David Bowie Quotes


You can begin really looking for a relationship . . . when you can (appreciate) the whole concept of giving to someone not just taking.

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.

I made a more mature approach to industrial music.

Make the best of every moment. We're not evolving. We're not going anywhere.

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 think a lot of that album ["Tonight" ] is still very good . . . the songs but I think I was indifferent to the arrangements.

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

The end comes when the infinites arrive.

Songwriting as an art is a bit archaic now. Just writing a song is not good enough.

I don't believe in proper cinema; it doesn't have the strength of television. People having to go out to the cinema is really archaic. I'd much rather sit at home.

Don't let me hear you say life takes you nowhere angel.

People who had been treated inhumanly not given a chance to secure any foot on any ladder - and all the social mores were suddenly abandoned.

Making love with his ego.

The character thing really is sort of for me personally rather ancient history.

I don't expect the human race to progress in too many areas. However having a child with an ear infection makes one hugely grateful for antibiotics.

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.

I can't keep my fingers out of any pies.

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.

He took it all too far but boy could he play guitar.

I can ask for cigarettes in every language

She asked for my love and I gave her a dangerous mind.

I ask for so little.Just fear me love me do as I say and I will be your slave

All art is unstable. Its meaning is not necessarily that implied by the author. There is no authoritative voice. There are only multiple readings.

It is entirely possible to create something totally artificial within the realms of rock and roll.

I'm not very articulate.

Style is about the choices you make to create the aspects of civilization that you wish to uphold.

I'm bemused by the whole Robbie Williams aspect of British pop. Posh Spice? It all looks like cruise ship entertainment to me.

Things have to hit for the moment. That's one of the reasons I'm into video; the image has to hit immediately. I adore video and the whole cutting up of it.

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?

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.

I'm afraid of Americans.

I'm not a prophet or a stone aged man just a mortal with potential of a superman. I'm living on.

It amazes me sometimes that even intelligent people will analyze a situation or make a judgement after only recognizing the standard or traditional structure of a piece.

Sometimes you stumble across a few chords that put you in a reflective place.

I was always accused of being cold and unfeeling. It was because I was intimidated about touching people.

The only time that I've adopted characterization again since that point for my own albums has been an album called "Outside" that I did with Brian Eno .

When you think about it Adolf Hitler was the first pop star.

I went through all the musicians in my life who I admire as bright intelligent virtuosic players.

I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir.

I'm an instant star just add water.

I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.

I'm always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don't even take what I am seriously.

Rock has always been THE DEVIL'S MUSIC . . . I believe rock and roll is dangerous . . . I feel we're only heralding SOMETHING EVEN DARKER THAN OURSELVES.

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.

Wham bam thank you Ma'am.

Confront a corpse at least once. The absolute absence of life is the most disturbing and challenging confrontation you will ever have.

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.

Secret thinker sometimes listening aloud.

I think that the history of rock could be recycled in a different way and brought back into focus without the luggage that comes along with it.

It is amazing how a new child can refocus one's direction seconds after its birth. Everything falls into a feeling of 'rightness'.

I'm afraid of Americans; I'm afraid of the world; I'm afraid I can't help it.

I don't live for the stage. I don't live for an audience.

I think getting married and then running away for 10 months would be an absolute disaster.

I think much has been made of this alter ego business. I mean I actually stopped creating characters in 1975 - for albums anyway.

I guess - a greater number of the 26 or so albums that I've made are known in Europe than they are in America.

However there's no theme or concept behind Heathen just a number of songs but somehow there is a thread that runs through it that is quite as strong as any of my thematic type albums.

[David] Bowie's last album "Blackstar" featured him backed by a jazz quartet.

I've learned to relax and be my present age and my present position. I feel comfortable on my mid-thirties. It doesn't seem such an alien place to be.

My mother was a housewife. Both from - well my father was from a farming family agricultural family in the north of England. And my mother came from a very working class.

I usually don't agree with what I say very much. I'm an awful liar.

I guess people like myself and Roxy Music that had a different agenda about taking up music.

All the great mystical religions put a strong emphasis on the redeeming qualities of sex.

A lot of people provide me with quotes. They suggest all kinds of things to say and I do really because I'm not very hip at all.

In order to look special wearing the chancy unique; it must be worn with your persona and if the two don't blend then the look becomes pear-shaped.

Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was probably stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something.

Let the children use it let the children lose it let all the children boogie.

In fact in Europe I'm more kind of this bloke what writes lots of stuff.

There's a starman waiting in the sky he'd like to come and meet us but he thinks he'd blow our minds.

Put on your red shoes and dance the blues.

I believe that I often bring out the best in somebody's talents.

It's true -- I am a bisexual. But I can't deny that I've used that fact very well. I suppose it's the best thing that ever happened to me.

The best DJs in the world know how to pull in music from all over the place and make it work as a cohesive whole.

I'm drawn between the light and dark.

I was studying Tibetan Buddhism when I was quite young again influenced by Kerouac.

It's a compulsive need to wreck everything. You might notice there's a pattern of stripping down and building back up again throughout my life. But I guess that's how some of us conduct our lives.

Every time I've made a radical change it's helped me feel buoyant as an artist

Elvis is English and climbs the hills. Can't tell the bullshit from the lies.

Bully for you chilly for me got to get a raincheck on pain.

See the mice in their million hordes From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads.

Strung out on lasers and slash back blazers.

When I was 9 years old I wanted to be the baritone sax player in the Little Richard band.

I don't like talk and I don't like talkers. Like Ma Barker. That's what she always said 'Ma Barker doesn't like talk and she doesn't like talkers.' She just sat there with her gun.

Why bother choosing a certain chair? Because that chair says something about you.

You've got your mother in a whirl she's not sure if your a boy or a girl.

I heard the news today oh boy.

This is a mad planet " David Bowie said in 1971. "It's doomed to madness.

I have someone who loves me for me. Seriously it REALLY helps!' Bowie on marrying Iman

The name Bowie just appealed to me when I was younger. I was into a kind of heavy philosophy thing when I was 16 years old and I wanted a truism about cutting through the lies and all that.

I'm a born librarian with a sex drive

It would be positively boring if minds were in tune.

I don't know where I'm going from here but I promise it won't be boring.

We can't stop trying til we break up our minds til the sun drips blood on the seedy young knight.

If you want it boys get it here thing.

I'm not a natural performer. I don't like performing very much.

Rock's always been the devil's music.

Church on time makes me party.

The moment you know you know you know.

I felt I really wanted to back off from music completely and just work within the visual arts in some way. I started painting quite passionately at that time.

Ziggy played guitar jamming good with Weird and Gilly.

I'll stick with you baby for a thousand years.

I rate Morrissey as one of the best lyricists in Britain. For me he's up there with Bryan Ferry.

Hitler was the first superstar.

Nothing prepared me for your smile

Who'll love Aladdin Sane? Battle cries and champagne just in time for sunrise.

Keep your 'lectric eye on me babe Put your ray gun to my head Press your space face close to mine love Freak out in a moonage daydream oh yeah!

Never bored so I'll never get old

You would think that a rock star being married to a super-model would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.

Once you lose that sense of wonder at being alive you're pretty much on the way out...

There seem to be a lot of black artists making very good videos that I'm surprised aren't being used on MTV.

[David] Bowie went on to make best-selling music - funk dance music electronic music while also being influenced by cabaret and jazz.

I could never have done what I did without being involved with Lindsay Kemp's company.

Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming

There was a time in America not long ago when rock 'n' roll was called race music and white kids who wanted to go see Chuck Berry were completely forbidden.

Radio in England is nonexistent. It's very bad English use of a media system typically English use.

I'll place my love beneath the stars.

I really believe that Bob Dylan and others have speeded up the changes. Pacifism has found a voice at last.

The coming together of people I find obscene as a principle. It is not human. It is not a natural thing as some people would have us believe.

He says he's a beautician and sells you nutrition and keeps all your dead hair for making underwear.

I believe in Beatles I believe my little soul has grown.

People got extremely comfortable with being able to turn on their television and see MTV say "This guy's hot you should buy this record.

A career of nearly 40 years is not very long.

Would you carry a razor in case just in case of depression?

I think everything that I learned about stagecraft and carrying through - creating a through point for a theatrical device.

We slit the Catholic throat stoned the poor on such slogans as wish you could hear and love is all we need.

I turned myself to face me but I've never caught a glimpse of how the others must see the faker.

If I never wake again I certainly will have lived while I was alive.

I think hip-hop is actually one of the most challenging things that's happened in music in a long time.

For me a chameleon is something that disguises itself to look as much like its environment as possible. I always thought I did exactly the opposite of that.

I don't make changes to confuse anyone. I'm just searching. That's what causes me to change. I'm just searching for myself.

I'm not sure whether it is me changing my mind or whether I lie a lot.

My father worked for a children's home called Dr. Barnardo's Homes. They're a charity.

Hey man I gotta straighten my face. This mellow thighed chick just put my spine out of place.

You go through stages where you wonder whether you are Christ or just looking for him.

Time takes a cigarette puts it in your mouth.

It was fun to be clever.

Ironically style doesn't come even closely related to fashion. It's got nothing to do [with clothes].

I woke up one day and realized I was a closet hetero

When I'm stuck for a closing to a lyric I will drag out my last resort: overwhelming illogic.

I think music should be tarted up made into a prostitute a parody of itself. It should be the clown the Pierrot medium.

Time may change me but I can't trace time.

It's not the side effects of the cocaine. . . . I'm thinking that it must be love.

But I'm pretty good with collaborative thinking. I work well with other people.

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.

You can neither win nor lose if you don't run the race

If you come from art you'll always be art.

It makes me sad when I see artists who come alive when they go onstage because gee I really come alive when I'm home.

Comfort comes into your house first as guest then as a host then finally as the master.

The sun machine is coming down and we're gonna have a party.

Oooh fashion we are the goon squad and were coming to town beep beep.

It's not the side-effects of the cocaine - I'm thinking that it must be love.It's too late to be grateful It's too late to be hateful It's too late to be late again The European cannon is here.

Funk I don't think I have anything to do with funk. I've never considered myself funky.

People don't get a chance to think "Why am I a consumer?" Because the decisions come at them so fast and furiously they're not [even] given time to think I am a consumer.

Ground control to Major Tom.

I never could get over the fact that The Pixies formed worked and separated without America taking them to its heart or even recognizing their existence for the most part.

If we could be heroes if just for one day.

I think the only music I didn't listen to was country and western and that holds to this day.

Some people are marching together and some on their own. Others are running the smaller ones crawl. But some sit in silence.

I think I saw you in an ice-cream parlourdrinking milk shakes cold and longSmiling and waving and looking so finedon't think you knew you were in this song

If I put faith in medication if I can smile a crooked smile if I can talk on television if I can walk an empty mile.

I want people to hear musicians like Joe Cuba. He has done things to whole masses of Puerto Rican people. The music is fantastic and important.

If it works it's out of date.

I got a bad migraine that lasted 3 years and the pills I took made by fingers disappear.

I'm very shy. That's probably one of the reasons I got so heavily into drugs.

I had a fantasy that i'd drift up to Scotland and spend my life as a faux bodhisattua.

Hear this Robert Zimmerman I wrote a song for you about a strange young man called Dylan with a voice like sand and glue.

I'm gay and always have been even when I was David Jones

I surrounded myself with people who indulged my ego. They treated me as though I was Ziggy Stardust or one of my characters never realising that David Jones might be behind it.

Listen to me don't listen to me. Talk to me don't talk to me.

I suspect that dreams are an integral part of existence with far more use for us than we've made of them...The fine line between the dream state and reality is at times for me quite grey.

Lou Reed is the most important definitive writer in modern rock. Not because of the stuff that he does but the direction that he will take it.

I re-invented my image so many times that I'm in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman.

Everywhere I looked demons of the future [were] on the battlegrounds of oneâ??s emotional plane.

I thought that I could do some kind of vehicle involving rock musicals and presenting rock and characters and storyline in a completely different fashion.

The younger people get into the lyrics in a different way; there's much more of a tactile understanding which is the way I prefer it.

Donâ??t you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it I thought it was a really really long poem about everything.

To not be modest about it you'll find that with only a couple of exceptions most of the musicians that I've worked with have done their best work by far with me.

Love is every type of relationship that you think of... I'm sure it means relationship every type of relationship that you can think of.

I'll paint you moments of gold I'll spin you Valentine evenings...

I'm not actually a very keen performer. I like putting shows together. I like putting events together.

I find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity...

I have found myself deeply deeply intrigued by the ska-punk scene. It's such an expressive form of popular music it's so real it's got so much life: it's the most vital music in the world.

Speak in extremes it'll save you time.

I think Lindsay Kemp really introduced me to the work of Jean Genet and through that I kind of kept re-educating myself about other prose writers and poets.

Trust nothing but your own experience.

Everything we look at and choose is some way of expressing how we want to be perceived.

Pixies and Sonic Youth were so important to the eighties.

The media is either our salvation or our death.

You can't stand still on one point for your entire life.

I've never responded well to entrenched negative thinking.

I'm not at ease with the word "love.

I think it's rather a waste of time endlessly singing the same songs every night for a year and it's just not what I want to do.

My sexual nature is irrelevant. I'm an actor I play roles fragments of myself.

I think fame itself is not a rewarding thing. The most you can say is that it gets you a seat in restaurants.

Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them.

Fame puts you there where things are hollow.

Fame what you like is in the Limo. Fame what you get is no tomorrow.

Is it Nice in your snowstorm- freezing your brain? Do you think that your face looks the same?

No more free steps to heaven.

Frankly I mean sometimes the interpretations I've seen on some of the songs that I've written are a lot more interesting than the input that I put in.

Feeling so gay feeling so gay.

Religion is for people who fear hell spirituality is for people who have been there.

In your fear seek only peace. In your fear seek only love.

Someday I'm gonna write a poem in a letter; Someday I'm gonna get that faculty together.

I never really had much of an interest in fashion.

They [people] mistake fashion for style.

I think that my fascination with clothes generally was motivated by trying to create the characters for the stage.

I've been putting out the fire with gasoline.

In my madness I see your face in mine.

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.

I would like to believe that people knew what they were fighting for and why they wanted a revolution and exactly what it was within that they didn't like.

You know I don't feel fifty. I feel not a day over forty-nine. It's incredible. I'm bouncy I feel bouncy.

Turn and face the strange.

I find it easier to write in these little vignettes; if I try to get any more heavy I find myself out of my league.

I am a moderately good singer. I am not a great singer but I can interpret a song which I don't think is quite the same as singing it.

I guess Ziggy would have been the perfect vehicle to have done with.

This ain't rock 'n' roll; this is genocide

The minute you know you're on safe ground you're dead

Sweet head give you sweet head.

There's not much point in getting any heavier... there's too many things to read and look at.

I met my wife because we were both going out with the same guy.

Money goes to money heaven body goes to body hell.

Sexuality and where it is going is an extraordinary question for I don't see it going anywhere. It is with me and that's it.

I'm English. I can't accept happiness that easily. There's got to be a trick in there somewhere.

Rebel rebel you've torn your dress. Rebel rebel your face is a mess. Rebel rebel how could they know? Hot tramp I love you so.

I've come to the realizations that I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing half the time.

People will keep the TV on even if a show is on that they hate - because unfortunately they've been programmed to do that.

Look up here I'm in heaven.

We could steal time just for one day We can be Heroes for ever and ever What d'you say?

When I heard Little Richard I mean it just set my world on fire.

Nearly all the synth work on Heathen is mine and some of the piano.

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.

I'd rather stay here with all the madmen than perish with the sadmen roaming free.

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.

I always write well in New York.

I think the first song I ever wrote ... was called "Can't Help Thinking About Me." That's an illuminating little piece isn't it?

Illusion I will be for I've never been a sinner.

... And these childrenthat you spit onas they try to change their worldsare immune to your consultations.They're quite awareof what they're going through...

I am a D.J. I am what I play.

I think I am a lot more relaxed about what I have or haven't done.

I'm still younger than Jagger... Most people are.

Pop stars are capable of growing old. Mick Jagger at 50 will be marvelous - a battered old roue - I can just see him. An aging rock star doesn't have to opt out life. When I'm 50 I'll prove it...

I once asked [John] Lennon what he thought of what I do. He said 'it's great but its just rock and roll with lipstick on'.

But I've got to think of myself as the luckiest guy. Robert Johnson only had one album's worth of work as his legacy. That's all that life allowed him.

The people who don't know so much about me regard me more sexually.

And I think my spaceship knows which way to go.

There's a terror in knowing what the world is about

With "Let's Dance " there was actually a chance that I was actually going to be able to keep the money I had made.

And you You can be mean And I I'll drink all the time 'Cause we're lovers And that is a fact Yes we're lovers And that is that

I'm quite certain that the audience that I've got for my stuff don't listen to the lyrics.

I really wanted to do more than anything else up until I was around 16 17 was write musicals.

There's a taste in my mouth and it's no taste at all.

I don't mind trying it out and making sure something seems to work well.

I wanted to rewrite how rock music was perceived.

I went to a middle-class school but my background is working class. I got the best of both worlds I saw both classes so I have a pretty fair idea of how people live and why they do it.

People are always throwing things at me that I've said and I say that I didn't mean anything.

I don't like to read things that people write about me. I'd rather read what kids have to say about me because it's not their profession to do that.

I'm regarded quite asexually by a lot of people. And the people that understand me the best are nearer to what I understand about me.

I'm rather kind of old school thinking that when an artist does his work it's no longer his.

I probably also wanted to be black at that particular time [ 9 years old] as well.

I wanted to prove the sustaining power of music.

The public obviously they takes things in a very simplest fashion and so they should. That's why we have such wonderful television.

For here I'm sitting in a tin can far above the world. Planet earth is blue and there is nothing I can do.

Visions of swastikas in my head plans for everyone. It's in the Whites of my eyes.

I'll ruin everything you are I'll give you television.

In fact everything I do is about the conceptualizing and realization of a piece of work whether it's the recording or the performance side.

There's something about the style of living in the country that they feel "This is what represents me." So style is about the philosophy of how we create our civilization.

You should turn around at the end of the day and say I really like that piece of work or that piece of work sucked. Not was that popular or wasn't it popular?

People look to me to see what the spirit of the Seventies is.

She's a total bam bam.

Sits like a man but smiles like a reptile.

Strangely some songs you really don't want to write.

Mine is really - Ziggy Stardust characters "Let's Dance." That's me in the American.

The only art I'll ever study is stuff I can steal from.

When you are an artist you can turn your hand to anything in any style. Once you have the tools then all the artforms are the same in the end.

I didn't say that wearing a glamorization of the rock artist was any truer from the other thing.

You'd like to know me well but I've got things inside my head that even I can't face.

I'm a thinker not a talker.

When I was going through those very fast changes I think it was terribly important to me that I was seen to be inventive. I think that was the characteristic of my work that I wanted people to see.