Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens quotes

Quotes by and about Sufjan Stevens

(Continued from his main entry on the site.)

Stevens: "I can't apologize for the direction I'm going because it feels necessary and obvious."

Stevens: "The insanity of feeling doesn't make it unjust or unnecessary. ... Its ridiculousness, in fact, suggests nothing less than divine mystery and profound beauty. The universe revels in ... feeling."

Stevens: "I'm prone to making my life, my family, and the world around me complicit in my cosmic fable, and often it's not fair to manipulate the hard facts of life into a vision quest. But it's all an attempt to extract meaning, and ultimately that's what I'm in pursuit of, like: What's the significance of these experiences?"


Stevens and Ni Morality

C.G. Jung: "The [Ni type] finds the moral problem unintelligible, even absurd, and as far as possible forbids his thoughts to dwell upon ... the moral effects which emerge from its intrinsic significance."

C.G. Jung: "[To the Ni type] the moral problem comes into being when [he] tries to relate himself to his vision, when he is no longer satisfied with mere perception ... but confronts the question: What does this mean for me and for the world?"

Stevens: "If there's any kind of morality, for me, it's about reality; what is reality? I have a hard time distinguishing what is valuable when it comes to the real world and the fantasy world."


Stevens: "To be a human now ... is to ... reside in the ambiguity of ... being an organic ... entity ... raised in industrial society. A society of products, engineering, and innovation, and our whole world is completely buttressed by these mechanical objects, which allow for the progression of man."


Stevens and Inferior Se

C.G. Jung: "The unconscious personality [of the Ni type] may best be described as an [Se type] of a rather low and primitive order. Impulsiveness and unrestraint are the characters of [his] sensation."

Stevens: "I really have to live in [a] world of overstimulation. Sometimes I think it's like a drug; more is more, and you can never get enough. The older I get, the more I crave that excessive aesthetic. It's never going to satisfy me."

Stevens: "I'm a very self-conscious person, I think we all are, but I'm especially not very comfortable in my body. I always feel really weird and awkward on the street or on the stage. It has nothing to do with circumstances, it's just an ongoing psychological state, like white noise."

Stevens: "Music involves the body. ... It's a sensory experience for the audience, while [reading is] more cerebral. ... I've always believed that every time you add a sensory stimulus, you are cheapening the art form."

Stevens: "Even a very simple thing like dancing - which to anyone else would be normal and natural - is very alien and weird for me. "

Stevens: "I don't really have a domestic inclination. Even my apartment has a semblance of a storage facility. It's just stacks, there are no bookshelves, just books and piles of stamp collections and weird little sewing and knitting projects."

Stevens: "For me, the sensory pleasure of sound and music is so transcendent that I begin to distrust it and worry if it's a distraction from ordinary life."

Stevens: "A lot of [my] songs are built on beats and rhythm and movement; so, at essence, that is more about instinct. The songs themselves are about sensation ... touch, the body. ... I feel like it's a regression into more kind of primal experience. There's a lot to learn in that. I've always divided those kind of things: there's the mental self, the scholarly self; and then there's instinct, the inner beast waiting to pray on the passions. ... I see those two sides as being really ... dependent [and] symbiotic."


Stevens: "Kanye West has this kind of personality disorder where megalomania and egomania mix with this incredible self-deprecation and masochism."