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    Today, I wanted to spend some time reading and responding to comments of fans on my Facebook page. Yes, there are great comments, but there are also a lot of people who are very opinionated and judgmental. So, initially, when I read these judgmental comments, I don't feel vulnerable, but rather I get defensive. But once I get past that anger, it sort of becomes hurt. It becomes pain.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: time  people  pain  past  hurt  anger  reading  read 
     
    People get so caught up in needing to know and having to prove themselves to be right, and I'm blown away by this.
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    tags: people  right 
     
    A lot of people believe a lot of things. People also believe in a lot of ideas or hold tight to a lot of ideologies and beliefs.
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    tags: belief  people  believe  ideas 
     
    I'm vulnerable reading people's comments on Facebook.
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    tags: reading 
     
    My life is not separate from my music, you know? It's not like a day job that I leave and go home. It's who I am as a person and how I am trying to grow, come closer to God, be a better person.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: people  job  music  god 
     
    Some artists are bound to an image: Bob Marley has dreadlocks, Matisyahu has a beard. But that's a reminder that the whole thing is not about style. It's about music.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: music  artist 
     
    At a certain point, I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity to move away from my intuition and to accept an ultimate truth. I felt that in order to become a good person, I needed rules - lots of them - or else I would somehow fall apart. I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission.
    — Matisyahu
    Reggae music isn't Jewish, but a lot of the ideas are.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: music  ideas 
     
    The idea that God's mercy is connected to whether or not I shave is ludicrous and I need to just trust myself, and that, you know, if I'm deserving of God's mercy, I'll get it, regardless of, you know, my beard.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: trust  mercy  god  ideas 
     
    When there's light shining on a tree, that tree takes on different meaning. If there's no light at all it just looks dead. If you look at light as godly meaning, the world comes alive in a certain way.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: world  meaning 
     
    The religious lifestyle keeps you focused. It's helpful when trying to manoeuvre through the music scene.
    — Matisyahu
    I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: goodness  divine 
     
    All my life I been waitin' for I been prayin' for, for the people to say that we don't want to fight no more. They'll be no more wars and our children will play, one day.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: children  people  fight  child  war 
     
    We're so quick to go to make things black and white, and to put things in their box. But everything is this mixture - and that's what this world is - is this blend of different things.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: world  black 
     
    Who's gonna make you happy when you're your own worst enemy?
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    Reach for the sky Keep your eye on the prize Forever in my mind Be my golden sunshine It's raining in your mind So push them clouds aside Forever by my side You're my golden sunshine
    — Matisyahu
    tags: forever  eyes  sky  mind 
     
    Everyone's right or wrong, Everyone's got an opinion, put them in a song and let me keep on living.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: living  right  wrong  song  opinion 
     
    There is an assumption if you are not religious, you have fallen, or you are further from God, or you are not doing the right thing. The judgment on me, with regard to my changes, is that he must be out all night partying or banging prostitutes and doing blow. This whole thing for me was absolutely the contrary. It was actually that God started to become very real to me, inside.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: night  right  real  god  religious 
     
    Most of my life wasn't about knowledge from books, but experiential knowledge.
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    tags: book 
     
    What blows me away most is how sure people are of themselves.
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    tags: people 
     
    I can show you where to dig, and what to dig for, but the digging you must do for yourself.
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    The beauty of life is not knowing.
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    tags: beauty  knowing 
     
    Vulnerability is a wonderful thing. We're all so afraid to be vulnerable in this world.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: world  afraid 
     
    I think there is a tendency for people to get rigid and caught up in their beliefs of what is right and wrong, and they lose sight of humanity. Being human has to come first before right or wrong.
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    For me now, what I've come to is, we don't know anything.
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    You're looking for help from God, you say he couldn't be found. Looking up to the sky and searchin' beneath the ground.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: help  sky  god 
     
    I don't think you could pull one Bob Marley song that didn't have quotes from the Torah or the Old Testament.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: quotes  song 
     
    My music is not really about one ideology. It's not about one truth.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: truth  music 
     
    Music has always been such an amazing tool for me to access self and emotion.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: self  emotion  music 
     
    If I've grown as an artist, it will be represented in the art. There's no need to explain it.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: artist 
     
    Growing up, the way that I looked was very important to me. I was always trying to impress people, and when I grew my beard there was a certain freedom, a separation, getting past this the way I looked, identify myself as a spiritual seeker.
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    I can't choose the most meaningful song that I've written. That would be like choosing one child over another. But first borns are always special.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: children  child  song 
     
    Vocal rest is awesome. It is like any kind of fast. Firstly, it is a purification of speech. It made me realize how not careful I am with the things I say. It also makes you find new ways of communication and new methods to connect with people.
    — Matisyahu
    Is it possible Hanukkah doesn't inspire folksy songs? Plot lines may be a part. The Christmas story has a lot of material to work with. There's Jesus and his birth, the wise men, their gifts and tons of frankincense.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: men  work  gift  birth  christmas  jesus  wise  stories  inspire 
     
    I started performing at home as a kid putting on shows and lip-syncing Michael Jackson for the grown-ups. Then, in musicals and plays in school. At 17, I was performing in coffee shops and in parking lots at Phish shows. At 18, I had a band that played local shows in the Northwest.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: school  kids 
     
    I was into acting as a kid. There was a time when I was 18 that I played the boy in a production of 'Equus' in Oregon, and I thought that was going to be my life.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: time  thoughts  boys  kids 
     
    The world that I come from is the world of raves, hip-hop clubs, and rock and roll.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: world 
     
    Before I was 14, I wanted to be a singer, an actor, or a hockey player. By 15, I knew I was going to be a singer.
    — Matisyahu
    It's unbelievable to me how sure people can be of themselves.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: people 
     
    We know nothing. And just because you know something to be true at this moment in your life or you feel that it is true, you can never be sure of yourself.
    — Matisyahu
    tags: moment  true 
     
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