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Born: 1960-05-10
Profession: Musician
Nation: Irish
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Marriage is this grand madness, and I think if people knew that, they would perhaps take it more seriously.

Tags: Knew, Marriage, Seriously

Overcoming my dad telling me that I could never amount to anything is what has made me the megalomaniac that you see today.

Tags: Dad, Overcoming, Today

The French are so into themselves that they don't even notice you.

Tags: French, Notice, Themselves

U2 is an original species... there are colours and feelings and emotional terrain that we occupy that is ours and ours alone.

Tags: Alone, Emotional, Feelings

You know, God has some really weird kids, and I find it hard to be in their company most of the time.

Tags: God, Hard, Time

Actually oddly enough, I think my work, the activism, will be forgotten. And I hope it will. Because I hope those problems will have gone away.

Tags: Enough, Hope, Work

Africa will thrive.

Tags: Africa, Thrive

Anyone that's involved in development has discovered that all the good work that's been done in development has been undone by the AIDS emergency.

Tags: Done, Good, Work

Celebrity is ridiculous and silly and it's mad that people like me are listened to - you know, rap stars and movie stars.

Tags: Mad, Movie, Stars

I am, as a character, at times, a little overbearing. I recognize that.

Tags: Character, Recognize, Times

I'm never nervous.

Tags: Nervous

Particularly conservative Christians, I was very angry that they were not involved more in the AIDS emergency.

Tags: Aids, Angry, Involved

Rock music is niche.

Tags: Music, Niche, Rock

Selling out is doing something you don't really want to do for money. That's what selling out is.

Tags: Money, Selling

So you cannot, as a Christian, walk away from Africa.

Tags: Away, Cannot, Christian

Sub-Saharan Africa is also home to 400 million of the world's poorest people.

Tags: Africa, Home, Million

The extraction of oil, coal and minerals brought, and still brings, a cost to the environment.

Tags: Coal, Cost, Oil

The great moments of rock 'n' roll were never off in some corner of the music world, in a self-constructed ghetto.

Tags: Great, Music, Rock

U2 is sort of song writing by accident really. We don't really know what we're doing and when we do, it doesn't seem to help.

Tags: Help, Song, Writing

You've got to watch the politics of AIDS. The politics of AIDS can work both for and against the victims of AIDS.

Tags: Against, Politics, Work

Ethiopia didn't just blow my mind; it opened my mind. Anyway, on our last day at this orphanage a man handed me his baby and said, 'Would you take my son with you?' He knew, in Ireland, that his son would live, and that in Ethiopia, his son would die.

Tags: Die, Mind, Son

I used to love Kurt Cobain, when he was telling people we're a pop band. People would laugh, they thought of it as good old ironic Kurt. But he wasn't being ironic.

Tags: Good, Laugh, Love

But more than anything else, for the British folks Irish people were all terrorists. So when we went to Britain, it was always a lot of resistance to U2. And that's why we came to America.

Tags: America, Else, Why

I accept the Old Testament as more of an action movie: blood, car chases, evacuations, a lot of special effects, seas dividing, mass murder, adultery. The children of God are running amok, wayward. Maybe that's why they're so relatable.

Tags: Car, Children, God

It's a privilege to serve the poor, to be servants of noble Africans, but I better belong in the rehearsal room or in the studio with my band. That's where I want to be and I still wake up in the morning with melodies in my head.

Tags: Head, Morning, Poor

When a nation is over-reliant on one or two commodities like oil or precious minerals, corrupt government ministers and their dodgy associates hoard profits and taxes instead of properly allocating them to schools and hospitals.

Tags: Corrupt, Government, Nation
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Music can change the world because it can change people.

Tags: Change, Music

As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.

Tags: Change, Fun, Rock

My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.

Tags: Heroes, Mistakes, Wrong

To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.

Tags: Great, Respect, United

But with Christ, we have access in a one-to-one relationship, for, as in the Old Testament, it was more one of worship and awe, a vertical relationship. The New Testament, on the other hand, we look across at a Jesus who looks familiar, horizontal. The combination is what makes the Cross.

Tags: Jesus, Makes, Old

My understanding of the Scriptures has been made simple by the person of Christ.

Tags: Christ, Scriptures, Simple

The less you know, the more you believe.

Tags: Less

What turns me on about the digital age, what excited me personally, is that you have closed the gap between dreaming and doing. You see, it used to be that if you wanted to make a record of a song, you needed a studio and a producer. Now, you need a laptop.

Tags: Age, Between, Wanted

Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not. The church is going to have to become the conscience of the free market if it's to have any meaning in this world - and stop being its apologist.

Tags: Become, Brother, Free

You see, Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice. It makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties. It doubts our concern. It questions our commitment. Because there is no way we can look at what's happening in Africa, and if we're honest, conclude that it would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else.

Tags: Equality, Fool, Justice

We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.

Tags: Questions, Thought, Wrong

Rock 'n' roll is ridiculous. It's absurd. In the past, U2 was trying to duck that. Now we're wrapping our arms around it and giving it a great big kiss.

Tags: Great, Past, Rock

Books! I dunno if I ever told you this, but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.

Tags: Another, Give, Greatest

It's stasis that kills you off in the end, not ambition.

Tags: Ambition, End, Off

Religion can be the enemy of God. It's often what happens when God, like Elvis, has left the building.

Tags: Enemy, God, Religion

You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It's very real. It's very strong.

Tags: Dream, Real, Strong

Africa is a continent in flames. And deep down, if we really accepted that Africans were equal to us, we would all do more to put the fire out. We're standing around with watering cans, when what we really need is the fire brigade.

Tags: Deep, Fire, Put

The fact is that ours is the first generation that can look disease and extreme poverty in the eye, look across the ocean to Africa, and say this, and mean it. We do not have to stand for this. A whole continent written off - we do not have to stand for this.

Tags: Mean, Poverty, Whole

America is not just a country, it's an idea, and real Americans are getting busy.

Tags: Busy, Country, Real

God's Spirit moves through us and the world at a pace that can never be constricted by any one religious paradigm.

Tags: God, Religious, Spirit

I think ABBA have a pure joy to their music and that's what makes them extraordinary.

Tags: Joy, Makes, Music

It's so sweet, I feel like my teeth are rotting when I listen to the radio.

Tags: Listen, Radio, Sweet

So what we're talking about here is human rights. The right to live like a human. The right to live, period. And what we're facing in Africa is an unprecedented threat to human dignity and equality.

Tags: Equality, Here, Human

Because you know when you first become famous, you start walking a little different because people are staring at you.

Tags: Become, Famous, Start

Happy the country that lives on nothing but its wits; cursed be the one that thinks it can get rich by planting or digging or drilling for wealth.

Tags: Country, Happy, Rich
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