On the plate today are some of Bono's great one-liners from that same book, "Bono in Conversation":
(okay, some of them are two-or-three-liners!)...
"The sound of getting out of a ghetto is very different to the sound of getting into one."
"To be relevant is a lot harder than to be successful."
"Coolness might help in your negotiation with people through the world, but it is impossible to meet God with sunglasses on."
"Decadence is when you have it all in front of you and don’t notice. I noticed everything. And I appreciated it."
"You know, celebrity is ridiculous. It’s silly, but it is a kind of currency, and you have to spend it wisely."
"One of the great ironies of these concerts is that our songs are very intimate: incredible intimacies shared with people whom you’ve never met. And I wouldn’t trust that. Who would trust that?"
"It’s inevitable. Love has to become an action or something concrete. It would have to happen. There must be an incarnation. Love must be flesh."
"It’s the loss of money that leads to the love of it."
"This is how we worship God, even though we don’t write religious songs, because we didn’t feel God needs the advertising."
"The thing that’ll make you less and less able to realize your potential is a room that’s empty of argument. And I would be terrified to be on my own as a solo singer, not to have a band to argue with."
"No one does anything interesting for just the right reason. It’s the flaw that makes the frame... You wouldn’t write a song if you didn’t have a hole in your heart."
"Yeah, a great rock show can be a transcendent event... it’s an extraordinary thing to get 70000 people or 7000 people to agree on anything."
"God is love, and as much as I respond in allowing myself to be transformed by that love and acting in that love, that’s my religion. Where things get complicated for me, is when I try to live this love. Now, that’s not so easy."
"It’s clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the Universe...And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that “As you reap, so will you sow” stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff."
"The Greeks may have come up with democracy, but they had not intention of everyone having it."
"The quality I admire in people the most is lack of self-pity."
"Laughter is the evidence of freedom. A sense of humor is not always defensive. It can be a great attack dog."
"You just get on with your life, and you slowly find a place to put Africa, this beautiful, shining continent with all its ups and downs. Occasionally, you’d take it out, you’d look at it again, and then you’d put it back in that safer place called distance and time."
"“Be silent, and know that I am God.” That’s a favorite line from the Scriptures. “Shut Up and Let Me Love You” would be the pop song."