14 David Bowie quotes on life and music

'' As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I've got left? ''
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Characters team Jan 10. 2017
by Characters team
Sources: Telegraph, Rollingstone, Hello! Magazine, Mirror
Photographs:www.davidbowie.com
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 My brother, Terry has influenced me most  He’s seven years older than I. He was very keen on jazz when I was at a very impressionable age, and that led me into it.
I idolised John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy, and learned to play the clarinet and tenor saxophone when I was 12. When I first came into the business six years ago it was as a jazz musician.
Terry was very Bohemian and introduced me to the writers that meant a lot to him – like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. And all this led me into songwriting.

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I think I have done just about everything that it’s possible to do – except really dangerous things, like being an explorer. But anything that Western culture has to offer – I’ve put myself through most of it.

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You can neither win nor lose if you don't run the race.

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I think the internal and exterior values in my life have kind of leapfrogged over each other into a more positive area

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Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.

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I really do feel an overwhelming thankfulness that I can get out of bed every day; that I still have all my faculties, and that nowadays my appetites seem to be sane ones. That’s enough.

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Talking about art is like dancing about architecture

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Purely on release of high spirits, rock it's still just as important as it was. But socially, it's changing its calendar; it's changing its vocabulary continually. Which is what makes it the most exciting art form, really. Because it is social currency; it actually has a place in society. It's a living art, and it is undergoing constant reevaluation and change. Which makes it far more interesting than, say, painting, or any of the plastic arts, which are so much for the few. And there's quite as much money attached to painting these days as there ever was in rock. . . . 
I think there's a refocusing in rock now. I think the emphasis is off videos – which is great – and it's returning back to stage, to interaction between the audience and the artist. It's entirely physical and dangerous at the moment, but I think artists and audiences are coming together again in a different way. Video was very much in the way between the artist and the audience over the last few years.

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 As an adolescent, I was painfully shy, withdrawn. I didn’t really have the nerve to sing my songs on stage and nobody else was doing them. I decided to do them in disguise so that I didn’t have to actually go through the humiliation of going on stage and being myself. I continued designing characters with their own complete personalities and environments. I put them into interviews with me! Rather than be me — which must be incredibly boring to anyone — I’d take Ziggy in, or Aladdin Sane or The Thin White Duke. It was a very strange thing to do.

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There's a terror in knowing what the world is about.

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 I was naming the children the first night we met.
 
My attraction to her was immediate and all-encompassing. I couldn't sleep for the excitement of our first date. That she would be my wife, in my head, was a done deal.
 
I'd never gone after anything in my life with such passion in all my life. I just knew she was the one.

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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.
Maybe I am insane, too — it runs in my family — but I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, ‘Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman.
The reason you don’t want to make a commitment is not that you’re such a freewheeling, adventurous person, it’s because you’re scared shitless that it will turn out like your mother and father.

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

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

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The man who inspired the world, he get inspired even by his own death.

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