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Paul Simon
October 13, 1941 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

I'm more interested in what I discover than what I invent.


People often called us perfectionists, but we were not looking for perfection. We were looking for some kind of magic in the music.


Being an artist doesn't mean that you're a good artist. That was the bargain I first made with myself: I'd say, I'm an artist, but I'm not really very good.


Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die.


I think Bridge Over Troubled Water was a very good song. Artie sang it beautifully. The Boxer was a really nice record. But I don't think I've written any great songs.


I don't like fashion. It's very heartless.


Artie is a singer, and I'm a writer and player and a singer. We didn't work together on a creative level and prepare the songs. I did that.


Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.


It's pointless to be critical of your stuff once it's done. I don't spend a lot of time agonising over it. It's of no importance once it's finished.


Why am I so soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?


When I was 15, I made a solo record. It made Artie very unhappy. He looked upon it as something of a betrayal.


My whole artistic life has always been about change, change, change, move on, move on. It's the only thing I find interesting.


I rate each album as better than the last one. That's how I see it.


We just did what we'd done when we were an act in the '60s. But I found it impossible to hold a dialogue with 500,000 people. In a certain sense, it was numbing.


Faith is an island in the setting sun, But proof is the bottom line for everyone.


All lies and jests, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.


I think I have a superior brain and an inferior stature, if you really want to get brutal about it.


If you can get humor and seriousness at the same time, you've created a special little thing, and that's what I'm looking for, because if you get pompous, you lose everything.


I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion. It's chicken and eggs. And I said, I gotta use that one.


As long as you have capital punishment there is no guarantee that innocent people won't be put to death.


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