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Alan Jackson Quotes

Alan Eugene Jackson

Alan Jackson quotes: Mr. Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee’s coolest quotes.

“Whatever your dream was could be your reality.”

“Do what’s in your heart and don’t let people change you. Do what you want to do.”

“We’ve removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams.”

“Sometimes you have to do something a little different to bring a little life back in it.”

“You have to be tough-skinned and willing to accept criticism.”

“In honor, there is hope.”

“One man with courage makes a majority.”

“That’s the way I like it: people who still know who they are.”

“A country song is a song about life. You just write about things that happen.”

“Making music is still what keeps a fire going on in me.”

“For me, writing and making the records has always been the most challenging part and I think it keeps you interested because every time you start a new song or a new album, it’s a challenge to come up with something that works.”

“I think every album you have, especially if it’s done well, you feel like you’re competing with yourself.”

“To me, songwriting is the backbone of Nashville. Looks can go, fads can go, but a good song lasts forever.”

“I mean, I am driven and laid-back at the same time.”

“When I was in high school, I don’t know that I really had big dreams. Never had a plan, just a livin’ for the minute.”

“I quit school and worked as forklift driver, carpenter and building contractor while fronting [the band] Dixie Steel at weekends in honky tonks.”

“When I decided to leave and go to Nashville, that was just the craziest thing anybody had ever heard of in Newnan, Georgia. For someone to just pack up and go way off like that, it was like traveling to Japan or something for us. And I think they were very concerned about it, but they also have always been supportive. Daddy always told me, ‘Go up ahead and try it, and if it doesn’t work, you can always come home.'”

“I think it’s helped me, too, as a songwriter, that I didn’t go  to college and had been working since I was 12, when I wasn’t in school. I did everything you can imagine, so by the time I moved to Nashville, I had already lived a lot of lives and had a lot to pull from. I think that helped.”

“Most of my initial hunger probably came just because I grew up with nothing. It was either just be a working man and get by, or take a chance on the music business.”

“I’ve won about everything except the Female Vocalist award. They just put me in the Hall of Fame—I feel like that’s the top of the mountain there. My favorite part of the business has always been making music, writing or recording the songs and making a new album. The touring gets old, and I’ve tried never to make the awards be that important to me, but I just love making that music. And they’re beating me up to make a new album right now. So I gotta get going on it.”

“In spite of all my success, I still did not feel quite worthy of the honor given.”

“I’ve always tried to make music the first priority—not being a star, not being in the spotlight, just trying to make music that I loved, that the fans like, and not compromise that to fit into something else.”

“They called me observant but now they call me nutty. I run my wife crazy. More than anything, I’m just real visual. I just see things. I visualize things in my head when I write these songs.”

“Every time you make an album or write a song, it’s a challenge to do it. I think that’s still it: making the records, whether it’s country or whatever it is. Making the new music has always been the most fun for me.”

“I hate the star part of the business. I like the singing, and writing and all that goes with it. But I wish when I get off the tour bus I could be more normal and go down to Kmart and buy me a fishing lure.”

“Everybody says it’s nice to be nominated and it is. It’s nice to be included, especially with as many years as I’ve been in the business. A lot of people’s careers aren’t lucky enough to last this long and I don’t know why it keeps working, but it does. I’ll just keep on doing it.”

“As long as I’m still able to have a hit on the radio and sell a few albums and some tickets, I don’t see that it would be worth retiring.”

“Maybe one day they’ll reach back in their file and pull out that old memory and think of me and smile.”

“We’re looking forward to watching our girls grow and become independent women. We’ve raised them to go out and take on the world. That’s what you want them to do, just be happy and healthy.”

“Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us,
but the greatest is love.”

“I guess the time gets spread very thin like butter all over the world, the roads and houses and playgrounds and stores, so there’s only a little smear of time on each place, then everyone has to hurry on to the next bit.”

“Growing up in Georgia, I used to think people up north or out west were so different. They’re really not. They’re just regular people who live in small towns. They grow up and try to raise families and have a job and go to church and play softball. It’s that way everywhere.”

“I don’t think I’ve changed all that much from a kid who grew up in a small town.”

“You need to keep your perspective. You have to remember where you came from.”

“There’s no hall of fame for that working class hero, no statue carved out of stone. And his greatest reward is the love of a woman and his children.”

“If anything good came out of 9/11, to me, was that people were so cynical about the world: all you hear about on the news is all the bad stuff everyday, but what was refreshing to me was after that, you saw how many good people there are out there. For every one bad one, there’s a thousand good ones.”

“I grew up with nothing, so whenever I got to where I could have something I felt like I needed to have everything I couldn’t have when I was young.”

“I try not to get involved in crazy things. My investments are cars and boats and hobbies like that.”

“If you can last until you’re 40 years old, hopefully you’ll be mature enough to figure out the rest of the years.”

“It isn’t easy to keep your feet on the ground. You get separated from working people, from real life.”

“The older you are, I think you realize what you enjoy and what you don’t need, what wears you out and what’s important.”

“I cashed my check, cleaned my truck, put on my hat, forgot about work.”

“I’m usually just enjoying life.”

“When all else fails, try smoking a good cigar and have a stiff drink. If that doesn’t work… have another.”

“We won’t be sad, we’ll be glad for all the life we’ve had and we’ll remember when.”

“A lot about livin’ and a little ’bout love.”

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