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Kenny Rogers Quotes

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Kenny Rogers quotes: “The Gambler’s” greatest quotes.

“The music business is strictly business.”

“Sometimes you’ve got to fight when you’re a man.”

“Radio is aimed at the 30-year-old market, so you have to have great music and appeal to get that age group.  And you need a record company to believe in you.  It’s like a bit of the perfect storm.”

“I’m much more comfortable singing than talking.”

“You know, I think the greatest gift in the world is a good employee, you know, or people who can do your work for you and do it well the way you’d like to have it done.  And I’ve always been able to surround myself with really good people.”

“Success in one field gives you the opportunity to experiment at a very high level in other fields.”

“If you want people to know what your message is, just sing it.”

“You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.”

“Growing older is not upsetting; being perceived as old is.”

“You can’t make old friends.  You either have them or you don’t.”

“I had holes in my jeans well before it was fashionable.”

“Youth is a frame of mind.  If you get out there and enjoy it, you can have it at any time of your life.”

“I’ve always said music should make you laugh, make you cry, or make you think.”

“I’ve always said that gray hair looks good on everybody but yourself.  To me, it makes me look old.”

“My music was my life, and it played a large part in my inability to sustain relationships.”

“I feel like I learn something from everything I do.”

“There’s a new hit rock group or singer every five minutes, but with country music, you have one hit and those people love you forever.”

“I’m so totally future oriented that, for me, I don’t know what the future’s about, but I can promise you it’s gonna be exciting.”

“My mom loved to sing – and I’ll go on record and say she was the worst singer ever.  I’d get up and move away from her!”

“Friendships come and go, but families are forever.”

“If someone asks you to run the 100 yard dash as fast as you can, you’ll run the 100 dash as fast as you think you can.  But if you put someone along side you who runs a little faster, you are going to run faster: ‘Whoa, I better step it up a little bit.’  I do things even I didn’t know I was capable of.”

“It’s not all wet towels and naked women.  I was so disappointed to learn that.”

“People will clap to be nice.  They will not laugh to be nice.”

“There’s a theory that you want to be careful of over-saturation, particularly when you’re dealing with the use of your name, but there’s also a theory that there’s no such thing as over-saturation of quality.  If you do good things with good people, you can do as much as you want.”

“The Hall of Fame is forever, baby!”

“I have awards right now that I do not remember walking on stage to get.”

“A smart man isn’t necessarily one who knows all the answers, but knows where to find them.”

“I think when you’re in the public eye, you feel a pressure to stay younger-looking.”

“I do ballads that say what every man wants to say and that every woman wants to hear, or I do songs about social issues.”

“I just hope I can spread some of the happiness that’s been coming my way.”

“I still like going on the road and performing, but it’s getting tougher.  I try to have my wife and the twins with me but it’s getting harder and harder for them.  They need to be in a home environment and not traveling with me.”

“Music is what I am, everything else is what I do.”

“I have this theory about performers who last for a long time, and that is, if you break it down, music is not as big a part of it as personality and who you are.  I think that we are all three people.  I am who I think I am, I am who you think I am, and I am who I really am.  The closer those three people are together, the longer your career’s gonna last.  ‘Cause people don’t like to be fooled!”

“Stay away from trouble when you can.”

“There is a trade off – as you grow older you gain wisdom but you lose spontaneity.”

“You know, when you’re poor and you have a bunch of kids in your family, you don’t know that everybody’s not poor.”

“You know, I’ve always said, I’ve never felt I was a particularly good singer, but I’ve always thought I had a great knack for picking hit songs.”

“I was raised in the church.”

“Well, I don’t think everything necessarily that I touch turns to gold, but I think I get great joy out of it regardless of whether it is successful or not.”

“I think it’s fun to play for people who don’t know what you do.”

“I started out in jazz.  I played the upright bass and sang jazz for 10 years – from the time I was 19 until I was 28 years old.  I learned a lot about the music in the 30s and 40s but my heart has always been in country music.  That is what my mom listened to and my dad played as a kid.  I think I am a country singer with a lot of other musical influences.”

“I love Viagra.  I don’t need it, but I tried it.  It’s a great legal drug.”

“I never had a doubt in my mind.  I always knew that, with the right material, I could pop a hit.”

“The first six years of my career, I got more comments on my weight than on my singing.  So I think I became so self-conscious that I started working on it harder.”

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