96+ Best Nirvana (Kurt Cobain) Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Nirvana was an American rock band formed in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Profoundly inspirational Nirvana (Kurt Cobain) quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Nirvana (Kurt Cobain) Quotes

When I listen to ‘Nevermind,’ I hate the production, but there’s something about it that almost makes me cry at times. – Nirvana

I have to admit I’ve found myself doing the same things that a lot of other rock stars do or are forced to do. Which is not being able to respond to mail, not being able to keep up on current music, and I’m pretty much locked away a lot. The outside world is pretty foreign to me. – Nirvana

Looking back on the production of ‘Nevermind,’ I’m embarrassed by it now. It’s closer to a Motley Crue record than it is a punk rock record. – Nirvana

I don’t blame the average seventeen-year-old punk-rock kid for calling me a sellout. I understand that. And maybe when they grow up a little bit, they’ll realize there’s more things to life than living out your rock & roll identity so righteously. – Nirvana

Holding Frances in my arms is the best drug in the world. – Nirvana

If you die you’re completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I’m not afraid of dying. Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I’ve got. – Nirvana

I get a thrill meeting kids who are into alternative music. – Nirvana

What people don’t realize is that the so-called Seattle grunge scene grew out of several close-knit gourmet supper clubs – we would only pick up guitars to pass the time while our dishes were simmering, baking, boiling, etc. – Nirvana

I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not. – Nirvana

I hate it when people take the things I say and turn them into something sexual. Just because it’s funny to them, doesn’t mean everyone is going to take it that way. And I don’t. – Nirvana

I really miss being able to blend in with people. – Nirvana

You know what i hate about rock? I hate tie-dyed tee shirts. – Nirvana

That’s what music is entertainment. The more you put yourself into it, the more of you comes out in it. – Nirvana

Sometimes I wish I had taken the Bob Dylan route and sang songs where my voice would not go out on me every night, so I could have a career if I wanted. – Nirvana

The duty of youth is to challenge corruption. – Nirvana

My body is damaged from music in two ways. I have a red irritation in my stomach. It’s psychosomatic, caused by all the anger and the screaming. I have scoliosis, where the curvature of your spine is bent, and the weight of my guitar has made it worse. I’m always in pain, and that adds to the anger in our music. – Nirvana

I’m really interested in smells. I think I’d like to own a perfumery someday. – Nirvana

I’m so happy because today I found my friends – they’re in my head. – Nirvana

But when I did it, the thread unraveled. So I ended up jabbing in the needle and pouring ink all over my arm. – Nirvana

I’ve always had a problem with the average macho man – they’ve always been a threat to me. – Nirvana

I like to complain and do nothing to make things better. – Nirvana

I started being really proud of the fact that I was gay even though I wasn’t. – Nirvana

I really haven’t had that exciting of a life. There are a lot of things I wish I would have done, instead of just sitting around and complaining about having a boring life. So I pretty much like to make it up. I’d rather tell a story about somebody else. – Nirvana

I’m not well-read, but when I read, I read well. – Nirvana

You create attention to attract attention. – Nirvana

I won’t eat anything green. – Nirvana

I called Leo Fender, the dead guy, a dork. Now I’ll never get an endorsement. – Nirvana

When I was younger I knew I could do anything – I could be the president if I wanted to, but that was a stupid idea – I’d rather be a rock star. – Nirvana

I never wanted to sing. I just wanted to play rhythm guitar – hide in the back and just play. But during those high school years when I was playing guitar in my bedroom, I at least had the intuition that I had to write my own songs. – Nirvana

We have no right to express an opinion until we know all of the answers. – Nirvana

Holding my baby is the best drug in the world. – Nirvana

It’s okay to eat fish because they don’t have any feelings. – Nirvana

My lyrics are a big pile of contradictions. They’re split between very sincere opinions and feelings that I have, and sarcastic opinions and feelings that I have, and sarcastic and hopeful, humorous rebuttles towards cliche, bohemian ideals that have been exhausted for years. I meean, I like to be passionate and sincere, but I also like to have fun and act like a dork… Geeks Unite. – Nirvana

I wish I was like you, easily amused. – Nirvana

Don’t expect me to cry for all the reasons you had to die. – Nirvana

I like to have strong opinions with nothing to back them up with besides my primal sincerity. I like sincerity. I lack sincerity. – Nirvana

Music is first, lyrics are secondary. – Nirvana

I’m a spokesman for myself. It just so happens that there’s a bunch of people that are concerned with what I have to say. I find that frightening at times because I’m just as confused as most people. I don’t have the answers for anything. – Nirvana

The sun is gone, but I have a light. – Nirvana

There’s nothing more comfortable than a cosy flower pattern. – Nirvana

I thought I would try to be gay for a while, but I’m just more sexually attracted to women. But I’m really glad that I found a few gay friends, because it totally saved me from becoming a monk or something. – Nirvana

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. – Nirvana

Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with with your self-esteem. They’re no good at all. – Nirvana

If I went to jail, at least I wouldn’t have to sign autographs. – Nirvana

If you read, you’ll judge. – Nirvana

I like to make people feel happy and superior in their reaction towards my appearance. – Nirvana

I’ve always wanted male friends that I could be real intimate with and talk about important things with and be as affectionate with that person as I would be with a girl. – Nirvana

I’ve had this terrible stomach problem for years, and that has made touring difficult. People would see me sitting in the corner by myself looking sick and gloomy. The reason is that I was trying to fight against the stomach pain, trying to hold my food down. People looked me and assumed I was some kind of addict. – Nirvana

I’m disgusted with having to deal with the commercial side of our band at the moment and as a reaction, I’m becoming more uptight and complaining more. And it feels like I’m adapting a rock star attitude. – Nirvana

There will be sentencing and some further consequences at that time. I think you either need a long-term drug program or a long term in county jail. – Nirvana

I’ve never been a very prolific person, so when creativity flows, it flows. I find myself scribbling on little notepads and pieces of loose paper, which results in a very small portion of my writings to ever show up in true form. – Nirvana

If I could get that girl to publish her poetry, the world would change. (On Courtney Love) – Nirvana

The finest day i ever hadwas when tomrrow never came. – Nirvana

My songs have always been frustrating themes, relationships that I’ve had. And now that I’m in love, I expect it to be really happy, or at least there won’t be half as much anger as there was. – Nirvana

Throughout my life, I’ve always been really close with girls and made friends with girls. And I’ve always been a really sickly, feminine person anyhow, so I thought I was gay for a while because I didn’t find any of the girls in my high school attractive at all. – Nirvana

My mother died every night…it’s safe to say, don’t quote me on that. – Nirvana

It was a home job. Dave (Grohl) taught me. – Nirvana

I’m too busy acting like I’m not Naive. I’ve seen it all, I was here first. – Nirvana

I’m left-handed, and it’s not very easy to find reasonably priced, high-quality left-handed guitars. But out of all the guitars in the whole world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite. I’ve only owned two of them. – Nirvana

There are some pop songs I hate but I can’t get them out of my head. Our songs also have the standard pop format: Verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, bad solo. All in all, I think we sound like The Knack and the Bay City Rollers being molested by Black Flag and Black Sabbath. – Nirvana

Punk is musical freedom. It’s saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster’s terms, ‘nirvana’ means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that’s pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock. – Nirvana

His dying seemed to give total strangers a sense of integrity they never had wanted while he was alive. – Nirvana

We’re just musically and rhythmically retarded. We play so hard that we can’t tune our guitars fast enough. People can relate to that. – Nirvana

I wanted to have the adoration of John Lennon but have the anonymity of Ringo Starr. I didn’t want to be a frontman. I just wanted to be back there and still be a rock and roll star at the same time. – Nirvana

I didn’t know how to deal with success. If there was a Rock Star 101, I would have liked to take it. It might have helped me. – Nirvana

Thought the sun is gone, I have a light. – Nirvana

By definition pop is extremely catchy, whether you like it or not, Cobain says. There are some pop songs I hate but I can’t get them out of my head. Our songs also have the standard pop format: Verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, bad solo. All in all, I think we sound like The Knack and the Bay City Rollers being molested by Black Flag and Black Sabbath. – Nirvana

I was looking for something a lot heavier, yet melodic at the same time. Something different from heavy metal, a different attitude. – Nirvana

Nobody deserves to have their personal life pried into like I did and no one deserves to hear me whine about it so much. – Nirvana

Maybe we can change some kid’s life & stop him from becoming a welder or a sleazy lawyer. – Nirvana

My mother always tried to keep a little bit of British culture in our family. We’d drink tea all the time! – Nirvana

People ask me what’s like to hear our song on the radio. I don’t know, I don’t listen to the radio – Nirvana

John Lennon was definitely my favorite Beatle, hands down. – Nirvana

I bought a gun and chose drugs instead. – Nirvana

I never listen to ‘Nevermind.’ I haven’t listened to it since we put it out. That says something. – Nirvana

If it’s illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail! – Nirvana

When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily I should have been in that band – or at least in a Pixies cover band. – Nirvana

Every time I see documentaries or infomercials about little kids with cancer, I just freak out. It affects me on the highest emotional level… Anytime I think about it, it makes me sadder than anything I can think of. – Nirvana

We’re so trendy we can’t even escape ourselves. – Nirvana

I wanted to be in a punk band before I had even heard any punk music. – Nirvana

My mother encouraged me to be artistic. It was written in a contract at an early age that I would be an artist. – Nirvana

There’s nothing better than having a baby. I’ve always loved children. I used to work summers at the YMCA and be in charge of, like, 30 preschool kids. I knew that when I had a child, I’d be overwhelmed, and it’s true… I can’t tell you how much my attitude has changed since we’ve got Frances. Holding my baby is the best drug in the world. – Nirvana

I own a ’66 Jaguar. That’s the guitar I polish, and baby – I refuse to let anyone touch it when I jump into the crowd. – Nirvana

If you ever need anything please don’t hesitate to ask someone else first. – Nirvana

I had a really good childhood up until I was nine, then a classic case of divorce really affected me. – Nirvana

Things have never been so swell, i have never failed to fail – Nirvana

I like guitars in the Fender style because they have skinny necks. – Nirvana

Rap music is the only vital form of music introduced since punk rock. – Nirvana

Out of all the guitars in the whole world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite. They’re cheap and totally inefficient, and they sound like crap and are very small. – Nirvana

I’d rather be hated for hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not. – Nirvana

for the last nine months we have had the pleasure to take Chad-Drums under our wings and develop what we are now and always will be NIRVANA – Nirvana

If I wouldn’t have found Courtney, I probably would have carried on with a bisexual lifestyle. – Nirvana

Mom hates dad, Dad hates mom, it all makes you feel so sad. – Nirvana

I definitely feel closer to the feminine side of the human being than I do the male – or the American idea of what a male is supposed to be. Just watch a beer commercial and you’ll see what I mean. – Nirvana

People are coming to shows on the strength of one song. I guess that’s the way it goes. – Nirvana

A friend is nothing but a known enemy. – Nirvana

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