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Debbie Harry Quotes

Deborah Ann Harry

Debbie Harry quotes: Blondie’s best quotes.

“There are all these different areas of specialization. That’s it. You have to be a specialist nowadays. There’s no other way. I was an artist for a long time, but I was always into being a general practitioner. I did a little of this and a little of that. And nothing got me anywhere. You have to specialize. If you don’t specialize, it takes you until you’re about 50 years old before anybody notices that you’re doing anything at all.”

“To be an artist you have to be as much a businessman to succeed, you have to spend an equal amount of time doing business as you spend doing your craft.”

“The reward of having a creative enterprise and having it be accepted is kind of amazing. It’s not like anything else. You’re at your wits’ end, and when you make the slightest little bit of a gain, it’s like, ‘Oh, man, it’s unbelievable!’ You really do get a great feeling.”

“I’ve said this a lot of times, and I’m going to knock on wood right now, but we’ve had luck and perseverance. I think they sort of go hand in hand. You make your own luck, but you have to work for it. And that’s basically what we did. It’s never a gift, it’s never given to you; it’s inching and crawling into your situation.”

“You have to leave room for the other person’s ego.”

“I think we all have a little area of clutter that’s nagging sometimes and it’s often hard to get rid of.”

“The issues of humanity and what is fair treatment and good treatment of a fellow human being should not really be based on a personal sense of right and wrong or judgment.”

“Maybe fear gives us fortitude. Maybe pain forces us to change our lives in some way. But it’s never easy.”

“I think you can really hurt yourself by carrying around a lot of fear and I realized early on that fear is destructive.”

“I think when you look back on tough times, as a way to save yourself, your brain takes you to a safe place so you’re looking back on things that might have been particularly horrible at the time, but it’s made easier with a little bit of distance.”

“You have to look around, keep new influences coming in. A lot of people sort of pick a world to live in, and they’re comfortable in that, which can be disastrous.”

“You have to find out what your balance is.”

“It’s scary times for humanity, it seems. But as my octogenarian father tells me, ‘The world has seen harder times, and the world will survive.’ The arc of history is long, and the mess we’re currently making is just a blip.”

“We live in a disposable, transient-feeling world and usually after five years you go on to the next thing, maybe now even less than five years.”

“But computers have changed the world for everyone, so there will be some way of working it out.”

“How can one be a woman and not be a feminist? That’s my question. Nothing much has changed since the ’70s. Women need to shrug off the criticisms, as I did back in the day.”

“It really has to do with our understanding, and the way that people speak out about who they are and what they are—the standards have changed.”

“On a life like no other, I have a stubborn will to survive. In order to survive, I could never put myself in the position of whining about being a woman. I just got on with it. As much as it was possible, I found a way to do what I wanted to do.”

“Some people are lucky and find themselves in their late ’20s, but it took me a little bit longer.”

“Nowadays the girls have proven themselves as entertainers, musicians, and writers. There are so many great female artists. Now it’s become standard. It’s no longer a boys club. Times do change.”

“Women are serious wage-earners, and we create great things, and it seems clear to me that we can be supportive of one another regardless of what sex we are.”

“On my humble side, I feel like I’m an idea whose time had come, that it was inevitable. On my egotistical side, I know how stubborn and how committed I was to presenting an image—because I come from a time when women were less outspoken, and they had to follow along and not be as individual.”

“My biggest dream as a kid was to carve out a niche for myself in some interesting, creative way.”

“My natural inclination is to really throw myself into things.”

“I’m a culture vulture, and I just want to experience it all. I really am a mystic. I don’t know where I got it from.”

“Working as a solo artist has given me a confidence that I didn’t have with Blondie.”

“I guess I was lucky in a lot of ways and in the right time and the right place. Plus, I was really determined. It was something I felt very strong about doing.”

“I feel like I have to have a voice.”

“I guess people assume I have some sort of totally magical life, but I’m a working musician, fortunately. I’ve worked on my craft, and I’m very fortunate I’ve been able to survive in a very competitive industry and enjoy my success. It’s not easy.”

“I do know the effect that music still has on me: I’m completely vulnerable to it. I’m seduced by it.”

“That was always what I felt was the beauty of rock ‘n’ roll, it was entertainment and showbiz yet it had the idea of the voice of the people, it had an essence to it which was socially motivated. Not that I want to change the world, you know? But it was sort of relevant to real life, it involved the real essence of poetry or the real essence of fine art. But it was also entertainment. That was the real vitality.”

“The drive, the work ethic and the joy of being onstage is an inspiration to me. It makes me feel excited, scared, lucky and challenged.”

“I really, really like writing songs. I really am enjoying writing more than ever. I feel like I’m so much more focused than I was in the early times. Capote wrote every day. He said that’s the only way—you have to sit down every day and do it.”

“I’ve never been a diarist. I wish I had done that. Selfishly, I wanted to have all these moments in my life shape me, but I didn’t necessarily want to share them. And I guess that makes me a nasty b*tch.”

“We all have stories to tell.”

“As a writer and performer, I want to get paid for what I do.”

“Regardless of what I say about trying to be better at what I do, I rely on looks a lot. Being hot never hurts! Women’s calling cards, unfortunately, are based on their looks. As far as aging goes, it’s rough.”

“Aging happens differently for a lot of people. All I can say is, I’m a lucky f*cking b*tch.”

“I don’t really memorize every little thing I have to do because then I start to think about it too much! I like to keep it in the here and now and not what’s coming up. I thought I’d live to a ripe old age, because I always felt there was a lot to do. I had a driven feeling. I always thought in the present.”

“I could be a housewife. I guess I’ve vacuumed a couple of times.”

“The only person I really believe in is me.”

“I have a lot of regrets, but I’m not going to think of them as regrets.”

“At this point I might not be the biggest star in the world and I may not be the greatest artist in the world, but I have achieved a very wide spread of interesting experiences. And I’m very happy about that.”

“It’s been a hell of a life and I’m lucky and fortunate it’s turned out like this.”

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