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Marvin Gaye Quotes

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye quotes: Mr. Motown’s most popular quotes.

“It’s what makes you happy in life, and to pursue it, I think, is brave and a wonderful thing. I don’t care what people say. I just want to pursue what makes me happy.”

“A goal—to realize completeness within myself, sincerity, love, duty, and a positive approach to people.”

“You have to keep stepping up.”

“Most fear stems from sin; to limit one’s sins, one must assuredly limit one’s fear, thereby bringing more peace to one’s spirit.”

“Make all the money you can.”

“It’s human to get hurt if you feel you deserve something and you don’t get it.”

“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.”

“Ain’t nothing like the real thing.”

“My position and my independence has gotten me into a great deal of trouble in the past, but I’ve managed to overcome it because my convictions are honest.”

“Relax, just relax. It’s all going to be all right.”

“Anger destroys your soul.”

“Negotiating means getting the best of your opponent.”

“Music is one of the closest link-ups with God that we can probably experience. I think it’s a common vibrating tone of the musical notes that holds all life together.”

“I sing about life.”

“I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don’t quite know how to explain it but it’s there. These can’t be the only notes in the world, there’s got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys.”

“As an artist, my purpose is to awaken the human spirit. An artist, if he is truly an artist, is only interested in one thing and that is to wake up the minds of men, to have mankind and womankind realize that there is something greater than what we see on the surface.”

“To be an artist is a blessing and a privilege. Artists must never betray their true hearts. Artists must look beneath the surface and show that there is more to this world than what meets the eye.”

“My ego is going to cause me to get knocked out, too. I have just enough ego to think I can go in there and win the heavyweight championship, defeat Smokin’ Joe. It’s worse than power. It gets you in worse trouble.”

“I mustn’t get into ego tripping. I’m only human and when you get a lot of pats on the back for something it makes you go on trips. I was only the instrument in the album—all the inspiration came from God himself.”

“To be truly righteous, you offer love with a pure heart, without regard for what you’ll get in return. I had myself in that frame of mind. People were confused and needed reassurance. God was offering that reassurance through his music. I was privileged to be the instrument.”

“Art is a way of possessing destiny. My life, destiny and fate weren’t pointing in any direction, so I thought maybe that would bring it all together a little more.”

“I spent three years writing, producing and reflecting. Reflecting upon life and upon America, especially, because that’s where I live—its injustices, its evils and its goods.”

“Not that I’m a radical; I think of myself as a very middle-of-the-road sort of person with a good sense of judgment. I think if I had to choose another profession, I’d like to be a judge because I’m very capable of determining what’s right and what’s not.”

“I can remember as a child I always kept myself to myself and I always dug nature. I used to fool around with worms, beetles and birds, and I used to admire them while the other kids were playing sports. It was like some strange force made me more aware of nature. Those kids playing sports were also showing love—love for sport. And if we could integrate all types of love into one sphere we’d have it made.”

“Singing other people’s ideas is a trip, and a good one. But I can’t be on that kind of trip all the time because I got some highways to ride up myself.”

“I’ve been competitive all my life. I’ve never had a chance to exercise my competitiveness through athletics, of course, because my father loved, I imagine he over-loved me, if that’s possible.”

“What I enjoyed was controlling myself when I was behind. And I think, ‘Now am I going to be a chicken and just fall away or am I gonna muster myself together, swallow my spit and really get down and win?’ If I come up from behind and win, it’s a fantastic feeling; I get chills all over.”

“I am not going to be dictated to by fans, certainly. I am dictated enough to by my record company to last me a million years.”

“I ain’t got time to think about money, or what it can buy.”

“God was very good to me as a child, and I’m a very blessed individual.”

“I don’t have any plans at all. I never plan anything. I never have and I never will.”

“I intend to write a lot more and produce other artists. And I’m going to work with more people: anyone who asks and anyone who puts their trust in me.”

“If you escape from people too often, you wind up escaping from yourself.”

“Too busy thinking about my baby and I ain’t got time for nothing else.”

“Don’t know what’s in store but together we can open any door.”

“Give out some love and you’ll find peace sublime.”

“I think I’ve got a real love thing going. I love people, I love life, and I love nature, and I can’t see why other people can’t be like that.”

“I want to stop and thank you baby, how sweet it is to be loved by you.”

“Love your mother, she bore you. Love your father, he works for you.”

“If I do my job well, then God will smile on my offspring and on their offspring. I’m sure my father is seeing a blessing in me.”

“To share is precious, pure and fair. Don’t play with something you should cherish for life.”

“Don’t you know how sweet and wonderful life can be?”

“There ain’t no mountain high enough. Ain’t no valley low enough. Ain’t no river wide enough.”

“Live for life, but let live everybody.”

“The many happy times we had can really never outweigh the bad.”

“May love ever protect you. May peace come into your life.”

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