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Talking Heads Quotes


"I'm a fan of Talking Heads going way back." - Fred Armisen

"There's always the question when you're making a documentary if the talking heads will work." - Heidi Ewing

"When Talking Heads started, we called ourselves Thinking Man's Dance Music." - Tina Weymouth

"I don't know how much influence we really had, because we never put our pictures on the albums or anything and we never really promoted the Talking Heads connection, because we wanted to keep it separate from Talking Heads." - Chris Frantz

"Pedagogically, we need definitions and borders. They help us get our heads around what we're talking about." - John D'Agata

"Not winning a title gives fuel to sportswriters and talking heads who question an athlete's true value." - Don Yaeger

"When I was little, people like Talking Heads were on the radio. There was something geeky yet groundbreaking about them." - Bat For Lashes

"I don't want to spend my entire life drawing talking heads. It seems like a waste of everyone's time." - Bryan Lee O'Malley

"I reject criticism because the last thing I wanted was to sit there and look at people talking. I think people are conditioned to think of documentaries now as talking heads. This movie about Valentino is not about that at all. It's about watching people in action. To the critics who wanted more talking heads, I send a dozen dead roses." - Matt Tyrnauer

"The thing I've learned traveling through the United States is that the people in each city are usually awesome, it's generally the 'talking heads' that give us trouble." - Christopher Sieber

"Literature is the one place in any society where, within the secrecy of our own heads, we can hear voices talking about everything in every possible way." - Salman Rushdie

"I don't want the stage. I'm terrified of giving these talking heads some distraction, some excuse to jeopardize, smear, and delegitimize a very important movement." - Edward Snowden

"While my friends were busy listening to the Talking Heads, Police, and B-52s, I was busy teaching myself to program on the Atari." - Steven Sinofsky

"Having a conversation on a landline is more intimate than talking to someone in person. Your voices are so clear and close - you're in each other's heads." - Rainbow Rowell

"My favorite band is probably The Cure. We can throw Talking Heads in there too, I listen to them a lot. But The Cure." - Analeigh Tipton

"I love talking about myself." - Lara Flynn Boyle

"I'm exhausted from not talking." - Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.

"I enjoy talking to fans." - Douglas Wilson

"I'm a walking, talking enigma." - Larry David

"Instead of talking about accomplishments, we are talking about stupidity and intelligence reporting that is based on facts that's not coming out of the actual heads of these intelligence agencies. And we are sitting here talking about it. And it is a shame, and it needs to end." - Reince Priebus

"One by one, the others all nodded their heads again, as if we were talking about having a spring picnic instead of going up against the deadliest woman in Ashland and all of her men." - Jennifer Estep

"On TV, talking heads wrung their hands over a lack of traditional feminine values and wondered if girls' sports were to blame. Then they cut to a commercial featuring a sexy college coed vacuuming her dorm room in her underwear." - Libba Bray

"One of the challenges was to make a cinematic movie about literally talking heads and to try to make it feel like something you want to see in a theater." - Morgan Neville

"The last thing I want to become is one of those talking heads where everything is satiny smooth and you know what the next question is going to be" - Isaac Mizrahi

"I don't think that the punk sound really became the punk sound until much later. The punk era wasn't really just one musical sound. There are a lot of differences among Television, the Ramones, and the Talking Heads." - Debbie Harry

"I may have no idea what I'm talking about," I said, a little ticked off now. "But we're all a part of a minority waiting for a majority to pull their heads out of their asses." - Chris Colfer

"On TV, talking heads wrung their hands over a lack of traditional feminine values and wondered if girls" sports were to blame. Then they cut to a commercial featuring a sexy college coed vacuuming her dorm room in her underwear." - Libba Bray

"I'm just a sucker even talking to you guys. I should be ready to rip your heads off your necks. But it's just not the right thing to do" - Mike Tyson

"Whenever someone says they believe the earth was created in 7 days, I grab a fossil and say, Fossil. And if they keep talking, I throw it just over their heads." - Lewis Black

"If any glory at all attaches to the awful tragedy of the sea about which the world is still talking, it circles round the heads of these heroic bandsmen who played the mighty vessel to its doom" - Steve Turner

"I'm just a sucker even talking to you guys. I should be ready to rip your heads off your necks. But it's just not the right thing to do." - Mike Tyson

"There are people who tell you to shut up because you're just a celebrity, but pundits, talking heads, they're every bit the celebrity and a lot of them aren't any more qualified than the average man on the street." - Kevin Bacon

"I mean, the trouble with some of the kind of relationship movies I've done, is there's only so many ways you can shoot a conversation. I was really tired of talking heads." - Lawrence Kasdan

"I can't think of any musician or producer who has influenced me more than Brian Eno. From when he was in Roxy Music, producing Devo, the Talking Heads and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts." - Moby

"I think the idea of having the show divided into two parts was that Tom Tom Club opened for Talking Heads in Europe, and it was the best we'd ever had as an opening act." - Tina Weymouth

"Talking Heads, for me and Chris, was a very personal thing that we shared with a lot of people. In a way, I'm glad it's over, because it allows us to move beyond the restrictions that followed." - Tina Weymouth

"Occasionally, I hanker for the time when I sold more records, but I don't sit and drool about it. When I do look at early footage of Talking Heads, I realise I was just a wreck." - David Byrne

"The last thing I want to become is one of those talking heads where everything is satiny smooth and you know what the next question is going to be." - Isaac Mizrahi

"By the time Talking Heads were starting, my feeling was to throw out everything and start from scratch onstage; strip it down to as close to zero as you can get and then you can make it yours." - David Byrne

"You aren't learning anything when you're talking." - Lyndon B Johnson

"I like talking. I like acting." - Denzel Washington

"Talking is the disease of age." - Ben Jonson

"I really don't like talking about diets." - Bess Myerson

"Society is a troop of thinkers and the best heads among them take the best places." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Off with their heads!" - Lewis Carroll

"We are talking about Christianizing America. We are talking about the Gospel in a political context." - Paul Weyrich

"If prayer is you talking to God, then intuition is God talking to you." - Wayne Dyer

"We're talking about the chemical lobotomy. We're talking about the chemical straightjacketing of our children." - Michael Savage

"Empty pockets make empty heads." - William Carlos Williams

"Spikes, " he sighed. "Heads. Walls." - George R R Martin

"If you don't have the ability or encouragement to use yourself in a physical way, you could become just another talking head. And talking heads run things. That's part of the reason why we're in such a sad state as a planet, because it's all about thinking, and thinking has led to a lot of aggrandizement - taking over [resources] and figuring out how you can steal and leaving people and the planet in an impoverished state." - Alice Walker

"Nothing is more cheerful than talking about our friends' shortcomings." - Mason Cooley

"The food you eat today is walking and talking tomorrow." - Jack Lalanne

"I don't like all this talking in the press." - Vitali Klitschko

"Never talking to strangers. Saying nasty things about the neighbors." - Paulo Coelho

"Prayer is an earnest and familiar talking with God." - John Knox

"We do more talking progress than we do progressing." - Will Rogers

"I'm talking about living life to its fullest." - George W Bush

"Talking is good. Conversations have to be forever." - Michelle Obama

"We all know who Donald Trump's talking to." - George Packer

"One person's disaster is another person's talking point." - Henry Rollins

"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." - Steve Martin

"People, by and large, would rather be talking than listening." - Mike Nichols

"We spend our lives talking about this mystery. Our life." - Jules Renard

"Some people don't know when to stop talking." - Monica Johnson

"The Islamophobia phobes, (ph) the writers and the editors and the talking heads who deny an existence of evil while blaming those who speak up. There no difference - different than the apologists for communism. As communism killed millions, they, they denied it." - Greg Gutfeld

"Punk-rock records came out and you bought whatever you could find. But Devo didn't happen for another three years. Sex Pistols didn't tour the States until '78. At that time, for me, it was really about CBGB, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, the Ramones, and Television." - Michael Stipe

"None. They should just go out and photograph and stop talking about it. That's the only way they are going to find themselves. They can't do it in their heads - they have to go out and do it in the camera and get it on film." - Berenice Abbott

"Life is a musical influence in my experience. But as far as actual music and actual bands, uh, I'll just look at my little collection here. Let's see. Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, U2, The Talking Heads, Prince and the Revolution, Michael Jackson's Thriller was a huge one." - Jeremy Enigk

"There are lots of guns and action in my drawings, and part of that is just to make them more interesting. Because you can go through a whole film and it's mostly talking heads and little else until the action scenes, and they're usually violence or physical stuff. Same with baseball, or any sport. Except I find pitching and batting are visually very striking." - Raymond Pettibon

"When I was working with Talking Heads what would happen typically is that they would go out and start playing a track, and I would always run the tape. I always record everything, even a run through where you're trying to get in tune. That's a principle because sometimes when the situation isn't clear interesting things happen, and they are worth listening to again." - Brian Eno

"For some people, it's the beginning of an awakening when they hear or read, "You have a voice in your head that never stops talking. Have you noticed that?" And suddenly they become aware that the thoughts go through their heads, whereas before they were so identified with them that they were those thoughts." - Eckhart Tolle

"I've seen my kids' work at school, and I think they're better than when I was young, 'cause I was brainwashed into anti-Communism. This is a much more interesting view of history than I've ever seen, and I hope to God it works. It's classic history, classically told. No talking heads. Just pure archival footage and a storyline." - Oliver Stone

"Politicians such as Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich along with talking heads such as Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck and Anne Coulter are not the problem, they are symptomatic of a much more disturbing assault on critical thought, if not rational thinking itself." - Henry Giroux

"I make up cassettes all the time - to take on the road with me - a song from this album, a song from that album. That's the way I listen to music; it's like one of those K Tel things: it's from all over. I listen to Fred Astaire, I listen to African folk music, I listen to Talking Heads." - Robert Palmer

"I guess, for me, what started me getting real excited about music was the New York punk and new-wave scene. All those bands looked back to the Velvet Underground and the Stooges and the Modern Lovers as well. But that was back when Television were punk, and the Talking Heads were punk." - Dean Wareham

"Over and over again, financial experts and wonkish talking heads endeavor to explain these mysterious, 'toxic' financial instruments to us lay folk. Over and over, they ignobly fail, because we all know that no one understands credit default obligations and derivatives, except perhaps Mr. Buffett and the computers who created them." - Richard Dooling

"A friend of mine introduced me to Thurston Moore because she thought I would like him. He was playing with the tallest band in the world, the Coachmen. They were sort of like Talking Heads, jangly guitar, Feelies guitar. Anyway, it was love at first sight. His band broke up that night. And we started playing." - Kim Gordon

"You never want to be in a position where your reader feels like you're passing judgment on your own characters. Any novel where you feel like the author is talking to the reader over the characters' heads is in a bad place." - Jonathan Dee

"I've had production offers with artists I really admire, and oftentimes that doesn't work out. Sometimes it does, but... For instance I was asked if I wanted to do a Talking Heads album back in the late '70s, early '80s, and I was already working on a different project and didn't have time, so I never got the opportunity to work with them." - Todd Rundgren

"We're not talking about truth, we're talking about something that seems like truth - the truth we want to exist." - Stephen Colbert

"Writing is a fine thing, because it combines the two pleasures of talking to yourself and talking to a crowd." - Cesare Pavese

"Let's stop talking about new taxes and start talking about creating new taxpayers, which basically means jobs." - Marco Rubio

"Stephen Miller did one thing: He simply recited common sense. This is a common sense immigration bill. If there was ever a piece of common sense legislation, this is it. In this case, what Stephen Miller did was nothing more than common sense, and yet it was interpreted - it went right over their heads, the White House press corps, not just Jim Acosta and Glenn Thrush. It went over all of their heads because they didn't understand what he was talking about, either because of the fog of hatred they have for Donald Trump and his administration, or they are just ignorant." - Rush Limbaugh

"Two heads are better than one." - John Heywood

"And empty heads console with empty sound." - Alexander Pope

"The tongue talkes at the heads cost." - George Herbert

"Friends don't let heads drive drunk!" - Al Snow

"Silly girls your heads full of boys" - John Ashbery

"There's two heads to every coin." - Jerry Coleman

"I love every bone in their heads." - Eugene O'Neill

"Habits of close attention, thinking heads, Become more rare as dissipation spreads, Till authors hear at length one general cry Tickle and entertain us, or we die!" - William Cowper

"Young heads take example of the ancient" - Elizabeth I

"Some sculptors make drawings, I make heads." - David Altmejd

"Smashing heads does not open minds." - Deborah

"People shave their heads all the time." - Britney Spears

"Two heads are better than one." - Proverbs

"Cram your heads full of knowledge." - Gordon B Hinckley

"So many heads so many wits." - John Heywood

"I love every bone in their heads." - Eugene Oneill

"Reality has always had too many heads." - Bob Dylan

"We need saints; we need this head - this talking head - to communicate. Every single religion you have people that go in-between, that can talk to god or communicate ideas. Then there are the talking heads in the news every time we watch TV. No matter how complex, you still need a person there to tell you what happened: a storyteller of sorts. I find that fascinating that we feel so attached to this primitive mode of connection, this primitive interface to the world." - Vik Muniz

"I think in daily newspapers, the way comic strips are treated, it's as if newspaper publishers are going out of their way to kill the medium. They're printing the comics so small that most strips are just talking heads, and if you look back at the glory days of comic strips, you can see that they were showcases for some of the best pop art ever to come out." - Matt Groening

"And with his arm around the younger man's shoulders still, he led him away from the bow and back to the small group by the tiller. Halt glanced up as they approached, caught a look from Gilan and had a pretty good idea what they had been talking about. "Where have you two been?" he asked, his tone light. admiring the view," Gilan told him. "Thought you might need a hand from the two wisest heads on board." - John Flanagan

"People have no idea what it's like to be that person in the arena. I know, no offense, but a lot of people on television, talking heads and analysts and consultants and strategists and they all have their opinions and they tell what a candidate ought to do, what he should have done, what he could have done. But they've never been in at arena." - Mike Huckabee

"My father taught me many things. Two of them come to mind right now: Stay true to your values. You can compromise on policies, but not your fundamental values or else you will get lost in the world of politics. The second thing is to listen to whoever you are talking to. People in your street, other politicians, company heads and workers. Learn from them." - Justin Trudeau

"I was talking to Cecil [Castellucci], who writes Shade, and I was saying to her, and she was saying the same thing, that I'm not even the same person who wrote the first issue of Doom Patrol, and that was six months ago. I'm a totally different person now, already. It's weird to look back at stuff, but it's an honor that there's a legacy of people who still keep it in their heads. It's really cool!" - Gerard Way

"Here you have 22 million Afro-Americans, black people today, catching more hell than Patrick Henry ever saw. And I'm here to tell you, in case you don't know it, that you got a new - you got a new generation of black people in this country, who don't care anything whatsoever about odds. They don't want to hear you old Uncle Tom handkerchief heads talking about the odds." - Malcolm X

"I hear all the time that 'unemployment is greatly reduced, but the people aren't feeling it.' When the media, talking heads, the White House and Wall Street start reporting the truth - the percent of Americans in good jobs; jobs that are full time and real - then we will quit wondering why Americans aren't 'feeling' something that doesn't remotely reflect the reality in their lives. And we will also quit wondering what hollowed out the middle class." - Jim Clifton

"On the show, I do a very serious thing. And a lot of people have a hard time reconciling that with what I'm going to do after the show. They can't get it into their heads: "How can he be talking to Madeleine Albright one minute and then somebody half his age...." They're just jealous. But I never made any bones about it. I am a player. Always have been." - Bill Maher

"I don't see Sarah Palin suddenly spilling over to a wider group where suddenly they go, "Wait a minute, I've heard her message, and now I'm beginning..." It's not expanding it. A politician that doesn't expand from the base is not a good politician. So I disagree with all the talking heads that go "Well, she's a very good politician." She's not! Good politicians expand, and she doesn't." - Barry Levinson

"I am disappointed because nobody is talking about food and agriculture. They're talking about the diets of children, but they're talking about Band-Aids. We're not seeing a vision." - Alice Waters

"Everybody does good things, but I'm talking about making major changes in the educational system that would impact an entire race. I'm talking about stopping these young gang members from killing one another. I'm talking about keeping prisons from overflowing." - Jim Brown

"I don't feel comfortable talking about my private life, and some people in my private life don't feel comfortable about me talking about it. So I don't." - Gina Mckee

"People have been talking about competition among insurers, and what they really need to be talking about is competition in the delivery of health care as well." - Angela Braly

"You cannot talk about race without talking about privilege. And when people start talking about privilege, they get paralyzed by shame." - Brene Brown

"Liberals like people with their heads, radicals like people with both their heads and their hearts." - Saul Alinsky

"In the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo." - T S Eliot

"Talking about your grievances merely adds to those grievances. Give recognition only to what you desire." - Thomas Dreier

"I'm dating a homeless woman. It was easier talking her into staying over." - Garry Shandling

"Talking payes no toll." - George Herbert

"We must start talking differently about poverty-and start doing something differently." - Gary Haugen

"I hated Ali. God might not like me talking that way, but its in my heart." - Joe Frazier

"You're talking about meaning. I want to talk about the picture." - Garry Winogrand

"The reason why lovers are never bored together is that they are always talking of themselves." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Music is the unspoken language that can convey feelings more accurately than talking ever could." - Elizabeth Smart

"Negative talking is contagious." - John C Maxwell

"He's a good sportsman but his best at world trash talking." - Vitali Klitschko

"He gaped at the controls. "Why is my ship talking back to me?" - Marissa Meyer

"Because I dislike being quoted I lie almost constantly when talking about my work." - Terry Gilliam

"When you love something you just don't want to stop talking about it." - Neil Gaiman

"I'm not talking to anyone, I'm delivering a monologue. It's the inebriated man's prerogative." - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

"A drinker does not exist. Whatever they say, it is just the drink talking" - Anne Enright

"If you can't add to the discussion, don't subtract by talking." - Lois Wyse

"There was no aphrodisiac more powerful than talking, no seduction more effective than curiosity." - Manju Kapur

"Knowledge, or verbal facility, is no proof that you know what you're talking about." - Terence Mckenna

"The formulation of a public relations strategy properly begins with listening, not talking." - Leonard Saffir

"It's so ironic that you often hear these right-wing people talking about the Constitution." - George Saunders

"It's not in good taste to have talking ghosts in a grown-up novel." - Zadie Smith

"I am talking and really talking on this very entrenched power structure, and what we're doing is we're talking about the power structure, we're talking about its entrenchment. As a result, the media is going through what they have to go through to." - Donald Trump

"The law is rough. I'm not talking about new laws, the existing law is very rough." - Donald Trump

"Commit a little bit more to the world outside of your own life. Get people talking." - Lizz Winstead

"She sounded how you'd expect talking to a tree to sound - bored out of her mind." - Orson Scott Card

"People love talking of their diseases, although they are the most uninteresting things in their lives." - Anton Chekhov

"You're talking serious money already in the bank, and millions of dollars coming in every year." - Neil Abercrombie

"If we're talking about masculinity and tenderness, I don't look at Clinton." - Aaron Eckhart

"One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody's listening." - Franklin P Jones

"It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them." - Rose Macaulay

"Talking to other people who make low-budget movies, everyone kind of has the same struggle." - Zoe Cassavetes

"I don't have a problem talking about Medicare or Medicaid or some other very important issue." - Jason Chaffetz



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