I think people are sexy when they have a sense of humor, when they are smart, when they have some sense of style, when they are kind, when they express their own opinions, when they are creative, when they have character.
Writing is always personal in some way but not always in a direct way.
My mother wanted me to understand that as a woman I could do pretty much whatever I wanted to, that I didn't have to use sex or sexuality to define myself.
But I never want to get to the point where I write a safe song or one that represents my sense of a subject in order to appear civilized.
If you have to fight a crowd of boys, it's best to go for the biggest one. That way you won't have to fight them all. The others will see that you mean business and you will win their respect.
Don't uncork what you can't contain
If language were liquid, it would be rushing in. Instead here we are in a silence more eloquent than any word could ever be.
I like to write about things that are extreme in some form. I like to write about something I feel I have to write about.
I dont think gender is aesthetically defining for me.
It takes as much discipline to be a mother and a wife as it does to do anything else.
Writing in other voices is almost Japanese in the sense that theres a certain formality there which allows me to sidestep the embarrassment of directly expressing to complete strangers the most intimate details of my life.
I always thought that if I was popular I must be doing something wrong.
I fingerpick a lot because I can get more of a range of feeling from the guitar than I can when I bash away with a pick.
My name is Luka I live on the second floor. I live upstairs from you, yes, I think you've seen me before.
That said, I've never thought the fact that I'm a woman was important to my work.
I'd like to meet you
In a timeless placeless place
Somewhere out of context
And beyond all consequences.
Solitude stands by the window
She turns her head as I walk in the room
I can see by her eyes she's been waiting
Standing in the slant of the late afternoon
Today I am
a small blue thing
Like a marble
or an eye
It's striking how commercially viable that impulse for instant intimacy is right now, especially in songs and writing.
Last year's troubles, They shine up so prettily, They gleam with a lustre they don't have today.
Kindness to me is only powerful if it has the cruel streak behind it. If someone is kind all the time under all circumstances, they're just simple-minded. Kindness is only worth something if you have the cruel streak to back it up.
And I really wanted a driver's license. I was 43, had my learner's permit and had failed the test once already - but that was in Riverhead, on Long Island.
I wasn't afraid of going places or doing new things. I would do just about anything or go anywhere. I'd get a notion in my mind and just follow it.
I was the oldest child, and both my parents worked, so I had a great deal of responsibility from a very young age.
I think that if you have a strong narrative, if the idea of the song can be boiled down to the basics, it won't change that much.
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