76+ Best Elton John Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Sir Elton Hercules John CH CBE is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists. Profoundly inspirational Elton John quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Elton John Quotes

Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours. Elton John

Live for each second without hesitation. Elton John

I’ve always wanted to smash a guitar over someone’s head. You just can’t do that with a piano. Elton John

I think Jesus was a compassionate, süper intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don’t know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East you’re as good as dead. Elton John

Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don’t know what makes people so cruel. Elton John

Don’t shoot me, I’m just the piano player! Elton John

I went to a mixed school and I can’t remember being bullied at school, ever. I was quite large, in those days. Usually, if you’re going to be a bully, you’ll pick on someone who is small. I didn’t bully anybody, and I don’t remember being bullied. Elton John

There’s really no point in asking what if? The only question worth asking is what’s next? Elton John, Me

If you write great songs with meaning and emotion, they will last for ever because songs are the key to everything. Songs will outlast the artist and they will go on for ever if they are good. Elton John

Hold me closer tiny dancer, count the headlights on the highway. Lay me down in sheets of linen, you had a busy day today. Elton John

There’s no pressure for me to go out there and say, I’ve got to have a top 40 hit because it’s not going to happen. Elton John

You should never take more than you give. Elton John

I loathe gardening, but I love gardens, and I have two beautiful gardens. I can not bear gardening, but I love gardens.  Elton John

Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays. From my point of view, I would ban religion completely. Organised religion doesn’t seem to work. It turns people into really hateful lemmings and it’s not really compassionate. Elton John

If I was to say what I am, I’d be a Labour man. I like Tony Blair a lot, I think he’s a good man. And in America I’d definitely be a Democrat; I’d never be a Republican. Elton John

I couldn’t strut around like Mick Jagger, or smash my instrument up like Jimi Hendrix or Pete Townshend bitter subsequent experience has taught me that if you get carried away and try and smash up a piano by pushing it offstage, you end up looking less like a lawless rock god and more like a furniture removal man having a bad day. Elton John

I never really made a full album in Los Angeles before. Elton John

I’ll not complain about your boring life, if you just leave me to mine. Elton John

The whole point of being in this business and being blessed and being successful is that you’re able to do things for your friends or your family, which means that they can have something special in their lives, too. Elton John

When stars collide, like you and I, no shadow blocks the sun. The One. Elton John

I love the idea of the teachings of Jesus Christ and the beautiful stories about it, which I loved in Sunday school and I collected all the little stickers and put them in my book. But the reality is that organised religion doesn’t seem to work. It turns people into hateful lemmings and it’s not really compassionate. Elton John

Like I said, sometimes a gut feeling is the most important thing; sometimes you have to trust fate. Elton John

Well, as I was saying everyone’s so nice to me, usually. Elton John

At first I stayed in a hotel the Inn On The Park, the location for the famous story about me ringing the Rocket office and demanding they do something about the wind outside that was keeping me awake. This is obviously the ideal moment to state once and for all that this story is a complete urban myth, that I was never crazy enough to ask my record company to do something about the weather; that I was simply disturbed by the wind and wanted to change rooms to somewhere quieter. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you that, because the story is completely true. Elton John

I’ve only been interested in the artistic side of life. Elton John

You may still be standing, dear, it read, but the rest of us are on the fucking floor. Elton John

I have a lot of money stashed away, but I do live my life from day to day. Elton John

It was insanity, but it sounded romantic. Elton John

I do like Britney Spears. I think she’s cute. I think she’s fun. And I like her records. You know, I’m not a pop snob whatsoever. I think she makes great pop records. Elton John

There is nothing wrong with going to bed with someone of your own sex. People should be very free with sex they should draw the line at goats. Elton John

I mean, in some cases with libel laws, you know, they can write things about people who have no course of action, because they can’t afford to take legal action against them. Elton John

Cause what the hell is wrong with expressing yourself, trying to be me? Elton John

I have a much better relationship with the press than I did, I think because I stood my ground. Elton John

That was just the mindset of the times that happiness was somehow less important than keeping up appearances. Elton John

I just go into the studio, look at the lyrics for the first time when I put them on the piano, and go. If I haven’t got it within 40 minutes, I give up. It’s never changed, the thrill has never gone, because I don’t know what I’m going to get next. Elton John

You think you’re being difficult, my little sausage? Have I ever told you about the time I drank eight vodka martinis, took all my clothes off in front of a film crew and then broke my manager’s nose? Elton John

I never thought of myself as being handsome or good looking or whatever. I always felt like an outsider. Elton John

After a while, the only presents I wanted were records and books. Elton John

And I’m afraid, in this day and age, trust, which I count so, you know, I love loyalty. I love trust. Elton John

A psychologist would probably say that, as a kid, I was trying to create a sense of order in a chaotic life, with my dad coming and going and all the reprimands and rows. I didn’t have control over that, or over my mother’s moods, but I had control over the stuff in my room. Objects couldn’t do me any harm. I found them comforting. I talked to them, I behaved as if they had feelings. If something got broken, I’d feel really upset, as if I’d killed something. Elton John

I grew up conservative because my mum was a conservative, and when I finally realized what conservatives were, I changed my mind immediately. As children, we tend to copy our parents. Elton John

And that was the moment my mother turned up, in character as a raving sociopath. Elton John

The great thing about rock and roll is that someone like me can be a star. Elton John

Having obviously forgiven me for the incident on the Starship, Stevie Wonder turned up one day and took out a snowmobile, insisting on driving it himself. To pre empt your question no, I have absolutely no idea how Stevie Wonder successfully piloted a snowmobile through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado without killing himself, or indeed anyone else, in the process, but he did. Elton John

When your persona begins to take over your music and becomes more important, you enter a dangerous place. Once you have people around you who don’t question you, you’re in a dangerous place. Elton John

If you fancy living in a despondent world of unending, delusional bullshit, I really can’t recommend cocaine highly enough. Elton John

I grew up at my grandmother’s house, and she had a beautiful garden. I used to hate mowing the lawn and weeding, which is what you do when you’re a kid. I loathe gardening, but I love gardens, and I have two beautiful gardens. Elton John

You can send yourself crazy wondering. But it all happened, and here I am. There’s really no point in asking what if? The only question worth asking is what’s next? Elton John

I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians. Elton John

I had no idea how to live, but I didn’t want to die. Elton John

And I trusted someone to look after me on the business side of life. Elton John

As everyone knows, fame, especially sudden fame, is a hollow, shallow and dangerous thing, its dark, seductive powers no substitute for true love or real friendship. On the other hand, if you’re a terribly shy person, desperately in need of a confidence boost  someone who spent a lot of their childhood trying to be as invisible as possible so you didn’t provoke one of your mum’s moods or your dad’s rage  I can tell you for a fact that being hailed as the future of rock and roll in the LA Times and feted by a succession of your musical heroes will definitely do the trick. Elton John

Everything I thought I’d hate about having children  the crying, the screaming nothing fazes me. I love it all, and it’s relaxed me. Elton John

Either I was genetically predisposed to losing my rag, or I unconsciously learned by example. Whichever it was, it has proved a catastrophic pain in the arse for me and everyone around me for most of my adult life. Elton John

There is nothing wrong with going to bed with someone of your own sex. Elton John

It’s hard to see how I could have been given a clearer warning that this was a bad idea unless it had started raining brimstone and I’d been visited by a plague of boils. Elton John

I do like my rock stars to be a little larger than life. I don’t mind the earnest ones at all, but I do like a bit of individuality. Elton John

There’s times in my life when music has been an escape, the only thing that worked when everything else seemed broken, but at that moment I had nothing to escape from. I was twenty four, successful, settled and in love. Elton John

My mum always used to buy a record every Friday. Elton John

It seems insane now that no one even raised an eyebrow, when you consider what I was wearing and doing onstage, but it was a different world then. Elton John

Because, I figured that, because I was a successful man, I was wealthy, I was, you know, seemingly intelligent even that I am not intelligent enough to ask for help. Elton John

For years, I lived a life in which nothing really happened. Elton John

I mean, Sting is one of my great buddies and I love him to death. Elton John

The Less I Say The More My Work Gets Done. Elton John

We were both very much the same. We were both very impulsive. We both loved life. We both loved shopping. We both had a love of clothes, obviously, because he was the designer that I kind of wore forever and ever. Elton John

But the fact that he never expressed it instilled in me a desire to show him that I’d made the right decision. It made me driven. I thought the more successful I got, the more it proved him wrong, whether he acknowledged it or not. Even today, I still sometimes think that I’m trying to show my father what I’m made of, and he’s been dead since 1991. Elton John

I’m very generous. Elton John

There was a funny little guy we knew who in keeping with the flower power mood of the times had changed his name to Hans Christian Anderson. The aura of fairy tale otherworldliness conjured by this pseudonym was slightly punctured when he opened his mouth and a thick Lancashire accent came out. Eventually he changed his first name back to Jon and became the lead singer of Yes. Elton John

An agent is a person who is sore because an actor gets 90% of what they make. Elton John

I would shut myself away in my room, just like I had as a kid when my parents were fighting, and try and ignore what was happening. Elton John

I am the biggest technophobe of all time. Elton John

I worked really hard, maybe too hard, but it felt like there was an unstoppable momentum behind me that carried me on no matter how exhausted I was, that drove me through any kind of setback. Elton John

Well, I was making a record, and I had to choose a name, because they said, you know, you can’t make a record under the name of Reg Dwight, because it’s never going to you know, it’s not attractive enough. Elton John

But sometimes, something else happens onstage from the minute you start playing you just know you can do no wrong. It’s as if your hands are moving independently of your brain; you don’t even have to concentrate, you just feel as free as a bird, you can do anything you want. Those are the gigs you live for, and Dodger Stadium was like that, on both days. Elton John