27 Mind Enhancing David Bowie Quotes

David Bowie quotes

David Bowie pushed the envelope. His creative instincts, nonconforming ways, and his formless abstract formula for expressing himself so freely made him one of the greatest artists of the 19th century. His influence spread far and wide. David Bowie, who died on January 10, 2016 due to cancer, will forever be known as a fearless musician who stretched past the boundaries, and in the process, took music to new places, creating magic all along the way. From reinventing song lyrics to controversial ideologies and empowering messages, here are the 27 most epic David Bowie quotes from his life.


1.) “The only real failure is trying to second-guess the taste of an audience. Nothing comes out of that except a kind of inward humiliation.”


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

3.) “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.”


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


5.) “The moment you know you know you know.”


6.) “I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.”

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


8.) “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.”

9.) “Talking about art is like dancing about architecture.”


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


11.) “I re-invented my image so many times that I’m in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman.”


12.) “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.”

13.) “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.”


14.) “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?”


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

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


17.) “I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, ‘Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman.”


18.) “Speak in extremes, it’ll save you time. ”


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


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


21.) “Turn and face the strange.”

22.) “I find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity…”

23.) “Once I’ve written something it does tend to run away from me. I don’t seem to have any part of it – it’s no longer my piece of writing.”

24.)“The reason you don’t want to make a commitment is not that you’re such a freewheeling, adventurous person, it’s because you’re scared shitless that it will turn out like your mother and father.”

 25.) “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 continued designing characters with their own complete personalities and environments. I put them into interviews with me! Rather than be me — which must be incredibly boring to anyone — I’d take Ziggy in, or Aladdin Sane or The Thin White Duke. It was a very strange thing to do.”



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


27.) “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.”


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