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David Bowie Quotes

David Robert Jones

David Bowie quotes: sayings by the late musician.

“I should live my life on bended knee. If I can’t control my destiny, you’ve gotta have a scheme, you’ve gotta have a plan. In the world of today, for tomorrow’s man.”

“Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.”

“You can neither win nor lose if you don’t run the race.”

“If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”

“I suspect that dreams are an integral part of existence, with far more use for us than we’ve made of them.”

“Turn and face the strange changes.”

“If it works, it’s out of date.”

“It’s a lot more fun progressing than looking back.”

“I’ve never responded well to entrenched negative thinking.”

“You can’t stand still on one point for your entire life.”

“Everything we look at and choose is some way of expressing how we want to be perceived.”

“And these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultations. They’re quite aware of what they’re going through.”

“Style is about the choices you make to create the aspects of civilization that you wish to uphold.”

“I went to a middle-class school, but my background is working class. I got the best of both worlds, I saw both classes, so I have a pretty fair idea of how people live and why they do it.”

“Even though I was very shy, I found I could get onstage if I had a new identity.”

“I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, ‘F*ck that. I want to be a superhuman.'”

“I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir.”

“You would think that a rock star being married to a super-model would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.”

“I felt I really wanted to back off from music completely and just work within the visual arts in some way. I started painting quite passionately at that time.”

“I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.”

“But I’m pretty good with collaborative thinking. I work well with other people.”

“I believe that I often bring out the best in somebody’s talents.”

“I had enormous self-image problems and very low self-esteem, which I hid behind obsessive writing and performing. It’s exactly what I do now except I enjoy it now. I’m not driven like I was in my twenties. I was driven to get through life very quickly.”

“I had to resign myself, many years ago, that I’m not too articulate when it comes to explaining how I feel about things. But my music does it for me, it really does.”

“There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It’s always been my way of expressing what, for me, is inexpressible by any other means.”

“I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I’m living on.”

“I’m very good at what I do, and I don’t turn my hand to something unless I’m very good at it, frankly.”

“I wanted to prove the sustaining power of music.”

“It’s a compulsive need to wreck everything. You might notice there’s a pattern of stripping down and building back up again throughout my life. I guess that’s how some of us conduct our lives.”

“I think it all comes back to being very selfish as an artist. I mean, I really do just write and record what interests me and I do approach the stage shows in much the same way.”

“I’m a real self-educated kind of guy. I read voraciously. Every book I ever bought, I have. I can’t throw it away. It’s physically impossible to leave my hand! Some of them are in warehouses. I’ve got a library that I keep the ones I really really like. I look around my library some nights and I do these terrible things to myself: I count up the books and think, how long I might have to live and think, ‘F*ck, I can’t read two-thirds of these books.’ It overwhelms me with sadness.”

“I’m looking for backing for an unauthorized autobiography that I am writing. Hopefully, this will sell in such huge numbers that I will be able to sue myself for an extraordinary amount of money and finance the film version in which I play everybody.”

“I really like to understand the society that I’m living in and how it works and functions and what people are thinking, you know. You can’t be a writer in any other way, I think. You have to sort of know where you are to write.”

“I think, generally, I just cannot really envision life without writing and producing records and singing.”

“I guess, taking away all the theatrics or the costuming and the outer layers of what I do, I’m a writer. I write.”

“To be taken seriously about doing something creative and probably travel a lot. That was my motivation. I knew I was good, I knew I could write.”

“I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture that I was living in. It just seemed like a challenge to move it a little bit towards the way I thought it might be interesting to go.”

“Fame itself doesn’t really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant.”

“Fame, what you like is in the limo. Fame, what you get is no tomorrow.”

“What I like to do is try to make a difference with the work I do.”

“But I’ve got to think of myself as the luckiest guy.”

“As you get older the questions come down to two or three. How long have I got and what am I gonna do with the time I’ve got left?”

“Once you lose that sense of wonder at being alive, you’re pretty much on the way out.”

“Aging is an extraordinary process whereby you become the person you always should have been.”

“I’m very at ease, and I like it. I never thought I would be such a family-oriented guy; I didn’t think that was part of my makeup. I’m rather surprised at who I am, because I’m actually like my dad!”

“I can see light at the end of the tunnel and it isn’t a train.”

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”

“If I never wake again, I certainly will have lived while I was alive.”

“The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.”

“Make the best of every moment. We’re not evolving. We’re not going anywhere.”

“We can be ‘heroes’ just for one day.”

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”

“Look up here, I’m in heaven. I’ve got scars that can’t be seen. I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen. Everybody knows me now.”

“I’m proud of what I’ve done. In fact it’s been a good ride.”

“Put on your red shoes, and dance the blues. Let’s dance.”

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