David Bowie Quotes That Are Sure to Inspire You

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David Bowie, born David Robert Jones, was a musical icon known for his wide range and willingness to experiment throughout his five-decade career. His work is marked by turns in pop, psychedelia, music hall, glam rock (as Ziggy Stardust), plastic soul, art rock, electronica, and experimental rock. He enjoyed an acting career that was at times classic and cult.

Musically, David Bowie was never afraid to experiment or reinvent himself. He began his career in 1962 at the age of 15 with The Konrads. Finding The Konrads limited in both scope and imagination, Bowie left to join a blues group called The King Bees. Although his stint with The King Bees only lasted one month, they did release the single ”Liza Jane.” That release was followed by a single with The Manish Boys titled ”I Pity The Fool.” Both were commercial failures.

It wasn’t until he released “Space Oddity” in 1969, which charted as high as No. 5 in the U.K., that Bowie began to find commercial success. His next album, The Man Who Sold The World, gained him widespread exposure in the U.S. It was at this time that he created his most controversial persona, Ziggy Stardust. The years spent as Ziggy produced some of his most seminal work, including The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in 1972, which remained on the charts for more than two years.

As an actor, Bowie began in commercials and as a mime. He quickly moved from the small-screen and stage to larger roles in movies. His earliest big-screen success was as Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien from a dying planet, in The Man Who Fell to Earth. This was followed by the role of Prussian officer Paul Ambrosius von Przygodski in Just a Gigolo, opposite screen legend Marlene Dietrich. Labyrinth, released in 1986, saw Bowie portray the goblin king Jareth. Many consider this to be his best-known role.

A career as varied as David Bowie’s exposes an underlying mind that was both creative and innovative. The mix produced so many David Bowie quotes that a writer could fill a book with them. Read on for several very interesting quotes from the rock icon.

1. ‘Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.’

David Bowie performs on stage at the Auteuil's Hippodrome

David Bowie performs onstage at the Auteuil Hippodrome | Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

2. ‘As you get older, the questions come down to two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I’ve got left?’

David Bowie speaks on-stage ub a black suit

David Bowie speaks onstage | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

3. ‘I re-invented my image so many times that I’m in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman.’

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Ziggy Stardust collage | Foter.com

4. ‘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.’

A memorial outside David Bowie's house with flowers and cards

A memorial outside David Bowie’s house | Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

5. ‘Confront a corpse at least once. The absolute absence of life is the most disturbing and challenging confrontation you will ever have.’

David Bowie at a photoshoot looking out of a train door with sunglasses on

David Bowie at a photoshoot | Smith/Express/Getty Images

6. ‘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.’

British singer David Bowie performs on stage at the Auteuil's Hippodrome in Paris

British singer David Bowie performs onstage at the Auteuil Hippodrome in Paris | Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

7. ‘Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them.’

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David Bowie’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star | Araya Diaz/Getty Images

8. ‘Fame itself … doesn’t really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant.’

David Bowie and Velvet Underground legend Lou Reed

David Bowie and Velvet Underground legend, Lou Reed | Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

9. ‘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.’

Tributes to David Bowie's memorial in the form of flowers and photos

Tributes to David Bowie’s memorial | Chris Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images

10. ‘I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.’

David Bowie at a press conference

David Bowie at a press conference | Ralph Gatti/AFP/Getty Images

11. ‘But I’ve got to think of myself as the luckiest guy.’

David Bowie and his wife, Iman

David Bowie and his wife, Iman | Evan Ramsdale/Getty Images

12. ‘I find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity.’

A memorial for David Bowie

A memorial for David Bowie | Carl Court/Getty Images

13. ‘I’m not one of those guys that has a great world view. I kind of deal with terror and fear and isolation and abandonment.’

David Bowie at a press conference

David Bowie gives a press conference | Ralph Gatti/AFP/Getty Images

14. ‘I was never particularly fond of my voice.’

David Bowie smiles as he meets fans

David Bowie smiles as he meets fans | Scott Barbour/Getty Images

15. ‘I am responsible for starting a whole new school of pretension.’

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