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To not be modest about it, you'll find that with ...
by David Bowie

To not be modest about it, you'll find that with only a couple of exceptions,
most of the musicians that I've worked with have done
their best work by far with me.
- David Bowie

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.
- David Bowie

But I've got to think of myself as the luckiest guy.
Robert Johnson only had one album's worth of work as his legacy.
That's all that life allowed him.
- David Bowie

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.
- David Bowie

 

I wanted to prove the sustaining power of music.
- David Bowie

Nearly all the synth work on Heathen is mine and some of the piano.
- David Bowie

I never could get over the fact that The Pixies formed,
worked and separated without America taking them to
its heart or even recognizing their existence for the most part.
- David Bowie

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I'm an instant star.
Just add water and stir.
- David Bowie

There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say.
The words just jolly it along.
It's always been my way of expressing what for me is
inexpressible by any other means.
- David Bowie

When I heard Little Richard, I mean,
it just set my world on fire.
- David Bowie

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.
- David Bowie

I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.
- David Bowie

I think Mick Jagger would be astounded and amazed if
he realized that to many people he is not a sex symbol,
but a mother image.
- David Bowie

It amazes me sometimes that even intelligent people
will analyze a situation or make a judgement after
only recognizing the standard or traditional structure of a piece.
- David Bowie

When you think about it, Adolf Hitler was the first pop star.
- David Bowie

Strangely, some songs you really don't want to write.
- David Bowie

I'm always amazed that peole take what I say seriously.
I don't even take what I am seriously.
- David Bowie

Sometimes you stumble across a few chords that put
you in a reflective place.
- David Bowie

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.
- David Bowie

Pixies and Sonic Youth were so important to the eighties.
- David Bowie

I believe that I often bring out the best in somebody's talents.
- David Bowie

I've never responded well to entrenched negative thinking.
- David Bowie

I think it all comes back to being very selfish as an artist.
I mean, I really do just write and record what interests
me and I do approach the stage shows in much the same way.
- David Bowie

I'm not a prophet or a stone aged man,
just a mortal with potential of a superman.
I'm living on.
- David Bowie

I don't know where I'm going from here,
but I promise it won't be boring.
- David Bowie

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.
- David Bowie

But I'm pretty good with collaborative thinking.
I work well with other people.
- David Bowie

The truth is of course is that there is no journey.
We are arriving and departing all at the same time.
- David Bowie

I went through all the musicians in my life who I admire as bright,
intelligent, virtuosic players.
- David Bowie

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.
- David Bowie

However, there's no theme or concept behind Heathen,
just a number of songs but somehow there is a thread
that runs through it that is quite as strong as any
of my thematic type albums.
- David Bowie

And I saw the sax line-up that he had behind him and I thought,
I'm going to learn the saxophone.
When I grow up, I'm going to play in his band.
So I sort of persuaded my dad to get me a kind of a
plastic saxophone on the hire purchase plan.
- David Bowie

Tony Visconti and I had been wanting to work together
again for a few years now.
Both of us had fairly large commitments and for a long
time we couldn't see a space in which we could get anything together.
- David Bowie

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

Love is granting another the space to be
the way they are and the way they are not.
- Werner Erhard

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

Not everything that casts a long shadow is to be feared.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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