"I grew up listening to Jay-Z, and I think the first time I really became obsessed with learning and thinking about lyrics was when I started listening to rap I was 11, 12, and started becoming aware of music beyond the familiar."
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."Ezra Koenig on Maya Angelou
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."Ezra Koenig on Albert Einstein
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."Ezra Koenig on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."Ezra Koenig on Mahatma Gandhi
"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored."Ezra Koenig on Earl Nightingale
"It's cool to have instruments lying around because they give you different ideas."
"I do think sometimes there's danger in guest appearance mania. I've seen too many examples that sound cool on paper, like 'Oh, get that guy to sing the hook on that guy's song,' and then that's all it is. It's a cool idea that sounds good on paper."
"It's pretty cool that people will pay for something even though they don't have to. It's totally different now to back in the day. Now you're paying for a record because you believe in the band. In the future that will be the only time people will pay for albums, because there's some kind of connection."
"My dad has a really great record collection that basically went up to the year I was born: 1984."
"My dad grew up in a working-class Jewish neighbourhood, and I got a scholarship from my dad's union to go to college. I went there to get an education, not as an extension of privilege."