"Performing is a profound experience, at least for me. It's not as if I sit down and play 'Fire and Rain' by myself, just to hear it again. But to offer it up... the energy that it somehow summons live takes me right back, and I do get a reconnection to the emotions."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."James Taylor on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."James Taylor on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."James Taylor on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."James Taylor on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."James Taylor on Mark Twain
"That's the motivation of an artist - to seek attention of some kind."
"I'm glad about what's happening to the music business. This last crop of people we had in the 90s, who are going away now, they didn't like music. They didn't trust musicians. They wanted something else from it."
"Though 'Fire and Rain' is very personal, for other people it resonates as a sort of commonly held experience... And that's what happens with me. I write things for personal reasons, and then in some cases it... can be a shared experience."
"I know there are people who don't like their audience or like the experience of being recognized or celebrated, but my audience has been very good - they don't bother me and when they do contact me it's usually on the nicest possible terms."
"Performing is a profound experience, at least for me."