David Bowie’s Life In 16 Powerful Quotes.
Music legend David Bowie died two days after his 69th birthday, following a courageous 18-month long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family, according to an official Facebook post.
Many of us recognized the rock star for the ways in which he reinvented himself ahead of the changing fashion and music trends. His dynamism was much too big for the stage, and he took it to the screen, where some of us may have been introduced to him for the first time. Who could forget Bowie as the legendary Goblin King, walking along those MC Escher-inspired stairs, in the 1986 film Labyrinth?
However, loyal fans know that Bowie's charm ran much deeper than his career. Even at a young age, he had an old soul marked with a strange, thoughtful wisdom. And over the years, he aged like a fine wine.
Today, we honor him by recalling some of his most memorable quotes:
"I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir."
"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." (60 Minutes, 2002)
“As an adolescent, I was painfully shy, withdrawn. I didn’t really have the nerve to sing my songs onstage 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 onstage 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.” (Musician, 1983)
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“I'm a born librarian with a sex drive.”
"Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming." (slogan to promote Heroes)
"You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” (referring to his marriage with Iman Abdulmajid)
“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." (The Word, 2003)
"Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them." (Esquire, 2003)
"Don't you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything." (Radio interview, 1999)
"I find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity..."
“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 don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring." (New York's Madison Square Garden, 50th Birthday Concert, 1998)
“Maybe I am insane, too — it runs in my family — but I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, ‘F*ck that. I want to be a superhuman.'”
“You can neither win nor lose if you don’t run the race.”
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“Life. I love life, very much indeed.” (when asked if he indulged in any form of worship)
“I’ve always found that I collect. I’m a collector. I’ve always just seemed to collect personalities, ideas. I have a hodgepodge philosophy which really is very minimal.”
“I didn’t strive for success. I strived to do something artistically important.”