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    We were all influenced by Lester [Young]. Listen to the records that he made with [Count] Basie. Nobody's got what he's got. He's still the daddy.
    — Zoot Sims
    If I don't play for a while, it's just like getting hungry.
    — Zoot Sims
    If I can't play music, what am I gonna do? Music keeps people sane. When you enjoy yourself, most of the time the people who are listening to you enjoy it.
    — Zoot Sims
    tags: time  people  listening  music 
     
    As long as you've got your horn in your mouth, you're developing.
    — Zoot Sims
    I love to cook. But I have some food allergies, so I have to contend with those.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: food 
     
    I think my knowledge of music theory is rooted in jazz theory, and a lot of the writers of standards - Rodgers and Hart, and Gershwin.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: music  standard 
     
    I need a coffee to go with my coffee.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    I think the best comedic actors don't play it for comedy, they play it for reality. Then you find it funny because it's real. Playing the genre is the worst thing you can do - it's embarrassing.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: funny  reality  comedy  real 
     
    When I got a little bit older I wanted to play piano - that's all I wanted to do. I remember learning how to play a blues progression on the xylophone in music class and thinking "This is the greatest thing I've ever learned."
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: music  thinking  learning 
     
    I love singing Christmas carols. I know every harmony to every music-hall Christmas song.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: song  harmony  christmas 
     
    I accidentally entered a youth pageant when I was 14. That's like a beauty pageant, but without the beauty. It was terrible.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: beauty  youth 
     
    In an ideal world no one would talk before 10am. People would just hug, because waking up is really hard.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  world 
     
    Writing music is really personal, and it's a really exciting thing to participate in because represents the full creative process: It feels like something is coming from nothing.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    That is so personal, and it's my pet peeve when people press you on it. And it's always women who get asked! Is anybody saying that to George Clooney?
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  women  personal  saying 
     
    Girls get competitive, as though there's only one spot in the world for everything _ but that's not true. We need to stick together and see there's more to life than pleasing men. It's important not to cut yourself off from female friendships. I think sometimes girls get scared of other girls, but you need each other.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: friendship  men  world  true  girls 
     
    I'm not doing it to pander to people. I just always knew what I liked versus what I don't like. I never liked things with too many zippers or spikes and stuff. That weirds me out. I like things that are pretty. And I think it's great to be pretty. I like being feminine. I think it's good to be feminine. We don't need to look like men or dress like men or talk like men to be powerful. We can be powerful in our own way, our own feminine way.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: men  people  powerful 
     
    In making a record there are so fewer people involved - at least in our case. There were no more than three or four people in the studio at once. So I really feel like I can stand by everything on the record and say this is something that I personally endorse.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people 
     
    I'm just being myself. There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. We can't be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f-king feminist and wear a f-king Peter Pan collar. So f-king what?
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: believe 
     
    What led me to be an actor is that I have a strange something in me that can drastically change the way I appear to the world. Growing up, I couldn't understand why people would always have different ideas of me - but because of that I became aware of how you can manipulate your own ability to change. And then I learned to make a career of it.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  world  career  ideas 
     
    It's never too late for a coffee. After all it's morning somewhere in the world.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: world 
     
    In making a movie, you're part of a big machine. Even in a small movie there are still so many people involved in the process, and it costs so much money to make.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  process  movie  money  machine 
     
    Don't allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: fear  heart 
     
    Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it's a song, a stranger, a mountain, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep -feel it all. Look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: gratitude  powerful  song 
     
    Everyone has the heartbreak that shapes them in a way that they could never go back to the innocence that they had before.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: innocence 
     
    A lot of people work out to be skinny. That's so boring, and it seems like a depressing goal for a modern woman.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  work  women  goal 
     
    Always the aim for me is making people feel like they are not alone. That's just the greatest feeling.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  alone 
     
    Summer has always been my favorite season. I feel happier.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: summer 
     
    I'm a person who has a lot of energy. So, yes, I don't really stop to rest or de-stress. I just keep going. I figure that if you don't stop, then you'll never notice how tired you are.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  energy 
     
    I still have in me the same awareness when I was 12 and chubby and a girl was spitting in my face. I'm the same person.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  girls 
     
    My sister was always very motherly, babysitting and stuff.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    I've always straddled a weird line - there's a lot of mainstream stuff that I love. At the same, I still feel like an outsider. I'm the outsider who's on the inside.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    I've been watching a lot of Joni Mitchell YouTube clips and I can't believe her transformation from this folk singer in Canada.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    I put myself out there; it's part of my job, and I get it: people will attack me. At first I was thrown off, but now I have a pretty thick skin about it.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: people  job 
     
    The internet's like one big bathroom wall with a lot of people who anonymously can say really mean things. It's fine, I believe in freedom of speech and I think people should think what they want, but I don't care to hear it.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    When I was 13, I wasn't the coolest kid in my class, and that inner dork is a wonderful thing to have.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: kids 
     
    I'll have these internal moments where I'm empathizing with someone else or feeling something myself, but I'm like, "How can I see the best in this situation?" Sometimes those are the moments where you can have the most clarity.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: moment  clarity 
     
    I think my own personal style always ends up seeping into characters that I play. I've always had a very distinct idea of fashion for myself, and what a character should wear.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    From my perspective, probably women are won over by people who are sweet and respectful and courteous and kind and funny. I think those are the things that win women over.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    I'll write and make chords with my voice sometimes if I don't have an instrument even though it takes a million times longer.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: time  write 
     
    I like a lot of old films, I like a lot old music, and a lot of it has to do with the fact that I like the idea of knowing what happens before, so that I can understand it.
    — Zooey Deschanel
    tags: knowing  facts  music  film  ideas 
     
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