Im going to be shaking my booty when Im 55.— Natalie Merchant
The most inspiring Natalie Merchant quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
I wish I had appreciated my youth - I should have worn tighter clothing when I could have!
For your kindness, I'm in debt to you. For your selflessness, my admiration.
Poetry comes alive to me through recitation.
The research phase was really fascinating - I'm not a closeted nerd, I'm an out-of-the-closet nerd.
Be true to yourself, and, um, don't worry about some large companies' quarterly profit index.
I would say I'd rather dig a ditch, you know, do hard, manual labor than write lyrics.
My mother was a single working mother;
she started having children very young. There was a tension inside her about who she wanted to be and what she wanted to do and how she couldn’t achieve the things she wanted to.
Life is sweet, life is also very short.
I feel we all have the obligation, myself.
I want to live in a more humane, civilized society, and I feel like the only way we're going to achieve that is if we all take it upon ourselves. I just wish we could be a more caring society. I feel like we're social Darwinists who believe that everyone has to make it on their own. But the reality is that we all don't start out on the same footing.
I think I have a really diverse audience. I've had people from all sorts of sexual persuasions.
I think I don't invest so much time in thinking about people's sexuality.
I just take people as individuals.
I don't want to live in a culture of despair. I'd like to live in a culture of hope.
I don't enjoy the work that I do. It's just that it's not self-sustaining anymore. The way that I like to make records - they're expensive records to make and just can't afford to do it anymore.
I don't think women's prisons are environments for dance routines, and I don't think mass murder is humorous.
I was shy. Bookish. The kind of 13-year-old girl who, instead of having a boyfriend, would have a crush on a dead, 19th-century author!
I've had a large gay following for many years and have been quite aware of that.
I think the most enduring lesson I was taught through my experiences of being a Girl Scout was that I was a member of a larger community. I out-grew my uniforms and badges years ago, but the memories of visiting nursing homes or organizing Earth Day tree plantings or my summers camping with girls from all different backgrounds will stay with me always.
When it came time to sequence the album, the new arrangements really demanded a different order. They were so different than they were before that the old sequence didn't work anymore.
I've raised my daughter with no television.
I can't remove the autobiographical slant from the things I write.
You always bring yourself into what you're writing.
There is one tradition in America I am proud to inherit.
It is our first freedom and the truest expression of our Americanism: the ability to dissent without fear. It is our right to utter the words, 'I disagree.' We must feel at liberty to speak those words to our neighbors, our clergy, our educators, our news media, our lawmakers and, above all, to the one among us we elect - President.
I think of myself as a musician and not a celebrity.
Celebrity status is something you have to deliberately pursue - I couldn't imagine myself seeking that.
It's funny, I remember doing the Johnny Carson show, and, uh, I couldn't afford my rent.
Have I been wrong? Have I been wise to shut my eyes?
Literature gives us a window into other people's experiences in other places, in other times, so I thought it would be really interesting to investigate how different people had written about motherhood, and childhood.
When I originally wrote "Jealousy," it was more like an exercise to try to write a girl-group kind of pop song. It was really contrary to most of the material I'd ever written. I didn't pay much attention to the song after I'd recorded it. I didn't really perform it at all the last 20 years. When it came time to make the new record, I decided to make peace with the song and have fun with it.
I go to the river from time to time to ponder over the crazy days in my life.
Watch the river flow, ease my mind and soul where I go.
I would never do a printed memoir. I've been asked to publish a memoir from years by different publishers and literary agents. I think it wouldn't be great for me because all I'd really want to talk about it music and I'd rather just play it.
Have I been blind, have I been lost, inside myself and my own mind?
I'm on this search trying to figure out exactly who I am and what I have to say to people.
I've walked these streets, in a carnival of sights to see.
All the cheap thrill seekers, the vendors & the dealers, they crowded around me. Have I been blind? Have I been lost, inside myself and my own mind? Hypnotized, mesmerized, by what my eyes have seen? I've walked these streets, in a spectacle of wealth & poverty. In the diamond market, the scarlet welcome carpet that they just rolled out for me.
I've found out how overwhelming the media is and the way it drills things into your head, it's almost like a mind control. If I could control prople's minds, I'd like to put something useful in.
TV holds a close second to cars for destroying our society. It's a failed experiment.
By calling it a memoir, I meant is as a collection of memories.
I thought it was (a more) artful (title) than documentary.
I’ve always considered it a great privilege to be a musician, I’ve never lost sight of that.
I've never sold my publishing. I have 100% control of all of my publishing and that includes everything, every use of my songs.
It's really wonderful to be able to be nobody, and then have a moment when I can be somebody, and then go right back to being nobody again.
I don't have a lot of thrilling anecdotes about my career or personal life.
All the stuff that is interesting is private and I wouldn't want people to know.