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I was motivated by just thinking that if you had all this external success that everyone would love you and everything would be peaceful and wonderful.
Alanis Morissette

I saw music as a way to entertain people and take them away from their daily lives and put smiles on their faces, as opposed to what I see it being now, which is a way for me to actually communicate, and a way for me to tap into my subconscious.
Alanis Morissette

I see the whole concept of Generation X implies that everyone has lost hope.
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 guess what people forget sometimes is that when I write songs, I write them sometimes in about 20 minutes.
Alanis Morissette

What I try to keep in mind is that there are going to be a lot of articles that are going to be misrepresentative of what I’m about as a person and as a writer.
Alanis Morissette

I wish people could achieve what they think would bring them happiness in order for them to realize that that’s not really what happiness is.
Alanis Morissette

Then I realized that secrecy is actually to the detriment of my own peace of mind and self, and that I could still sustain my belief in privacy and be authentic and transparent at the same time. It was a pretty revelatory moment, and there’s been a liberating force that’s come from it.
Alanis Morissette

Typically I go in the studio and whatever I’m contemplating that day will wind up being a song. I don’t come in with lyrics… I just go in and let it happen.
Alanis Morissette

With songwriting I spend a lot of time living life, accruing all these experiences, journaling, and then by the time I get to the studio I’m teeming with the drive to write.
Alanis Morissette

To me the biggest irony of this lifetime that I’m living is that for someone who thrives in the public eye in the creative ways that I do, I actually don’t enjoy being in the public eye.
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

I’m a liability to them – I’m a woman, I’m empowered, I’m an artist. I’ve had executives who can’t come to my shows they’re so scared of me. I’ve been a thorn in many people’s sides just by existing.
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

As a teen, I was both anorexic and bulimic.
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

I still indulge in a glass of wine or chocolate – treats are mandatory. Without deviating from the day-to-day healthy diet once in a while, it wouldn’t be sustainable for me, and that’s what I wanted: an approach to eating to last my entire life.
Alanis Morissette

I’m really clear about what my life mission is now. There’s no more depression or lethargy, and I feel like I’ve returned to the athlete I once was. I’m integrating all the parts of me – jock, musician, writer, poet, philosopher – and becoming stronger as a result.
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 found that the more truthful and vulnerable I was, the more empowering it was for me.
Alanis Morissette

The more vulnerable and the more confused the song is, the equal and opposite effect is how I feel after having written it.
Alanis Morissette

If I could sell 500 million records every time, it would be great. But I’ve also had the luxury experience of having it when I was a teenager, in a very kind of model version of it.
Alanis Morissette

In the past, I had workaholic issues.
Alanis Morissette

Over the last couple of years, I’ve really worked toward balancing my life out more, having a little bit more time with friends, family and my boyfriend. There was a period of time when they were way down the list. It was all about music and touring and if everything fell by the wayside, so be it.
Alanis Morissette

Unless I really loved it and felt really passionate about it, I would just kind of abort the song and start a new one.
Alanis Morissette

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