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Steve Earle quotes

I love e-books. I can carry the complete works of William Shakespeare around with me all the time. Just think about that. Whether I'm on an airplane or wherever. Being able to have a library in your back pocket basically is something I support.

I don't believe that songwriting has to be profound, but I truly believe that it's a crime for you to go outta your way for it not to be.

My son was diagnosed with autism. He's OK, he makes eye contact, but he doesn't talk. He needs eight hours a day of very intensive school, and you wouldn't even believe me if I told you how much it costs.

We're so terrified of death in Western culture that we have to make up a myth of an afterlife. I think there's something to be said for living your life very mindful of the fact that you're going to die because I think you carry yourself differently. It doesn't have to be this big, negative bummer.

Actually, in its purest form, Islam is incredibly tolerant. That makes what's going on in the world really bizarre.

I don't really think in terms of obstacles. My biggest obstacle is always myself.

Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world, and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.

My objection to the death penalty is based on the idea that this is a democracy, and in a democracy the government is me, and if the government kills somebody then I'm killing somebody.

If I can get Me out of the way, I can do anything.

All we do as songwriters is rewrite the songs that have impressed us till we find our own voice. It's part of learning the craft.

America's criminal justice system isn't known for rehabilitation. I'm not sure that, as a society, we are even interested in that concept anymore.

At home, I'm lucky if I can write three or four hours before the phone starts ringing and the kids want to go to soccer.

Every country that's ever been the most powerful country in the world ceases to be the most powerful country in the world at some point.

Fundamentalism, as practiced by the Taliban, is the enemy of real thought, and religion too.

Funerals are a pagan rite. There's not any doubt about it.

Gregory Corso used to get really pissed when people called Bob Dylan a 'poet.' After writing poetry for a few years, I can understand that.

Having a child at 55... that's optimism.

I don't care what's happening in the mainstream of country music. I haven't in a long time.

I don't think I'm a political songwriter as much as I am just a political person. I think it's in my fabric.

I don't usually read reviews.