Amanda Palmer quotes

  • When we really see each other, we want to help each other.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Want #Helping #Helping Each Other

  • There’s no “correct path” to becoming a real artist. You might think you’ll gain legitimacy by going to university, getting published, getting signed to a record label. But it’s all bullshit, and it’s all in your head. You’re an artist when you say you are. And you’re a good artist when you make somebody else experience or feel something deep or unexpected.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Real #Artist #Thinking

  • In other words, let's give our young women the right weapons to fight with as they charge naked into battle, instead of ordering them to get back in the house and put some ***** clothes on.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Fighting #Clothes #Giving

  • I still get laughed at but it doesn't bother me, I'm just so glad to hear laughter around me.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Laughter #Bother #Glad

  • I think people have been obsessed with the wrong question, which is, ‘How do we make people pay for music?’ What if we started asking, ‘How do we LET people pay for music?’
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Thinking #People #What If

  • When you trust people to help you, they often do.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #People #Helping

  • The perfect tools aren't going to help us if we can't face each other and give and receive fearlessly, but more important, to ask without shame.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Giving #Perfect #Important

  • I want to live in a world where Miley (or any female musician) can twerk wildly at 20, wear a full-cover floral hippie mumu at 37, show up at 47 in see-through latex, and pose semi-naked, like Keith & co, on the cover of Rolling Stone at 57 and be APPLAUDED for being so comfortable with her body.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Hippie #Musician #Rolling

  • One of the best things about Kickstarter and crowdfunding and the collapse of the music business is a lot of artists like me have been forced to face our own weird mess about ourselves and what we thought it meant to become musicians.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Artist #Faces #Musician

  • For most of human history, musicians, artists, they've been part of the community — connectors and openers, not untouchable stars.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Stars #Artist #Community

  • American culture in particular has instilled in us the bizarre notion that to ask for help amounts to an admission of failure. But some of the most powerful, successful, admired people in the world seem, to me, to have something in common: they ask constantly, creatively, compassionately, and gracefully. And to be sure: when you ask, there's always the possibility of a no on the other side of the request. If we don't allow for that no, we're not actually asking, we're either begging or demanding. But it is the fear of the no that keeps so many of our mouths sewn tightly shut.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Powerful #Successful #People

  • It would nice to live in a world where art can just be art!
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Art #Nice #World

  • I draw the line at letting people into my songwriting cave. To me, that's where the alchemy happens and where the mystery is.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #People #Caves #Lines

  • If you want the world to pay for projects, you have to be able to display why you're worthy.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #World #Want #Pay

  • I have never in my career embarked on a journey towards controversy. I have never deliberately set a flame.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Journey #Flames #Careers

  • The stage show is, in some sense, highly theatrical. It's definitely not just a band in jeans playing rock and roll.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Rocks #Rock And Roll #Jeans

  • Collecting the dots. Then connecting them. And then sharing the connections with those around you. This is how a creative human works. Collecting, connecting, sharing.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Creative #Connections #Dots

  • Eat the pain. Send it back into the void as love.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Pain #Void

  • I was just a very dark kid. My family was complicated.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Kids #Dark #Complicated

  • I had very literal parents and I wanted to survive with metaphor and art, and there was a real sense of shame around it.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Art #Real #Parent

  • I suppose I'm happy to sell my time and energy, but I'm not happy to sell my initial creative time.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Creative #Energy #Not Happy

  • I get so many ideas for songs, but I'm so seldom disciplined enough to sit down and crank them out.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Song #Ideas #Down And

  • Thank God my best friend's a therapist.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Thank God #My Best Friend #Therapists

  • In both the art and the business worlds, the difference between the amateurs and the professionals is simple: The professionals know they're winging it. The amateurs pretend they're not.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Art #Simple #Differences

  • Asking for help with shame says: You have the power over me. Asking with condescension says: I have the power over you. But asking for help with gratitude says: We have the power to help each other.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Gratitude #Asking For Help #Over You

  • The challenge in my life really is keeping the balance between feeling creatively energized and fulfilled without feeling overwhelmed and like Im in the middle of a battlefield.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Challenges #Feelings #Balance

  • I think performance art comes from a simple place of wanting to express things beyond just sound.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Art #Simple #Thinking

  • Meditation, especially for people who dont know very much about it and think its this very hippy dippy thing, can really be powerful, terrifying even, as it lifts the rug up on your subconscious and the dust comes flying out.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Powerful #Thinking #Dust

  • There's a huge cloud of shame around art and business being seen as bedfellows.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Art #Clouds #Shame

  • Twitter fascinates me because it's real. It feels kind of unreal, but it makes very real things happen.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Real #Kind #Feels

  • When you're an artist, nobody ever tells you or hits you with the magic wand of legitimacy. You have to hit your own head with your own handmade wand. And you feel stupid doing it.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Stupid #Artist #Magic

  • I think to say that meditation is helpful to artists is true and it's great, but it's also essentially helpful to any kind of process of, just, life.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Artist #Thinking #Meditation

  • I hate being ignored.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Hate #Being Ignored #Ignored

  • Nothing is crueller than children who come from good homes.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Children #Home

  • I'm bisexual, but it's not the sort of thing I spent a lot of time thinking about … I've slept with girls; I've slept with guys, so I guess that's what they call it! I'm not anti trying to use language to simplify our lives.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Girl #Bisexual #Thinking

  • I don't feel at home in New Orleans. I don't feel at home in Austin or L.A. And I just felt immediately at home in northern Australia.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Home #New Orleans #Australia

  • You are an artist when you make someone feel something deep and unexpected.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Artist #Unexpected #Feels

  • I'm a massive fan of David Lynch and 'Twin Peaks.'
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Fans #Twins #Twin Peaks

  • Art is food for the soul, and an artistic climate is a healthy climate because it breeds empathy.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Art #Empathy #Healthy

  • I am bigger on the inside But you have to come inside to see me
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Bigger

  • I want to be happy. i want to make people happy. i do not need to be rich to do that.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #People #Needs #Want

  • I maintain couchsurfing and crowdsurfing are basically the same thing — you're falling into the audience and you're trusting each other.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Fall #Audience

  • If you love people enough, they will give you everything.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #People #Giving #Enough

  • We can only connect the dots we collect, which makes everything you write about you... your connections are the thread that you weave into the cloth that becomes the story that only you can tell.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Writing #Connections #Stories

  • The impulse to connect the dots - and to share what you've connected - is the urge that makes you an artist
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Artist #Dots #Share

  • I firmly believe in music being as free as possible. Unlocked. Shared and spread. In order for artists to survive and create, their audiences need to step up and directly support them.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Believe #Artist #Order

  • You know what’s really cool? Wake up every morning, decide what you feel like doing, and do it.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Morning #Wake Up #Really Cool

  • Life as it should be: all friends, all art, all music, all love, all the time.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Art #Should

  • The pattern's laid out on the bed With dozens of colors of thread But you've got the needle I guess that's the point in the end
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Color #Dozen #Patterns

  • Nobody ever sees me. Thank you.
    -- Amanda Palmer

  • Bands like Nirvana had theatrical sensibilities, playing with image, challenging assumptions people were making about them, the apex being Kurt Cobain in a dress to make a point.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #People #Challenges #Dresses

  • Crowdfunding as an idea itself isn't new - bands have been doing it since the dawn of time.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Ideas #Dawn #Band

  • Every album is just a greatest hits of whatever songs are on a pile when I go in to make a record.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Song #Albums #Records

  • I crave intimacy to the same burning degree that I detest commitment.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Commitment #Degrees #Burning

  • If your writing is good, if it resonates, if it connects the dots for anybody out there, the lovers will come, the haters will come, support will come — sometimes in the form of money, sometimes in the form of something less expected — and it balances.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Writing #Support #Balance

  • Take on the pain and wear it as a shirt.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Pain #Shirts

  • I'm still trying to express my truth, my place in the world, my belief.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Trying #World #Belief

  • The world needs actual excitement and emotion more than it needs cool people.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #People #Needs #World

  • When you're afraid of someone's judgment, you can't connect with them. You're too preoccupied with the task of impressing them.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Tasks #Judgment #Impress

  • There's really no honor in proving that you can carry the entire load on your own shoulders. Andit's lonely.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Lonely #Honor #Shoulders

  • I think one of the greatest gifts you can give to someone is just access to the possibility of freedom that you don't have to be totally depressed and enslaved by your own environment.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Thinking #Giving #Environment

  • I suffer mornings most of all I feel so powerless and small By ten o'clock I'm back in bed Fighting the jury in my head
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Morning #Fighting #Suffering

  • I think I've been addicted to openness since long before my rock career. I was terrible as a teenager. I used to go out of my way to make people uncomfortable with personal details. I was always fascinated by the idea that we have these weird, random boundaries between what we do and don't show.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Teenager #Thinking #Rocks

  • WHEN YOU CANNOT JOKE ABOUT THE DARKNESS OF LIFE, THAT’S WHEN THE DARKNESS TAKES OVER.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Darkness #Jokes

  • How do we let people pay for music?
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #People #Pay

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