„The songwriting style, to me, is superior... there was a certain amount of joy in it, no matter how sad the song is.“
— Miriam Toews Canadian writer known for novels set in the Mennonite community 1964
— Kuruvilla Pandikattu Indian philosopher 1957
Joy: Share it! p. 36.
— Jimmy Buffett, A Pirate Looks at Fifty
„No matter how long our politicians order people to sing songs of praise, no matter how many fireworks they launch into the heavens, and no matter how many foreign leaders they embrace, they cannot arouse a genuine mood of joy and celebration among the people.“
— Ai Weiwei Chinese concept artist 1957
— Alan Moore English writer primarily known for his work in comic books 1953
Context: There is a certain amount of sham in. There is a certain amount of theatre. It’s as loosely knit as that. We’re sort of coming out of the closet a bit more over the next couple of years. We’re going to be bringing out – manifesto’s too pushy a word – if it’s a theatre of marvels, we’re bringing out a theatre programme in the next couple of years. We’re working on it at the moment – our unified field theory of spookiness where we try to explain everything from language, consciousness, grey aliens to Rosicrucianism or whatever. It is a grand, mad theory which I’m working my best on at the moment to make it rational. It is an anti-rationalistic theory but I’m trying to couch it in rational terms so that it is not as insular as a lot of magic stuff.
„This next song is about how sad I am. It's about all the sad stuff; just picture a depressed onion cutting itself.“
— Bo Burnham American comedian, musician, and actor 1990
„There must be a certain amount of decorum in the world, just as there must be a certain amount of light.“
— José Martí Poet, writer, Cuban nationalist leader 1853 - 1895
Context: There are men who live contented though they live without decorum. Others suffer as if in agony when they see around them people living without decorum. There must be a certain amount of decorum in the world, just as there must be a certain amount of light. When there are many men without decorum, there are always others who themselves possess the decorum of many men. These are the ones who rebel with terrible strength against those who rob nations of their liberty, which is to rob men of their decorum. Embodied in those men are thousands of men, a whole people, human dignity.
„The best part of being a songwriter — beyond being able to make a living at it — is what I call the "heart payment" of a song.“
— Paul Williams (songwriter) American composer, singer, songwriter and actor 1940
Context: The best part of being a songwriter — beyond being able to make a living at it — is what I call the "heart payment" of a song. That's when somebody comes up after a concert and says, "My mom was a single mom, and 'You And Me Against The World' was a really important song to us." Or "We got married to 'We've Only Just Begun'" or 'Evergreen.' Or "'I Won't Last A Day Without You' got me through some hard times.'" That's heart payment for a songwriter.
„Our dreams have been doctored. We belong no where. We sail unanchored on troubled seas. We may never be allowed ashore. Our sorrows will never be sad enough. Our joys never happy enough. Our dreams never big enough. Our lives never important enough. To matter..“
— Arundhati Roy Indian novelist, essayist 1961
„To neglect your own mind, that's like to neglect your consciousness. That’s like to give up all hope of joy and happiness, really. You're the only one that can discover for you the meaning of anything. What it means to you. By that, I don't mean intellectual meaning. I mean, what it means, how it makes you feel. You have to see whether you really are happy or not. Whether you really are sad or not. And you have to investigate what goes through your mind.“
— Agnes Martin American artist 1912 - 2004
„Man's Reason is in such deep insolvency to sense,
that tho' she guide his highest flight heav'nward, and teach him
dignity morals manners and human comfort,
she can delicatly and dangerously bedizen
the rioting joys that fringe the sad pathways of Hell.“
— Robert Seymour Bridges British writer 1844 - 1930
Book I, lines 57-61.