"I think basically becoming famous has taken the place of going to Heaven in modern society, hasn't it? That's the place where your dreams will come true. It's an act of faith now they think that's going to sort things out."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Jarvis Cocker on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Jarvis Cocker on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Jarvis Cocker on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Jarvis Cocker on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Jarvis Cocker on Mahatma Gandhi
"You get to a certain age and you just want to prove that you can still rock - that you've still got it."
"I always thought that I might retire from any form of sexuality by the age of 40 and just become a dignified older person."
"Well, once you've resigned yourself to the fact that you are the more mature pop performer and you're past the age you ever thought you would do it, you might as well do it as long as you can. As long as I can still lift a microphone, then I'll do it, you know."
"I speak onstage to try to establish some method of communication. The songs are supposed to be a way of communicating. But speech and drinks and sometimes chocolates are also a way of communicating."
"Unless you're living on the street and surviving on a diet of discarded turkey drumsticks, there's no point in being gloomy. We've spent too long trying to cheer ourselves up by spending money on brightly coloured things we don't really need. We've stopped using our imaginations."