'Don't you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything.'
'I re-invented my image so many times that I'm in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman.'
'Strangely, some songs you really don't want to write.'
'I'm in awe of the universe, but I don't necessarily believe there's an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic.'
'I've never responded well to entrenched negative thinking.'
'Confront a corpse at least once. The absolute absence of life is the most disturbing and challenging confrontation you will ever have.'
'Questioning my spiritual life has always been germane to what I was writing. Always. It's because I'm not quite an atheist and it worries me. There's that little bit that holds on: 'Well, I'm almost an atheist. Give me a couple of months.'
'Turn and face the strange.'
'Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.'
'As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I've got left?'