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100 Paul Simon Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Paul Simon Sayings: Without Arthur's voice, I never would have enjoyed that success. Without Arthur's voice, I never would have enjoyed that success.
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Paul Simon Sayings: We just did what we'd done when we were an act in the '60s. But 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.
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Paul Simon Sayings: Somewhere in a burst of glory / Sound becomes a song. Somewhere in a burst of glory / Sound becomes a song.
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Paul Simon Sayings: I am just a poor boy, though my story's seldom told, and I have squandered I am just a poor boy, though my story's seldom told, and I have squandered my resistance, for a pocket full of mumbles, such are promises. All lies in jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest ... la-la-la-la-la-la-la-lala-la-la-la-la ...
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Paul Simon Sayings: The risk of failure is part of the fun of what I do. The risk of failure is part of the fun of what I do.
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Paul Simon Sayings: Artie is a singer, and I'm a writer and player and a singer. We didn't 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.
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Paul Simon Sayings: I think Bridge Over Troubled Water was a very good song. Artie sang it beautifully. 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.
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Paul Simon Sayings: I don't think that Simon and Garfunkel as a live act compares to Simon and I don't think that Simon and Garfunkel as a live act compares to Simon and Garfunkel as a studio act.
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Paul Simon Sayings: Faith is an island in the setting sun, But proof is the bottom line for Faith is an island in the setting sun, But proof is the bottom line for everyone.
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Paul Simon Sayings: Cecilia was made in a living room on a Sony. It was like a little Cecilia was made in a living room on a Sony. It was like a little piece of magical fluff, bur it works. El Condor Pasa a Los Incas record that I love. Bridge is a very strong melodic song.
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Paul Simon Sayings: And a rock feels no pain; And an island never cries. And a rock feels no pain; And an island never cries.
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Paul Simon Sayings: Big box just wasn't our strength. We are a men's and boy's specialty store focused Big box just wasn't our strength. We are a men's and boy's specialty store focused on providing high quality clothing with custom tailoring. Our customer is king. When we had seven stores, communication between the stores and with our customers became more disconnected. We started to lose that great family 'camaraderie' that is essentially the key to our success.
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Paul Simon Sayings: The dialogue between what's going on in the world and what's going on internally seems The dialogue between what's going on in the world and what's going on internally seems to be a natural thing - well, it's natural to me, anyway, to have these thoughts.
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Paul Simon Sayings: Time, time, time, see what's become of me,While I looked around,For my possibilities;I was so Time, time, time, see what's become of me,
While I looked around,
For my possibilities;
I was so hard to please
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Paul Simon Sayings: Serious numbers will speak to us always. Serious numbers will speak to us always.
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Paul Simon Sayings: You know, life is what you make of it- so beautiful or so what. You know, life is what you make of it- so beautiful or so what.
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Paul Simon Sayings: When I was a young reporter, the great vice among journalists was whiskey. Today, it's When I was a young reporter, the great vice among journalists was whiskey. Today, it's cynicism.
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Paul Simon Sayings: Take me. I'm an ordinary player in the key of C.And my will was broken Take me. I'm an ordinary player in the key of C.
And my will was broken by my pride and my vanity.
Who's gonna love you when you're looks are gone?
God will. Like he waters the flowers on your window sill.
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Paul Simon Sayings: I want to rid my heart of envy, and cleanse my soul of rage before I want to rid my heart of envy, and cleanse my soul of rage before I'm through.
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Paul Simon Sayings: All I've got to do today is smile. All I've got to do today is smile.
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Paul Simon Sayings: A man walks down the street. It's a street in a strange world. Maybe it's A man walks down the street. It's a street in a strange world. Maybe it's the third world. Maybe it's his first time around. He doesn't speak the language. He holds no currency. He is a foreign man. He is surrounded by the sound, sound of cattle in the marketplace, scatterlings and orphanages. He looks around, around he sees angels in the architecture spinning in infinity and he says, "Amen" and "Hallelujah!
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Paul Simon Sayings: Then she kissed me and I realized she probably was right, there must be fifty Then she kissed me and I realized she probably was right, there must be fifty ways to leave your lover.
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Paul Simon Sayings: Sail on silver girl, sail on by ... your time has come to shine all Sail on silver girl, sail on by ... your time has come to shine all your dreams are on their way ... see how they shine..oh and if you need a friend. I'm sailing right behind ...
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Paul Simon Sayings: Listen to the sound of silence. Listen to the sound of silence.
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Paul Simon Sayings: Kodachrome, it gives us those nice bright colorsGives us the greens of summersMakes you think Kodachrome, it gives us those nice bright colors
Gives us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah!
I got a Nikon camera, I love to take a photograph
So momma, don't take my Kodachrome away ...
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Paul Simon Sayings: She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spyI said 'Be careful his She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy
I said 'Be careful his bowtie is really a camera'
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Paul Simon Sayings: I've got nothing to do today but smile. I've got nothing to do today but smile.
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Paul Simon Sayings: Anybody can do bad work, but not everybody does good work. Anybody can do bad work, but not everybody does good work.
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Paul Simon Sayings: If you can get humor and seriousness at the same time, you've created a special 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.
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Paul Simon Sayings: I see a correlation between short stories and songs, because of their length and for I see a correlation between short stories and songs, because of their length and for what they're meant to evoke. Combine certain words with melodies and it all becomes very moving.
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Paul Simon Sayings: I'm always going forward toward something, and that something is usually an album, because I I'm always going forward toward something, and that something is usually an album, because I like to record. I probably like to record more than I like to write.
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Paul Simon Sayings: Take two bodies and you twirl them into one, their hearts and their bones, and Take two bodies and you twirl them into one, their hearts and their bones, and they won't come undone.
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Paul Simon Sayings: Mrs. Robinson is a little dated now, but it has nothing to do with Joe Mrs. Robinson is a little dated now, but it has nothing to do with Joe DiMaggio.
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Paul Simon Sayings: I don't really like to write at a desk. I like to write when driving I don't really like to write at a desk. I like to write when driving in a car ... Once you're working on it, you're working on it all the time, and sometimes stuff'll come in the middle of the night, in a dream or something. Your mind is working on it all the time.
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Paul Simon Sayings: The more I get to thinking, the less I tend to laugh. The more I get to thinking, the less I tend to laugh.
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Paul Simon Sayings: The students of Gallaudet have sent a powerful message across this country! The students of Gallaudet have sent a powerful message across this country!
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Paul Simon Sayings: Philip Larkin didn't write for several years before his life ended. And when he was Philip Larkin didn't write for several years before his life ended. And when he was asked why he didn't write, he said the muse deserted him. It sort of scared me. That's why I think I have no right to assume that some thought is going to come ... But I think, in my imagination, if it is it, there will probably be something else I'm interested in.
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Paul Simon Sayings: Given all the facts that I'm young and I'm in good health and I'm famous Given all the facts that I'm young and I'm in good health and I'm famous - that I have talent, I have money - given all these facts, I want to know why I'm so unhappy.
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Paul Simon Sayings: When I began making my own albums, the songs became funkier. They were more about When I began making my own albums, the songs became funkier. They were more about the streets.
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Paul Simon Sayings: Jay Ashby is simply a great musician! Jay Ashby is simply a great musician!
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Paul Simon Sayings: Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die.
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Paul Simon Sayings: I don't know what I'm going to write when I begin to write. It feels I don't know what I'm going to write when I begin to write. It feels like you are walking down a path, but you can't see around the bend and you don't know where you are going to go, which is fun.
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Paul Simon Sayings: What threatens us today in the world of computers and other invasions of privacy is What threatens us today in the world of computers and other invasions of privacy is not a national ID card but a number of other things.
Paul Simon Sayings: Who's gonna love you when your looks are gone? Who's gonna love you when your looks are gone?
Paul Simon Sayings: Why am I so soft in the middle when the rest of my life is Why am I so soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?
Paul Simon Sayings: A phenomenon occurs but because you're in the middle of it, you just think it's A phenomenon occurs but because you're in the middle of it, you just think it's your life-until it's over. And then you look back and say, What an unusual thing happened to me in the '60s.
Paul Simon Sayings: Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
Paul Simon Sayings: We've survived by believing our life is going to get better. We've survived by believing our life is going to get better.
Paul Simon Sayings: Much of songwriting is simply a mystery. Much of songwriting is simply a mystery.
Paul Simon Sayings: Most of the time, when I had hits as a soloist - maybe not so Most of the time, when I had hits as a soloist - maybe not so much with Simon & Garfunkel - I was surprised they were hits. I didn't know what the hits were. I never thought that 'Loves Me Like A Rock' was going to be a hit, or 'Mother And Child Reunion,' or '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.' They didn't sound like what the hits sounded like at the time. Radio was more open to things that weren't exactly what every other hit was.
Paul Simon Sayings: Although I was able to study music with teachers, I never studied lyric writing. I Although I was able to study music with teachers, I never studied lyric writing. I read poetry, and I read other lyricists. But they were never writing in the style or the form that I was interested in.
Paul Simon Sayings: After all those years of automatic success, you don't get nervous any more. It's really After all those years of automatic success, you don't get nervous any more. It's really necessary to be nervous and be a little bit frightened. It pumps the adrenalin into you and you really get down there and try.
Paul Simon Sayings: But when someone says 'Paul Simon', don't you just inevitably think of a piece of But when someone says 'Paul Simon', don't you just inevitably think of a piece of wonder bread just sittin' there on a counter top?
Paul Simon Sayings: People ask how I feel about getting old. I tell them I have the same People ask how I feel about getting old. I tell them I have the same question. I'm learning as I go.
Paul Simon Sayings: And I must be what I must be and face tomorrow. And I must be what I must be and face tomorrow.
Paul Simon Sayings: All God requires from us is to enjoy life and love. That's the whole point. All God requires from us is to enjoy life and love. That's the whole point.
Paul Simon Sayings: And all the people said 'What a shame that he's dead, but wasn't he a And all the people said 'What a shame that he's dead, but wasn't he a most peculiar man?
Paul Simon Sayings: And you read your emily dickinson, And I my robert frost. And we note our And you read your emily dickinson,
And I my robert frost.
And we note our place with bookmarkers
That measure what weve lost.
Paul Simon Sayings: Time it was And what a time it was, it was A time of innocence Time it was And what a time it was, it was A time of innocence A time of confidences Long ago it must be I have a photograph Preserve your memories They're all that's left you
Paul Simon Sayings: I don't believe what the papers are saying They're just out to capture my dime, I don't believe what the papers are saying They're just out to capture my dime, Exaggerating this, exaggerating that.
Paul Simon Sayings: Being an artist doesn't mean that you're a good artist. That was the bargain I 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 Sayings: There is a moment, a chip in time, when leaving home is the lesser crime. There is a moment, a chip in time, when leaving home is the lesser crime.
Paul Simon Sayings: I like working with sound; sound and rhythm. I like the abstract more than "What I like working with sound; sound and rhythm. I like the abstract more than "What does that mean?" Nobody ever says to you, "Why did you use a harmonium?" Or "What is that ringing sound that occurs here?" The questions are always "What does that song mean?" or "What were you trying to say here?"
Paul Simon Sayings: We work our jobs, collect our pay, believe were gliding down the highway, when in We work our jobs, collect our pay, believe were gliding down the highway, when in fact we're slip sliding away.
Paul Simon Sayings: There are two sorts of people in the world: Those who listen and those who There are two sorts of people in the world: Those who listen and those who are thinking about what they are going to say next.
Paul Simon Sayings: You want to be a writer, don't know how or when? Find a quiet place, You want to be a writer, don't know how or when? Find a quiet place, use a humble pen.
Paul Simon Sayings: I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died. If I never loved I I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died. If I never loved I never would have cried ... I am a rock.
Paul Simon Sayings: I think I have a superior brain and an inferior stature, if you really want I think I have a superior brain and an inferior stature, if you really want to get brutal about it.
Paul Simon Sayings: We're living in a certain time, and we're aware of it. And that's part of We're living in a certain time, and we're aware of it. And that's part of what we're aware of, along with our own personal aches and pains.
Paul Simon Sayings: Facts can be turned into art if one is artful enough. Facts can be turned into art if one is artful enough.
Paul Simon Sayings: Music is sometimes the only benign avenue of communication between antagonists. Music is sometimes the only benign avenue of communication between antagonists.
Paul Simon Sayings: I'm laying out my winter clothes and wishing I was gone, Going home, where the I'm laying out my winter clothes and wishing I was gone, Going home, where the new york city winters aren't bleedin' me.
Paul Simon Sayings: Have a good time"Yesterday it was my birthday.I hung one more year on the line.I Have a good time"
Yesterday it was my birthday.
I hung one more year on the line.
I should be depressed.
My life's a mess.
But I'm having a good time.
I've been loving and loving and loving.
I'm exhausted from loving so well
I should go to bed.
But a voice in my head says,
"Ah, what the hell
Paul Simon Sayings: The Wisdom is old, the Koran is old, the Bible is old. Disagreements? Work 'em The Wisdom is old, the Koran is old, the Bible is old. Disagreements? Work 'em out.
Paul Simon Sayings: I rate each album as better than the last one. That's how I see it. I rate each album as better than the last one. That's how I see it.
Paul Simon Sayings: My voice is my improvisational instrument, the melody instrument. The guitar is harmonic structure. I'm 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 Sayings: You can burn down my churches. But I shall be free. You can burn down my churches. But I shall be free.
Paul Simon Sayings: I question what emotion Manilow touches. People are entertained by him. But are they emotionally 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 Sayings: I have my booksAnd my poetry to protect me;I am shielded in my armor,Hiding in I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
Paul Simon Sayings: I've got a reason to believe we all be received in Graceland, Graceland, Memphis Tennessee. I've got a reason to believe we all be received in Graceland, Graceland, Memphis Tennessee.
Paul Simon Sayings: I just said, you know, this is a great track but this lyric, I don't I just said, you know, this is a great track but this lyric, I don't believe it. It sounds like I'm trying to say something, instead of it naturally coming out of me, like I was saying something that I already knew. Anyway, I can't remember what it was. And either I threw it all out or I threw 90 percent of it out, and kept a line or two. That's happened a couple of times to me. Not too often, but a couple of times. Very aggravating when it does happen.
Paul Simon Sayings: The words come. Usually, it's a long time before they come. And then when they The words come. Usually, it's a long time before they come. And then when they start to come, it doesn't take so long for it to be finished. It takes a long time to begin. And then it sort of gets finished.
Paul Simon Sayings: I don't consider myself to be a major talent, so the only solace I can 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 Sayings: Most of the time, the songs have jokes in them, little sarcastic things, or purposely Most of the time, the songs have jokes in them, little sarcastic things, or purposely kitsch or something. So that's going along with a story, like I do in life, just talking to myself and making fun of stuff and laughing at stuff that's serious. And sometimes it's a good idea to put the laughing into the songs. Sometimes it's not. Sometimes it's all right just to be serious. But most of the songs have some kind of joke in them.
Paul Simon Sayings: I sort of recognize it, as opposed to shaping it. Oh, that's a good idea, I sort of recognize it, as opposed to shaping it. Oh, that's a good idea, that's a good line. I wonder where I can use that. And when you get into a rhyme group like 'not,' you got a lot of rhymes, you got a lot of choices. The more you do it, the luckier you get.
Paul Simon Sayings: The record company stay out of my way. Whenever the record is finished, they take The record company stay out of my way. Whenever the record is finished, they take it.
Paul Simon Sayings: Blessed are the sat upon, spat upon, ratted on. Blessed are the sat upon, spat upon, ratted on.
Paul Simon Sayings: Well I'm on my wayI don't know where I'm goingI'm on my way I'm taking Well I'm on my way
I don't know where I'm going
I'm on my way I'm taking my time
But I don't know where
Paul Simon Sayings: Elvis was the reason I picked up the guitar. Elvis was the reason I picked up the guitar.
Paul Simon Sayings: When I was 15, I made a solo record. It made Artie very unhappy. He 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 Sayings: I feel I should try to reveal. When you hit it right, you produce an I feel I should try to reveal. When you hit it right, you produce an emotional response in the listener that can be cathartic. When you're wrong, you're soppy, sentimental.
Paul Simon Sayings: The degree of customization possible through your Preferences screens is awesome. The degree of customization possible through your Preferences screens is awesome.
Paul Simon Sayings: Far above the golden clouds, the darkness vibrates.The earth is blue.And everything about it is Far above the golden clouds, the darkness vibrates.
The earth is blue.
And everything about it is a love song. Everything about it.
Paul Simon Sayings: I always get very calm with baseball. I always get very calm with baseball.
Paul Simon Sayings: To get the stuff out of you, especially if what you're dealing with is yourself, To get the stuff out of you, especially if what you're dealing with is yourself, requires you to open up and touch tender spots. You have to be anesthetized a little bit.
Paul Simon Sayings: I'm just trying to keep my customer satisfied. I'm just trying to keep my customer satisfied.
Paul Simon Sayings: There must be 50 ways to leave your lover. There must be 50 ways to leave your lover.
Paul Simon Sayings: * She said, why don't we both just sleep on it tonightAnd I believe, in * She said, why don't we both just sleep on it tonight
And I believe, in the morning you'll begin to see the light
And then she kissed me and I realized she probably was right
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover, fifty ways to leave your lover
Paul Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years (1975), 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
First thing I remember when you came into my life
I said I wanna get that girl, no matter what I do
Well I guess I've been in love before and once or twice have been on the floor
But I've never loved no-one the way that I love you.
Paul Simon Sayings: A lot of talent is a gift, but a lot is also luck. I'm very A lot of talent is a gift, but a lot is also luck. I'm very aware of that. I was born in the right place at the right time. I am also blessed because I've never been a sex symbol. I'm spared the embarrassment of acting young.
Paul Simon Sayings: The trick is, as I know it, is to care like hell and not give The trick is, as I know it, is to care like hell
and not give a damn at the same time.