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David Bowie Quotes on Music, Love & Life to Inspire You

David Robert Jones was born on 8th January 1947 in Brixton, a South London suburb in the UK. Known professionally as David Bowie was an English singer-songwriter and actor. Bowie was interested in music from an early age – taking up the sax from the age of 13 – being heavily influenced by his elder brother’s tastes. Terry Burns, nine years David’s senior, introduced him to beat literature and jazz music in particular. Bowie died at his Lafayette Street home in New York City, having suffered from liver cancer for 18 months. He died two days after the release of his twenty-sixth and final studio album, Blackstar. Here are some David Bowie Quotes about Love, life and music to inspire you.

David Bowie Quotes

  • I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring
  • The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.
  • I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir.
  • Fame itself… doesn’t really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant.
  • I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I’m living on.
  • I re-invented my image so many times that I’m in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman.
  • I’m not one of those guys that has a great worldview. I kind of deal with terror and fear and isolation and abandonment.
david bowie quotes about life
  • I change my mind a lot. I usually don’t agree with what I say very much. I’m an awful liar.
  • You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.
  • On the other hand, what I like my music to do to me is awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts.
  • I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.
  • Anxiety and spiritual searching have been consistent themes with me, and that figures into my worldview. But I tend to make my songs sound like relationship songs.
  • That’s the shock: All cliches are true. The years really do speed by. Life really is as short as they tell you it is. And there really is a God – so do I buy that one? If all the other cliches are true… Hell, don’t pose me that one.
  • Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way that I feel in the mornings.
  • Everything I read about hitting a midlife crisis was true. I had such a struggle letting go of youthful things and learning how to exist and have enthusiasm while settling into the comfort of an older age.
  • All art really does is keep you focused on questions of humanity, and it really is about how do we get on with our maker.
  • The Internet carries the flag of being subversive and possibly rebellious and chaotic, nihilistic.
  • I was very into making the Big Artistic Statement – it had to be innovative; it had to be cutting edge. I was desperately keen on being original.
  • I’ve always regretted that I never was able to talk openly with my parents, especially with my father. I’ve heard and read so many things about my family that I can no longer believe anything; every relative I question has a completely different story from the last.
  • 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. But somebody said that as you get older you become the person you always should have been, and I feel that’s happening to me. I’m rather surprised at who I am, because I’m actually like my dad!
  • These are all personal crises, I’m sure, that I manifest in a song format and project into physical situations. You make little stories up about how you feel. It’s as simple as that
  • The humanists’ replacement for religion: work really hard and somehow you’ll either save yourself or you’ll be immortal. Of course, that’s a total joke, and our progress is nothing. There may be progress in technology but there’s no ethical progress whatsoever.
  • 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.
  • My mother was Catholic, my father was Protestant. There was always a debate going on at home – I think in those days we called them arguments – about who was right and who was wrong.
  • All my big mistakes are when I try to second-guess or please an audience. My work is always stronger when I get very selfish about it.
  • 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.
  • It would be my guess that Madonna is not a very happy woman. From my own experience, having gone through persona changes like that, that kind of clawing need to be the center of attention is not a pleasant place to be.
  • With a suit, always wear big British shoes, the ones with large welts. There’s nothing worse than dainty little Italian jobs at the end of the leg line.
  • I think Mick Jagger would be astounded and amazed if he realized that to many people he is not a sex symbol, but a mother image.
  • I wish myself to be a prop, if anything, for my songs. I want to be the vehicle for my songs. I would like to colour the material with as much visual expression as is necessary for that song.
  • I don’t profess to have music as my big wheel and there are a number of other things as important to me apart from music. Theatre and mime, for instance.
  • Questioning my spiritual life has always been germane to what I was writing. Always. It’s because I’m not quite an atheist and it worries me. There’s that little bit that holds on: ‘Well, I’m almost an atheist. Give me a couple of months.’
  • I realized the other day that I’ve lived in New York longer than I’ve lived anywhere else. It’s amazing: I am a New Yorker. It’s strange; I never thought I would be.
  • I still derive immense pleasure from remembering how many hod-carrying brickies were encouraged to put on lurex tights and mince up and down the high street, having been assured by know-it-alls like me that a smidgen of blusher really attracted the birds.
  • Confront a corpse at least once. The absolute absence of life is the most disturbing and challenging confrontation you will ever have.
  • What I have is a malevolent curiosity. That’s what drives my need to write and what probably leads me to look at things a little askew. I do tend to take a different perspective from most people
  • When it comes down to it, glam rock was all very amusing. At the time, it was funny, then a few years later it became sort of serious-looking and a bit foreboding
  • I’m rather kind of old school, thinking that when an artist does his work, it’s no longer his… I just see what people make of it.
  • I’ve started doing book reviews for Barnes & Noble! They saw that I did a lot of book reviews on the site, and they figured that it might not be a bad thing if they got me to do some for them as well. I gave them five categories I’d be interested in reviewing, from art to fiction to music.
  • Glam really did plant seeds for a new identity. I think a lot of kids needed that – that sense of reinvention. Kids learned that however crazy you may think it is, there is a place for what you want to do and who you want to be.
  • The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it. I see absolutely no point in pretending that it’s not going to happen. I’m fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years.
  • I could imagine at a certain age, when I have no vocal cords left, that I would find a young man who could sing my parts for me. But I don’t see why I would stop.
  • 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.
  • Sometimes you stumble across a few chords that put you in a reflective place.
  • Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity. So it’s like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again. You’d better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that’s really the only unique situation that’s going to be left.
  • Pixies and Sonic Youth were so important to the eighties.
  • I couldn’t have written things like ‘Low’ and ‘Heroes,’ those particular albums, if it hadn’t have been for Berlin and the kind of atmosphere I felt there
  • I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.
  • Heathenism is a state of mind. You can take it that I’m referring to one who does not see his world. He has no mental light. He destroys almost unwittingly. He cannot feel any Gods presence in his life. He is the 21st century man.
  • I feel confident imposing change on myself. It’s a lot more fun progressing than looking back. That’s why I need to throw curve balls.
  • What I like to do is try to make a difference with the work I do.

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  • Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.
  • As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I’ve got left?
  • When you think about it, Adolf Hitler was the first pop star.
  • Age doesn’t bother me. So many of my heroes were older guys. It’s the lack of years left that weighs far heavier on me than the age that I am.
  • Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them.
  • As an adolescent, I was painfully shy, withdrawn. I didn’t really have the nerve to sing my songs on stage, and nobody else was doing them. I decided to do them in disguise so that I didn’t have to actually go through the humiliation of going on stage and being myself.
  • I find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity.
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