Johnny Cash Quotes

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash quotes: the music legend’s loveliest quotes.

“Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.”

“It’s good to believe in yourself, but there are people out there who can make or break you.”

“You build on failure.  You use it as a stepping stone.  Close the door on the past.  You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it.  You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

“You have to be what you are.  Whatever you are, you gotta be it.”

“A person knows when it just seems to feel right to them.  Listen to your heart.”

“You miss a lot of opportunities by making mistakes, but that’s part of it: knowing that you’re not shut out forever, and that there’s a goal you still can reach.”

“I learn from my mistakes.  It’s a very painful way to learn, but without pain, the old saying is, there’s no gain.”

“You’ve got to know your limitations.  I don’t know what your limitations are.  I found out what mine were when I was 12.  I found out that there weren’t too many limitations, if I did it my way.”

“Those that have lived longer than us always have something to teach us, that we can take with us for the rest of our lives.”

“If you aren’t gonna say exactly how and what you feel, you might as well not say anything at all.”

“When my wife died, I booked myself into the studio just to work, to occupy myself.”

“You can ask the people around me.  I don’t give up.  I don’t give up.  I don’t give – and it’s not out of frustration and desperation that I say I don’t give up.  I don’t give up because I don’t give up.  I don’t believe in it.”

“The more I learn, the more excited I get.”

“Creative people have to be fed from the divine source.  I have to get fed.  I had to get filled up in order to pour out.”

“Life is the question and life is the answer.”

“God gives us life and takes us away as He sees fit.”

“There is a spiritual side to me that goes real deep, but I confess right up front that I’m the biggest sinner of them all.”

“No matter how much you’ve sinned, no matter how much you’ve stumbled, no matter how much you fall, no matter how far you’ve got from God, don’t give up.  You can still be redeemed.  As someone says, keep the faith.”

“Life is rough so you gotta be tough.”

“I knew I wanted to sing when I was a very small boy.  When I was probably four years old.  My mother played a guitar and I would sit with her and she would sing and I learned to sing along with her.”

“My mother told me to keep on singing, and that kept me working through the cotton fields.  She said God has his hand on you.  You’ll be singing for the world someday.”

“I am not a Christian artist, I am an artist who is a Christian.”

“All your life, you will be faced with a choice.  You can choose love, positivity and gratitude… or hate, negativity and bitterness.  I choose love, positivity and gratitude.”

“I’m not really concerned about boundaries.  I just follow my conscience and my heart.  Follow your heart.  That’s what I do.  Compassion is something I have a lot of, because I’ve been through a lot of pain in my life.  Anybody who has suffered a lot of pain has a lot of compassion.”

“There’s no way around grief and loss: you can dodge all you want, but sooner or later you just have to go into it, through it, and, hopefully, come out the other side.  The world you find there will never be the same as the world you left.”

“I wore black because I liked it.  I still do, and wearing it still means something to me.  It’s still my symbol of rebellion – against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas.”

“Well, I’d love to wear a rainbow everyday and tell the world that everything’s okay.  But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back.  Till things are brighter, I’m the man in black.”

“I’ve never been accused of a felony.  I never spent time behind bars except for a few overnight jail times back in the sixties.  But I think there’s a little bit of a criminal in all of us.  Everybody’s done something they don’t want anybody to know about.”

“They’re powerful, those songs.  At times they’ve been my only way back, the only door out of the dark, bad places the black dog calls home.”

“There’s a lot of things blamed on me that never happened.  But then, there’s a lot of things that I did that I never got caught at.”

“The things that have always been important: to be a good man, to try to live my life the way God would have me, to turn it over to Him that His will might be worked in my life, to do my work without looking back, to give it all I’ve got, and to take pride in my work as an honest performer.”

“Happiness is being at peace, being with loved ones, being comfortable… but most of all, it’s having those loved ones.”

“I’m not bitter.  Why should I be bitter?  I’m thrilled to death with life.”

“The ‘Master of Life’s’ been good to me.  He has given me strength to face past illnesses, and victory in the face of defeat.  He has given me life and joy where other saw oblivion.  He has given new purpose to live for, new services to render, and old wounds to heal.  Life and love go on, let the music play.”

“Life is – the way God has given it to me was just a platter – a golden platter of life laid out there for me.  It’s been beautiful.”

“I walk the line.”

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