"I think I first realized I wanted to be in country music and be an artist when I was 10. And I started dragging my parents to festivals, and fairs, and karaoke contests, and I did that for about a year before I came to Nashville for the first time. I was 11 and I had this demo CD of me singing Dixie Chicks and Leanne Rimes songs."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Taylor Swift on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Taylor Swift on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Taylor Swift on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Taylor Swift on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Taylor Swift on Ray Charles
"In this business you have to develop a thick skin, but I'm always going to feel everything. It's my nature."
"The business aspect is one of the most important things about having a music career, because every choice you make in a management meeting affects your life a year-and-a-half from now."
"I think the tiniest little thing can change the course of your day, which can change the course of your year, which can change who you are."
"I never want to change so much that people can't recognize me."
"All of my favorite people - people I really trust - none of them were cool in their younger years."