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Generally speaking, if people are prepared to stick
by Thom Yorke

Generally speaking, if people are prepared to stick
their heads above the power pit,
like Zinn says, and absorb what's going on around them,
it makes them think.
- Thom Yorke

Well, my son really loves wildlife.
And everytime he draws a polar bear I want to tell
him there probably won't any by the time...
he's my age.
That's kinda hard to deal with.
- Thom Yorke

We didn't start out to make a protest record at all.
That would have been too shallow.
As usual, it was simply a case of absorbing what's going on around us.
- Thom Yorke

At home I've got a very puerile, juvenile sense of humour.
- Thom Yorke

 

My dad spent his whole life getting into fights for
telling what he believed to be the truth.
Basically it comes from my dad-and he's screaming right-wing,
so there you are.
- Thom Yorke

My songs are my kids.
Some of them stay with me, some others I have to send out,
out to the war.
It might sound stupid and it might even sound naive,
but that's just the way it is.
- Thom Yorke

The people in charge, globally, are maniacs.
They are maniacs, and unless we do something about
it these people are going to deprive us of a future.
- Thom Yorke

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So ultimately, it's idealistic to think that artists
are able to step away from the power of the media and
the way it controls things,
and go on doing their own things.
- Thom Yorke

It is difficult to make political art work.
- Thom Yorke

Music is more difficult - try naming a political band.
The Dead Kennedys.
The Dead Kennedys are political, but they are more
funny than they are political.
- Thom Yorke

We don't have to stand on a soap-box and preach because
hopefully we're channelling it through the new record.
- Thom Yorke

My argument would be that I don't think there is much
that's genuinely political art that is good art.
- Thom Yorke

This was something that was obsessing me and creating a writer's block.
To get involved and get stuck in, get the proper information
about what's going on has really helped.
- Thom Yorke

We toyed with the idea of making it a double album,
but I think that would only have confused everybody even more,
so we decided to stick with the songs we picked.
- Thom Yorke

And I know I'm paranoid and neurotic,
I've made a career out of it.
- Thom Yorke

I think sometimes all the charities are doing is mopping up the blood.
It's a shame.
- Thom Yorke

I think we're entering a very dangerous time.
The West has set itself up, decided it's in charge,
not for good intentions, not for the benefit of mankind.
- Thom Yorke

I've never believed that pop music is escapist trash.
There's always a darkness in it, even amidst great pop music.
- Thom Yorke

Someone needs to tell the truth, but it shouldn't be my job.
- Thom Yorke

You think I have the responsibilty...
I have the responsibility to give the fans a good time!
- Thom Yorke

I think the most important thing about music is the sense of escape.
- Thom Yorke

One of the interesting things here is that the people
who should be shaping the future are politicians.
But the political framework itself is so dead and closed
that people look to other sources,
like artists, because art and music allow people a certain freedom.
- Thom Yorke

If we got into a situation where people start burning our records,
then bring it on.
That's the whole point.
The gloaming has begun.
We're in the darkness.
This has happened before.
Go read some history.
- Thom Yorke

I wrote a lot of stuff quickly: pages and pages of
notes that seemed pretty incoherent at first.
Most of it was taken from the radio because -suddenly being a parent-
I'd be confronted by the radio giving a news report every hour of the day.
- Thom Yorke

I think no artist can claim to have any access to the truth,
or an authentic version of an event.
But obviously they have slightly better means at their
disposal because they have their art to energize whatever
it is they're trying to write about.
They have music.
- Thom Yorke

I think maybe since there isn't a great deal of access
to the mainstream media and people don't understand
the language of mainstream media,
if you put music out there with lyrics that are loosely political,
people absorb some of it and spit it back out.
- Thom Yorke

Well, I've been reading a lot about the fifty years
since the Second World War,
about Western foreign policy and all that.
I try not to let it get to me, but sometimes I just
think that there's no hope.
- Thom Yorke

I don't see it in terms of changing things,
but rather using language and music as weapons for
fighting a mainstream media which is predominately right wing,
and loyal to the political framework and its corporate interests.
- Thom Yorke

Coming from Britain, I was terrified of meeting all these other artists,
because artists over there tend to fight with each other a lot,
the premise being that there's not enough room for everybody.
- Thom Yorke

I grew up under Thatcher.
I grew up believing that I was fundamentally powerless.
Then gradually over the years it occurred to me that
this was actually a very convenient myth for the state.
- Thom Yorke

Take a chance! All life is a chance.
The man who goes farthest is generally
the one who is willing to do and dare.
- Dale Carnegie

The minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The most successful people in life
are generally those who have the best information.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Increase of material comforts,
it may be generally laid down,
does not in any way whatsoever
conduce to moral growth.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

People generally complain about only two things:
when they have less than yesterday,
and when they have less than their neighbor.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My compassionate intents are generally received clearly
and acted upon - perhaps not immediately,
or in exactly the way I hope -
but acted upon favorably, nonetheless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The healthy man does not torture others -
generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.
- Carl Jung

Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl:
it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.
- Henry David Thoreau

She generally gave herself very good advice,
(though she very seldom followed it).
- Lewis Carroll

It's not very heroic to slay dragons.
Dragons are generally very peaceful and well behaved.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our individual lives cannot, generally,
be works of art unless the social order is also.
- Charles Horton Cooley

Civilized countries generally adopt gold or silver or both as money.
- Alfred Marshall

Truth always rests with the minority,
and the minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion,
while the strength of a majority is illusory,
formed by the gangs who have no opinion -
and who, therefore, in the next instant
(when it is evident that the minority is the stronger)
assume its opinion... while truth again reverts to a new minority.
- Soren Kierkegaard

People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.
People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.
- Peter Drucker

The automobile, both a cause and an effect of this decentralization,
is ideally suited for our vast landscape and our generally
confused and contrary commuting patterns.
- Brock Yates

Time is generally the best doctor.
- Ovid

A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever,
and generally stopping before it gets there.
- Agnes Repplier

Lovers may be and indeed generally are enemies,
but they never can be friends, because there must always
be a spice of jealousy and a something of Self in all their speculations.
- George Byron

If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery
as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.
All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are,
the more they are frightened.
- George S. Patton

The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.
- J. Paul Getty

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem,
it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
- David Friedman

Those Marriages generally abound most with Love and Constancy,
that are preceded by a long Courtship.
- Joseph Addison

Generally speaking, historically in this country,
the care of a child has been thought of as female business.
- Eddie Bernice Johnson

Wise kings generally have wise counselors;
and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
- Diogenes

I know of no more disagreeable situation than to be
left feeling generally angry without anybody in particular to be angry at.
- Frank Moore Colby

I don't generally find myself listening to the music
of a film unless there's something awfully wrong with it.
- Carter Burwell

A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to
be true he generally believes to be true.
- Demosthenes

In the clashes between ignorance and intelligence,
ignorance is generally the aggressor.
- Paul Harris

It therefore become essential for the future of Judaism
itself that its advancement should be correlated with
a similar effort to advance the cause of religion generally.
- Louis Finkelstein

Enlighten the people generally,
and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind
will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
- Thomas Jefferson

A fraudulent intent, however carefully concealed at the outset,
will generally, in the end, betray itself.
- Titus Livius

The Cause of Women is generally the Cause of Virtue.
- Samuel Richardson

The soldiers' last meal is generally served out about
five o'clock in the afternoon,
sometimes earlier; and a stretch of fourteen hours
intervenes between then and breakfast.
- Patrick MacGill

I think a failed state is the responsibility of the
people who have made that state fail,
and those are generally the people of that country.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

Aren't most romance heros, or heros in fiction of any kind,
generally superior to real men? Same goes for heroines and real women.
- Nora Roberts

Rekindled love is generally short-term.
- Nicholas Sparks

The man who is always worrying about whether or not
his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn't worth a damn.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

There is no word more generally misinterpreted than the word egoism,
in its modern sense.
- John Buchanan Robinson

I think I'm generally a good listener anyway.
- Joe Sacco

Those most moved to tears by every word of a preacher
are generally weak and a rascal when the feelings evaporate.
- Sallust

You have certain writing tools but generally creating
something from nothing makes one quite mad and Cynthia
and I are quite mad you know.
- Barry Mann


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