Regina Spektor quotes

  • I care so much about making things that are useful for people to have and listen to, but I don't care so much that I won't do whatever the hell I want. It's just one of those things.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #People #Care #Want

  • The piano is not firewood -- yet.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Piano

  • I've done that kind of stuff in records, where you start going back and you want to just redo everything, destroy everything, because you think it all sucks and you can do it better.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Thinking #Done #Records

  • It doesn’t feel natural for me to write some diary type song. I want to write a classic like Yesterday but weird songs about meatballs in refrigerators come into my head – I can’t help it.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Song #Writing #Yesterday

  • Its not like I have all the answers.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Answers

  • No one laughs at God in a hospital,
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Laughing

  • This is how it works You're young until you're not You love until you don't You try until you can't You laugh until you cry You cry until you laugh And everyone must breathe Until their dying breath.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Laughing #Trying #Dying

  • You are my sweetest downfall.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Love #Falling In Love #Downfall

  • I think songwriters are more related to fiction writers. The Odyssey was a story in song. To me, that's so beautiful, all those painted characters, all those travels and adventures.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Beautiful #Song #Adventure

  • Taking steps is easy Standing still is hard... Everything is different The second time around.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Steps #Different #Easy

  • I think it's ridiculous that we even have to talk about gay rights as rights...It's gonna be as shocking as the treatment of slaves someday.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Gay #Thinking #Rights

  • This is how it works You peer inside yourself You take the things you like And try to love the things you took And then you take that love you made And stick it into some Someone else's heart Pumping someone else's blood.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Love You #Heart #Blood

  • You're using your headphones to drown out your mind
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Mind #Headphones

  • I go through insanity before a show. It's not really a process but it's like absolute mortal fear.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Insanity #Process #Shows

  • I would really hate it if I could call up Kafka or Hemingway or Salinger and any question I could throw at them they would have an answer. That's the magic when you read or hear something wonderful - there's no one that has all the answers.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Hate #Magic #Answers

  • I write a tiny fraction of what I used to write. My only job used to be to just write songs, and that was a really nice job to have, but only a tiny amount of people heard those songs, and I didn't make a living from it, and eventually I begged my parents to let me move back into my room.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Song #Jobs #Nice

  • I'd always wanted to work in the studio and experiment with sounds. Things that I'm really influenced by and that I love are like The Beatles and Radiohead, and all those records by bands whose music is really involved.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Band #Records #Sound

  • Every morning I wake up with a purpose and a smirk
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Morning #Purpose #Wake Up

  • And the history books forgot about us, and the bible didn’t mention us
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Book

  • Maybe one day you’ll understand I don’t want nothing more than to sweetly hold your hand.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Hands #One Day #Want

  • [A]s soon as you try and take a song from your mind into piano and voice and into the real world, something gets lost and it's like a moment where, in that moment you forget how it was and it's this new way. And then when you make a record, even those ideas that you had, then those get all turned and changed. So in the end, I think, it just becomes it's own thing and really I think a song could be recorded a million different ways and so what my records are, it just happened like that, but it's not like, this is how I planned it from the very beginning because I have no idea, I can't remember.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Song #Real #Thinking

  • I used to be such a militant city-ist, but more and more I've seen forests and nature and oceans, and I don't know any more if this is the awesomest way to live.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Ocean #Cities #Way

  • This is how it works You're young until you're not You love until you don't You try until you can't You laugh until you cry You cry until you laugh And everyone must breathe Until their dying breath No, this is how it works You peer inside yourself You take the things you like And try to love the things you took And then you take that love you made And stick it into some Someone else's heart Pumping someone else's blood And walking arm in arm You hope it don't get harmed But even if it does You'll just do it all again
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Love You #Heart #Blood

  • And people are just people, They shouldn't make you nervous. The world is everlasting, It's coming and it's going.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #People #World #Nervous

  • Pick a star on the dark horizon and follow the light.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Stars #Dark #Light

  • I'm the hero of this story, I don't need to be saved
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Hero #Needs #Stories

  • The other day I was down by the Hudson River, and I see two nuns in full habit rollerblading down the street holding hands. And I'm like, 'Oh, my God, I get it. The world is surreal and beautiful. And everything is fine.'
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Beautiful #Hate #Hands

  • Even if you're an observer of a story that you yourself made up, you're still very much connected to it. You love it and feel it, no less than somebody's who's writing from their direct 'I' or 'me.' I'm just so much more interesting in stories than confessions.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Writing #Interesting #Stories

  • I'm just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh lord please don't let me be misunderstood.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Soul #Misunderstood #Lord

  • This is the way I want to die. Torn apart by angry fans who want me to play a different song.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Song #Play #Different

  • Love is the answer to a question that I have forgotten
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Love Is #Answers #Forgotten

  • A man destined to hang can never drown
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Men

  • I've got a perfect body, 'cause my eyelashes catch my sweat
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Sweat #Eyelashes #Perfect

  • The world that has made us can no longer contain us
    -- Regina Spektor

    #World #Made

  • I don't kiss losers and I don't kiss winners, and I don't fight for honor 'cause we all are born sinners
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Kissing #Fighting #Honor

  • It's a real gift to be able to have the works of brilliant, great people to learn from and build from. It gives you so much more to draw on, and then you don't have to be all about three-chord pop songs. I don't really like that kind of writing.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Song #Real #Writing

  • Maybe I am skipping over the city and going from very personal things to the world, from internal experience to giant, far-away-from-space experience.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Cities #Space #World

  • When you're playing such brilliant music every day, then the last thing you ever want to do is try to write something of your own that's crude and not as good.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Writing #Trying #Lasts

  • We’re trying to be faithful but we’re cheating, cheating, cheating
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Cheating #Faithful #Trying

  • No one's laughing at God -We're all laughing with God.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Laughing

  • Pickle jars are just pickle jars, and pickles are just pickles.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Jars #Pickles

  • I figured, 'If I ever get offered a chance to sign a deal, I'll only do it if I got to do it how I want.' So my contract is structured in such a way that I'm really protected.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Want #Way #Chance

  • It feels very good to sing in Russian. It feels so good inside my body.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Body #Very Good #Feels

  • We're living in a den of thieves
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Thieves #Dens

  • I knew all this Beatles music. I knew the songs phonetically. It was like my whole experience of that music was out of focus, and somebody put the perfect glasses on me, and all of a sudden I could see everything.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Song #Glasses #Perfect

  • I just like being all over the place and writing whatever comes to mind. Having the tools? It's such a gift.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Writing #Mind #Tools

  • Maybe you should kiss someone who is nice, or lick a rock, or both.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Nice #Kissing #Rocks

  • So break me to small parts, let go in small doses, but spare some for spare parts.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Letting Go #Rejection #Break

  • Tomorrow you might get a phone call about something wonderful and you might get a phone call about something terrible.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Phones #Might #Phone Calls

  • I've been thinking a lot about space. It was one of those slow-motion realisations how little we are, how far we are from everything else in our solar system. This idea of distance started kind of haunting me. How do you go forth and accomplish things but not end up leaving everything you started out with in the dust?
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Distance #Thinking #Dust

  • You make something, and you really have fun with it, and you try to put emotion in it, and at the end of the day, you have no idea how the tide is going to fall. You don't know if everyone's going to like it, if everyone's going to hate it, if it's going to be like you're a media darling, or all of a sudden you're a sellout. You have no idea.
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Fun #Hate #Fall

  • I'm like, 'Would you be the person in the room that would boo when Dylan went electric? I know I wouldn't. Or are you the person that left The Beatles after 'She Loves You,' or 'Drive My Car?' You weren't on board for 'Revolution 9' or 'Day In The Life,' were you?
    -- Regina Spektor

    #Love You #Car #Rooms

  • Love what you have and you'll have more love.
    -- Regina Spektor

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