David Bowie Quotes On Being Different And Pushing Boundaries


A true music legend – David Bowie graced the world with his style, his voice, and his ever-lasting ability to shine. From his days as Ziggy Stardust to his last days as Bowie, this musician made the world a little brighter with his insane talents. We are grateful that David Bowie quotes were saved over the years, documenting the thoughts, beliefs, and incredible imagination of one the greatest musicians of all time.

Born in London in 1947, Bowie was a music-loving lad from the start. He adored jazz, picking up the saxophone at 13. Bowie was also born David Jones. But, he soon changed his name to David Bowie, to ensure his name stood out and didn’t get lost in the contemporary rock n roll crowd. The surprises with Bowie didn’t stop there.

As he advanced in his spellbinding music career, taking the world by storm with his single “Space Oddity” and his first hit album The Man Who Sold the World, he decided to take a turn in his career. He changed his identity again – this time, to Ziggy Stardust.

David Bowie quotes

Bowie’s futuristic flair as Ziggy Stardust shook the music industry. His theatrics and eclectic music showed the world how extraordinary a rock and roll star could be. Bowie did eventually simmer down the outrageous act that was Stardust, but his energy and talent as a musician didn’t go anywhere. Despite his deteriorating health, he continued on his musical pursuit, inspiring the world with more music and even a few movie appearances.

When Bowie passed away on January 10th, 2016, the world stood still. Of course, Bowie left the world with new music to enjoy, to keep his remarkable spirit alive. He released the album Blackstar on his 69th birthday, just two days prior to his death.

To honor one of music’s larger-than-life talents, let’s explore and share David Bowie quotes with all the music lovers we know!

  1. “Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.”
  2. “I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir.”
  3. “I’m not a prophet or a stone-aged man, just a mortal with the potential of a superman. I’m living on.”
  4. “I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.”
  5. “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”
  6. “Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them.”
  7. “I don’t crave applause. I’m not one of those guys who comes alive on stage. I’m much more alive at home, I think.”
  8. “Even though I was very shy, I found I could get onstage if I had a new identity.”
  9. “Confront a corpse at least once. The absolute absence of life is the most disturbing and challenging confrontation you will ever have.”
  10. “I’m not one of those guys that has a great worldview. I kind of deal with terror and fear and isolation and abandonment.”
  11. “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.”
  12. “The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.”
  13. “I’ve made over 25 studio albums, and I think probably I’ve made two real stinkers in my time, and some not-bad albums, and some really good albums. I’m proud of what I’ve done. In fact it’s been a good ride.”David Bowie quotes
  14. “Fame itself… doesn’t really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant.”
  15. “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.”
  16. “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.”
  17. “I find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity.”
  18. “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.”
  19. “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.”
  20. “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.”David Bowie quotes
  21. “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.”
  22. “What I like to do is try to make a difference with the work I do.”
  23. “I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.”
  24. “It amazes me sometimes that even intelligent people will analyze a situation or make a judgment after only recognizing the standard or traditional structure of a piece.”
  25. “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.”
  26. “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.”
  27. “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.”
  28. “I change my mind a lot. I usually don’t agree with what I say very much. I’m an awful liar.”
  29. “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.”
  30. “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.”

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