St. Vincent quotes

  • It is our duty to prefer the service of the poor to everything else and to offer such service as quickly as possible. If a needy person requires medicine or other help during prayer time, do whatever has to be done with peace of mind. Offer the deed to God as your prayer.... Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Prayer #Medicine #Mind

  • The poor have much to teach you. You have much to learn from them.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Poor #Teach

  • Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those who are most in need of encouragement or assistance.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Encouragement #Needs #Today

  • It is from your hands that Our Lord, in the person of the sick, seeks relief.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Hands #Sick #Relief

  • Extend your mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His Mercy from us?
    -- St. Vincent

    #Needs #Helping #Mercy

  • However great the work that God may achieve by an individual, he must not indulge in self-satisfaction. He ought rather to be all the more humbled, seeing himself merely as a tool which God has made use of.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Self #Tools #Use

  • Charity is the cement that unites communities to God and individuals to each other so that he who contributes to the union of hearts in a community binds it indissolubly to God.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Heart #Community #Charity

  • Let us love God my brothers, let us love God. But let it be with the strength of our arms and the sweat of our brow.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Brother #Sweat #Arms

  • You will find out that Charity is a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the kettle of soup and the full basket. But you will keep your gentleness and your smile. It is not enough to give soup and bread. This the rich can do. You are the servant of the poor, always smiling and good-humored. They are your masters, terribly sensitive and exacting master you will see. And the uglier and the dirtier they will be, the more unjust and insulting, the more love you must give them. It is only for your love alone that the poor will forgive you the bread you give to them.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Love You #Giving #Insulting

  • A song has a life of its own. It's an autonomous thing, separate from your own experience, almost. And the mere repetition of it means it's subject to change; it means approaching it differently, expressing different emotional aspects of it. It doesn't feel like wallowing.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Song #Mean #Emotional

  • My dad used to love Steely Dan, the Stones, Jethro Tull and all that. There was always Steely Dan going in my dad's car, but I remember The Royal Scam in particular because it has 'Kid Charlemagne' on it.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Dad #Kids #Car

  • In regards to being a fashion aficionado, there's a certain amount of taking yourself seriously in the professional world. The self-effacing person can't completely go down the serious road. But I design, and love when things are beautiful.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Beautiful #Fashion #Self

  • I wrote 'Actor' all on the computer. I didn't touch any instruments until I was in the studio. So while I had all these ornate arrangements, I didn't have any songs.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Song #Actors #Computer

  • I think a lot of people who want to be musicians terrify their parents because they don't have a living example of it in their families, and I did. So I always knew that it was possible.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Thinking #People #Parent

  • I started playing guitar when I was 12 and probably from that age knew that I wanted to make music and make my own music. Playing with other bands like the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens was more like an apprenticeship for me than anything.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Guitar #Age #Band

  • I remember looking at the sky and thinking that the universe is so big and it's all chaos. I call it 'the dark fear.' At any moment, the dark fear could come in.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Dark #Thinking #Sky

  • I love Robert Fripp. You know what I really appreciate about Robert Fripp? He always dresses appropriately for the occasion. When he's on stage, he's a Dapper Dan.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Appreciate #Dapper #Dresses

  • I've been so entwined with technology since I was about 15, recording myself and multitracking and producing things on my own.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Technology #Entwined

  • I grew up around a lot of various religions, so it's a part of my consciousness in a way. Everything from heavy Catholicism to followers of Indian spiritual masters to Unitarian universalists - all in one family. Though the family aspect was stronger than any particular dogma.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Spiritual #Stronger #Followers

  • Life can be challenging and sad... but music is the easy part.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Challenges #Easy #Music Is

  • And if I'm honest about it, I was obsessed with Nirvana and Pearl Jam. This is like '92, right in the throes of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam and Nirvana. I think I probably wanted to be Kurt Cobain.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Thinking #Pearls #Cobain

  • Musically, I have more things in common with tons of bands that have no female members.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Female #Band #Common

  • It is absolutely necessary, both for our advancement and the salvation of others, to follow always and in all things the beautiful light of faith
    -- St. Vincent

    #Beautiful #Light #Advancement

  • One of my favourite things about country music is that, at least until recently, you could always count on a solid story, a punchline and a pun. I think it has that in common with hip hop, where they're not afraid of wordplay and I really appreciate that.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Country #Thinking #Appreciate

  • I read the signs,I got all my stars aligned,My amulets, my charms,I set all my false alarms,So I'll be someoneWho won't be forgotten.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Stars #Amulets #Alarms

  • While Jesus is saving, I'm spending all my daysin backgrounds and landscapes with the languages of saints.While people are spinning like toys on Christmas day,I'm inside a still life with the other absentee.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Jesus #People #Saint

  • Leaden trumpets spit the soot of power they say"I'm on your side when nobody is, cause nobody is.Come sit right here and sleep while I slip poison in your ear
    -- St. Vincent

    #Sleep #Your Side #Ears

  • The keys are in my pocket and they rattle you awake.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Keys #Pockets #Awake

  • Your skin's so fair its not fair
    -- St. Vincent

    #Skins

  • In a really great way, you simultaneously try to take up as little and as much space as possible.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Space #Trying #Way

  • Oh but I'd pay anything to keep my conscience clean.I'm keeping my eyes on the the exit sign. Steady now.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Eye #Pay #Exit

  • Honey the party went away quickly, but thats the trouble with ticking and talking.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Party #Talking #Honey

  • I wish I had a gentle mind and a spine made up of iron.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Iron #Mind #Wish

  • Well, I've been recording myself on a computer since I was about 13 or 14. So it's completely entwined with my creative process. Essentially, it allows you to make music that's better and smarter than you are, by using your ears to lead the way.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Creative #Way #Ears

  • To be honest, because there's loud music in my ears probably three hours a day, between sound check and the show, I listen to podcasts more than I listen to music on the road.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Three #Ears #Sound

  • The Lilith Fair thing was Bummer Town - hey, hop aboard the marginalizing train. I guess you had people come out of that and have careers, but I think there was a pretty intense backlash, too.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Thinking #Careers #People

  • I've always wanted to make music like people write plays, so I was inspired by writers as much as musicians.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Writing #Play #People

  • I've always been pretty ravenous about pop culture, highbrow and lowbrow.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Culture #Pop Culture #Pops

  • I'm unqualified to do anything other than music.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Unqualified

  • The Church of Christ, zealous and cautious guardian of the dogmas deposited with it, never changes any phase of them. It does not diminish them or add to them; it neither trims what seems necessary now grafts things superfluous . . . but it devotes all its diligence to one aim: To treat tradition faithfully and wisely; to consolidate and to strengthen what already was clear; and to guard what already was confirmed and defined.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Church #Doe #Add

  • The affairs of God are accomplished little by little and almost imperceptibly. The Spirit of God is neither violent nor hasty. He does all things in His time.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Doe #Littles #Spirit

  • We ought to deal kindly with all, and to manifest those qualities which spring naturally from a heart tender and full of Christian charity; such as affability, love and humility. These virtues serve wonderfully to gain the hearts of men, and to encourage them to embrace things that are more repugnant to nature.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Christian #Spring #Humility

  • Whoever wishes to make progress in perfection should use particular diligence in not allowing himself to be led away by his passions, which destroy with one hand the spiritual edifice which is rising by the labors of the other. But to succeed well in this, resistance should be begun while the passions are yet weak; for after they are thoroughly rooted and grown up, there is scarcely any remedy.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Spiritual #Passion #Hands

  • It ought to be considered a great misfortune, not only for individuals, but also for Houses and Congregations, to have everything in conformity with their wishes; to go on quietly, and to suffer nothing for the love of God. Yes, consider it certain that a person or a Congregation that does not suffer and is applauded by all the world is near a fall.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Fall #House #Suffering

  • Perfection consists in one thing alone, which is doing the will of God. For, according to Our Lord's words, it suffices for perfection to deny self, to take up the cross and to follow Him. Now who denies himself and takes up his cross and follows Christ better than he who seeks not to do his own will, but always that of God? Behold, now, how little is needed to become as Saint? Nothing more than to acquire the habit of willing, on every occasion, what God wills.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Self #Perfection #Saint

  • Free your mind from all that troubles you; God will take care of things. You will be unable to make haste in this (choice) without, so to speak, grieving the heart of God, because he sees that you do not honor him sufficiently with holy trust. Trust in him, I beg you, and you will have the fulfillment of what your heart desires.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Heart #Grieving #Choices

  • No matter what others say or do, even if the wicked succeed, do not be troubled: commit everything to God and put your trust in him.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Wicked #Succeed #Matter

  • Outpouring of affection for God, of resting in his presence, of good feelings towards everyone and sentiments and prayers like theseare suspect if they do not express themselves in practical love which has real effects.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Prayer #Real #Feelings

  • Go to the poor there you will find God.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Poor

  • Whirlyball is only the most awesome sport on the planet! It's like bumper cars plus lacrosse meets basketball.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Basketball #Sports #Car

  • I was a lusty kid who loved Tennessee Williams.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Kids #Tennessee

  • Fervor is a fire that makes things boil and grow hot, just as fire causes water to boil. It is, properly speaking, charity on fire, and that is what you should have because a Daughter without Charity is like a body without a soul.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Daughter #Fire #Water

  • I think human beings have a really broad spectrum of traits, and I almost feel implicated when we say, 'Men are like this, women are like this.' Nobody was telling me, 'Don't get dirty, don't play in the mud, girls don't do that.'
    -- St. Vincent

    #Girl #Dirty #Men

  • I was always just kind of obsessed with guitar, even before I started playing.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Guitar #Kind #Obsessed

  • I think in some ways, it can do a listener a disservice to explain a song. I think I'd rather leave a little room for people to put themselves in it.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Song #Thinking #People

  • I only listen to my own music when I'm playing an hour-and-half set each night. I don't put it on recreationally.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Night #Half #Hours

  • I just love playing guitar, so that's what I'm going to do.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Guitar #Playing Guitar

  • I have a great band. Oh, man. I'm so happy about them.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Men #Band

  • I guess trying to throw my body into the guitar is so natural for me that I don't even know how to explain it. I can't imagine life without it.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Guitar #Trying #Body

  • Guitar is just something I can do. So much of it now is muscle memory, just instinct.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Memories #Guitar #Instinct

  • Generally my day-to-day is pretty much the same. Just busy and working and on tour. And trying to put on the best show possible every night.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Night #Trying #Busy

  • Fashion, for me, is anything that's aesthetic and beautiful. Art, food, film. It's something that I appreciate and really like.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Beautiful #Fashion #Art

  • All you can do is make something that you like and feel proud of and then just hope for the best and try to get out of its way.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Trying #Way #Proud

  • The first step to be taken by one who wishes to follow Christ is, according to Our Lord’s own words, that of renouncing himself - that is, his own senses, his own passions, his own will, his own judgement, and all the movements of nature, making to God a sacrifice of all these things, and of all their acts, which are surely sacrifices very acceptable to the Lord. And we must never grow weary of this; for if anyone having, so to speak, one foot already in Heaven, should abandon this exercise, when the time should come for him to put the other there, he would run much risk of being lost.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Running #Taken #Passion

  • I'm supportive of women, absolutely, and it's so gratifying to have girls come up and say, 'I'm really inspired by your guitar playing.' I mean no disrespect to the sisterhood, but musically I feel more drawn to things like Dirty Projectors, the National and Grizzly Bear.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Girl #Dirty #Mean

  • I've been watching a lot of Joan Didion interviews on YouTube. I love her. My drummer has gotten me into looking at Terence McKenna interviews.
    -- St. Vincent

    #Interviews #Drummer #Youtube

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