Every morning I wake up with a purpose and a smirk— Regina Spektor
The most simplistic Regina Spektor quotes that will add value to your life
You're using your headphones to drown out your mind
I'm the hero of this story, I don't need to be saved
The other day I was down by the Hudson River, and I see two nuns in full habit rollerblading down the street holding hands. And I'm like, 'Oh, my God, I get it. The world is surreal and beautiful. And everything is fine.'
I've been thinking a lot about space.
It was one of those slow-motion realisations how little we are, how far we are from everything else in our solar system. This idea of distance started kind of haunting me. How do you go forth and accomplish things but not end up leaving everything you started out with in the dust?
I think it's ridiculous that we even have to talk about gay rights as rights.
..It's gonna be as shocking as the treatment of slaves someday.
The piano is not firewood -- yet.
So break me to small parts, let go in small doses, but spare some for spare parts.
I've got a perfect body, 'cause my eyelashes catch my sweat
Pick a star on the dark horizon and follow the light.
You get to be your own curator of your own exhibits inside.
It doesn’t feel natural for me to write some diary type song.
I want to write a classic like Yesterday but weird songs about meatballs in refrigerators come into my head – I can’t help it.
I was a kid, and I was very excited to experience this whole new world.
And everything was fun, everything from, oh, wow, we get bananas - I'd only seen them in picture books, you know - to, like, the diversity of the neighborhood and to explore Judaism for the first time. It was really hushed in the Soviet Union.
I love stories, I love myths, I love fairytales, I love Kafka.
I used to be such a militant city-ist, but more and more I've seen forests and nature and oceans, and I don't know any more if this is the awesomest way to live.
I would really hate it if I could call up Kafka or Hemingway or Salinger and any question I could throw at them they would have an answer. That's the magic when you read or hear something wonderful - there's no one that has all the answers.
When you're playing such brilliant music every day, then the last thing you ever want to do is try to write something of your own that's crude and not as good.
I think songwriters are more related to fiction writers.
The Odyssey was a story in song. To me, that's so beautiful, all those painted characters, all those travels and adventures.
Even if you're an observer of a story that you yourself made up, you're still very much connected to it. You love it and feel it, no less than somebody's who's writing from their direct 'I' or 'me.' I'm just so much more interesting in stories than confessions.
There's an artist that I listened to for the first time, and I really didn't like them. I had some kind of adverse reaction, and later, it became my favorite thing.
I write a tiny fraction of what I used to write.
My only job used to be to just write songs, and that was a really nice job to have, but only a tiny amount of people heard those songs, and I didn't make a living from it, and eventually I begged my parents to let me move back into my room.
You are my sweetest downfall.
I'm like, 'Would you be the person in the room that would boo when Dylan went electric? I know I wouldn't. Or are you the person that left The Beatles after 'She Loves You,' or 'Drive My Car?' You weren't on board for 'Revolution 9' or 'Day In The Life,' were you?'
When I think of my art tribe - you know, my peeps - there are certain people who are autobiographers that I really love. But for the most part, overwhelmingly, my tribes are the surrealists and the storytellers, in song and literature.
I go through insanity before a show. It's not really a process but it's like absolute mortal fear.
I met this wonderful guy who owned an old pub near the Eiffel Tower called Malone's (he's French but it's an Irish name). He had a cellar with a piano and told me I could use it whenever I wanted to. I played lots of gigs down there. When I came back I played a show at the Knitting Factory.
I don't kiss losers and I don't kiss winners, and I don't fight for honor 'cause we all are born sinners
Maybe one day you’ll understand I don’t want nothing more than to sweetly hold your hand.
I just love fiction. I love it.
I think that you have to let yourself be agitated and annoyed and not be fully comfortable.
Never, never mind your bleeding heart.
We’re trying to be faithful but we’re cheating, cheating, cheating
I am very close with my parents, they are very amazing, so loving, so cool, and really valued art.
I care so much about making things that are useful for people to have and listen to, but I don't care so much that I won't do whatever the hell I want. It's just one of those things.
I have the coolest parents.
I started to write before I went to SUNY Purchase music conservatory.
As an audition I submitted what I now think are really awful songs, but I guess they saw something in them.
No one's laughing at God -We're all laughing with God.
I think both you and I, we live in a world of fiction and stories.
I have this obsession with the '80s because I missed all of it.
And the history books forgot about us, and the bible didn’t mention us
And people are just people, They shouldn't make you nervous.
The world is everlasting, It's coming and it's going.
I'm much more drawn to fiction, to short stories, and to plays, than I am to diarists.
All the monsters in your mind just want to be nice.
They want to be kind. They want to play nice. They want to be softer than the storms around. You feel them through the windows and the doors.
Maybe you should kiss someone who is nice, or lick a rock, or both.
You can take art, you can have a baby, you can have a career.
I'm both kinds of a person; I have a side of me that's very light and very optimistic and finds everything surreal and hilarious, and then I have a side of me that's - I don't know what the right word is - tormented or just feels very overwhelmed.
We're living in a den of thieves
I'd always wanted to work in the studio and experiment with sounds.
Things that I'm really influenced by and that I love are like The Beatles and Radiohead, and all those records by bands whose music is really involved.
Yeah. My singing and my songs were very influenced by all of that. People would come up to me and ask, Is that a Billie Holiday song? I'd say, No, it's my song. The lyrics would be in my style, but the songs would be very jazzy.
I think that when somebody tells you something of value, a lot of the time there's this thing that happens, and I don't know if you find it, where they go exactly for the word or the moment or the thing that you were hoping they wouldn't notice, or inside didn't feel 100 percent secure about. If they point it out, then that really sends you the message of, "Okay, I was trying to override my own instincts about it, and I guess I shouldn't."