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- I can be. I do not normally try to be. In fact, there have been some reviews—which I’ve loved—that said I didn't try to sell my show on sex, that I sang my show. On the other hand, I know I'm cute. I can dance. I don't have a bad figure. I know exactly what I am. I'm certainly no great beauty. I know exactly how far I can go.
- (when asked "Do you think you're sexy?") "20 Questions", Playboy, Vol. 29, No. 7 (July 1982)
- I phoned Prince out of the blue, hummed a melody, and he listened," … "I hung up, and he came over within the hour. He listened again, and I said, 'Do you hate it?' He said, 'No,' and walked over to the synthesizers that were set up, was absolutely brilliant for about twenty five minutes, and then left. He was so uncanny, so wild, he spoiled me for every band I've ever had because nobody can exactly re-create—not even with two piano players-what Prince did all by his little self.
- (on "Stand Back") Musician, issue 123-128 (1989), p. 84.
- I met Lindsey in high school in San Francisco. We had gone to some party and he was sitting in the middle of this gorgeous living room playing a song. I walked over and stood next to him, and the song was "California Dreaming," and I just started singing with him. And so I just threw in my Michelle Phillips harmony, and he was so beautiful. And then I didn't really see him again until two years later, when he called me and asked me if I wanted to be in his rock 'n' roll band, which I didn't even know existed. And within two or three months we were opening for Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, all the San Francisco bands. Two years later, we packed up and moved to Los Angeles with about 12 demos.
- "Blonde on Blonde", SPIN, Vol. 13, No. 7 (October 1997), p. 92
- It's just about a lady who's a goddess of steeds and a maker of birds.
- (on "Rhiannon") The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion, and Rock 'n' Roll (1996: Harvard University Press), ISBN 9780674802735, p. 281.
- I look around at all the girl singers, and I think they're all my children... and they're all going to do this... And, yes, maybe I inspired them because I did get through a lot, and I did have the same problems that they're going to have. You do have to give up a lot for it.
- Lindsey [Buckingham] and I went up to Aspen and we went to somebody's incredible house and they had a piano and I had my guitar with me and I went in their living room, looking out over the incredible Aspen sky and I wrote 'Landslide.'
- When I thought I was dying in rehab in 1994, 'I Won't back Down' was my mantra. It lifted my up out of the pain and made me fight through it. 'The Waiting'... summed up my life. We can't stand waiting, we rock 'n' roll men and women. Tom Petty's songs are like a great book that you revisit when you need help. His songs make me better.
- "Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers", Billboard, Vol. 118, No. 12 (25 March 2006), p. 38
- That’s the words: "So I’m back to the velvet underground"—which is a clothing store in downtown San Francisco, where Janis Joplin got her clothes, and Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane, it was this little hole in the wall, amazing, beautiful stuff—”back to the floor that I love, to a room with some lace and paper flowers, back to the gypsy that I was."
- (on the inspiration for "Gypsy") Leah Greenblatt, "Stevie Nicks On Her Favorite Songs: A Music Mix Exclusive", Entertainment Weekly, 31 March 2009
- I'm going to spend my life writing poems, turning them into music that will affect people and touch their hearts. I'm going to write the songs that people can't write for themselves.
- Kia Makarechi, "Stevie Nicks On Fleetwood Mac's Reunion Tour, Rihanna, Kanye West & Her Early Years In Music", Huffington Post, 3 December 2012
- We all did everything we could do to try and talk her out of [quitting]. But you look in someone's eyes and you can tell they're finished. As Taylor Swift would say: 'We are never ever getting back together ever!' That's what Chris was saying... But I'd beg, borrow and scrape together $5 million and give it to her in cash if she would come back. That's how much I miss her.
- (on asking Christine McVie to return in 2013) Caspar Llewellyn Smith, "Stevie Nicks: the return of Fleetwood Mac", The Guardian, 12 January 2013
Fleetwood Mac (1976)
- She rings like a bell through the night
And wouldn't you love to love her?
- Dreams unwind
Love's a state of mind
The Dance (Fleetwood Mac album) (1997)
- I'll begin not to love you
Turn around, see me runnin'
I'll say I loved you years ago
Tell myself you never loved me, no
And did you say she was pretty?
And did you say that she loves you?
Baby, I don't wanna know.
- Thunder only happens when it's raining,
Players only love you when they're playing,
Say, women, they will come and they will go,
When the rain washes you clean you'll know.
- I don't want to know the reasons why,
Love keeps right on walking down the line.
- Well, did she make you cry,
Make you break down,
Shatter your illusions of love?
Bella Donna (album) (1981)
- The clouds, never expect it,
When it rains
But the sea changes color,
But the sea does not change
And so with the slow graceful
Flow of age, I went forth with an,
Age old desire to please,
On the edge of seventeen.
- Is love so fragile,
And the heart so hollow,
Shatter with words,
Impossible to follow,
You're saying I'm fragile, I try not to be,
I search only, for something I can't see.
The Wild Heart (1983)
- No one knows how I feel,
What I say unless you read between my lines,
One man walked away from me
First he took my hand, take me home.
Rock a Little (1985)
- A wound gets worse when it's treated with neglect.
Quotes about Nicks
- Stevie Nicks is the high priestess of her own religion, ruling a world of prancing Gypsies, gold-dust princesses, and white-winged doves, all without going anywhere near a sensible shoe. Like David Bowie or Bryan Ferry, she has spent a career turning her private fantasies into an elaborate pop mythology.
- Witchcraft became part of the rock sensibility in the '70s, when Stevie Nicks twirled onstage swathed in scarves, bathed in incense smoke, and illuminated by hundreds of candles.
- Maureen Callahan and Kim France, "Girls!", SPIN, Vol. 13, No. 8 (November 1997), p. 92.
- Stevie bridges the gap between the powerful rock singers of the sixties, like Janis Joplin and Grace Slick, and what's going on today.
- She had a huge influence on everybody, whether they admit it or not.