Lou Reed Quotes

How can anybody learn anything from an artwork when the piece of art only reflects the vanity of the artist and not reality?

I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it.

I always thought martial arts was the most modern choreography we could have right now, and I always wanted to put it to music.

I can concentrate on my art.

I can’t do anything I want to. I mean, I can’t have my own TV show. I can’t have my own movie. But within my little world, nobody tells me what to put on the albums.

I cleaned up my act because otherwise I would have kicked the bucket.

I don’t believe in dressing up reality. I don’t believe in using makeup to make things look smoother.

I don’t know anyone actually who does care what a critic says.

I don’t know what goes on in the crowd. I’ve had them show up and throw beer cans at me. I caused riots in most of the major cities.

I don’t like nostalgia unless it’s mine.

I don’t like overdubs, never liked them.

I don’t like the word rock opera, but I’m trying to write on that level that’s reserved for plays still, or novels.

I don’t mind a repetitive chorus; I mind repetitive verse. I mean, it’s the same amount of space. Why would you have only three diamonds if you can have six?

I don’t really think about what the subject of my next album will be. I just know that I’m going to make another album.

I don’t think anybody is anybody else’s moral compass. Maybe listening to my music is not the best idea if you live a very constricted life. Or maybe it is.

I don’t think I’m in any position to call myself a martial artist. I’m a student of the martial arts.

I love Ornette Coleman. I love Don Cherry. I love the way those guys play.

I think it’s pretentious to create art just for the sake of stroking the artists ego.

I think life is far too short to concentrate on your past. I rather look into the future.

I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it’s going to happen.

In the late ‘s I started to search for the perfect sound – whatever that might be, before that I was mainly interested in drugs, insanity and the rock’n’roll lifestyle.

Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.

Perfect Night is minimalistic and that’s what makes it so forceful.

The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.