“She (Taylor Swift) somehow finds a way to needle, to pinpoint a particular spirit or feeling that, to the more susceptible among us at least, directly speaks to something specific and exposed within us. How did she know that that was how I felt?” — (x)

“At the Bleachers show in Williamsburg in March, Dunham watched from the rafters with Taylor Swift, with whom Antonoff wrote the Golden Globes-nominated song “Sweeter Than Fiction.” Antonoff is a hardcore Swiftie, and he talks about her with the protectiveness and pride of an older brother. “We live in a fascinating time where there’s a weird shift in pop, and certain pop stars aren’t really resonating in the way they were,” he says. “The reason why Taylor stands above everyone else is because she’s a songwriter. She sits in rooms and she writes songs. Most importantly, they sound like her. All the other pop stars, to put it in a really simple way, they’re just not as talented.” Swift’s ability to craft her own material is what sets her apart, he believes. “Other pop stars have to go through, like, a goth phase. You can imagine the marketing meetings behind other pop stars. Whereas the meeting behind Taylor is like, ‘Write a great fucking album,’ which she can.”” —

Jack Antonoff, 

Why Taylor Swift “Stands Above Everyone Else” (x)

“Everyone you idolize wakes up scared to be themselves sometimes.” — Pete Wentz (dec. 2005)

Some days I feel like I can totally handle it and then some days I feel like I’m walking on a tightrope and I’m losing my balance. Because you’re human and you have good days and bad days and up days and down days and that’s just kinda how it works. That’s why writing songs helps me get through all that.”

“We supported Taylor on tour and she is the nicest, most down-to-earth person I’ve met. She invited us to dinner, cooked a gorgeous curry and then refused to let us wash up. In the end we all grabbed a tea-towel and did the pots together.” — The Vamps’ Tristan (x)

When I learned that, things got a little easier. (x)

“Taylor Swift is probably one of the most bossed up ladies I’ve ever met in my entire life. She’s not manufactured and if there’s a manufacturing going on, she’s doing it herself. She’s making those choices.” — Sara Quin (x)

I’ve always been really passionate about volunteering. … I started volunteering when I was about 12 years old, and I didn’t really know I was volunteering at the time. That’s the cool part about volunteering — you don’t have to use any money. It doesn’t cost anything except your time.

I think I started volunteering when I was 12. Both my grandparents came down with cancer, so I spent every day over the course of probably six months in the hospital after school. I would bring my guitar to school and take it to the hospital after school and play music for them. I found that when I was playing music for my grandparents, it seemed like it distracted them from the pain for that three and a-half minutes. So I would start walking up and down the halls of the hospital and play for anybody in the oncology ward who wanted to hear music. I saw a lot of things and was touched because I played for people literally while they were getting their chemo.

” — Taylor Swift - Why did you sign up as spokesperson for National & Global Youth Day? (CMT Interview 2007)

“You may have noticed Taylor Swift and her friend dancing to the Kendrick Lamar/Imagine Dragons performance. What you couldn’t see was that for the first half of the song, they appeared to be the only two audience members on their feet (not counting the mosh pit at the lip of the stage). Swift was also the first person to stand up when Kacey Musgrave won the Grammy for Best Country Album” — Via 2014 grammy moments you couldn’t see on tv - source (via sweerantrampoline)

“I spent some of my first pay check that I got from Sony as a writer, you know just a family who needed it; they had just lost their house in hurricane Katrina and the husband was over in Iraq; I believe you know just helping individual people out who you think need it.” — Taylor Swift 2006 (X)