"In those days a concert was a personal experience. I wanted to be as close as possible to the audience, and of course big stadiums didn't enable you to do that. It wasn't my style."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Cat Stevens on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Cat Stevens on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Cat Stevens on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Cat Stevens on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Cat Stevens on Mark Twain
"This is the beauty of the Qur'an: it asks you to reflect and reason, and not to worship the sun or moon but the One who has created everything. The Qur'an asks man to reflect upon the sun and moon and God's creation in general."
"I was brought up in the modern world of all the luxury and the highlight of show business. I was born into a Christian home."
"I suppose that by being absent from the music business, it appeared that I just dropped out, but really I never did. I was continuously working and doing various things."
"Salman Rushdie, indeed any writer who abuses the prophet or indeed any prophet under Islamic law, the sentence for that is actually death."
"It is part of my faith as a Muslim to try to help those who are suffering from poverty or economic or political injustice."