Sinead O'Connor quotes

  • The important thing about "brave" is, it doesn't mean you're not terrified.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Mean #Brave #Important

  • I understand that we are actually complicated people but we are also dreadfully simple.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Simple #People #Complicated

  • I don't believe in any kind of artistic snobbery or musical snobbery. You know, to me, the sexiest and the most spiritual words ever uttered in rock and roll are wop babaloo balop bam boom.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Spiritual #Believe #Rocks

  • I don't do anything in order to cause trouble. It just so happens that what I do naturally causes trouble. I'm proud to be a troublemaker.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Order #Proud #Causes

  • Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. We aren’t merely objects of desire.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Desire #Sexuality #Objects Of Desire

  • At some point the entire population of the earth is gonna have to look back at the kind of essence of spirituality which is basically caring about each other.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Caring #Essence #Population

  • Islam - a religion horribly misrepresented by terrorists, which is like the IRA saying they represented Irish people. Islam is a BEAUTIFUL religion. would make you cry it's so beautiful... and gentle.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Beautiful #People #Islam

  • God is something that needs rescuing from religion.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Needs

  • Maybe it was mean, but I really don't think so. You asked for the truth and I told you.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Truth #Mean #Thinking

  • In my belief, there's one spirit. I prefer to call it the Holy Spirit. I don't think it matters if you call it God or Allah or Jesus or Fred or David or too early in the morning or whatever.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Jesus #Morning #Thinking

  • I have also Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and I wouldn't have survived that if not for music. So I think for me, music was a soothing thing and it was also a place where you could say all the stuff that you couldn't say anywhere else.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Stress #Thinking #Stuff

  • I grew up in a situation of extreme abuse, but there was no chance to talk about it, so music became the escape if you like.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Abuse #Chance #Grew Up

  • What pisses me off is when I've got seven or eight record company fat pig men sitting there telling me what to wear.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Women #Eight #Pigs

  • You must not try to be too pure, you must fly closer to the sea.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Sea #Trying #Pure

  • I'm a great cleaner. I'm actually kind of addicted to cleaning. I could clean anything.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Cleaning #Kind #Clean

  • I think that music has been a great help to me and this has been confirmed by every psychiatrist I have seen. I would probably be dead if not for music.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Thinking #Helping #Psychiatrist

  • You have to hide what you are and it's really stressful and very bad for your self esteem. Because it's not obvious to people that you are ill, they treat you as if you're a pain in the ass, then you beat yourself up and you are already beating yourself up as a part of mental illness.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Pain #Self Esteem #People

  • I don't feel like me unless I have my hair shaved. So even when I'm an old lady, I'm going to have it.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Hair #Old Lady #Feels

  • When you dishonor the the utter glory and majesty of black people, you lie. Your heart lies to you and you let it
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Lying #Heart #People

  • Forgiveness is the most important thing. We all have to forgive what was done to us - the Irish people have to forgive. The African people. The Jewish people. We all have to forgive and understand the only way to stop the cycle of hate and abuse is not to allow yourself to get caught in it.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Hate #Thinking #People

  • We have a tradition of passing our history orally and singing a lot of it and writing songs about it and there's kind of a calling in Irish voices when they're singing in their Irish accent.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Song #Writing #Voice

  • We can love religion as we need rituals, but The Holy Spirit is a bird, free to fly and land where it likes. We don't actually need 'religion' in order to have a relationship with The Holy Spirit. Too many wars an violence over religion.We need to see it's all the same spirit and we are part of that spirit so we shouldn't be fighting over what name we call it. It's a free bird.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #War #Fighting #Order

  • If there was acceptance of the mentally ill in the Catholic Church, the entire Curia would resign!
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Acceptance #Catholic #Church

  • When I kissed you, you didn't mind. I thought I tasted of too many cigarettes, but you tasted like wine.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Honesty #Wine #Mind

  • My creative process is quite slow. I hear melodies in my head while I'm washing the dishes and I allow my subconscious to do the work.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Creative #Process #Dishes

  • I was getting a lot of pressure from people in show business about my being overweight because of medication, I was on 200 mg of amitriptiline. When I said this to my doctor, for some reason she took me completely off medication and she didn't really supervise properly.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Doctors #People #Pressure

  • When you're young, you don't really know quite what you're aiming at. You're very impulsive and acting on impulse, which is very important and valuable. But you're kind of swimming in a blind sea. When you get older, you have more of a sense of direction.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Swimming #Sea #Important

  • I love songs, and I love songwriting, and there's a standard of songwriting within Chicago blues in particular. I don't like the sad blues, necessarily; the Chicago blues is what I like, which is the kind of blues you can dance to.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Song #Chicago #Kind

  • I find that as a female boss in the music industry, it's difficult to actually be treated as if you actually are the boss and to have people act on your instructions and take you seriously. Like you call up people who are working for you and say, "I'd like to see such-and-such document," and they tell you that you don't need it. Then you have to spend time convincing them that it doesn't matter whether they think you need it or not, they're supposed to hand it to you.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Thinking #Hands #People

  • We're exposing our minors to abuse by the fact that they leave the radio on in the car and let them listen to the news on the way to school. Or the fact that it's shown on the news, the children can see Gaddafi's face and his glorious Technicolor clothes getting shot off on the news or on the newspaper shelves. In the shelves of the shops where all the sex magazines are consciously put at the top, if they're consciously put at the top, that must mean the violence is all put at the bottom consciously.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Sex #Children #School

  • I think in the first place hearing the music inside of you is very soothing, very comforting. For me there always been, if you like, a spiritual connection between myself and music.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Spiritual #Thinking #Comforting

  • To say what you feel is to dig your own grave.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Graves #Feels

  • Songs are like ropes that you can kind of hang on to or pull yourself up on.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Song #Rope #Kind

  • I feel that I was a useful contributor to society, and that I couldn't be a contributor to society in any other way.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Way #Feels #Contributors

  • I think people who come from abuse and/or people who have mental illnesses, have terrible self-esteem problems.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Self Esteem #Thinking #People

  • The sexuality is being sold to the artists as power when in fact it's not; it's a way of hypnotizing their audience.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Artist #Facts #Way

  • If you really ever love someone, that doesn't go away, although you wish it would.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Wish #Going Away #Love Someone

  • Nobody gets between me and my microphone.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Microphones

  • It's been seven hours and fifteen days, since you took your love away.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Sadness #Fifteen #Hours

  • If you were the boss of a company and some of the employees of your company were known to sexually abuse children, you would fire them instantly.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Children #Fire #Boss

  • Until everyone in this country over 35 has passed away, the theocracy will still be alive. And I am not actually of the theocracy, and that could bother people. I think I've probably taken a bit of flak for that, as well as being an arsehole occasionally, obviously.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Country #Taken #Thinking

  • I think people think they're not brave if they're frightened, and that's not true at all.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Thinking #People #Brave

  • This is how you know religion is failing because people think you're bonkers if you believe in God and also because it's so uncool believing in Jesus and everything.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Jesus #Believe #Thinking

  • The trouble when you have a job like mine is it's your social life as well, so I need to actually [find] something to do in my downtime when my kids are at school.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Jobs #School #Kids

  • Generally I don't listen to sad songs if I'm sad. I listen to happy songs.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Song #Sad Song #I'm Sad

  • When I sing, it's the most solitary state: just me, and the microphone, and the holy spirit. It's not about notes or scales, it's all about emotion.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Spirit #Emotion #Holy

  • I guess there's a song for absolutely everything that could possibly happen to a person.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Song #Persons #Happens

  • There's a difference between, you know, God loves unconditionally in my feeling and religion loves conditionally. Religion spends an awful lot of time dictating who God can love and can't love.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Differences #Feelings #Awful

  • I listen to, like, funky Chicago blues. I love blues, but I love the funky, happy blues. There's a song about pretty much everything, including kidney stones, believe it or not. So there's something there for whatever you happen to be suffering, you know?
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Song #Believe #Suffering

  • Unfortunately in my case, because of what I do for living, here in Ireland is very hard for me to find a doctor who can just deal with me as a person, that can get beyond Sinead O'Connor. I had to go to England to find a psychiatrist for my case.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Doctors #England #Cases

  • I think "God" is an off-putting word. I don't think there's a name for this. I think it's a presence that is best for us, but unfortunately, it can't intervene if we don't ask it, and religion has us talking to the wall because the god that religion is selling isn't the reality.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Wall #Reality #Thinking

  • When I grew up in Ireland in the seventies there was no such thing as therapy...I mean we didn't even have cappuccinos until 1998! So for me music was therapy, it was also the place where one could speak about himself, where he was allowed to speak about his traumatic experiences.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Mean #Speak #Grew Up

  • I'm a Holy Spirit maniac, yeah. When I say maniac, to me, a maniac is a person that goes around telling you what you should believe. You know, you have to believe what I believe, and I don't believe that.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Believe #Spirit #Holy

  • I guess I'm a Holy Spirit maniac. I'm not a religious maniac. I love religion, but I don't like it.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Religious #Spirit #Holy

  • It's very hard to be perceived as a boss, and behaving like a boss or wanting to be treated like one.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Boss #Treated #Hard

  • I'm on fire when I'm singing, I'm completely in character, I use my sense memories, and every syllable of it is meant. It's a very special thing.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Memories #Character #Fire

  • Look at all our old men in pubs. Look at all our young people on drugs.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Reality #Men #People

  • I don't agree with this romantic fantasy that people who suffer from depression are more likely to be artists. I find that I am more creative when I am happy actually.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Artist #People #Creative

  • I've been married three times, really I should only have been married once.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Three #Married #Should

  • I know that I have done many things to give you reason not to listen to me
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Giving #Done #Reason

  • I've been married before, but I've never had my dream wedding in Vegas. I wanted to do it there because it's casual, quick, not religious and, most of all, very romantic.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Romantic #Dream #Wedding

  • Suicide doesn't solve your problems. It only makes them infinitely, un-countably worse.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Suicide #Problem #Solve

  • Biggest lesson I've ever had in life is that blues had a baby and they named it rock 'n' roll.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Baby #Rocks #Rock N Roll

  • Easy to keep faith. God is good. Only one mistake he made. Free will, therefore can't intervene unless we ask, but gospels show, when we ask we must believe we will be answered. Then all manner of things will be well.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Mistake #Believe #Free Will

  • Protection of children from violence and abuse has always been my main activity or campaign.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Children #Abuse #Violence

  • Minors should not be exposed to what is going on in the so-called news.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #News #Should #Exposed

  • When you have mental illness you don't have a plaster or a cast or a crutch, that let everyone know that you have the illness, so people expect the same of you as from anyone else and when you are different they give you a hard time and they think you're being difficult or they think you're being a pain in the ***** and they're horrible to you. You spend your life in Ireland trying to hide that you have a mental illness.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Pain #Hard Times #Thinking

  • I suppose is very cathartic to do a show to the masses and you get to make magic in a manner that you can't do in regular life, but I suppose that self esteem effect is one of the most powerful.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Powerful #Self Esteem #Magic

  • I seek no longer to be a 'famous' person, and instead I wish to live a 'normal' life.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Wish #Normal #Fame

  • I could stand in the street and sing and get enough to pay the bills. I don't need millions of dollars.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Dollars #Needs #Pay

  • I suppose the biggest change to me is this kind of very oversexualizing of everything. Not that anyone wants to take the sex out of rock 'n' roll, you know - that would be ludicrous - but it seems that everything now, it's like the sexuality is the only voice; everything else is gone.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Sex #Voice #Rocks

  • It's OK to assert yourself. Obviously, as a woman, I do experience the consequence of asserting yourself - you're not supposed to assert yourself.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Consequence

  • As far as I'm concerned, I'm now in the business of making spiritual records and using my voice for that purpose. I'm not going to be singing songs that I made in the past. I closed the door on that incarnation of Sinead O'Connor.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Spiritual #Song #Past

  • I h a v e a l l t h a t I r e q u e s t e d and I do not want what I haven`t got. I have learned this from my mother ; see how happy she has made me. I will take this road much further though I know not where it takes me.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Mother #Design #Want

  • The music business is a place where the artists are all treated like we're working for the people who are working for us. That can obviously be exaggerated when you're a female.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Artist #People #Female

  • I have always had a good functioning in my artistic life, but I had problems mostly in my private life, I got very angry with my boyfriends and stuff...I would probably have good reasons to be angry but the volume would be too high, just getting to some level of wounding that perhaps was not appropriate to the actual offence committed.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Artistic Life #My Boyfriend #Would Be

  • I have no shame around the fact that I can be shot into suicidal feelings by certain people's treatment of me. I am no different to any other person, I therefore act as I believe any other person should be free to.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Believe #Suicidal #People

  • What I'm interested in is the protection of children from violence, and they are exposed to violence every single day in the form of, as it's called, the news. Then you wonder why the children are running around, doing the things in the streets, doing the things that they've seen the adults doing in the so-called news.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Running #Children #News

  • I had developed manic depression [bipolar disorder] ... and the main symptoms the constant voice in the head telling you to kill yourself.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Depression #Voice #Bipolar

  • God's place is the world but the world is not God's place.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #World

  • They're my positive chaos, my children.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Children #Chaos #My Children

  • As a parent, I don't really want my child to know about all this horrible violence that people seem to be wanting to tell them every time they go to buy some candy.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Children #People #Parent

  • There is a God. God exists.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #God Exists

  • That's my feeling - that real God and religion are two different things and that religion is trying to obscure what God really is.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Real #Two #Feelings

  • People often talk about me as a singer, but they don't often talk about you when you're a woman as a songwriter.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #People #Singers #Songwriters

  • My kids really are my center. They create a beautiful chaos. It's always a nice chaos with them.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Beautiful #Nice #Kids

  • It should be a crime to abandon your child, and it's not. It would be wonderful if it could be criminalized.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Children #Would Be #Wonderful

  • I suppose in some ways, all over the world "crazy" is a term of abuse and I think that is something that should be stopped. In Ireland "crazy" is a term of abuse and people are terrified of anything that they conceive to be crazy. And the people believed to be crazy won't be treated compassionately, they will treat you horribly and use it as a reason to dismiss anything you would think, do, say or feel, so you're rocking into a self esteem trap.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Crazy #Self Esteem #Thinking

  • What I like about being a musician is that I find the thing soothing, but I also give the soothing to other people.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #People #Giving #Musician

  • I'm a very good dishwasher. I'm a terrible cook. I'm an awful cook.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Awful #Dishwashers #Very Good

  • I'm great at washing dishes and I'm great at cleaning the house and all that kind of stuff. I don't like doing it, but I'm.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #House #Stuff #Cleaning

  • It was the case in the 70s and 80s that people believed music could change the world. But now people aren't making music because they want to change the world; they're making music because they want to just make a ton of money.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #People #Want #World

  • What I hope is to really focus on being a songwriter. I'd love to write songs for other people; that's something I'd really like to start doing.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Song #Writing #People

  • I always feel there is a link between music and spirituality.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Links #Spirituality #Feels

  • God needs to get rescued from religious music.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Religious #Religious Music #Needs

  • I really believe that God and religion is two different things.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Believe #Two #Different

  • I think there's a lot that's beautiful about religion and very inspiring, obviously, but I do think that God needs to be rescued from religion actually.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Beautiful #Thinking #Needs

  • You can't solve a spiritual problem with politics. You may as well as throw the Parliament to a drowning man.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Spiritual #Men #May

  • The irony is that musical artists have enormous public voices, but behind the scenes we're voiceless, actually.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Artist #Voice #Musical

  • All of my life, actually, I had a real strong relationship with God, but I was always in the closet about it. The only distance out of the closet I really want to come there is having my tattoo or wearing my t-shirt.
    -- Sinead O'Connor

    #Tattoo #Strong #Real

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