79 Quotes of Nick Cave

” Getting married, for me, was the best thing I ever did. I was suddenly beset with an immense sense of release, that we have something more important than our separate selves, and that is the marriage. There’s immense happiness that can come from working towards that. “
” A gentleman never talks about his tailor. “
” If you look around, complacency is the great disease of your autumn years, and I work hard to prevent that. “
” Most of the time, feelings just seem to get in the way. They’re a luxury for the idle, a bourgeois concept. Feelings are overrated. “
” I suspect the older you get the more invisible you become. “
” After a while, you just don’t do things you don’t wanna do – that’s the great freedom you get, the older you get. You learn what to do and what not to do, and what will be a waste of time and what won’t be a waste of time. “
” I lost my innocence with Johnny Cash. I used to watch the ‘Johnny Cash Show’ on television in Wangaratta when I was about 9 or 10 years old. At that stage I had really no idea about rock n’ roll. I watched him, and from that point I saw that music could be an evil thing – a beautiful, evil thing. “
” You write a scene, and it works or it doesn’t. It’s immediate. “
” I’m a believer. I don’t go to church. I don’t belong to any particular religion, but I do believe in God. I couldn’t write what I write about and be creative without a certain form of belief. “
” The concept of God in America is very different than it is in England. Because we see the horrendous outcome of religion as being an American thing, in which the name of God has been hijacked by a gang of psychopaths and bullies and homophobes, and the name of God has been used for their own twisted agendas. “
” The concept of God in America is very different than it is in England. Because we see the horrendous outcome of religion as being an American thing, in which the name of God has been hijacked by a gang of psychopaths and bullies and homophobes, and the name of God has been used for their own twisted agendas. “
” I am not interested in anything that doesn’t have a genuine heart to it. You’ve got to have soul in the hole. If that isn’t there, I don’t see the point. “
” The work ethic at art school is completely different than the work ethic amongst people who get into music. People who paint, it’s an honorable thing to spend all day and all night in front of your canvas – that is the romantic vision of the painter. “
” There are methods to creating a mayhem that sounds different from your usual mayhem. Because mayhem and a heavy drum backbeat end up sounding like Green Day or something. But if you put a different beat within it to create some air and lightness, the chaos comes through better. “
” There’s an element to songwriting that I can’t explain, that comes from somewhere else. I can’t explain that dividing line between nothing and something that happens within a song, where you have absolutely nothing, and then suddenly you have something. It’s like the origin of the universe. “
” I’m not in the business of telling people what to do. I’m much more in the business of describing things, situations and stuff like that and leaving them out there, and you can make up your minds about them. “
” If you took love out of the equation, I wouldn’t know what else to write about. “
” I love being manipulated by what I see. I love weepies and romantic comedies where you’re reaching for the Kleenex at the right moment. “
” I have an armchair interest in gardening, but I don’t like to get my knees dirty. I don’t have a garden. “
” There’s always pain around. That’s one thing you can guarantee in life – there will always be a surplus of pain. “
” The more information you have, the more human our heroes become and consequently the less mysterious and godlike. They need to be godlike. “
” The only person who can say they’re happy getting old is someone who isn’t actually old yet. Every day, I get less and less happy about that idea. “
” I’m hugely self-critical in the morning. “
” I don’t write happy songs. Who does? I don’t know anybody who writes happy songs, really. “
” I just want to leave this world with a massive catalog of songs. “
” I won’t go into the details, but I ready myself for the day. I am a high-maintenance type of guy. “
” I write a lot, and very often I write a couple of lines that are particularly revealing in some kind of way. And then as a few more lines get added and a piece gets added, eventually the song pretty much takes over and you can’t really find a way to change those things. “
” I don’t write happy songs. Who does? I don’t know anybody who writes happy songs, really. “
” I write a lot, and very often I write a couple of lines that are particularly revealing in some kind of way. And then as a few more lines get added and a piece gets added, eventually the song pretty much takes over and you can’t really find a way to change those things. “
” Writing is a necessary thing for me, just to keep myself level. It has beneficial effects on my life. “
” The rock star is dying. And it’s a small tragedy. Rock stars have blogs now. I have no use for that kind of rock star. “
” Most people wait for the muse to turn up. That’s terribly unreliable. I have to sit down and pursue the muse by attempting to work. “
” I have a very strange relationship in general with women around my music. There’s some that understand it and some that think there should be a law against it. “
” Texting is apocalyptic on some level. It’s a reduction of things. “
” I’m very happy to hear that my work inspires writers and painters. It’s the most beautiful compliment, the greatest reward. Art should always be an exchange. “
” With writing a song, I’ve always felt, right from the start, like I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel. I don’t ever feel there’s a font of ideas to fall back on. “
” The big problem with songwriting for me is starting a new song. It’s the thing where all the anguish exists, not in the writing of the song, but the starting of the new song. What do I write about? I never know. “
” Most of my ideals and stuff really come from my mother. “
” The big problem with songwriting for me is starting a new song. It’s the thing where all the anguish exists, not in the writing of the song, but the starting of the new song. “
” Musicians are at the bottom of the creative pyramid and authors are at the top, and many people think it’s unacceptable for someone to attempt to jump from the bottom to the top of the pyramid. “
” The band is a living, breathing thing. It grows in the same way we do as human beings and if it doesn’t, it dies. It’s important to feed the organism, and one way of doing that is to set musical challenges that keep it alive. “
” I’m a big fan of teatowels and am always on the lookout for a good one. “
” When you’re talking about rock n’ roll, myth-making is what it’s all about. “
” Look, when I look back, from 20 onwards, I was actually having a pretty good time, I have to say. “
” I don’t think Hollywood makes many good films anymore. How many directors can you really trust to have an artistic vision, not a corporate vision or a watered-down communal one? “
” When you’re on your own, you have all the self-censorship that everybody has when they try and write. All the little voices that say, ‘No, you can’t write that, what will they think of that?’ “
” I don’t feel I’m thrown around by the winds of taste and fashion. “
” The idea of songwriting is a transformative thing, and what I do with songwriting is take situations that are quite ordinary and transform them in some way. Apart from things like the murder ballads, the songs I write, at their core, are quite ordinary human concerns, but the process of writing about them transforms them into something else. “
” In getting older, I find myself becoming progressively more ineffectual in a lot of different ways, and part of that is down to no longer having the youthful feeling that what you’re doing has any true impact. “
” I don’t know, maybe Australian humour isn’t supposed to be funny. It’s as dry as the Sahara, and I think people miss that. “
” I don’t have any authority to talk about the domestic policies of America. But as an outsider, I am mystified by the fact that you are encouraged to buy a gun, but if you use it for the purpose that it is expressly designed for, you get the death penalty. That aspect of America is kind of mystifying. “
” Guns are part of the American psyche, aren’t they? This is collateral damage for having a Wild West mentality. It’s intrinsic to the American psyche. It’s never going to change. “
” I became a script writer with absolutely no idea of how to write a script whatsoever. I still feel a bit of an outsider in that regard. If I can maintain that approach to screenwriting, it can continue to be enjoyable. “
” Songs you can dip in and out of, but a book… well, it can overpower you. “
” The blues is instilled in every musical cell that floats around your body. “
” Kylie Minogue is the greatest thing that has happened to Australian music. “
” At some point you start seeing the difference between what you really want, and what is your priority order. I feel that today I know what I want. That’s the problem with perspective, as well as focus and concentration. “
” My music has to do with beauty, and it’s intended to, if not lift the spirits, then be a kind of a balm to the spirits. “
” If you’re Australian, you feel it in your bones because you’re at odds with everybody else, except other Australians, in the sense that people always seem to be behaving strangely. People always seem to be behaving the wrong way, in a different way. You say things and there are silences. “
” I love performing. I can get to be that person I always wanted to be – godlike. “
” I’ve always been at war with the guitar. All vocalists are fighting a war with the electric rhythm guitar. “
” As Australians, we see the law as inherently bad. We have a real inherent distaste for authority in our makeup. “
” I would hate to think my songs were giving advice to people. “
” I’ve always felt like an imposter, in the whole, as a musician. “
” To my undying shame, I do read reviews. I don’t read them all, but I like to get some kind of idea how things are going. “
” I’m a kind of hard-wired pessimist. I can’t help but see the world in a certain kind of way. “
” People often can’t separate, or can’t understand, that to be funny is to be serious; it’s a way of pulling people in and not scaring them off. I think a lot of the funny stuff, underneath it, there’s a deep anxiety going on. “
” People think I’m a miserable sod but it’s only because I get asked such bloody miserable questions. “
” I’ve always had an obligation to creation, above all. “
” I love rock-n-roll. I think it’s an exciting art form. It’s revolutionary. Still revolutionary and it changed people. It changed their hearts. But yeah, even rock-n-roll has a lot of rubbish, really bad music. “
” If beautiful movies can influence you to go out and hug your children, then we have to be honest and say that other movies can inspire you to do bad things. “
” A rock musician’s career is short-lived. To extend it, you need to do other things to keep yourself fresh. “
” Writing screenplays makes me a better musician because it clears my head. After writing a movie, I go running back to music as fast as I can. “
” L.A. is full of screenwriters. I don’t know why. On many levels, it’s such a thankless occupation. “
” It’s possible to get through life without a religious structure, but I don’t think that’s a very fruitful way to live. “
” I used to believe that if I could do certain things – write a book or be a successful musician – that I’d be transformed into a happy person, but it doesn’t work that way. “
” One of my big fears is drying up, and the more I create, the more I feel myself shrinking beneath the backlog of work I’ve done. “
” ‘Inspiration’ is a word used by people who aren’t really doing anything. “
” I always thought my records were number one; it’s just the charts didn’t think so. “