10 Insightful Quotes by David Bowie

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January 8, 1947 – January 10, 2016

News spread quickly as David Bowie, one of the most talented and eccentric stars of this century passed away on January 10.

The devastating words of his passing left me shocked and speechless, as my perception of this icon was nothing short of timeless.

Bowie wore many hats—and wigs, and make-up styles. With his gift of music and distinctive voice his fan base stretched throughout the globe for decades.

I remember watching “Ziggy Stardust” as a child and wondering if Bowie was an extra-terrestrial. His “Starman” space suit, high heeled boots and glam makeup frightened me but left me intrigued. Many would giggle at this sort of viewpoint, but as you will see from the following quotes, it might not have been such a farce.

The Starman
“I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir.”

On Being Famous
“I think fame itself is not a rewarding thing. The most you can say is that it gets you a seat in restaurants.” Interviewed in Q magazine (April 1990)

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

The Entrepreneur
“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.”

The Non-Dancer
“I don’t know how many times someone has come up to me and said, ‘Hey, Lets dance!’. I hate dancing. God, it’s stupid.”

The Non-People Pleaser
“All my big mistakes are when I try to second-guess or please an audience. My work is always stronger when I get very selfish about it.”

The Eccentric
“I find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity.”

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

The Artist
“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 I was living in.”

The Person
“As a person, I’m fairly uncomplicated.”

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  • 60-TheNew40.com

    Mikaila, how lovely to see you. I have not seen you for ages. You have put together some good thoughts on David Bowie.
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