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I think it's ridiculous to try to sell records to teenagers,
by John Mellencamp

I think it's ridiculous to try to sell records to teenagers,
because teenagers don't buy my records.
And there ain't that many teenagers out there in the marketplace.
- John Mellencamp

Natalie from the Dixie Chicks could have said what
she said before 9-11 and no one would have cared.
- John Mellencamp

This is not a rock opera.
This is not Tommy.
I can write songs that emote, and that's it.
- John Mellencamp

I don't want to be a politician.
I don't like politics.
It's petty; it fights dirty.
- John Mellencamp

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I've just been fortunate to havehad a lot of hit records,
though Human Wheels doesn't qualify as a hit record-but
it's really the best single I've ever had.
- John Mellencamp

I thought I knew a lot about music.
Then you start digging and the deeper you go,
the more there is.
- John Mellencamp

In so many musicals today, the story is moved forward by a song.
I don't think we're gonna try to do that.
- John Mellencamp

 

I want to sell to people my own age,
because that's the way I write songs.
- John Mellencamp

I'm using my art to comment on what I see.
You don't have to agree with it.
- John Mellencamp

Unemployment is sky-rocketing; deflation is in our
future for the first time since the Great Depression.
I don't care whose fault it is, it's the truth.
- John Mellencamp

I'm the guy who wrote The Authority Song.
Did they think I was kidding? Did they think it was
only a song to entertain?
- John Mellencamp

When politicians use fear, they are playing into the enemy's hand.
- John Mellencamp

I don't have to worry about any pop sensibility.
I can write adult songs, and I don't have to worry
about choruses and hook lines.
- John Mellencamp

People in Indiana have known me for 25 years.
They've known George Bush four.
- John Mellencamp

People have the right to say what they want to.
- John Mellencamp

What's the difference? One guy's the same as the other.
- John Mellencamp

I couldn't have recorded this record 15 years ago.
My voice didn't have the depth to pull these songs off.
- John Mellencamp

I'm your average Joe guy.
I don't really care for politicians.
- John Mellencamp

We could walk 3 minutes and be on the beach.
I think the music kind of suffered because of it.
It kind of smelled like Jimmy Buffett,
which is a bad thing.
- John Mellencamp

What is there to be afraid of? The worst thing that can happen is you fail.
So what? I failed at a lot of things.
My first record was horrible.
- John Mellencamp

Bob Dylan's first couple of records in the 60's weren't
considered cover records,
but he only wrote one or two original songs on each album.
- John Mellencamp

This is about black people selling out other black people.
- John Mellencamp

I would never say John Kerry would be a great president.
I will say that George Bush has divided us;
he has filled this country with hatred.
- John Mellencamp

It's my responsibility as a singer-songwriter to report the news.
- John Mellencamp

When people are afraid, they make emotional decisions.
- John Mellencamp

If fans are going to turn on me because of this,
they weren't my fans anyway.
I couldn't betray a whole 25 years of record making and not do this.
I had to.
- John Mellencamp

A lot of Woody Guthrie's songs were taken from other songs.
He would rework the melody and lyrics,
and all of a sudden it was a Woody Guthrie song.
- John Mellencamp

When you live in hysteria, people start thinking emotionally.
- John Mellencamp

A lot of record company people, even though they're our age,
want to be perceived as young hip guys,
and they're hurting the business.
- John Mellencamp

Do I think it's OK to fight authority as long as you're
only talking about the high school teacher? No.
- John Mellencamp

My thought was I should try to stick with names that
people may recognize like Robert Johnson,
Son House, and Hoagy Carmichael, so if somebody cared to research,
they would find a wealth of material.
- John Mellencamp

I'm wide open and will entertain anything anybody has to say,
but if it's MTV and radio, well, they're great things,
but can't be the only thing.
I don't know that it would work even for the Beatles.
- John Mellencamp

You cannot expect the guy who drove the car into the
ditch to navigate it out of the ditch.
You have to put a new driver in the seat.
I'm not saying the new driver is going to be any better,
but we need a new driver.
Kerry is the only choice.
- John Mellencamp

Wait a minute, guys, I have always been on your side.
I have always spoken for you, always tried to put on
a good face for the state of Indiana.
All of a sudden, some of you people think I'm a bad guy?
- John Mellencamp

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

They can because they think they can.
- Virgil

You can do what you have to do,
and sometimes you can do it
even better than you think you can.
- Jimmy Carter

What you think of me is none of my business.
- Terry Cole-Whittaker

When you think you're out of time,
smile, and turn back the clock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

If only the people who worry about their liabilities
would think about the riches they do possess,
they would stop worrying.
- Dale Carnegie

Whether you think you can,
or think you can't,
you're right.
- Henry Ford

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Stand up to your obstacles
and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't
half the strength you think they have.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

Life is fully as bad as you think it is,
so never think life is bad.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are what you think you are.
- Bob Richards

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
- Anne Frank

If you think you can,
or you think you can't,
you're probably right.
- Henry Ford

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

To change who you are,
change who you think you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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