"That's the motivation of an artist - to seek attention of some kind."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."James Taylor on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."James Taylor on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."James Taylor on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."James Taylor on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."James Taylor on Oscar Wilde
"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. 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."
"Performing is a profound experience, at least for me."