"A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance."
"When I was younger I was terrified to express anger because it would often kick-start a horrible reaction in the men in my life. So I bit my tongue. I was left to painstakingly deal with the aftermath of my avoidance later in life in therapy or through the lyrics of my songs."
"When someone says that Im angry its actually a compliment. I have not always been direct with my anger in my relationships which is part of why Id write about it in my songs because I had such fear around expressing anger as a woman."
"Its a joke to think that anyone is one thing. Were all such complex creatures. But if Im going to be a poster child for anything angers a gorgeous emotion. It gets a bad rap but it can make great changes happen."
"When I was producing on my own I was doing it in order to - in a very patriarchal entertainment industry let alone planet - very much hell-bent on trying to prove to myself if nothing else that I could do it as a woman."
"I still indulge in a glass of wine or chocolate - treats are mandatory. Without deviating from the day-to-day healthy diet once in a while it wouldnt be sustainable for me and thats what I wanted: an approach to eating to last my entire life."
"I did commit to myself that I would not jump back into being the workaholic that I can be before I gave myself an honest opportunity to create the marriage of my dreams and to create the beginning of the family of my dreams and that took a hot second."
"What influenced me was Tori Amos who was unapologetic about expressing anger through music and Sinead OConnor. Those two in particular were really moving for me and very inspiring before I wrote Jagged Little Pill."
"At some point I would like to write a book and other things but I work best when there is some sort of deadline in my own mind but not when fifty people or fifty million people are breathing down the back of my neck."
"I saw music as a way to entertain people and take them away from their daily lives and put smiles on their faces as opposed to what I see it being now which is a way for me to actually communicate and a way for me to tap into my subconscious."
"Canada has a passive-aggressive culture with a lot of sarcasm and righteousness. That went with my weird messianic complex. The ego is a fascinating monster. I was taught from a young age that I had to serve so that turned into me thinking I had to save the planet."
"Ageism works in both directions. As a teenager in the public eye people would talk condescendingly to me. When you get older theres this feeling that you have to start carving up your face and body. Right now Im in the middle ground - I think women in their thirties are taken seriously."
"Whats that line from TS Eliot? To arrive at the place where you started but to know it for the first time. Im able to write about a breakup from a different place. Same brokenness. Same rock-bottom. But a little more informed now Im older. Thank God for growing up."
"Im excited about there being more of a sisterhood these days. Back in the 90s there was a lot of hate - the women I looked up to as artists were dissing me! Its not so patriarchal these days - theres more love and a lot less hate!"
"Over the last couple of years Ive really worked toward balancing my life out more having a little bit more time with friends family and my boyfriend. There was a period of time when they were way down the list. It was all about music and touring and if everything fell by the wayside so be it."
"Then I realized that secrecy is actually to the detriment of my own peace of mind and self and that I could still sustain my belief in privacy and be authentic and transparent at the same time. It was a pretty revelatory moment and theres been a liberating force thats come from it."
"When Im off the road my husband and I recharge our batteries. Its a day of deep rest and connection with the spiritual and that can be anything - going for a walk in nature being in silence burning incense."
"Its not just the Grammys that Ive pulled out of. I also pulled out of the English awards as well. The reason that I wanted to pull out was because I believe very much that the music industry as a whole is mainly concerned with material success."
"I have a profound empathy for people who are in the public eye whether they manifest it themselves or whether it happened by accident - it doesnt matter to me. I think theres a great misunderstanding of what it is to be famous."
"I think its child abuse to have someone in the public eye too young. Society basically values wealth and fame and power at the cost of well-being. In the case of a child its at the cost of someones natural development. Its already hard enough to develop."
"Theres a continuity between what I care about in any form: I care about it in my music in article-writing in how I dress in how I live in my relationships in how I navigate paparazzi how I decorate my home. Theres such a continuity between everything that I dont really care what form it shows up in."