Inspirational Quotes from Trent Reznor

By | April 30, 2016

And when the day arrives I’ll become the sky and I’ll become the sea and the sea will come to kiss me for I am going home. Nothing can stop me now.

Trent Reznor

I really try to put myself in uncomfortable situations. Complacency is my enemy.

Trent Reznor

I don’t even know why I’m saying this in an interview situation, but I always feel like I’m not good enough for some reason. I wish that wasn’t the case, but left to my own devices, that voice starts speaking up.

Trent Reznor

I wanted to escape Small Town U.S.A. To dismiss the boundaries, to explore. My life experience came from watching movies, TV, and reading books and magazines. When your culture comes from watching TV everyday, you’re bombarded with images of things that seem cool, places that seem interesting, people who have jobs and careers and opportunities.

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I’ve become impossible, holding on to when everything seemed to matter more.

Trent Reznor

For me, ‘The Social Network’ isn’t about Facebook. It certainly isn’t about how people use it. It’s about a flawed character and his pursuit of that grand idea that defines him and validates his life and how far he’ll go to get it, and the repercussions that come as a result of that – what he gives up in the process.

Trent Reznor

Balance is good, because one extreme or the other leads to misery, and I’ve spent a lot of my life at one of those extremes.

Trent Reznor

My life has been many examples of shortsighted goals that I thought would fix things. You know, if there’s something broken inside me, if there’s a hole in there, I thought: If I could just write a good song someday, then I’d be OK. You know, if I could just be on stage in front of people I’d never seen before and be validated by them.

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I’ll be honest, watching the music industry collapse has been demoralizing and disheartening at times.

Trent Reznor

Frankly, I have always dreaded writing – there always seemed to be pain involved, unpleasant self-examination and a lot of fear.

Trent Reznor

Frankly, I have always dreaded writing – there always seemed to be pain involved, unpleasant self-examination and a lot of fear.

Trent Reznor

In my life, I was always floating around the edge of the dark side and saying what if take it a little bit too far, and who says you have to stop there, and what’s behind the next door. Maybe you gain a wisdom from examining those things. But after a while, you get too far down in the quicksand.

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I’ve watched with a kind of wary eye how gaming has progressed. I was there at the beginning with Pong in the arcade, and a lot of my great childhood memories were around a ‘Tempest’ machine.

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The dynamic of a relationship changes when one person gets sober.

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I think my music’s more disturbing than Tupac’s – or at least I thought some of the themes of ‘The Downward Spiral’ were more disturbing on a deeper level – you know, issues about suicide and hating yourself and God and people and everything else.

Trent Reznor

You can punch a wall or write a song. Just as painful either way, but you have something to show for it at the end of the day with a song.

Trent Reznor

I write most of my songs when I’m in a bad mood.

Trent Reznor

I’ve attended many concerts where I felt let down and I was wishing it would be something else. Not that it’s their duty to please me, but at the same time, I think a lot about what it’s like through the eyes of the consumer, the fan. I want not to pander to the audience, but to be aware of them.

Trent Reznor

My life has two modes. One is sitting around writing and contemplating or building things. The other is execution mode. It takes a while to switch from one to the other.

Trent Reznor

When I return to the writing process after being away from it for a while, the first part of it always is being honest with myself: What am I into right now? Is it rock bands and guitars, is it noise, is it dance beats and electronics? Is it space, is it clutter?

Trent Reznor

What is exciting is taking back the excitement of being able to debut something to an audience in exactly the way you want to.

Trent Reznor

In my nothing, you were everything, to me.

Trent Reznor

Books are better than movies because you design the set the way you want it to look.

Trent Reznor

As long as it feels valid to me and feels sincere, I’ll do what I do under the moniker of Nine Inch Nails if it’s appropriate. I would hate to think I would ever be in a position where I’m faking it to get a paycheck.

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It’s not like I ride a broom into interviews. I don’t hang upside down with a cape on.

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I think the reason I was 23 before I ever wrote a song was that I was afraid of testing myself. What would I do if I discovered I didn’t have anything to say?

Trent Reznor

The first set of lyrics for the first songs I ever wrote, which are the ones on ‘Pretty Hate Machine,’ came from private journal entries that I realized I was writing in lyric form.

Trent Reznor

Self-examination with a close-up mirror in an antiseptic environment is what Nine Inch Nails is based on.

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When I’m writing music, I’m not playing a character. I’m not Alice Cooper or Gene Simmons or someone like that, who has acknowledged that they are writing music for a character.

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I was up above it. Now, I’m down in it.

Trent Reznor

Being a rock & roll star has become as legitimate a career option as being an astronaut or a policeman or a fireman.

Trent Reznor

I feel uncomfortable because I’m insecure about who I am.

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Sometimes we pee on each other before we go on stage.

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I realized when I was 23 that I had never really tried anything.

Trent Reznor

I did not grow up in a cosmopolitan environment. I grew up in a little town in the middle of nowhere, pre-Internet, pre-college radio.

Trent Reznor

Nine Inch Nails was born out of Cleveland, Ohio, with me and a friend in a studio working on demos at night. Got a record deal with a small, little label, went on tour in a van, and a couple years later found that somehow we touched a nerve, and that first record resonated with a bunch of people.

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I would love to be looked at some day – and I’m not ever saying I’m at this level – but I’d love to be mentioned in the same breath as a Bowie or an Eno. Those are the people that I admire artistically, their career trajectory, the integrity throughout their career, the bravery of their career.

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To me, rock music was never meant to be safe. I think there needs to be an element of intrigue, mystery, subversiveness. Your parents should hate it.

Trent Reznor

The music I always liked as a kid was stuff I could bum out to and realize, ‘Hey, someone else feels that way, too.’ So if someone can do that with my music, it’s mission accomplished.

Trent Reznor

I thought I’d reached the bottom a few times, but then I’d realise there was another 30 floors of despair below that.

Trent Reznor

Downward Spiral’ felt like I had an unending bottomless pit of rage and self-loathing inside me and I had to somehow challenge something or I’d explode. I thought I could get through by putting everything into my music, standing in front of an audience and screaming emotions at them from my guts.

Trent Reznor

A lot of what I’ve done as Nine Inch Nails has been governed by fear. I was trying to keep the songs in a framework that was tough, and I learnt a lot from Jesus and Mary Chain about how to bury nice pop songs in unlistenable noise – the idea being if you can get behind that wall, you find there’s a pearl inside.

Trent Reznor

I used to buy vinyl. Today, if you do put out a record on a label, traditionally, most people are going to hear it via a leak that happens two weeks – if not two months – before it comes out. There’s no real way around that.

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Live interaction with a crowd is a cathartic, spiritual kind of exchange, and it’s intensified at a festival.

Trent Reznor

In 2010, aside from that niche of music that I have no interest in – Black Eyed Peas territory, disposable pop stuff – there’s almost an incentive to go back to making music as adventurous and groundbreaking as you can, because nobody gets a big hit anymore.

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Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me.

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I think there’s something strangely musical about noise.

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This isn’t meant to last. This is for right now.

Trent Reznor

I do actually believe in love. I can’t say that I’m 100 percent successful in that department, but I think it’s one of the few worthwhile human experiences. It’s cooler than anything I can think of right now.

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Though I still have no semblance of a life outside of Nine Inch Nails at the moment, I realize my goals have gone from getting a record deal or selling another record to being a better person, more well-rounded, having friends, having a relationship with somebody.

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Bow down before the one you serve, you’re going to get what you deserve.

Trent Reznor

I foolishly thought that if I just ‘made it’ then everything would be okay. And everything wasn’t okay.

Trent Reznor

I thought my goal in life was to be in a successful band, and I had got that, but I was as miserable as I had ever been, and I couldn’t understand why that would be.

Trent Reznor

I realized that I was afraid to really, really try something, 100%, because I had never reached true failure.

Trent Reznor

Schoolwork came easy to me. I learned to play piano effortlessly. I was coasting.

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I think it’s just an awkward time right now to be a musician.

Trent Reznor

The reality is that people think it’s okay to steal music.

Trent Reznor

I have been wildly enthused about gaming since I was younger, and a career path I chose not to go down but did really consider was getting into programming and game design.

Trent Reznor

What I have appreciated about the ‘Call of Duty’ games is the scale of production. It’s not an indie game. It’s not trying to be an indie game. But I’ve genuinely been pretty consistently blown away by, wow, what an effort has gone into this.

Trent Reznor

You’re standing onstage in a sold-out arena with people singing your music, and you feel like the loneliest person in the world. Because here’s a party that, essentially, it’s for you. And you still somehow feel like you don’t belong there. Those people all have their lives and go back home.

Trent Reznor

My input for the first 16, 17 years of my life was AM radio, FM radio – pretty mainstream stuff. Rolling Stone was probably as edgy as it got.

Trent Reznor

I think it’s easy to make impenetrable music that nobody can get, and you can hide behind that sometimes.

Trent Reznor

Nine Inch Nails is like building an army to go conquer. We build it, then we play, and we have to play so much to validate building it, financially. It leads to getting burn-out because a tour that would be fun if it lasted three weeks has to last 15 weeks.

Trent Reznor

I found that when I was putting my own music out, with my Twitter feed as the pure marketing budget, I’m preaching to the choir.

Trent Reznor

In Nine Inch Nails, I’ve been the guy calling the shots since inception. I’d gotten used to that.

Trent Reznor

When I first played ‘Wolfenstein 3D,’ it blew my mind. It had a big impact on me.

Trent Reznor

I had to come to terms about becoming an addict, which, for a long time, I lied to myself about the status of until I couldn’t lie any more, ’cause I was either going to die or get better.

Trent Reznor

Jumping through any hoop or taking advantage of any desperate situation that comes up just to sell a product is harmful. It is.

Trent Reznor

I was never a Lime Wire guy because it’s too much hassle to find the song.

Trent Reznor

You know, if nobody knows who you are, nobody’s going to buy your record.

Trent Reznor

Today, if you do put out a record on a label, traditionally, most people are going to hear it via a leak that happens two weeks – if not two months – before it comes out. There’s no real way around that.

Trent Reznor

iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don’t feel cool when I go there. I’m tired of seeing John Mayer’s face pop up.

Trent Reznor

If I go onstage, I want to give people everything they want and more. I’ll wash their car for them on their way out.

Trent Reznor

I’ve learned to recognize, a lot of it forced through the process of recovery, that I’m wired wrong in certain ways; the chemical balance of my brain is off in terms of depression a little bit.

Trent Reznor

Fear has governed my life, if I think about it.

Trent Reznor

I don’t have a family. I’d like to have one. I just haven’t somehow gotten around to it yet.

Trent Reznor

Anyone who’s an executive at a record label does not understand what the Internet is, how it works, how people use it, how fans and consumers interact – no idea. I’m surprised they know how to use e-mail.

Trent Reznor

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t think music should be free.

Trent Reznor

I doubt I’ll ever pay someone to do a remix again, because there’s some amazing stuff just coming out of bedrooms.

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