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Born: 1960-03-13
Profession: Musician
Nation: Irish
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From an early age I didn't buy into the value systems of working hard in a nine-to-five job. I thought creativity, friendship and loyalty and pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable was much more interesting.

Tags: Age, Friendship, Loyalty

Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.

Tags: Belief, Equality, Unless

I was drawn to things I thought were either sexy or aggressive - or both.

Tags: Both, Sexy, Thought

A man's respect for law and order exists in precise relationship to the size of his paycheck.

Tags: Law, Order, Respect

I don't think rock 'n roll is necessarily a young man's game. I think Neil Young is just as rock'n'roll now as he was in his 20s. I'd like to think we can still be edgy and challenging.

Tags: Game, Rock, Young

I was actually pretty shy in school. My defense mechanism was to be the class clown. I remember getting into a lot of trouble for being disruptive, and I was brought in front of the headteacher, who said: 'What's going to happen to you; what are you going to do when you grow up?' and I said: 'Well, I'm obviously going to be a comedian.'

Tags: Happen, Remember, School

There are two types of collector, I think. There are those who are quite academic, and get into the archaeology of finding the earliest example of a particular idea. Then there are those interested in what's new.

Tags: Idea, Interested, Quite

Fame is like the dessert that comes with your achievements - it's not an achievement in itself, but sometimes it can overpower the work.

Tags: Fame, Sometimes, Work

For us there's U2 music, and then there's everything else.

Tags: Else, Music

I don't think rock 'n' roll is necessarily a young man's game.

Tags: Game, Rock, Young

I think rock 'n' roll would become exponentially, considerably more difficult to perform past about 65.

Tags: Become, Past, Rock

If you believe in a cause, you must be willing to put yourself on the line for that cause.

Tags: Line, Put, Yourself

Men should not be forced to wear pants when it's not cold.

Tags: Cold, Men, Wear

The art market was very different before the mid-1980s: then, art was all about passion, whereas now it's become a commodity.

Tags: Art, Become, Passion

The drums tell me everything. Everything else registers a millisecond later.

Tags: Else, Later, Tell

You can't make assumptions when you're dealing with health issues.

Tags: Dealing, Health, Issues

I definitely got to a point where I realize how unusual it is to be able to play large, sold-out shows 30 years into a rock and roll career. I don't take it for granted.

Tags: Able, Career, Rock

I've never necessarily chosen to be a bachelor. I've had girlfriends throughout the last 20 or 30 years. It's just that there were times when I met people that fascinated me and times I didn't.

Tags: Bachelor, Last, Times

It's very confusing when fame comes early on in your career. You get a little bit bent out of shape in terms of what's important. Fame is like the dessert that comes with your achievements - it's not an achievement in itself, but sometimes it can overpower the work.

Tags: Career, Sometimes, Work