David Bowie dies: Here are some of his best quotes

The mega-star’s death was confirmed this morning

David Bowie has died from cancer at the age of 69.

The Brixton-born singer influenced fans across the globe, not only in the world of music, but also fashion, film and sexuality.

A Facebook post on Bowie’s official page read: “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

Bowie was producing music right up until his death, with his latest album released last week, to coincide with his 69th birthday.

David Bowie 1986

Here is a small selection of his finest quotes:

“Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity. So it’s like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again. You’d better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that’s really the only unique situation that’s going to be left.”

“I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I’m living on.”

“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 will play everybody.”

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“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.”

“I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture that I was living in. It just seemed like a challenge to move it a little bit towards the way I thought it might be interesting to go.”

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

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

“It amazes me sometimes that even intelligent people will analyse a situation or make a judgement after only recognizing the standard or traditional structure of a piece.”

David Bowie guitar

“I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.”

“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.”

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

“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?”

“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.”

“Once I’ve written something it does tend to run away from me. I don’t seem to have any part of it - it’s no longer my piece of writing.”

“I realised the other day that I’ve lived in New York longer than I’ve lived anywhere else. It’s amazing: I am a New Yorker. It’s strange; I never thought I would be.”

“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.”

 

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