special little thing,
and that's what I'm looking for, because if you get pompous,
you lose everything.
- Paul Simon

The words of the prophets are written on the subway
walls and tenements halls and whispered in the sounds of silence.
- Paul Simon

Having a track record to live up to and the history
of successes had become a hindrance.
It becomes harder to break out of what people expect you to do.
- Paul Simon

I question what emotion Manilow touches.
People are entertained by him.
But are they emotionally moved? I don't believe anything
that Barry Manilow sings.
- Paul Simon

A man sees what he wants to see, And disregards the rest.
- Paul Simon

I suppose an artist takes the elements of his life
and rearranges them and then has them perceived by
others as though they were the elements of their lives.
- Paul Simon

I try to open up my heart as much as I can and keep
a real keen eye out that I don't get sentimental.
I think we're all afraid to reveal our hearts.
It's not at all in fashion.
- Paul Simon

I don't feel any pressure from fans.
But I'm always in some kind of state of emotional turmoil.
I would not describe myself as happy-go-lucky.
That's not to say that I'm not happy.
- Paul Simon

I always get very calm with baseball.
- Paul Simon

We just did what we'd done when we were an act in the '60s.
But I found it impossible to hold a dialogue with 500,000 people.
In a certain sense, it was numbing.
- Paul Simon

We've survived by believing our life is going to get better.
- Paul Simon

Facts can be turned into art if one is artful enough.
- Paul Simon

It's pointless to be critical of your stuff once it's done.
I don't spend a lot of time agonising over it.
It's of no importance once it's finished.
- Paul Simon

Why am I so soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?
- Paul Simon

I don't believe what the papers are saying They're
just out to capture my dime,
Exaggerating this, exaggerating that.
- Paul Simon

I don't like fashion.
It's very heartless.
- Paul Simon

Someone told me it's all happening at the zoo.
- Paul Simon

I don't very often think I've done a good job.
I don't like the majority of what I do.
I shouldn't say I don't like it, but I'm not satisfied
with almost everything that I do.
- Paul Simon

Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.
- Paul Simon

I think Bridge Over Troubled Water was a very good song.
Artie sang it beautifully.
The Boxer was a really nice record.
But I don't think I've written any great songs.
- Paul Simon

There must be 50 ways to leave your lover.
- Paul Simon

I lived in an attached house.
My father used to drive into the wrong driveway all the time.
He'd say, Damn it, how do you tell one of these houses from another?
- Paul Simon

When I was 15, I made a solo record.
It made Artie very unhappy.
He looked upon it as something of a betrayal.
- Paul Simon

Artie is a singer, and I'm a writer and player and a singer.
We didn't work together on a creative level and prepare the songs.
I did that.
- Paul Simon

I rate each album as better than the last one.
That's how I see it.
- Paul Simon

Without Arthur's voice, I never would have enjoyed that success.
- Paul Simon

I don't think that Simon and Garfunkel as a live act
compares to Simon and Garfunkel as a studio act.
- Paul Simon

Being an artist doesn't mean that you're a good artist.
That was the bargain I first made with myself:
I'd say,
I'm an artist, but I'm not really very good.
- Paul Simon

It's a big error to think that because you like somebody's work,
you're going to like him.
- Paul Simon

Who am I to blow against the wind?
- Paul Simon

Anybody can do bad work, but not everybody does good work.
- Paul Simon

People often called us perfectionists,
but we were not looking for perfection.
We were looking for some kind of magic in the music.
- Paul Simon

My voice is my improvisational instrument,
the melody instrument.
The guitar is harmonic structure.
I'm not a good enough guitarist to improvise on it.
- Paul Simon

When I began making my own albums, the songs became funkier.
They were more about the streets.
- Paul Simon

Listen to the sound of silence.
- Paul Simon

My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you
before you can move on.
- the movie Forrest Gump

None of us got where we are solely by
pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.
- Thurgood Marshall

Hardly a man in the world has an opinion
upon morals, political, or religion
which he got otherwise than
through his associations and sympathies.
- Mark Twain

If you do what you've always done,
you'll get what you always got.
- Mark Twain

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
- Lewis Carroll

You got to be careful if you
don't know where you're going,
because you might not get there.
- Yogi Berra

Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got a hold of for the moment,
and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

Love is the flower you've got to let grow.
- John Lennon

If you want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.
- Mother Teresa

Things are never quite as scary when you've got a best friend.
- Bill Watterson

Everyone who got where he is,
had to begin where he was.
- Richard L. Evans


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