Joy comes from using your potential.Will Schultz
- There's definitely, definitely, definitely, no logic to human behaviour
. . .
There's no map
And a compass
Wouldn't help at all
- "Human Behaviour" (single; 1993)
- I'm a fountain of blood in the shape of a girl
. . .
leave me now return tonight
tide will show you the way
if u forget my name you will go astray like a killer whale trapped in a bay
- "Bachelorette" (single; 1996)
- His wicked sense of humour suggests exciting sex
His fingers focus on her
He's Venus as a Boy!
- "Venus as a Boy", from the CD single Venus as a Boy (1993)
- I'm back at my cliff
still throwing things off
I listen to the sounds they make
on their way down
I follow with my eyes 'til they crash
imagine what my body would sound like slamming against those rocks
and when it lands
will my eyes
be closed or open?
- I thought I could organize freedom
How Scandinavian of me
- "Hunter" (Homogenic; 1997)
- I want to go, on a mountain top!
With a radio and good batteries
And play a joyous tune
And free the
from suffering (saccharine)
- Emotional landscapes
They puzzle me
The riddle gets solved and you push me up to this state of emergency
How beautiful to be!
State of emergency
Is where I want to be
- "Jóga", from Homogenic (1997)
- I dare you to take me on
I dare you to show me your palms
I'm so bored of cowards who say they want (love)
Then they can't handle love
- "5 Years", from Homogenic (1997)
- He offers a handshake, crooked five fingers
They form a pattern yet to be matched
On the surface simplicity
But the darkest pit in me is pagan poetry
- You have done
Good for yourselves
Since you left my wet embrace
And crawled ashore
. . .
My sons and my daughters
Your sweat is salty
I am why
- Americans are so dumb!
- Paper magazine, September 1997
- "I am grateful... grapefruit."
- At the Brit Awards 1998
- "Everyone is bisexual’: “I’ve always had as many powerful, creative ladies in my life as I have men, and you could probably describe some of those relationships as romantic. I think everyone’s bisexual to some degree or another; it’s just a question of whether or not you choose to recognise it and embrace it. Personally, I think choosing between men and women is like choosing between cake and ice cream. You’d be daft not to try both when there are so many different flavours.”
- Diva magazine, October 2004
- "But… but… these are the people that made the Busby Berkeley movies, yeah? So they're not exactly subtle."
- Explaining her "Swan Dress" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
- "I don't like records that are the same from beginning to end, that are too styled and slick. Everything is so designed and airbrushed and Botoxed, it makes us think, 'Oh, everybody's perfect except me. Everything's smooth except me.' But nothing is smooth."
- From Newsweek, September 6 2004 issue, defending a song claimed to be "really hard to listen to" ("Ancestors") from her album Medúlla
- "It's interesting for me to bring up a girl. You go to the toy store and the female characters there — Cinderella, the lady in Beauty and the Beast — their major task is to find Prince Charming. And I'm like, wait a minute — it's 2005! We've fought so hard to have a say, and not just live through our partners, and yet you're still seeing two-year-old girls with this message pushed at them that the only important thing is to find this amazing dress so that the guy will want you. It's something my mum pointed out to me when I was little — so much that I almost threw up — but she's right."
- From The Observer, March 13 2005 issue, asserting for the first time the appeal to her of feminist ideology
- "It's a big question. Getting rid of religion would be a good start, wouldn't it? It seems to be causing a lot of havoc."
- When asked "Given the chance, how would you change the world?" (Independent, 18 March 2005.)
- "I was talking to a friend about it recently and I told him that the thing about making that film that upset me most was how cruel Lars is to the woman he is working with. Not that I can't take it, because I'm pretty tough and completely capable of defending myself, but because my ideals of the ultimate creator were shattered. And my friend said "What did you expect? All major directors are "sexist", a maker is not necessarily an expert in human rights or female/male equality!
My answer was that you can take quite sexist film directors like Woody Allen or Stanley Kubrick and still they are the one that provide the soul to their movies. In Lars von Trier's case it is not so and he knows it. He needs a female to provide his work soul. And he envies them and hates them for it. So he has to destroy them during the filming. And hide the evidence. What saves him as an artist, though, is that he is so painfully honest that even though he will manage to cover up his crime in the "real" world (he is a genius to set things up that everybody thinks it is just his female-actress-at-the-moment imagination, that she is just hysterical or pre-menstrual), his films become a documentation of this "soul-robbery". Breaking the Waves is the clearest example of that.
- "You know, it's ironic that just at the point the lawyers and the businessmen had calculated how to control music, the internet comes along and fucks everything up." Björk gives the finger again, this time waving it into the air. "God bless the internet," she adds. And what about you, then? "I'll still be there, waving a pirate flag."
- "Waving a pirate flag; Björk: seditious superstar" by Valur Gunnarsson, Reykjavik Grapevine
- "Iceland to me is like a rock in a bowl of water. It may or may not float, sink, or bobble up and down, but it is unaware of its choices. It simply does what it will do."
- "I think it's a mission thing. I think everybody's on a mission. I'm personally on a very, very sort of fast mission. I have to experience 900,000 things just to know that I've tried them all, you know?"
- "I don't think the way to deal with the September 11th is to sit down and write a song about it. I think you have to sit down and write a song about something else. Because there are more things in the world than Bush and Bin Laden. Thank God!"
- "This is triangles. I need it to be more squares, and then some circles."
- Describing to a sound engineer the direction she wanted a song to take.
- "I have a secret code called 'Icelandic', so you will never know what's written here."
- Holding a notebook, during a television interview, on Canadian cable channel Bravo!
- "Basically the story of Isobel is she was born in a forest by a spark and as she grew up she realized that the pebbles on the floor were actually skyscrapers and by the time she was a grownup woman and the skyscrapers had taken over the forest, she found herself in the city and she didn't like all the people there too much because they were a bit too clever for her, so she decided to send to the world all of these moths that she had trained, to go and fly all over the world and go inside windows of people's houses that were too clever, and they sit on their shoulder and remind them to stop being clever and to start to function by their instinct, and they do that by saying "na na na na na" to them and then they say "oh, sorry, I was being all clever there" and they start to function on instinct."
- Explaining her song "Isobel" in an interview.
- "Do not fuck with Björk! Björk will beat your ass! ... I saw Björk beat this woman's ass one time in this videotape. She was in the Bangkok airport and she was pushing her luggage cart and this woman came up and just touched her and Björk went (roaring and hissing). And it was so scary, because you didn't expect it at all, because Björk is so cute. ... And Björk called the woman she attacked afterwards to apologize. 'I'm very sorry I tried to pull your eyes up over your head. Somebody must have fed me after midnight.' But Björk wore the best dress ever to the Oscars, ever. She wore a swan. And I'm not talking about a dress with white feathers on it. Oh, no. She rocked the whole bird. The beak was up here and shit. And she accessorized it with an egg -- what else you gon' wear with your bird?! And all of the fashion magazines said she was the worst dressed, but when they say you're the worst, that means you're the best."
- Margaret Cho, Assassin