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— Maynard James Keenan

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This body holding me reminds me of my own mortality.

Embrace this moment, remember: we are eternal all this pain is an illusion.


A circle is the reflection of eternity.

It has no beginning and it has no end - and if you put several circles over each other, then you get a spiral.


Put a small child in a playpen with an apple and a bunny.

If s/he eats the apple and plays with the bunny, s/he's normal;but if s/he eats the bunny and plays with the apple, I'll buy you a new car. Somewhere along the line we must have been TAUGHT to do the wrong thing.


Repugnant is a creature who would squander the ability To lift an eye to heaven, conscious of his fleeting time here


Desert, in generally, is a very good place to find yourself. Or lose yourself.


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If you take different mythologies from different cultures, the names may change and the story lines may vary but there is always something in common.


The trick is to use the drugs once to get there, and maybe spend the next ten years trying to get back there without the drug.


Cold silence has a tendency to atrophy any sense of compassion between supposed lovers


People get upset and it becomes an excuse to treat other people a certain way,but if you really step back, you realize what you've left behind.


I'm a pessimist. But I'm a pessimist with a sense of responsibility.


One of my biggest heroes in music has been David Bowie.

He's said, `I'm going to be a painter now, or I'm going to do some films,' and his audience is very forgiving, because they understand him as an artist. Whether you agree or like the result, you respect that he's expressing his artistic feelings.


Because artists can be extremely eccentric and insane, and unfortunately, the people they hurt the most are the people that are closest to them.


About Maynard James Keenan

Quotes 90 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

I want to find a genie in a bottle that can grant me three wishes.

I want to be able to speak, read, write, and understand any language ever written or spoken, just any language throughout the history of man. That would be one of my wishes from the genie, so I would have to put "multilingual" on the resume, should I ever find the genie.


I think that people get outraged over things.

I think what we really need is a kind of borderline extinction level event to get people back to caring about what really matters.


You can grow grapes in almost any part of the world.

You just have to develop your palate enough to realize wine is an expression of the place where you make it. You don't have to take over the world; just be an artist and express your area.


Every now and then, you get people who tend to forget what this country is about, which is a melting pot of races and cultures and freedom of speech.


There's always somebody in your life you know that just, somehow, you know, they're just that borderline sociopath that just wants what they want and doesn't care about relationships. Everybody has several of those people in their life.


I would hope they would be our fellow artists, rather than trying to emulate or idolize clowns like us.


You really should be able to feel the higher power of music and be moved by it, rather than listening to me waffle on and having to explain it.


I'm not an educated man. I only know what I'm told, and I'm not told that much; I have no frame of reference for how to place things in history be a responsible leader. All I can do is be an artist.


I feel like there's no real innovation in having some music.

It's more just unique personalities and unique expressions, and you being able to tell your story.


Knuckle deep inside the borderline. This may hurt a little but it's something you'll get used to. Relax. Slip away.


I think the biggest problem working with me would be that I'm an only child, and so I have an internal dialogue that goes on that I just assume you can hear.


I think there's a reason why wine figures into so many religions.

There's something transcendent about it. It's sort of the way that music is more than the sum of its parts. You have all these elements that make up the terroir that wine can communicate.


All I can do is say I smell a rat. I don't know where it is or what kind of rat it is, but as an artist, I can express how. But I couldn't responsibly stand up and tell people which way to go, because then I'm just as guilty as the people who are telling everybody else what to do and where to go.


Choices always were a problem for you.

What you need is someone strong to guide you. Deaf and blind and dumb and born to follow, what you need is someone strong to use you - like me.


Seems like Ive been here before. Seems so familiar. Seems like Im slipping into a dream within a dream.


Because as an only child, you have your own little world.


I can't be a legend yet. I'm not dead.


Nowadays, you have to sell, like, half a million or a million records just to break even.


But then it hasn't really been a focus of our government to make us an educated people.


I think everything Joni Mitchell did for music was big.


The idea is, if I can't heal from my art, then how can you heal?


I think the media made Manson, turned him into some larger than life figure and surrounded him with mystery and some shady glamour.


There were a lot of choices to make and I always picked artist.

I never once picked doctor, lawyer, firemen or something like that. It was always artist.


A lot of names in America and Europe have their roots in Latin and Greek words.

A lot of them go back to archetypes and their stories.


Reading is more of a left-brain process, and listening to music is a right-brain function.


Most religious stories and mythologies have some sort of similar root, some sort of global archetypes.


After all, in today's music scene every band seems to steal from other bands.


For me, life is writing and I can do it anywhere.

It doesn't matter where I am. I listen. I write. I live.


Music is about listening, the more you play, the more the magic spreads.


The process that we go through in recording with Tool is very organic, but at the same time it is very thought out. There is a very left-brain process of dissecting what we're doing and drawing from source material; it's very research oriented and esoteric.


I always knew that I wanted to be creative, that I wanted to create something.


And if you don't live, you have nothing to write about.


Everything we release with Tool is inspired by our music.


I just hope that our fans are people who are inspired by music, and just use our music as a background or inspiration for whatever it is they do.


Novell has the necessary resources to be a much more profitable enterprise but it currently lacks the vision, strategy and execution to produce respectable returns.


I believe that music is a force in itself.

It is there and it needs an outlet, a medium. In a way, we are just the medium.


I believe that when you go into a gallery or a museum, the most powerful pieces are the ones that don't have the words in the corner that distract you from the larger piece.