Tori Amos quotes and sayings
August 22, 1963
My favorite saying is, 'If it's too loud, turn it up.'.
I produce the records. I don't hand over control to some really expensive producer who then talks to the record company and then tries to bend me to their will - for commercial purposes.
Neil Gaiman, creator of the comic Sandman, featuring the Amos-based character Delirium believes that faeries have gone beyond cool. They've transcended cool. I just think alternate realities make you a good writer. If your work is any more than one dimension, you believe in faeries. I'm sure I'll start thinking now about all the people I know who don't believe, that I quite like. We can still go have a pint. Not the Chardonnay, though.
Got enough guilt to start my own religion.
A guitarist or a drummer can get a cold and still play; I get a cold and sound like a wet mitten trying to sing you a love song. Charming.
There were times that I needed to go to battle, but how I went to battle wasn't always the best way in.
A lot of songs are derivative of each other. Sometimes you need to take a departure from what you do to something that's slightly different in order to get inspiration.
When I got older, I chose to look at Christianity as another myth.
I think having a child can really change you if you're open to it.
If you can't create physical life, you find a life force. If that's in music, that's in music. I started to find this deep, primitive rhythm, and I started to move to it. And I held hands with sorrow, and I danced with her, and we giggled a bit.
My father was strict, but he recognized my ability and got a lot of flak from the church for supporting me.
Some of the biggest advocates for feminism seem to believe that in order to feel powerful you have to make another woman subservient, and that is not what feminism is about at all.
Strange, i thought i knew you well, thought i had read the sky, thought i had seen a change in your eyes.
In our minds, love and lust are really separated. It's hard to find someone that can be kind and you can trust enough to leave your kids with, and isn't afraid to throw her man up against the wall and lick him from head to toe.
My father has a pragmatic mind. He marched with Dr. King in the '60s, and he's very much for women's rights.
My husband doesn't know what my songs are about - even when they're about him. He's very British in that way. He doesn't ask, and he doesn't want to be told.
If you are a nurturing mother, and a good one, you can go to play groups, sit on the floor and play all the games, and have tea with the other mothers, but wouldn't you like to think that's not all there is? That you haven't hung up your high heels without knowing how to walk in them?
I guess you go too far when pianos try to be guitars.
I found the secret to life; I'm okay when everything is not okay.
There is an energy that you carry when you're nurturing another life where you're protecting first - and once you know that cub is out of the way of the hunter's gun, you can be a little more daring.
I am the worst influence. If you can't handle your vices, then I am the Devil.
Right now, half the world is depressed and they need to be entertained.
I'm standing naked before you. Don't you want more than sex?
Getting people to go above and beyond the call of duty can be achieved but only if you, the artist, are willing to go above and beyond any and all calls of duty yourself.
I've carved out a career for myself really as a writer.
I'm a tomato freak, but sometimes you have to get it in ketchup form for people to be able to open to tomatoes.
People think I'm nuts because I can sit in a room and be happy by myself.
When soulmates come and go, you're never alone, even when you're standing just you and your shoes, because you carry them with you.
Girls you've gotta know when it's time to turn the page.
If you really want a challenge, just deal with yourself.
I've always seen the songs as having a consciousness. Since I was two-and-a-half they would come to me from nowhere. I never thought that I was conjuring them by myself, and I was always grateful they would come and visit... They've always been very much alive. They don't have a physical body like we do but there seems to be an awareness.
There are 23 bootlegs now. Robert Plant came home with a bootleg video and said 'Tori, you've made it. You're nothing until you've been bootlegged.'.
You know that saying, bad things don't happen to good people? That's a lie.
Even if everything else is downplayed, I'll wear good shoes.
and if there is a way to find you, I will find you. but will you find me if Neil makes me a tree.
If you know me so well, tell me which hand that I use.
The last thing I want to be known as is 'The Girl Who Got Raped'. The big turn around you make in your head is from victim to survivor.
I'm a musician first, a food-lover second, a dirty mouth with feet, and a girl last time I checked.
I've been raising up my hands drive another nail in just what God needs one more victim.
I'm trying not to move, it's just your ghost passing through.
Is there room in my heart for you to follow your heart?
There are older men with younger women but you don't see a lot of older women with younger men. There are some women who have been able to do it but not often.
I used to get really pissed off that my life was so dictated by when this Jesus guy was born and when he was dying every year. I felt really resentful that I couldn't get on with my own life because I was so busy with his.
Being stylish is about enjoying your life and expressing yourself and your inner light.
I really really love Christ, but I'm not a Christian.
The sun is getting dim, will I pay for who I've been?
Well, I have a lot of food references in my work.
This whole Christian theology thing is that god came down to experience life through his son. Well, how's he experiencing life if he doesn't get laid? Give me a break. And why would he not get laid, as he created the apparatus in the first place?
I'm a mother, and that's really important. Today, the mother and the musician can sit next to each other. Even when the musician is out there in full swing, the mother doesn't get switched off.
The sense of loss is such a tricky one, because we always feel like our worth is tied up into stuff that we have, not that our worth can grow with things we are willing to lose.
My ears are huge. If there's ever a problem with a plane I'm on, they could just put me on the wing and I'll land the sucker.
Dance with the sufis, celebrate your top ten in the charts of pain.
Over the last few hours I've allowed myself to feel defeated, and just like she said if you allow yourself to feel the way you really feel, maybe you won't be afraid of that feeling anymore.
Your worst enemies are made when you ignore people. Those boys in America who shot dead classmates recently, didn't do that because they woke up with a positive self image that morning and then felt like slaughtering their friends.
God sometimes you just don't come through, Do you need a woman to look after you?
I had a very strict upbringing with my dad and was very close to my mum, who was extremely loving.
As the sun sets, we've all had those nights where you question your choices and where your life is going.
Some people say, I'd give anything to be 30 again. Well, I really wouldn't. I didn't enjoy being 30.
You don't know the power that you have with that tear in your hand.
Vulnerability can be empowering as a songwriter and storyteller.
There are two ways to wake up. You can wake up thinking about what you know, or you wake up thinking and saying 'What can I learn?.' That's a very different approach.
I know I'm an acquired taste - I'm anchovies. And not everybody wants those hairy little things.
I realized that what was most important to me was following my own path, and not the one laid down for me by others.
What I want is not to want what isn't mine.
When interviews are good, the conversation can be amazing. Sometimes I've had conversations with journalists that I've never had with anybody else.
I can see how the young girls really get hurt when their moms are critical, or vice versa when they're overly critical of their moms. It can be so painful.
Being able to hear an opinion. And then how to apply that opinion is something I am learning and working with every day. What can be tricky is how to differentiate a good suggestion that you should apply to your work from someone's personal taste at their opinionated best.
Sometimes listening to music can motivate you. It can. But if you're a musician, that isn't always the way to get new ideas because you don't want to take somebody else's ideas. You need to find your own. So if you go to different artistic mediums, whether it's dance or it's visual arts or films or books, stories, sometimes it gets you hearing things, hearing progressions that you wouldn't come up with if you were just listening to other music because you don't want to copy progressions you've just heard.
Womanhood is a whole different thing from girlhood. Girlhood is a gift...Womanhood is a choice.
Finding people in your life as sounding boards who can be neutral and clear is worth nurturing.
There is a time and a place for things. Sometimes one needs to put a filter on oneself. That can be a good thing.
You have to really respect your path, or you will lose your mind.
I really respect anybody who stands by their truth.
I think there are pieces of me you've never seen.
You'd think that in this age, especially in the 21st century - especially with all the technology and all the discoveries that we've made - that we would figure out how to tackle abuse.
Women must understand that simply attacking or hating men is just another form of disempowerment. A woman has to realize that when she makes a man crawl it doesn't give her power.
I see the dream and I see the nightmare, and I believe you can't have the dream without the nightmare.
Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don't fit into boxes.
After a while, though, you realize that a whole slew of young singer-songwriter piano players are getting compared to you. That's when you feel the passage of time is occurring.
If you don't think, and you have no wit and you have so many hangups that you can't look beyond your cup of coffee then you're never going to understand what I'm really saying. Because you know what? You're going to shut down and close off before you hear me. If I'm threatening you, you're going to see it the way you need to see it so you can dismiss me.
We can all choose to become our potential, not just talk about it or dream about it. But daily, make a shift whereby we begin living and being our potential. With each day, that potential can expand because we are open to learning something every day.
Being able to still make records is a privilege. I don't take it casually.
I don't feel I'm as good a mum as my mum was.
If you call me a new-age, airy-fairy, hippie-dippy airhead I will shove my crystals up your ass.
I use innocence in my demeanor like a Venus flytrap.
When we get in a routine we can become zombie-like and shut down.
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