I'd never just want to do what everybody else did. I'd be contributing to the sameness of everything.

โ€” Don Van Vliet

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Bob Dylan impresses me about as much as... well, I was gonna say a slug but I like slugs.

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Johnny Rotten. He's a big fan of mine. I used to see him out in the audience in England and he'd stand up and holler. He's funny. Smart too, and a nice guy. Don't think he's a jerk because he isn't.

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It's not worth getting into the bullshit to see what the bull ate.

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I think people have had too much to think and ought to flex their magic muscles.

It takes awhile to get oriented to what I do, but people seem to be able to hear it if they give it a chance. I'd never just want to do what everybody else did. I'd be contributing to the sameness of everything.

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A carrot is as close as a rabbit gets to a diamond.

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Art is rearranging and grouping mistakes.

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James Brown is important because he decorates the clock correctly and he's good with lower mathematics. Don't get me wrong - he's good.

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I would never kill a living thing, although I probably have inadvertently while driving automobiles.

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I'd rather play a tune on a horn, but I've always felt that I didn't want to train myself. Because when you get a train, you've got to have an engine and a caboose. I think it's better to train the caboose. You train yourself, you strain yourself.

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You can almost judge how screwed up somebody is by the kind of toilet paper they use. Go in any rich house and it's some weird coloured embossed stuff.

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I don't look like a desert person because I stay indoors most of the day and fool around at night. That's what the desert animals do - they don't have a tan either.

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It makes me itch to think of myself as Captain Beefheart. I don't even have a boat.

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About Don Van Vliet

Quotes 46 sayings
Profession Musician
Birthday January 15, 1941

Be kind, man - don't be mankind.

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An audience can really lift you right up off the stage.

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Earth ... God's golf ball.

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I live in a Mobile Home - I've never had a house, except once; I rented a log cabin.

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I think Shakespeare is really the one.

Words as music and music as words. Everything he wrote was good, which is really frightening.

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With my voice and my band, I can do anything.

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That Sid Vicious was obviously a schizophrenic, kind of a mean one too.

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Man has done a lot to make himself dangerous and animals get the worst of all of it. But then, man too is an animal.

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But I have been in some very beautiful churches, then I've looked outside and seen people starving to death.

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I would say that it's an awfully overrated aspirin and very similar to the old people's Disneyland.

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We're all colored, or you wouldn't be able to see anyone.

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I have no neighbours other than animals and Joshua Trees.

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The stars are matter, We're matter, But it doesn't matter.

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I needed to purge myself of all the attention my parents had given me - I wasn't neglected enough as a child.

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When I see a dolphin, I know it's just as smart as I am.

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I don't like getting out when I could be painting.

And when I'm painting, I don't want anybody else around.

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The earth is Godสนs golf ball.

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I think most people try to get others to see through their eyes.

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I don't want to sell my music. I'd like to give it away because where I got it, you didn't have to pay for it.

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There are only forty people in the world and five of them are hamburgers.

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Beatle bones and smokin' stones the dry sands fall.

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I don't do lullabyes.

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We see the moon, don't we? So it's our eye. Animals see us, don't they? So we're their animals.

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I don't even know what sound is, much less what it's for.

It isn't to make money that's for sure. I've never made any.

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I think that men has the most highly developed intelligence.

I think men get so intelligent that they're stupid.

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You can tell by the kindness of a dog how a human should be.

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Most of modern rock and roll is a product of guilt.

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If you want to be a different fish, you've got to jump out of the school.

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I don't think artists are made, I think they're born.

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I'm interested in playing, not working.

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The largest living land mammal is the absent mind.

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If you got ears, you gotta listen.

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I like the blues..... but I like aqua marine just as much.

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