Willie Nelson Quotes That Will Make You Love This Outlaw Even More


You can’t discuss 20th-century country music without talking about Willie Nelson. A talented songwriter and guitarist, this Texan brought his own charisma to the country music scene. A little cowboy, a little hippie – Nelson is a true icon. Willie Nelson quotes showcase the incredible journey of this outlaw country music man.

A born Texan, Nelson loved music from the start. He wrote songs since he was a child. But, just like many of us, Nelson went through a lot of hurdles before finding a career in music. I bet you didn’t know Nelson was in the Air Force!

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When the 1960s rolled around, Nelson’s career started to truly pick up. That’s when he wrote one of Patsy Cline’s most famous hits, Crazy. 

Flash-forward to today, Nelson is still fond of the stage, even at his young age of 87. He continues to write, cover, and perform the music he loves. Through all his years, Nelson has said some pretty wise things about life, country music, and just how to be a nice human being.

Discover these Awesome Willie Nelson Quotes!

  1. “I take it not only a day at a time, but a moment at a time, and keep it at that pace. If you can be happy right now, then you’ll always be happy, because it’s always in the now.”
  2. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
  3. “I think most art comes out of poverty and hard times.”
  4. “Three chords and the truth – that’s what a country song is.”
  5. “You’ll never get ahead by blaming your problems on other people.”
  6. “As adults we try to relax from the never-ending quest for reason and order by drinking a little whiskey or smoking whatever works for us, but the wisdom isn’t in the whiskey or the smoke. The wisdom is in the moments when the madness slips away and we remember the basics.”
  7. “I’m from Texas, and one of the reasons I like Texas is because there’s no one in control.”Willie Nelson quotes
  8. “We are the same. There is no difference anywhere in the world. People are people. They laugh, cry, feel, and love, and music seems to be the commons denomination that brings us all together. Music cuts through all boundaries and goes right to the soul.”
  9. “Oh, I think it’s definitely spiritual. All music is. I think it’s maybe one of the highest forms of spirituality.”
  10. “Fortunately, we are not in control.”
  11. “I believe in looseness.”
  12. “As long as there’s a few farmers out there, we’ll keep fighting for them.”
  13. “I think it is just terrible and disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong, especially after what he achieved winning seven Tour de France races while on drugs……When I was on drugs I couldn’t even find my bike.”
  14. “There are more old drunks than there are old doctors.”
  15. “Gay or straight? So what? It doesn’t matter to me. We have to be concerned about other people regardless.”
  16. “Be gentle with your words – you can’t take them back.”Willie Nelson quotes
  17. “There’s so many things going on in the world, Babies dying. Mothers crying. How much oil is one human life worth. And what ever happened to peace on earth.”
  18. “I think the best exercise that I do is singing for an hour-and-a-half out on the stage, because, yes, I use the lung, the biggest muscle in your body.”
  19. “There are just certain sounds, music, that sort of you know people are going to like it.”
  20. “I don’t smoke as many joints as I used to.”
  21. “Be here. Be present. Wherever you are, be there.”5 Essential Willie Nelson Songs – Rock Music Revival
  22. “You will never find happiness until you stop looking for it.”
  23. “My first job was in a Bohemian polka band, the Rejcek family polka band in Abbott. The old man in the band had another blacksmith shop in Abbott, but he liked me. All he had was horns and drums, and I was set up over there with my little guitar with no amps or nothing. I would play as loud as I wanted to, and nobody could hear me.”
  24. “I think innately knew that music draws people together and that good music is liked by almost everybody.”
  25. “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”
  26. “I don’t remember Moses writing, ‘Thou shalt not kill… unless you think you have a good reason.”
  27. “The biggest killer on the planet is stress and I still think the best medicine is and always has been cannabis.”
  28. “I got along without you before I met you and I’ll get along without you a long time after you’re gone.”

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We hope you appreciated these Willie Nelson quotes just as much as you love his music. Maybe these will inspire you to see one of his shows, now with the world slowly, but surely opening back up. I know I am already looking at dates!

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