You can’t write a song out of thin air. You have to feel and know what you are writing about. … Talent is only a starting point. You’ve got to keep working that talent. Someday I’ll reach for it and it won’t be there. … Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it. … The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success. … After you get what you want you don’t want it. … Listen kid, take my advice, never hate a song that has sold half a million copies. … The song is ended, but as the songwriter wrote, the melody lingers on.