Quotes by Alanis Morissette

You live, you learn.
- Alanis Morissette
The ego is a fascinating monster.
- Alanis Morissette
In the past, I had workaholic issues.
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America's a very traumatized society.
- Alanis Morissette
Only traumatised people want to be famous.
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As a teen, I was both anorexic and bulimic.
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I love songs that are very autobiographical.
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I'll keep evolving and put that into my songs.
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My three addictions of choice are food, love and work.
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Your political views really denote your spiritual views.
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I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament.
- Alanis Morissette
Peace of mind for five minutes, that's what I crave.
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I like to make pasta with puttanesca sauce and arugula salad.
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Partnership is the way. Dictatorial win-lose is so old-school.
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I want to walk through life instead of being dragged through it.
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We'll love you just the way you are if you're perfect.
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I get angry at myself for staying in relationships way too long.
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Knowing that people make my songs their own is what keeps me going.
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I can't not write, if I don't then I get really depressed.
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Well, as a kid I did not get Shakespeare. I just never understood it.
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I'll be writing songs till I die. There's just no question.
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For me, a life without expectation results in a life with inspiration.
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I could write six songs in one day with everything that's going on.
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I see the whole concept of Generation X implies that everyone has lost hope.
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I highly recommend getting older! There's less tendency to people-please.
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I try to keep a low profile in general. Not with my art, but just as a person.
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The thing I always default to is that I'll always be here to write songs.
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I'll be writing records until I'm dead, whether people like it or not!
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I found that the more truthful and vulnerable I was, the more empowering it was for me.
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I think some fans want everything to stay they same because they want to stay the same.
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I've been really enjoying writing articles and writing music and music for movies.
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They're different kinds of challenges depending upon what phase of life I'm in.
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I'm doing it because I choose it. And if it's not working, I can make a change.
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I could get away with not taking care of myself as a bachelorette but as a mom I can't.
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I was born in '74, so I missed out on all the great early '60s and early '70s.
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I felt like I was making a record under the radar, and that is my favorite way to do anything.
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I think quite spiritually of myself. I feel like I'm here to support the human evolution.
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I find as an artist if I'm not expressed relatively consistently, I get really depressed.
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I remember thinking during those times that I wanted to write in a way where there are no rules.
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Variety is important when it comes to exercise. I don't do anything that bores me to tears.
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And if I had a preference, it would be to be able to not be in the studio until 4 in the morning.
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Music will always be a part of my life. I love music and I don't care how many units I sell.
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I thought the more famous I became, the more friendships I would have, but the opposite was true.
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The person who knows HOW will always have a job. The person who knows WHY will always be his boss.
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It's when someone has an agenda of their own for the record that it doesn't work for me.
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I didn't have high self-esteem when I was a teen-ager, as I think most teen-agers don't.
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My own approach has always been to push intense emotions down and attempt to deal with them later.
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Making a movie requires 20 to 500 people to make and a lot of money and the stakes are a lot higher.
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And I always laugh at that, because I think I've always been doing what I want to do since Day 1.
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I happen to be lucky in that I knew what I wanted to do as far as a career since I was nine years old.
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I was 9 when I wrote 'Fate Stay with Me.' It was this fictional song about romance gone wrong.
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I'm quite obsessed with the idea of nailing the girl friendship. It's such an art, so delicate.
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When I start writing songs and it turns into an overly belabored intellectual process, I just throw it out.
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My greatest environments in which I can grow, or grow up, is in personal romantic relationships with a man.
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I guess what people forget sometimes is that when I write songs, I write them sometimes in about 20 minutes.
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I was taught from a young age that I had to serve, so that turned into me thinking I had to save the planet.
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I make up new lyrics to well-known lullabies. Mostly because I don't actually know a lot of the lyrics.
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I'm about 90 percent vegan. I think veganism is really well suited for training, at least for me anyway.
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Anything I do has to be directly related to my music. If it isn't, I don't really see a point to it.
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In my opinion, I think sarcasm and humor in a song, without turning it into a novelty song, is really charming.
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I am a firm believer that one way to become enlightened is to be so relaxed, as relaxed as you possibly can be.
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In 1995, I was thrust into the role of reluctant, flag-waving feminist and emotionally-focused artist/advocate.
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For four to six months at a time, I would barely eat. I lived on a diet of Melba toast, carrots, and black coffee.
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Breakups are a horrible thing for almost everybody I know. For someone who is a love addict, it's debilitating.
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Unless I really loved it and felt really passionate about it, I would just kind of abort the song and start a new one.
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I live with some of my best friends from high school, very commune-like, in my house. It's my hippie way of life.
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As long as I can say what it is that I need to say, then I'll fit whatever I'm trying to say around a melody.
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Europe seems a little softer, but in America it's harsh. In L.A., where I live, it's all about perfectionism.
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At one point, I was just perceived as only being angry, but now I'm being perceived as angry, peaceful, and spiritual.
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The more vulnerable and the more confused the song is, the equal and opposite effect is how I feel after having written it.
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The people that were invested in me staying the same way after a decade will most likely by default have to be disappointed.
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There were websites erected to figure out how to kill Alanis. I just do not need to see this; it's not good for anybody.
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Getting married and starting a family has been a lifelong goal and one that I have persevered through different paths up to it!
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Beauty is now defined by your bones sticking out of your decolletage. For that to be the standard is really perilous for women.
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Infidelity is a deal breaker for me. I've broken up with people over it. You can't do monogamy 90 percent of the time.
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I was left to painstakingly deal with the aftermath of my avoidance later in life, in therapy or through the lyrics of my songs.
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The whole celebrity thing is not something I'm overly interested in. I don't pop up at parties. It's just not my thing.
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I couldn't be touring unless my husband was on the road with me, taking care of our son while I'm onstage and doing interviews.
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I think some people think I'm a smarty-pants. Some people think I'm intense, some people think I'm super-esoteric and nuts.
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I grew up in a very masculine environment. So I was around a lot of men, my brothers and their friends. There was just a lot of guys around.
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There were a lot of people who were a little afraid of the rage or blaming stance I was taking, and find what I am doing now more refreshing.
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In the face of patriarchy, it is a brave act indeed for both men and women to embrace, rather than shame or attempt to eradicate, the feminine.
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I wish people could achieve what they think would bring them happiness in order for them to realize that that's not really what happiness is.
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I know that I'm deeply, spiritually, profoundly philosophical and I also know that I'm about the flakiest person you're gonna meet.
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I was so ready to become a mom. Actually, I was ready secondarily to become a mom. I was so ready to have the intimacy and commitment of marriage.
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Long hair is a security blanket for me. I cut it short a few years ago and I really never want to do that again. When I do cut it, I cut it myself.
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Fame is hollow. It amplifies what is there. If there is any self-doubt, or hatred, or lack of ability to connect with people, fame will magnify it.
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We're taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they're of equal value to happiness, excitement and inspiration.
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I was motivated by just thinking that if you had all this external success that everyone would love you and everything would be peaceful and wonderful.
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Down the road, I'll probably have a kid or two or three. And there will probably be political events or spiritual things to comment on, and humor.
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A lot of preconceived notions that I had about fame and status and money and joy and pain, and all of these things that I thought I knew, I didn't.
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As a kid, I was listening to Aretha Franklin, Etta James and hip-hop as well as music my parents were listening to, like Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.
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I didn't want to be one of those women who wake up at 63 years old and realize they've missed the window of opportunity for marriage and children.
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We live, in North America in general, if I'm given the indulgence of selling us down the river, in a culture of fear of this connective sense of spirit.
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I really do see that anywhere I am, whether it's doing interviews a hundred in a row, that every situation I'm in, I'm at choice in the matter.
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Typically, I would run away from conflict and write about it - that was easier than staying and dealing face-to-face with humans; that's terrifying for me.
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Women are so powerful they're scary, and the incentive to squash this has been going on for so long that some of us actually believe we're subordinate.
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My favourite pastime used to be sitting on a park bench watching people. But after 'Jagged Little Pill,' the eyeballs turned, and I was the watched one.
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My parents offered me the idea of ceilinglessness. There was no limit in terms of what was possible; no messages sent to me to say that I couldn't do anything.
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What I try to keep in mind is that there are going to be a lot of articles that are going to be misrepresentative of what I'm about as a person and as a writer.
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Courage and willingness to just go for it, whether it is a conversation or a spontaneous trip or trying new things that are scary - it is a really attractive quality.
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Typically I go in the studio and whatever I'm contemplating that day will wind up being a song. I don't come in with lyrics... I just go in and let it happen.
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I'm clearly most well known for my music. Eventually, ultimately, I'll be writing books. I'm still writing articles now. I just consider myself a writer.
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Do I appreciate the idea of jealousy, revenge and all these so-called dark qualities? Yes. Do I write these songs in order to engage in some public war with someone? No.
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But once I acclimated and really used fame for what it was offering me as a tool to serve my life purpose of inspiring and contributing, then it started to get fun again.
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I think fame became exciting for me in the late '90s because I could actually use it as a means to an end. I could actually have it help me serve my vocationfulness.
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I've always been really opinionated, and mixed with being really open hearted, open to people shifting what I think all the time, but I like to speak with conviction.
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