Alanis Morissette Quotes

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A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance.
— Alanis Morissette

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A lot of preconceived notions that I had about fame and status and money and joy and pain, and all of these things that I thought I knew, I didn't.

Alanis Morissette

Ageism works in both directions. As a teenager in the public eye, people would talk condescendingly to me. When you get older there's this feeling that you have to start carving up your face and body. Right now I'm in the middle ground - I think women in their thirties are taken seriously.

Alanis Morissette

Alpha men are very turned on by the alpha woman, really high chemistry, really fun to work with, probably really fun to have affairs with, but there's not sustainable harmony in that lack of complement. There can only be one person in the driver's seat.

Alanis Morissette

America's a very traumatized society.

Alanis Morissette

And I always laugh at that, because I think I've always been doing what I want to do since Day 1.

Alanis Morissette

And if I had a preference, it would be to be able to not be in the studio until 4 in the morning.

Alanis Morissette

And ultimately the people who produce my records, they know that they're here to serve the purpose of me expressing who I am at this period of time and augmenting that or pulling it forward and I love that process.

Alanis Morissette

Anger has been a really big deal for women: how can we express it without feeling that, as the physically weaker sex, we won't get killed. The alpha-woman was burned at the stake and had her head chopped off in days of old.

Alanis Morissette

Anything I do has to be directly related to my music. If it isn't, I don't really see a point to it.

Alanis Morissette

As a kid, I was listening to Aretha Franklin, Etta James and hip-hop as well as music my parents were listening to, like Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.

Alanis Morissette

As a teen, I was both anorexic and bulimic.

Alanis Morissette

As long as I can say what it is that I need to say, then I'll fit whatever I'm trying to say around a melody.

Alanis Morissette

At one point, I was just perceived as only being angry, but now I'm being perceived as angry, peaceful, and spiritual.

Alanis Morissette

At some point, I would like to write a book and other things, but I work best when there is some sort of deadline in my own mind, but not when fifty people or fifty million people are breathing down the back of my neck.

Alanis Morissette

Beauty is now defined by your bones sticking out of your decolletage. For that to be the standard is really perilous for women.

Alanis Morissette

Breakups are a horrible thing for almost everybody I know. For someone who is a love addict, it's debilitating.

Alanis Morissette

But I love to entertain. My vocation is to accrue all these experiences, to write about them, to get them out of my system, to not get sick, and then to share them publicly.

Alanis Morissette

But once I acclimated and really used fame for what it was offering me as a tool to serve my life purpose of inspiring and contributing, then it started to get fun again.

Alanis Morissette

Canada has a passive-aggressive culture, with a lot of sarcasm and righteousness. That went with my weird messianic complex. The ego is a fascinating monster. I was taught from a young age that I had to serve, so that turned into me thinking I had to save the planet.

Alanis Morissette

Courage and willingness to just go for it, whether it is a conversation or a spontaneous trip or trying new things that are scary - it is a really attractive quality.

Alanis Morissette

Do I appreciate the idea of jealousy, revenge and all these so-called dark qualities? Yes. Do I write these songs in order to engage in some public war with someone? No.

Alanis Morissette

Down the road, I'll probably have a kid or two or three. And there will probably be political events or spiritual things to comment on, and humor.

Alanis Morissette

Europe seems a little softer, but in America it's harsh. In L.A., where I live, it's all about perfectionism.

Alanis Morissette

Fame is hollow. It amplifies what is there. If there is any self-doubt, or hatred, or lack of ability to connect with people, fame will magnify it.

Alanis Morissette

For four to six months at a time, I would barely eat. I lived on a diet of Melba toast, carrots, and black coffee.

Alanis Morissette

For me, a life without expectation results in a life with inspiration.

Alanis Morissette

Getting married and starting a family has been a lifelong goal and one that I have persevered through different paths up to it!

Alanis Morissette

I am a firm believer that one way to become enlightened is to be so relaxed, as relaxed as you possibly can be.

Alanis Morissette

I can't not write, if I don't then I get really depressed.

Alanis Morissette

I could get away with not taking care of myself as a bachelorette but as a mom I can't.

Alanis Morissette

I could write six songs in one day with everything that's going on.

Alanis Morissette

I couldn't be touring unless my husband was on the road with me, taking care of our son while I'm onstage and doing interviews.

Alanis Morissette

I did commit to myself that I would not jump back into being the workaholic that I can be before I gave myself an honest opportunity to create the marriage of my dreams and to create the beginning of the family of my dreams, and that took a hot second.

Alanis Morissette

I didn't have high self-esteem when I was a teen-ager, as I think most teen-agers don't.

Alanis Morissette

I didn't want to be one of those women who wake up at 63 years old and realize they've missed the window of opportunity for marriage and children.

Alanis Morissette

I don't want to offend people and I don't want to be mean, but social commentary and comedy for me are part and parcel. I think the greatest social activists are comedians.

Alanis Morissette

I felt like I was making a record under the radar, and that is my favorite way to do anything.

Alanis Morissette

I find as an artist if I'm not expressed relatively consistently, I get really depressed.

Alanis Morissette

I found that the more truthful and vulnerable I was, the more empowering it was for me.

Alanis Morissette

I get angry at myself for staying in relationships way too long.

Alanis Morissette

I grew up in a very masculine environment. So I was around a lot of men, my brothers and their friends. There was just a lot of guys around.

Alanis Morissette

I guess what people forget sometimes is that when I write songs, I write them sometimes in about 20 minutes.

Alanis Morissette

I happen to be lucky in that I knew what I wanted to do as far as a career since I was nine years old.

Alanis Morissette

I have a profound empathy for people who are in the public eye, whether they manifest it themselves or whether it happened by accident - it doesn't matter to me. I think there's a great misunderstanding of what it is to be famous.

Alanis Morissette

I have not an ounce of regret. Every link is so valuable in forming the chain that is my life. Who I am today is because of those links, and I wouldn't change any of them.

Alanis Morissette

I highly recommend getting older! There's less tendency to people-please.

Alanis Morissette

I just feel compelled to continue to be transparent. It just really levels the playing field and eradicates the shame that I have, or that one might have, about being human. So I'm going to just keep going.

Alanis Morissette

I know that I'm deeply, spiritually, profoundly philosophical and I also know that I'm about the flakiest person you're gonna meet.

Alanis Morissette

I like to make pasta with puttanesca sauce and arugula salad.

Alanis Morissette

A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance.

Alanis Morissette