We don’t just live in a celebrity take-down culture; we live in a take-down culture. People will find anything about you and twist it to where it’s weird or wrong or annoying or strange or bad. You have to live your life not only in spite of people who don’t understand you - you have to have more fun than they do.

-Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Throughout all of the changes that have happened in my life, one of the priorities I've had is to never change the way I write songs and the reasons I write songs. I write songs to help me understand life a little more. I write songs to get past things that cause me pain. And I write songs because sometimes life makes more sense to me when it's being sung in a chorus, and when I can write it in a verse.

Taylor Swift
What I've learned is not to change who you are, because eventually you're going to run out of new things to become.
Taylor Swift

I'd like to think you don't stop being creative once you get happy. My ultimate goal is to end up being happy. Most of the time.

Taylor Swift
The music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment. And I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.
Taylor Swift

I have a terrifying long list of fears. Literally everything - diseases, spiders... and people getting tired of me.

Taylor Swift
I go back to December, turn around and make it alright I go back to December, turn around and change my own mind I go back to December all the time
Taylor Swift

I find it relatively easy to keep my clothes on because I don't really feel like taking them off. It's not an urge I have. For me, 'risky' is revealing what really happened in my life through music. Risky is writing confessional songs and telling the true story about a person with enough details so everyone knows who that person is. That's putting myself out there, maybe even more than taking my shirt off.

Taylor Swift
You start to realize that the things that are different about you are the things that make you special. And, as cliche as at that sounds, you realize that if you are lucky enough to have something that is different about you...don't try to hide it. I don't try to blend in anymore, it's all about standing out.
Taylor Swift

The only one who's got enough of me to break my heart.

Taylor Swift
They're [haters] just building you up to knock you down. But for me, they haven't.