Warren Zevon quote

"People write because it seems like it'll be an easier job than carpet laying, that they might meet more girls. And they write because the world strikes them as being a marvelous place, and they want to keep bringing that to everybody's attention. You know ~ a scary place, a menacing place, an exciting place because it's scary and menacing. But mainly, kind of glorious."

Warren Zevon

Born: January 24, 1947

Die: September 7, 2003

Occupation: Singer-songwriter

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