If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.

— Neil Peart

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Quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to understand.

.. prejudice, fear and ignorance walk hand-in-hand.

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I think everything I do has Howard Roark [hero of The Fountainhead] in it, you know, as much as anything. The person I write for is Howard Roark.

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The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect, So hard to earn so easily burned In the fullness of time, A garden to nurture and protect It's a measure of a life The treasure of a life is a measure of love and respect, The way you live, the gifts that you give In the fullness of time, It's the only return that you expect

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Playing a three-hour Rush show is like running a marathon while solving equations.

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Waiting for the winds of change to sweep the clouds away.

Waiting for the rainbow's end to cast its gold your way ... You don't get something for nothing. You can't have freedom for free

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What is a master but a master student? And if that's true, then there's a responsibility on you to keep getting better and to explore avenues of your profession.

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I remain the optimist: you just do your best and hope for the best.

But it's an evolving state of mind.

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Living in the limelight: the universal dream for those who wish to SEEM.

Those who wish to BE, must put aside the alienation, get on with the fascination, the real relation, the underlying theme.

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Stamina is the force that drives the drumming; it's not really a sprint.

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Live for yourself... there's no one else more worth living for...

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Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

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It's always a happy day when YYZ appears on our luggage tags.

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About Neil Peart

Quotes 103 sayings
Nationality Canadian
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

I still totally believe in individual rights and individual responsibility and in choosing to do good.

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Look in, look the storm in the eye. Look out, to the sea and the sky. Look around, at the sight and sound. Look in, look out, look around.

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It's interesting. I've known quite a few good athletes that can't begin to play a beat on the drum set. Most team sport is about the smooth fluidity of hand-eye coordination and physical grace, where drumming is much more about splitting all those things up.

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Let your heart be the anchor and the beat of your song.

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I have come to believe that anger and grudges are burning embers in the heart.

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There's still a lot I'm angry about, a lot of human behaviour that's appalling and despicable, but you choose what you can fight against. I always thought if I could just put something in words perfectly enough, people would get the idea and it would change things.

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The tarot card 'The Tower' seemed a chilling reflection of the events of September 11, 2001.

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It was actually drumming that gave me the stamina to get into sports later.

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Everything in moderation, with occasional excess.

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More a paraphrase than a quote, really, but it comes from a prayer which was stitched into a sampler above my grandmother's bed. It began like this: 'Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep...'

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Howard Roark stood as a role model for me - as exactly the way I already was living. Even at that tender age [18] I already felt that. And it was intuitive or instinctive or inbred stubbornness or whatever; but I had already made those choices and suffered for them.

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We're only immortal for a limited time.

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You just become adaptable and try to lead a good life in ways that make sense, regardless. Because I know at the end of it, if I'm going to meet Jesus or Allah or Buddha, I'm going to be all right.

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Extroverts never understand introverts, and it was like that in school days.

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Once I had defined myself as a compositional drummer, I thought, "Well, I want to be an improvisational drummer."

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If the future's looking dark, We're the ones who have to shine.

If there's no one in control, We're the ones who draw the line. Though we live in trying times, We're the ones who have to try. And we know that time has wings, So we're the ones who have to fly.

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I love jokes as much as anyone, but I don't want to hear my snail jokes every day. But I might want to hear a good song every day.

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Like a force of nature love can fade with the stars at dawn...

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Geddy once joked, 'You're the only guy I know who rehearses to rehearse!

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If it's cross-country ski season, I'll be out doing that, or snowshoeing up in Quebec. In my California home, I go to the local Y and I like doing yoga. It's been hugely beneficial to me in injury avoidance.

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Lotus-land as it appears in 'Free Will' is simply a metaphor for an idealized background, a 'land of milk and honey.' It is sometimes also used as a pejorative name for Los Angeles, though that was not in my mind when I wrote it.

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You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill. I will choose a path thats clear. I will choose Freewill.

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Extroverts never understand introverts, and it was like that in school days.

I read recently that all of us can be defined in adult life by the way others perceived us in high school.

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There's a new reality born every minute.

Unless one is a believer in predestination (in which case I'll call the prestidigitator), or other puppet-like restraints on our powers, one is free to imagine and effect changes on the world. And if enough people do it, there are big changes. These things happen. Anything can.

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Lessons taught but never learned, all around us anger burns.

Guide the future by the past. Long ago the mould was cast.

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Standing in front of a microphone where every word or every slip that you make, especially in these times, is with you forever - you want to say the right thing. I fell into having to extemporize, and it came okay because of tools I've learned. I said [to myself], "Remember [to mention] mom and dad."

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Anytime I have an idea, I'll make sure that I put it down so that when we do sit down to write an album, I don't have to dream it all out of thin air. I don't have to be creative on the spur of the moment, or spontaneously artistic. I just take advantage of whenever creativity strikes.

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And the men who hold high places must be the ones who start to mold a new reality closer to the heart.

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Pure libertarianism believes that people will be generous and help each other.

Well, they won't. I wish it were so, and I live that way.

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Each of us A cell of awareness Imperfect and incomplete Genetic blends With uncertain ends On a fortune hunt that's far too fleet

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If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.

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A quality of justice A quantity of light A particle of mercy Makes the color of right

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From the point of ignition. To the final drive. The point of the journey is not to arrive.

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When I was young, my ambitions were very modest.

I thought, "If only I could play at the battle of the bands at the Y, that would be the culmination of existence!"

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I want to be an improviser, and I've worked very hard at that.

It's an art. You don't just play whatever comes into your head; you have to be very deliberate about what you do.

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You can't get wise with sleep still in your eyes no matter what your dream might be.

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From first to last, the peak is never passed.

Something always fires the light that gets in your eyes.

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