In the early 80s, it was annoying to have some band from England with stupid hair and a Yamaha DX7 come over and be on the cover of every magazine with their first single. Not because it took something away from us, but simply because it took something away from all the great music that was being made in America. The magazines would ignore the Replacements and the Embarrassment and the dB’s and Black Flag because there was no trendy gimmick involved. That’s what pissed us off. We were happy to ring the bell for American music and let people know there was all this great stuff going on that you wouldn’t see on the cover of Dumbass Magazine just because we didn’t have weird haircuts.
- Mike Mills, in Pitchfork’s career spanning interview (also with Michael Stipe)
"All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea—whether it is to sail or to watch it—we are going back from where we came."
"It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique."
"The birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the author."
"In life you’ll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it’s because they’re stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance… Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself."
Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi (via fuckyeahliteraryquotes)
In my senior year of high school we had a project called “Quotes to Live By” in where we chose 10 quotes that encompassed our philosophies, beliefs and desires. This was the first one I chose (right after reading the complete Persepolis not long before). Never underestimate the importance of steadfast virtue.