I think just the above things. I think I wanted to learn from both cultures. So, I think the music is a little more reflective of the...Catholic culture but the theology, obviously, is much more Reformational.
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In all secrets there is a kind of guilt, however beautiful or joyful they may be, or for what good end they may be set to serve. Secrecy means evasion, and evasion means a problem to the moral mind.
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I'm a nice guy, but I like to get into trouble.
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I just want to keep finding special characters that I feel like I can bring to life and characters that are real and not superficial.
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I refuse to accept other people's ideas of happiness for me. As if there's a 'one size fits all' standard for happiness.
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The Devil can so completely assume the human form, when he wants to deceive us, that we may well lie with what seems to be a woman, of real flesh and blood, and yet all the while 'tis only the Devil in the shape of a woman. 'Tis the same with women, who may think that a man is in bed with them, yet 'tis only the Devil; and...the result of this connection is oftentimes an imp of darkness, half mortal, half devil...
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It's something I've always loved doing. I'm not one of the artists who comes in and just does my bit. I'm there every second of every day. That's my hands-on situation.
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There are still people who insist that we have to preach on repentance. Well, I disagree! I think we should do it God's way
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Ben Vereen is going to be on the show with me, too.
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It is often said that in prosperity we have many friends, but that we are usually neglected when things go badly. I disagree. Not only do malicious people flock about us in order to witness our ruin, but other unfortunates as well, who have been kept away by our happiness, and now feel close to us on account of our troubles.
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The real radical is that person who has a vision of equality and is willing to do those things that will bring reality closer to that vision. . .
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Reciprocity of sensation is not possible because to share is to be robbed.
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I work with a lot of different charities, and by that I don't mean merely by giving money, but by really getting involved hands-on. I've always said that one of the reasons why I was put on this Earth was to help people. That's something I've always enjoyed both here in America and if I have the opportunity when I'm traveling out of the country. For example, I like to visit orphanages to spend time with the children. That's very important to me.
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Art is action. The way I live my life to its highest degree is by writing, the practice of art.
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In your twenties, if you have any amount of complexity in your childhood, or any trauma that you haven't dealt with, it comes out. That's why you have a lot of artists that don't make it through.
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But it's precisely in this cold, loathsome half-despair, half-belief, in this deliberate burying of yourself underground for forty years out of sheer pain, in this assiduously constructed, and yet somewhat dubious hopelessness, in all this poision of unfulfilled desires turned inward, this fever of vacillations, of resolutions adopted for eternity, and of repentances a moment later that you find the very essence of that strange, sharp pleasure.
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We are prisoners of the world's demented sink.The soft enchantments of our years of innocenceAre harvested by accredited experienceOur fondest memories soon turn to poisonAnd only oblivion remains in season.
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I'm competitive with anyone who writes a good song - I don't care if it's a band or solo artist or whoever.
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