David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry and is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. Profoundly inspirational David Bowie quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.
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Famous David Bowie Quotes
That’s the shock: All clichés are true. The years really do speed by. Life really is as short as they tell you it is. And there really is a God – so do I buy that one? If all the other clichés are true… Hell, don’t pose me that one.
And these children that you spit on. As they try to change their worlds. Are immune to your consultations. They’re quite aware of what they’re going through.
I know when to go out, know when to stay in. Get things done.
Even though I was very shy, I found I could get onstage if I had a new identity.
I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.
I never really felt like a rock singer or a rock star or whatever.
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.
Once you lose that sense of wonder at being alive, you’re pretty much on the way out…
Age doesn’t bother me. So many of my heroes were older guys. It’s the lack of years left that weighs far heavier on me than the age that I am.
It’s always time to question what has become standard and established.
The 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.
Questioning my spiritual life has always been germane to what I was writing. Always. It’s because I’m not quite an atheist and it worries me. There’s that little bit that holds on: Well, I’m almost an atheist. Give me a couple of months.
These are all personal crises, I’m sure, that I manifest in a song format and project into physical situations. You make little stories up about how you feel. It’s as simple as that.
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.
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 color the material with as much visual expression as is necessary for that song.
I don’t have a problem with aging – in fact, I embrace that aspect of it. And am able to and obviously am going to be able to quite easily… it doesn’t faze me at all.
A song has to take on character, shape, body and influence people to an extent that they use it for their own devices. It must affect them not just as a song, but as a lifestyle.
Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them.
I do some kind of work, whether writing or painting or recording, on a daily basis. And it’s so essential that when I’m involved in the actual process, my so-called ‘real life’ becomes almost incidental, which becomes worrying.
Anxiety and spiritual searching have been consistent themes with me, and that figures into my worldview. But I tend to make my songs sound like relationship songs.
Inspirational David Bowie Quotes
I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.
I’m well past the age where I’m acceptable. You get to a certain age and you are forbidden access. You’re not going to get the kind of coverage that you would like in music magazines, you’re not going to get played on the radio and you’re not going to get played on television. I have to survive on word of mouth.
I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir.
We can be heroes just for one day.
Confront a corpse at least once. The absolute absence of life is the most disturbing and challenging confrontation you will ever need.
Keep your electric 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.
Heathenism is a state of mind. You can take it that I’m referring to one who does not see his world. He has no mental light. He destroys almost unwittingly. He cannot feel any Gods presence in his life. He is the 21st-century man.
I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.
What I like to do is try to make a difference with the work I do.
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.
Aging is an extraordinary process whereby you become the person you always should have been.
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.
There’s a starman waiting in the sky. He’d like to come and meet us, but he thinks he’d blow our minds.
Searching for music is like searching for God. They’re very similar. There’s an effort to reclaim the unmentionable, the unsayable, the unseeable, the unspeakable, all those things, comes into being a composer and to writing music and to search for notes and pieces of musical information that don’t exist.
I believe that I often bring out the best in somebody’s talents.
I was very into making the Big Artistic Statement – it had to be innovative; it had to be cutting edge. I was desperately keen on being original.
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.
What I have is a malevolent curiosity. That’s what drives my need to write and what probably leads me to look at things a little askew. I do tend to take a different perspective from most people.
And I don’t care what anybody says; I like doing it, and it’s what I shall continue to do.
Look up here, I’m in heaven. I’ve got scars that can’t be seen. I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen. Everybody knows me now.
The truth is, of course, is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.
I went through all the musicians in my life who I admire as bright, intelligent, virtuosic players.
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.
Top David Bowie Quotes
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.
Strangely, some songs you really don’t want to write.
You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.
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.
I’ve never responded well to entrenched negative thinking.
I change my mind a lot. I usually don’t agree with what I say very much. I’m an awful liar.
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.
Sometimes I don’t feel as if I’m a person at all. I’m just a collection of other people’s ideas.
You promised me the ending would be clear. You’d let me know when the time was now. Don’t let me know when you’re opening the door. Strap me in the dark, let me disappear.
The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it. I see absolutely no point in pretending that it’s not going to happen. I’m fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years.
There’s an effort to reclaim the unmentionable, the unsayable, the unspeakable, all those things come into being a composer, into writing music, into searching for notes and pieces of musical information that don’t exist.
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.
Make the best of every moment. We’re not evolving. We’re not going anywhere.
I’m a person who can take on the guises of people I meet. I’m a collector, and I collect personalities and ideas.
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 find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity.
An armchair Jungian would say the whole thing is about my own ongoing spiritual search. My interior life has always been one of trying to find a spiritual link, maybe because I’m from a family of separate religious philosophies: Protestant and Catholic.
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.
We live closer to the earth, never to the heavens. The stars are never far away. Stars are out tonight.
I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man. Just a mortal with potential of a superman. I’m living on.
Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.