24 Famous David Bowie Quotes

24 Best David Bowie Quotes

Today, I collected some of the best David Bowie quotes because I grew up listening to his music and LOVE the movie, Labyrinth. While I was reading these David Bowie quotes, I forgot how often I would jam out to his music. Sometimes, I would listen to “The Man Who Sold the World” on repeat because…well, it’s amazing.

With that being said, I hope you enjoy these great David Bowie quotes as much as I did collecting these quotes! Cheers!

24 Famous David Bowie Quotes

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

2. “People are so fucking dumb. Nobody reads anymore, nobody goes out and looks and explores the society and culture they were brought up in. People have attention spans of five seconds and as much depth as a glass of water.” – David Bowie

3. “Don’t you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything.” – David Bowie

That's the shock: All cliches 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 cliches are true... Hell, don't pose me that one. David Bowie
4. "That's the shock: All cliches 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 cliches are true... Hell, don't pose me that one." - David Bowie

5. “I’m a real self-educated kind of guy. I read voraciously. Every book I ever bought, I have. I can’t throw it away. It’s physically impossible to leave my hand! Some of them are in warehouses. I’ve got a library that I keep the ones I really really like. I look around my library some nights and I do these terrible things to myself–I count up the books and think, how long I might have to live and think, ‘[email protected]#%k, I can’t read two-thirds of these books.’ It overwhelms me with sadness.” – David Bowie

6. “Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming” – David Bowie

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

8. “I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.” – David Bowie

9. “I’m looking for backing for an unauthorized auto-biography that I am writing. Hopefully, this will sell in such huge numbers that I will be able to sue myself for an extraordinary amount of money and finance the film version in which I play everybody.” – David Bowie

I'm in awe of the universe, but I don't necessarily believe there's an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic. David Bowie
10. "I'm in awe of the universe, but I don't necessarily believe there's an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic." - David Bowie

11. “The truth is, of course, that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.” – David Bowie

12. “Once you lose that sense of wonder at being alive, you’re pretty much on the way out…” – David Bowie

I find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity. David Bowie
13. "I find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity." - David Bowie

14. “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

15. “As you get older the questions come down to two or three. How long have I got and what am I gonna do with the time I’ve got left?” – David Bowie

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 colour the material with as much visual expression as is necessary for that song. David Bowie
16. "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 colour the material with as much visual expression as is necessary for that song." - David Bowie

17. “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

18. “You would think that a rock star being married to a super-model would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.” – David Bowie

I was never particularly fond of my voice. David Bowie
19. "I was never particularly fond of my voice." - David Bowie

20. “All art is unstable. Its meaning is not necessarily that implied by the author, There is no authoritative active voice. There are only multiple readings.” – David Bowie

21. “Confront a corpse at least once. The absolute absence of life is the most disturbing and challenging confrontation you will ever have.” – 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
22. "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

23. “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

24. “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

24 Famous David Bowie Quotes. ExpandYourMiind
Sean Gagne

Sean Gagne

I am just a normal guy who loves philosophy and wants to share his love with the rest of the world. If you'd like to know more, check out my about me!

About Me »
  • 9
    Shares
Scroll to Top