Top 50 Maynard James Keenan Quotes

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“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.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“I’m a pessimist. But I’m a pessimist with a sense of responsibility.”

― Maynard James Keenan

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

― Maynard James Keenan

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

― Maynard James Keenan

“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.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“I think the biggest problem working with me would be that I’m an only child, and so I have an internal dialogue that goes on that I just assume you can hear.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“Once you take yourself too seriously the art will suffer.”

― Maynard James Keenan

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

― Maynard James Keenan

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

― Maynard James Keenan

“I can’t be a legend yet. I’m not dead.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“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.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“Most religious stories and mythologies have some sort of similar root, some sort of global archetypes.”

― Maynard James Keenan

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

― Maynard James Keenan

“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.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“And if you don’t live, you have nothing to write about.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“Yeah, because I think it’s more important just to inspire people to wake up one day and pick up a book and start feeling it out for themselves.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“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.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“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.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“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.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“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.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“A lot of people into Tool, for some reason, are not interested in humor.”

― Maynard James Keenan

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

― Maynard James Keenan

“I think the media made Manson, turned him into some larger than life figure and surrounded him with mystery and some shady glamour.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“There were a lot of choices to make and I always picked artist. I never once picked doctor, lawyer, firemen or something like that. It was always artist.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“I’ve always had an affinity for growing things.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“Nowadays, you have to sell, like, half a million or a million records just to break even.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“After all, in today’s music scene every band seems to steal from other bands.”

― Maynard James Keenan

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

― Maynard James Keenan

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

― Maynard James Keenan

“A lot of names in America and Europe have their roots in Latin and Greek words. A lot of them go back to archetypes and their stories.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“You know, I grew up listening to Joni Mitchell.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“I always knew that I wanted to be an artist.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“I always knew that I wanted to be creative, that I wanted to create something.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“I’m a lot easier to work with now than I have been in the past, for sure.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“I would hope they would be our fellow artists, rather than trying to emulate or idolize clowns like us.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“I think everything Joni Mitchell did for music was big.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“There is still a future with music, because people want music.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“I see a lot of patterns in our behavior as a nation that parallel a lot of other historical processes.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“I think people in general have neglected to learn about history.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“Everything we release with Tool is inspired by our music.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“Adam does most of the work when it comes to videos and he basically does the same as I do with the lyrics. The videos are his visual interpretations of our music.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“Everything revolves around the music when it comes to Tool.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“Shows are really strange. Sometimes you really don’t know what to expect.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“We’re just four guys and we are enjoying what we’re doing with Tool.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“The record company’s worst fear is that you’ll fall in love or get rich.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“Prescott National Forest is right on the edge of my home in Arizona.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“Actually I never did stand up. I’m not that funny.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“Actors have these delicate appendages called Egos.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“Reading is more of a left-brain process, and listening to music is a right-brain function.”

― Maynard James Keenan

“One of the challenges we set up for ‘Puscifer’ was to come up with a core identity and see how far we can push it.”

― Maynard James Keenan
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