Paul Simon - Quotes

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Who am I to blow against the wind? ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

Listen to the sound of silence.

Listen to the sound of silence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.

Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.

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. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

There must be 50 ways to leave your lover. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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? ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

I always get very calm with baseball. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 10-13, 1941
Birthplace: in Newark Heights, New Jersey, The United States
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Occupation: Musician

Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote nearly all of the pair's songs, including three that reached No (wikipedia)