I don't really like New York better than Portland. It's just a different place.

— Elliott Smith

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But I was also doing odd jobs around Portland, like spreading gravel and transplanting bamboo trees.

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Haven't laughed this hard in a long time.

I better stop now before I start crying. Go off to sleep in the sunshine...I don't want to see the day when its dying.

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There's always that argument to make - that you're in better company historically if people don't understand what you're doing.

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If you play acoustic guitar you're the depressed, sensitive guy.

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The devil's script sells you the heart of a blackbird.

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I think the music business will eventually crush me, but I [smiles]... I'm ready.

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The band's filter, but playing live is a lot of fun.

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My girlfriend at the time convinced me to send these songs to Cavity Search.

When they wanted to put out my record I was totally shocked.

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I just wanted to move out of Portland to do something.

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I wondered if I would talk about drug use. But I guess, why hide it?

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Certain songs just feel a way that's hard to put into words and it's not happy and it's also not really sad but I couldn't say what it is

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I rode on a float in one of the parades in Mississippi. It's an experience.

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About Elliott Smith

Quotes 72 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

It touches on drug use. I got caught up in that for almost two years.

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It's a lot easier to tell the truth usually.

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I don't really think of time off as writing blocks.

I think that's a western notion of demonizing inactivity. When your imagination decides it needs to take a nap. maybe that's what it needs to do.

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Fights problems with bigger problems.

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While his history of depression is compatible with suicide.

.. and the location and direction of the stab wounds are consistent with self-infliction, several aspects of the circumstances (as they are known at this time) are atypical of suicide and raise the possibility of homicide.

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I walked out and Jack Nicholson was sitting about six feet away, so I avoided that area and I looked up at the balcony in the back and sang the song.

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Burning every bridge that I cross to find some beautiful place to get lost.

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Well, I try not to think about the general public since I have no idea what the general public is and I don't think anybody does.

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I want to keep making records as long as I can and that's the beginning and end of my concern about selling records.

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I think the suggestion that all my songs are personal is insulting because that assumes that I have a bunch of issues that I feel the need to unload on strangers. That is not the case. It also assumes that I just talk about myself the whole time which, again, is not true.

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They say that God makes problems just to see what you can stand, before you do as the devil pleases.

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I'm just writing songs about how I feel or about how people I know feel.

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It's hard to represent chaos, or like an absence of something.

It's much easier to represent the presence of something or a situation.

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I mean people just have a way of - y'know they'll review your record in two sentences and put you in this little stupid box that you don't want to be in.

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Static in my head, the reflected sound of everything, tried to go to where it led, but it didn't lead to anything.

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Everybody gets a tag. If you listen to a Velvet Underground record, you don't think, 'Godfathers of Punk.' You just think, 'This sounds great.' The tags are there in order to help try to sell something by giving it a name that's going to stick in somebody's memory. But it doesn't describe it. So 'depressing' isn't a word I would use to describe my music. But there is some sadness in it -- there has to be, so that the happiness in it will matter.

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Because God only knows why people like what they like and don't like something else.

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Nothing's gonna drag me down to a death that's not worth cheating.

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I went walking around the city some more, people watching with a cold, blank stare. And I saw your face in everyone, I swear.

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Theres a bunch of Elvis Costello records that made all the difference between feeling like a total freak and feeling like ... only a freak. A freak among other freaks

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You can't get better at things you never play.

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People are so... seem so chaotic internally, but being filtered through some form, like making a record, sort of filters it down into something that can be understood.

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I see you're leaving me and taking up with the enemy, the cold comfort of the in-between, a little less than a human being.

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I got tired of doing battle with people thinking I was a little weird because I wasn't in a band making happy, stilted music. The only people who really seem weird to me are people who think they're normal. People who think it's possible to be normal just by doing the same things that most people do. Is there a most people? I don't know. Television makes it seem like there is, but I think that might just be television.

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Music is worth doing just because. It doesn’t have to be justified by some political point of view, and it’s kind of insulting to the music to make it a tool for something else.

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I've been doing four-track songs by myself since I was like a teenager, where I'd sing in a way that I ... I just didn't think other people would like it, so I didn't play it for them but eventually I got over that, which I'm happy that I did, because it's kind of a drag to be playing a kind of music that you don't really like as much as another kind.

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All your secret wishes could right now be coming true.

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It was kind of ridiculous to carry it up to a certain point and then drop the ball or the bomb, like quitting the band right after we had signed to Virgin.

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A lot of people are kind of depressed. I'm happy some of the time, and some of the time I'm not.

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There are lots of things I like about playing in a band, the things I can't do by myself you know.

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There's lots of ways people can be dependent, on another person, or drugs.

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I'm happy some of the time, and some of the time I'm not.

But like when I see a movie, for example, that I really like, that moves me or whatever, it's usually happy and sad at the same time.

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I can't think of anything off the top of my head that seems more important than something designed to raise money to keep something going that keeps IV drug users from dying.

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I didn't think I was gonna be playing on the Oscars or anything.

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I watched myself put my paw in the bear trap on that one because there was this clause about leaving members.

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Doing battle with themselves that way, every day, all the time and sometimes it sucks, but other times it results in people making sort of a dream comprehensible to someone else.

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I was trying to do the same thing that I always do which is make an interesting record.

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