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A collection of quotes by Sarah McLachlan on inspirational, singing, music, emotion, breakups, singer, songs, lyrics, regret, wisdom and futility.

93 Inspiring Quotes By Sarah McLachlan

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Singer-songwriter

Born On
28 January 1968 AD

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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49

Sarah McLachlan is a popular Canadian musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. She was inclined towards singing from an early age and started taking classes to sharpen her skills. She debuted with the album ‘Touch’ which got her a solo contract with the ‘Nettwerk’. This was followed by her first notable album ‘Fumbling Toward Ecstasy’. Her next album ‘Surfacing’ was a major hit both commercially and critically. It was honored with various awards including two ‘Grammy Awards’. This established her successful singing career and made her popular worldwide. She founded ‘Lilith Fair’ tour by way of which she exhibited female musicians on an unrivalled scale. It was an all-woman concert series through which she encouraged new talent and also created awareness about other issues pertaining to women. She also gave consecutive hits to prove her prominence in the field of music. She has proved to be a great philanthropist as she actively supports humanity. We have gathered few famous quotations and thoughts by the acclaimed artist, who believes that creativity can never be forced. Let us browse through the quotes and sayings by Sarah McLachlan which have been curated from her writings, interviews, songs, lyrics, work, thoughts, tweets and life.

There's no reason for anybody to jump out of bushes to take pictures of me. I'm not doing anything exciting.

- Sarah McLachlan

I was put out there as a spokesperson for the new feminist revolution. It was very difficult because I was either too feminist or not feminist enough, depending on who you spoke to.

- Sarah McLachlan

I don't like bad feelings gnawing away at me.

- Sarah McLachlan

The darker and the sadder the song, the happier it makes me feel. It's just this, ah. I'm in the moment. I'm part of this beautiful world, and it's fantastic, and I don't really know how else to describe it.

- Sarah McLachlan

A big part of my love and passion for making music is playing it live.

- Sarah McLachlan

With every record I put out, I got a bit more success, a bigger following in cities I would play in, and occasionally a bit of radio play.

- Sarah McLachlan

I feel like I really tapped into a pretty honest emotional place for myself as a lyricist. There's a broad spectrum of emotions.

- Sarah McLachlan

Running is very rhythmic, and I have written a lot of lyrics while out running. It's a very musical exercise, and sometimes I like to sing when I run. Your whole body is doing the same thing.

- Sarah McLachlan

I was very awkward as a kid. I was a square trying to fit into a circle and it never worked for me. The harder I tried, the harder I fell. For some reason I was a real target and I got beat up and called names.

- Sarah McLachlan

I don't court paparazzi. I definitely don't like that part of it.

- Sarah McLachlan

And music has always been incredibly cathartic for me, whether it's writing my own stuff or singing other people's music; it's very freeing.

- Sarah McLachlan

When I sing, it's just... comfort is a stupid word, but it is.

- Sarah McLachlan

I didn't get hugely famous really quick. It was a slow, gradual process, so I was able to sort of grow into myself and figure out who I was and what I wanted without the glaring spotlight on me telling me who I was.

- Sarah McLachlan

'Time after Time' is one of the best pop songs ever written, in my opinion. It's an incredible, beautiful, timeless song.

- Sarah McLachlan

We try to create this interesting appearance to make ourselves feel better about ourselves.

- Sarah McLachlan

They are very personal, emotional songs - people react to them very strongly.

- Sarah McLachlan

Nothing outside of my child is important.

- Sarah McLachlan

It's a very romantic sentiment, but to think that you would die if you didn't write, well, I would definitely choose to not write and live.

- Sarah McLachlan

I've always been incredibly lucky that the music that I make, other people like it.

- Sarah McLachlan

I write music all the time. When I talk about having writer's block, it's more to do with lyrics than anything else.

- Sarah McLachlan

I was a pretty insecure kid, didn't have a lot of friends, and was picked on a lot, and music gave me confidence.

- Sarah McLachlan

I try so hard to live in the moment - I don't think ahead very much.

- Sarah McLachlan

I think I've become a much better singer and a much better player. Years and years of playing a couple of hours every day will do that.

- Sarah McLachlan

I play piano every day.

- Sarah McLachlan

I go out on the road for much longer than I probably should and lose more of myself than I should.

- Sarah McLachlan

I don't think about what other people want from me.

- Sarah McLachlan

The more we take the less we become, the fortune of one man means less for some.

- Sarah McLachlan

Having the opportunity to express myself through music has been extremely cathartic for me my entire life.

- Sarah McLachlan

I'm not online. I'm not on Facebook much. I don't connect that way.

- Sarah McLachlan

I can look back over my earlier music, and it takes me back to the place I was emotionally.

- Sarah McLachlan

For me, that's one of the best validations as an artist. To have a stranger come up to you and say that something you've created and put out there in the world has had some sort of impact on other people's lives.

- Sarah McLachlan

If I had to pick one song for me that sort of quintessentially summed me up, it would be 'Angel.' Without fail, I absolutely love singing it.

- Sarah McLachlan

I'll answer anything... I'm brutally honest, actually, which gets me in trouble.

- Sarah McLachlan

Half the bloody world is going through a divorce; more than that are having children. All of us have parents who are dying or have died. It's just the life cycle.

- Sarah McLachlan

I have a full life: I have two amazing kids, I have great friends, great family. And right now, that's plenty for me to manage. A new relationship just seems like way too much work.

- Sarah McLachlan

There's nothing particularly unique about my experiences except that they're my experiences.

- Sarah McLachlan

I like the idea that we build up these walls or rules or laws to maintain our reality, and when they fall away, you're left with a whole bunch of illusions.

- Sarah McLachlan

It's all kind of a big illusion: the white picket fence and the perfect marriage and the kids. Check that box off, check that box off, and move forward.

- Sarah McLachlan

Music gave me a sense that I was worthwhile and that I had something of value to offer the world even though everybody was telling me that I didn't.

- Sarah McLachlan

When I say music saved me, I don't say that lightly.

- Sarah McLachlan

I'm a great mummy. I've mapped out all the fun spots in every city.

- Sarah McLachlan

I'm not one to sit and wallow - I would rather figure out a way around so I can move past it and be at peace with things. I don't like bad feelings gnawing away at me.

- Sarah McLachlan

I'll talk to any stranger about everything. I'm not guarded.

- Sarah McLachlan

Water is very forgiving. Everything lifts in water.

- Sarah McLachlan

I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to go crazy. I don't party like I used to.

- Sarah McLachlan

I'm not a media darling. I'm not on the cover of all these magazines. I just quietly do my thing.

- Sarah McLachlan

I sort of feel like music saved my life when I was young. This is the one thing that I knew I was good at.

- Sarah McLachlan

It's an amazing luxury to say I'm 31 years old and I'm gonna take a year off. That's pretty amazing.

- Sarah McLachlan

There are women in every genre having a lot of success. Why not celebrate that?

- Sarah McLachlan

I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and I want to give 100 percent to everything.

- Sarah McLachlan

I think... I'm perceived as an everyperson. There is no pedestal. I'm no different from anybody else.

- Sarah McLachlan

I have the ability, no matter what's going on in my life, to find something - my cup is always half full.

- Sarah McLachlan

Coming to terms with the fact that my marriage was a failure was devastating and very difficult. I blamed myself for a lot of things. It took me a very long time to get over it.

- Sarah McLachlan

The first gig we ever played was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I'm from. I was in a band called the October Game, and we opened up for a Vancouver band.

- Sarah McLachlan

Change and growth is so painful. But it's so necessary for us to evolve.

- Sarah McLachlan

I'd much rather be in the expanse of the wilderness because it feels like part of my world. It's a unique perspective. You're this tiny speck in a huge environment, and it's nice to be reminded of that.

- Sarah McLachlan

Surfing is my passion because I love being active on the water.

- Sarah McLachlan

Coming to terms with the fact that my marriage was a failure was devastating and very difficult.

- Sarah McLachlan

I was 17 years old and in my first band, and we played at the university. I was kind of a gawky, unpopular teenager and there was about 400 people smiling and dancing to what we were doing.

- Sarah McLachlan

I've learned to trust myself, to listen to truth, to not be afraid of it and to not try and hide it.

- Sarah McLachlan

It's a big challenge for me to keep my integrity and some of my privacy intact.

- Sarah McLachlan

I've heard myself referred to as a quiet superstar, and I don't quite know what that means.

- Sarah McLachlan

I think often sadness is a great place to get songs from.

- Sarah McLachlan

I kind of have a happy magnet. I can't stand being depressed, so I work my ass off to get out of it as soon as possible.

- Sarah McLachlan

I don't tend to question things that much. If it feels right, I go for it.

- Sarah McLachlan

Time is a beautiful thing. It's like when you meet an old lover on the street six years later and they don't look so ugly anymore.

- Sarah McLachlan

I've been a fan of old country music, like Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline. I think I'm drawn to it because of the sense of sadness and sort of loss that a lot of good old country music has.

- Sarah McLachlan

Deadlines are meant to be broken. And I just keep breaking them.

- Sarah McLachlan

I'm really lucky that my record companies have been patient with me and leave me alone and give me the time to make it right in my mind.

- Sarah McLachlan

I would love to make my music and be completely anonymous, but that doesn't work. You can't have success and be faceless.

- Sarah McLachlan

Trying to force creativity is never good.

- Sarah McLachlan

I think a lot of contemplation happens in bathtubs. It does for me. Nothing like a hot bath to ease the tension and think about what's going to happen next.

- Sarah McLachlan

My music and my lyrics are essentially emotional postcards.

- Sarah McLachlan

People's ignorance really pisses me off. Stupidity is when you can't help it -ignorance is when you choose not to understand something.

- Sarah McLachlan

We are in an age of technology where we sit in our little cubicles and we IM each other and Skype each other and never connect as human beings.

- Sarah McLachlan

If you love large, you've got to hurt large. If you've got a lot of light, you've probably got an equal amount of darkness.

- Sarah McLachlan

I like the idea that we build up these walls or rules or laws to maintain our reality, and when they fall away, you're left with a whole bunch of illusions. Smoke and mirrors.

- Sarah McLachlan

There's beauty everywhere. There are amazing things happening everywhere, you just have to be able to open your eyes and witness it. Some days, that's harder than others.

- Sarah McLachlan

We showed the industry that female artists could attract the same audiences as the big male stars.

- Sarah McLachlan

Happiness is like a cloud, if you stare at it long enough, it evaporates.

- Sarah McLachlan

Hold on...Hold on to yourself. This is going to hurt like hell.

- Sarah McLachlan

Oh darkness, I feel like letting go.

- Sarah McLachlan

All the fear has left me now, I'm not frightened anymore. It's my heart that pounds beneath my flesh, it's my mouth that pushes out this breath.

- Sarah McLachlan

Deep within I'm shaken by the violence of existing for only you...

- Sarah McLachlan

We're constantly being told what other people think we are, and that's why it is so important to know yourself.

- Sarah McLachlan

I spent a lot of years on the road, and what happens is you find out who your real friends are and you find out where your strengths and weaknesses lie in communication. I've had the same friends for 20 years now and I can count them on one hand.

- Sarah McLachlan

I was trying to uphold what I thought feminism was as best I could by supporting women, by trying to create an opportunity to get women to get together, play music together and celebrate the fact that we are having great success making music on our own and together.

- Sarah McLachlan

I've never dieted in my life; I like food too much. I'm just thoughtful about what I eat, and I'm lucky that I love the taste of vegetables. I'm certainly not 'actress skinny,' and I never will be. I'm strong, and my body works great for me.

- Sarah McLachlan

Music is very nebulous, and you can conjure up a lot of moods with music. But lyrics - they're a lot more tangible. They're much more specific. And you want to say something meaningful and creative and artistic and that tells a story and that takes people someplace else.

- Sarah McLachlan

On becoming a mother, I sort of feel like every kid is my kid. I really do get that sense in a much more profound way that we all are a global community and we all have to band to try and give the children of our this generation whatever tools we can to go out into this world and try and make it a better place.

- Sarah McLachlan

I think sometimes all you need is to hear someone else say the same thing that you're going through to realize that you're not alone. I try to put some sense of hope into the songs, into whatever the situation is so that it's not just dirt, drudgery and a life of misery.

- Sarah McLachlan

When you're making music or playing a song, I find the moments when there are no instruments being played even stronger than when they are being played. Because they add tension. It's also an ego-less thing - a place where you have no ego - when you're with a bunch of musicians who stop and listen instead.

- Sarah McLachlan

In a sense, I'm always hearing music of some sort, whether it's people talking or surface noise or whatever, because there is no privacy. So when I'm by myself, I just kind of like to be and reflect, and I can't do that when I'm listening to music. Because it's someone else's reflections, not mine.

- Sarah McLachlan