Quotes by: Nick Cave

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Nick Cave
Nick Cave in October 2012
Background information
Birth name Nicholas Edward Cave
Born (1957-09-22) 22 September 1957 (age 59)
Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia
Genres Post-punk, gothic rock,[1][2] alternative rock, experimental rock, garage rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, writer, actor, composer
Instruments Vocals, piano, organ, harmonica, guitar, percussion, saxophone, drums
Years active 1973–present
Labels Bad Seed, Mute
Associated acts Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Birthday Party, Shilpa Ray, PJ Harvey, Grinderman, The Boys Next Door, The Immaculate Consumptive, Shane McGowan
Website nickcave.com

To my undying shame, I do read reviews. I don't read them all, but I like to get some kind of idea how things are going.
Nick Cave
I don't write happy songs. Who does? I don't know anybody who writes happy songs, really.
Nick Cave
After a while, you just don't do things you don't wanna do - that's the great freedom you get, the older you get. You learn what to do and what not to do, and what will be a waste of time and what won't be a waste of time.
Nick Cave
I love being manipulated by what I see. I love weepies and romantic comedies where you're reaching for the Kleenex at the right moment.
Nick Cave
No, I wouldn't direct a movie, no. I couldn't. I don't have the patience for it, I don't have the people skills. You have to be clever. I'm not really clever in that kind of way. And you have to be able to manipulate people, but at the same time allow them to feel like they are manipulating you, to get the kind of movie that you want.
Nick Cave
I have an armchair interest in gardening, but I don't like to get my knees dirty. I don't have a garden.
Nick Cave
I have a very strange relationship in general with women around my music. There's some that understand it and some that think there should be a law against it.
Nick Cave
Writing screenplays makes me a better musician because it clears my head. After writing a movie, I go running back to music as fast as I can.
Nick Cave
My father was a teacher and my mother also worked in the school, so the family has a background in education.
Nick Cave
The problem with books, now that I've written one, is that the idea of adaptation is so much easier than sitting down to write something new.
Nick Cave
Self-editing is the way I write. Ten verses of a song and it's finished. Then we start playing it and if I see that it's too long, I'll start cutting.
Nick Cave
I always thought my records were number one; it's just the charts didn't think so.
Nick Cave
One of my big fears is drying up, and the more I create, the more I feel myself shrinking beneath the backlog of work I've done.
Nick Cave
I'm not a misogynist, so you can dispense with that. I think I've done wonders for the feminist movement.
Nick Cave
In getting older, I find myself becoming progressively more ineffectual in a lot of different ways, and part of that is down to no longer having the youthful feeling that what you're doing has any true impact.
Nick Cave
If you took love out of the equation, I wouldn't know what else to write about.
Nick Cave
As Australians, we see the law as inherently bad. We have a real inherent distaste for authority in our makeup.
Nick Cave
People think I'm a miserable sod but it's only because I get asked such bloody miserable questions.
Nick Cave
I'm not religious, and I'm not a Christian, but I do reserve the right to believe in the possibility of a god.
Nick Cave
I know when I sit with my band members and we're playing back a song that we've done, I know that they're experiencing it in a completely different way and hearing stuff that they're alerted to because the way the interpret the world is through their ears. Mine is through my eyes.
Nick Cave
The only person who can say they're happy getting old is someone who isn't actually old yet. Every day, I get less and less happy about that idea.
Nick Cave
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