Trent Reznor quotes

  • And when the day arrives I'll become the sky and I'll become the sea and the sea will come to kiss me for I am going home. Nothing can stop me now.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Home #Kissing #Sky

  • I think the whole aspect of social networking is vulgar and repulsive in a lot of ways.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Thinking #Way #Networking

  • An integral part of any relationship is knowing that you could be killed in your sleep at any time.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Sleep #Knowing

  • One of my biggest heroes and people I was fortunate enough to be around is David Bowie. I look at his career, and he always had the balls to break things that weren't broken, to step away from something and try something new, at risk of failing.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Hero #Careers #Broken

  • My music has been a sort of personal therapy. It's got me out of tough times, it has been the friend that I needed, when I didn't have a friend there.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Tough Times #Tough #Needed

  • My experience with being on a record label over the years has been when both of your agendas are in sync, and they're the same goal, it's great to have another army of people and resources and money. But most of the time, they're not the same. Their agenda is just simply to sell plastic discs at any cost, and yours is to preserve - at least in my case - your integrity, and hopefully sell some plastic discs, too.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Integrity #Army #Years

  • If you have something to say, then say it. Express yourself and break the rules.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Break #Express Yourself

  • Try to find the right balance of keeping things exciting and treating your audience with respect, and also treating yourself as an artist with respect.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Artist #Trying #Balance

  • I think, fundamentally, music is something inherently people love and need and relate to, and a lot of what's out right now feels like McDonalds. It's quick-fix. You kind of have a stomachache afterwards.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Music #Thinking #Mcdonalds

  • I'm just trying to figure out the right balance between making fans feel good and also maintaining some dignity for myself in the process.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Feel Good #Trying #Balance

  • The Grammys make me hate music, and certainly everyone in the ass-licking music industry.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Hate #Licking #Ass

  • The result of a public that has a very high consumption rate and turnover rate is people listen to more music but spend less time with individual bits of music. It's made me more likely to put things up quickly and treat it more like a magazine instead of a novel.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #People #Magazines #Individual

  • When an instrument fails on stage it mocks you and must be destroyed!
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Failing #Instruments #Stage

  • There's something exciting and incredibly liberating for an artist to finish something Friday night and the world hears it Friday night instead of eight months later after marketing people and all those ***** get involved.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Friday #Night #Artist

  • I think if there was an ISP tax of some sort, we can say to the consumer, 'All music is now available and able to be downloaded and put in your car and put in your iPod and put up your a-- if you want and it's $5 on your cable bill.'
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Thinking #Ipods #Car

  • It's kind of a miracle to think that a device in your pocket can play pretty much any song that the world has ever created.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Song #Thinking #Play

  • I've got a canvas, I've got a scene, let’s fill that with sound.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Sound #Canvas #Scene

  • To switch right into creativity usually takes a bit of time, and this came up right at that juncture where I thought, okay, here's an opportunity to work with somebody I really respect in a new medium.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Creativity #Opportunity #Juncture

  • Books are better than movies because you design the set the way you want it to look.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Book #Design #Want

  • Perfect little dream, The kind that hurts the most.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Dream #Hurt #Perfect

  • Frankly, I have always dreaded writing - there always seemed to be pain involved, unpleasant self-examination and a lot of fear.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Pain #Writing #Self

  • The dynamic of a relationship changes when one person gets sober.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Sober #Persons

  • To me, rock music was never meant to be safe. I think there needs to be an element of intrigue, mystery, subversiveness. Your parents should hate it.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Hate #Thinking #Rocks

  • I have been wildly enthused about gaming since I was younger, and a career path I chose not to go down but did really consider was getting into programming and game design.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Games #Careers #Design

  • Any time I sit down and write music, the first part of that is always centering myself and thinking about who I currently am.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Writing #Thinking #Centering

  • Why don't the Grammys matter? Because it feels rigged and cheap - like a popularity contest that the insiders club has decided.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Matter #Clubs #Popularity

  • Being a rock & roll star has become as legitimate a career option as being an astronaut or a policeman or a fireman.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Stars #Careers #Rocks

  • I write most of my songs when I'm in a bad mood.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Song #Writing #Bad Mood

  • In my life, I was always floating around the edge of the dark side and saying what if take it a little bit too far, and who says you have to stop there, and whats behind the next door. Maybe you gain a wisdom from examining those things. But after a while, you get too far down in the quicksand.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Dark #Doors #What If

  • You can punch a wall or write a song. Just as painful either way, but you have something to show for it at the end of the day with a song.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Song #Wall #Writing

  • I thought I'd reached the bottom a few times, but then I'd realise there was another 30 floors of despair below that.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Despair #Bottom #Realising

  • Live interaction with a crowd is a cathartic, spiritual kind of exchange, and its intensified at a festival.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Spiritual #Crowds #Festivals

  • I found that when I was putting my own music out, with my Twitter feed as the pure marketing budget, Im preaching to the choir.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Marketing #Choir #Found

  • I realized when I was 23 that I had never really tried anything.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #I Realized

  • This isn't meant to last. This is for right now.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Bullying #Lasts

  • Lots of people can have girlfriends. But I can throw around guitars onstage! That'll be my epitaph: 'He never had a girlfriend, but you should've seen him smash a Les Paul!'
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Girlfriend #Guitar #People

  • Though I still have no semblance of a life outside of Nine Inch Nails at the moment, I realize my goals have gone from getting a record deal or selling another record to being a better person, more well-rounded, having friends, having a relationship with somebody.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Relationship #Goal #Gone

  • I'll be there for you, as long as it works for me. I play a game, its called insincerity.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Games #Play #Long

  • I thought Big Sur would be a great break after the tour. You'd walk down this rickety ladder to this not-very-pretty beach scene; crashing waves, moss-covered rocks, weird ocean life. It was scary. It summed up alot of things in my life, like 'I should be enjoying this, but I'm not.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Inspirational #Beach #Ocean

  • I didnt ask to save rock, I dont even like rock that much.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Rocks

  • The least responsive audience I can ever remember playing to.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Remember #Audience

  • Nine Inch Nails was an experiment with me in discipline. I realized when I was 23 that I had never really tried anything. Schoolwork came easy to me. I learned to play piano effortlessly. I was coasting. I realized that I was afraid to really, really try something, 100 percent, because I had never reached true failure.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Play #Piano #Discipline

  • His perfect kingdom of killing, suffering and pain Demands devotion, atrocities done in his name.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Pain #Names #Perfect

  • I've become impossible, holding on to when everything seemed to matter more.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Matter #Impossible #Holding On

  • When I look at people that I would like to feel have been a mentor or an inspiring kind of archetype of what I'd love to see my career eventually be mentioned as a footnote for in the same paragraph, it would be, like, Bowie.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Careers #People #Mentor

  • People are always saying, 'You're really nice, I thought you were going to be a complete asshole.' I'm getting pretty fed up with it. I just want to say to them, 'Well I could always piss on your head.'
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Nice #People #Want

  • I think theres something strangely musical about noise.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Thinking #Musical #Noise

  • Today's political climate does not allow the luxury of apathy.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Luxury #Political #Doe

  • I was at my most miserable when I had everything I ever wanted.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Miserable #Wanted

  • There's nothing like a stressful day.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Stressful #Stressful Day

  • I do actually believe in love. I can't say that I'm 100 percent successful in that department, but I think it's one of the few worthwhile human experiences. It's cooler than anything I can think of right now.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Believe #Successful #Thinking

  • I feel uncomfortable because I'm insecure about who I am.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Insecure #Who I Am #Uncomfortable

  • Jumping through any hoop or taking advantage of any desperate situation that comes up just to sell a product is harmful. It is.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Jumping #Desperate #Come Up

  • If I come up with rules or limitations it focuses me in a direction. And those rules can change if you realize it's a dumb idea. You start to mutate it to see what fits best.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Ideas #Dumb #Realizing

  • I thought my goal in life was to be in a successful band, and I had got that, but I was as miserable as I had ever been, and I couldn't understand why that would be.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Successful #Goal #Band

  • I believe there's a God but I'm not too sure of his relevance.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Believe #I Believe #Relevance

  • All I've undergone I will keep on.
    -- Trent Reznor

  • If I could start again, a million miles away, I would keep myself, I would find a way.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Life #Way #Miles

  • Tired faith all worn and thin, for all we could have done, and all that could have been.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Life #Tired #Done

  • I really try to put myself in uncomfortable situations. Complacency is my enemy.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Enemy #Trying #Complacency

  • I become irritated when I am being written off as aloof or stand-offish when I'm shy and don't know what to say.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Shy #Irritated #Aloof

  • My doctor says, 'You've got one of the hardest ones to treat because it's not bipolar, it's not up and down, you're always just about a quart low in the mood department,
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Doctors #Bipolar #Mood

  • Balance is good, because one extreme or the other leads to misery, and I've spent a lot of my life at one of those extremes.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Balance #Misery #Extremes

  • One step closer to the end of the world. The one-two combo of corporate greed and organised religion apparently proved to be too much for reason, sanity and compassion.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Compassion #Two #Greed

  • Grammy ***** weekend in LA. Yuck ... The Grammys = the old guard / old media propping up their puppets trying to convince the outside world (and each other) they're relevant.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Weekend #Media #Trying

  • I'll name check Radiohead on this--they've done a pretty suave marketing plan on this new record. I think generally it's been a pretty cool thing, but what they've done is used those (sales) numbers in a way that they can spin them anyway they want cause you don't know what they are.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Thinking #Names #Numbers

  • God is DEAD, and no one cares! If there is a hell I'll see you there!
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Atheism #Care #Hell

  • I was up above it. Now, I'm down in it.
    -- Trent Reznor

    #Reality