I dreamed that I was young and smart, and it was not a waste. I dreamed that there was a point of life, and to the human race.

-Lou Reed
Lou Reed

I'm in this business for too long to be halfhearted about anything.

Lou Reed
Well all tai chi has the martial aspect to it, a lot of people don't know, a lot of the teachers won't show it, or they do show it but you don't really learn it, what the application is.
Lou Reed

That's why I survived because I still believe I've got something to say.

Lou Reed
Perfect Night is minimalistic and that's what makes it so forceful.
Lou Reed

I don't like the word rock opera, but I'm trying to write on that level that's reserved for plays still, or novels.

Lou Reed
You can't ask me to explain the lyrics because I won't do it...I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it. That's why I survived because I still believe I've got something to say. ... I don't like overdubs, never liked them. ... The music business doesn't interest me anymore...Don't the people you're around shape the music, is that what you're saying? Everything does. ... I'm not joking around when I've said occasionally, trying to learn how to play a D chord properly has been a very big thing for me.
Lou Reed

I'd harbored hopes that the intelligence that once inhabited novels or films would ingest rock. I was, perhaps, wrong.

Lou Reed
I've gone out with my shotgun. This is hunting country out there. You better run.
Lou Reed

To wish for the crazy times one last time and freeze it in the memory of a camera is the least a great artist can do.

Lou Reed
I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it.