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Just in general, any government throughout history hasn't really wanted its people to be educated, because then they couldn't control them as easily.

A circle is the reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end - and if you put several circles over each other, then you get a spiral.

Because artists can be extremely eccentric and insane, and unfortunately, the people they hurt the most are the people that are closest to them.

People have to follow their hearts, and if their hearts lead them to Wal-Mart, so be it.

Music is about listening, the more you play, the more the magic spreads.

I believe that music is a force in itself. It is there and it needs an outlet, a medium. In a way, we are just the medium.

I just hope that our fans are people who are inspired by music, and just use our music as a background or inspiration for whatever it is they do.

The idea is, if I can't heal from my art, then how can you heal?

If the education of our kids comes from radio, television, newspapers - if that's where they get most of their knowledge from, and not from the schools, then the powers that be are definitely in charge, because they own all those outlets.

But I'm a hot-blooded Italian by nature. Whatever the situation you present, I'm going to make something out of it.

If you take different mythologies from different cultures, the names may change and the story lines may vary but there is always something in common.

But you know, I'm the negative-Nancy, curmudgeon, glass-half-empty-with-a-leak-in-it guy - which is basically the fuel that fires me up anyway. Without that, we wouldn't have me.

I can't be a legend yet. I'm not dead.

Because as an only child, you have your own little world.

But then it hasn't really been a focus of our government to make us an educated people.

Once you take yourself too seriously the art will suffer.

And if you don't live, you have nothing to write about.

We're five people, five individuals who came together to create something, to make music and to complete each other musically, to form a perfect circle.

For me, life is writing and I can do it anywhere. It doesn't matter where I am. I listen. I write. I live.

I'm a pessimist. But I'm a pessimist with a sense of responsibility.