David Bowie

From Quotes
What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter.
Peter F. Drucker
Jump to: navigation, search
We can be heroes, just for one day.

David Robert Jones, best known by his stage name, David Bowie, (born 8 January 1947) is a British singer, songwriter, and actor.


As long as you're still smiling there's nothing more I need.
  • I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir.
    • Quoted in Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies 15th Edition (2003) by Leslie Halliwell, p. 60
  • I get offered so many bad movies. And they're all raging queens or transvestites or Martians.
    • 1983 Comment, quoted in Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies 15th Edition (2003) by Leslie Halliwell, p. 60
  • 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."
    • Quoted in Fas Ferox - A Modern Day Mythology - World Walkthrough (2006), edited by Anna Young and James Curcio

Livewire interview (2002)

Livewire interview (16 June 2002)
  • It's odd but even when I was a kid, I would write about 'old and other times' as though I had a lot of years behind me. Now I do, so there is a difference in the weight of memory. When you're young, you're still 'becoming', now at my age I am more concerned with 'being'. And not too long from now I'll be driven by 'surviving', I'm sure. I kind of miss that 'becoming' stage, as most times you really don't know what's around the corner. Now, of course, I've kind of knocked on the door and heard a muffled answer. Nevertheless, I still don't know what the voice is saying, or even what language it's in.
  • Strangely, some songs you really don't want to write. I didn't like writing 'Heathen'. There was something so ominous and final about it. It was early in the morning, the sun was rising and through the windows I could see two deer grazing down below in the field. In the distance a car was driving slowly past the reservoir and these words were just streaming out and there were tears running down my face. But I couldn't stop, they just flew out. It's an odd feeling, like something else is guiding you, although forcing your hand is more like it.
  • 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. However, there's no theme or concept behind Heathen, just a number of songs but somehow there is a thread that runs through it that is quite as strong as any of my thematic type albums.
  • 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. There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It's always been my way of expressing what for me is inexpressible by any other means.


  • We can be heroes, for just one day.
    • "Heroes"
  • I've nothing much to offer,
    There's nothing much to take.
    I'm an absolute beginner,
    But I'm absolutely sane.
    As long as we're together
    The rest can go to hell.
    I absolutely love you,
    But we're absolute beginners.
    With eyes completely open,
    But nervous all the same.
    • Absolute Beginners
  • If our love song
    Could fly over mountains,
    Could laugh at the ocean,
    Just like the films,
    There's no reason
    To feel all the hard times,
    To lay down the hard lines,
    It's absolutely true.
    • Absolute Beginners
  • Though we're absolute beginners
    With nothing much at stake
    As long as you're still smiling
    There's nothing more I need.
    • Absolute Beginners
  • Put on your red shoes , and dance the blues.
    • Let's Dance
  • I know when to stay in
    And when to go out
    Get things done!
    • Modern Love
  • I catch a paperboy, but things dont really change!
    • Modern Love
  • Im glad that you're older than me
    Makes me feel important and free
    Is that make you smile, isnt that me?!
    • Sweet Thing
  • Love is careless, in its choosing
    Sweeping over, cross a baby
    Love descends on those defenseless
    Idiot love, sparks the fusion
    Inspirations have i none, just to touch the flaming dove
    All i have is my love of love, and love is not loving!
    • Soul Love
  • Then i put my face in tomorrow, i believe we're not alone
    I believe in Beatles, i believe my little soul has grown
    And im still so afraid, yes im still so afraid, yeah im still so afraid, on my own!
    • Afraid
  • Boys, boys, there's a sweet thing
    Boys, boys, there's a sweet thing, sweet thing,
    If you want it, boys, get it here thing
    Cuz hope, boys is a cheap thing, cheap thing!
    • Sweet Thing
  • Funny how secrets travel!
    • I'm Deranged
  • The clutch of love
    And the fist of life
    Over your head!
    • I'm Deranged
Who will love Aladdin Sane?
  • Who will love Aladdin Sane?
    • Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)
  • All the young dudes
    Carry the news
    Boogaloo dudes
    Carry the news.
    • All The Young Dudes
  • There's such a sad love
    Deep in your eyes, a kind of pale jewel
    Open and closed within your eyes.
    I'll place the sky within your eyes.
    • As The World Falls Down
  • Makes no sense at all
    Makes no sense to fall
    As the world falls down
    Falling in love
    As the world falls down
    (down) Falling
    Falling in love.
    • As The World Falls Down
  • Time and again i tell myself
    I'll stay clean tonight
    But the little green wheels keep following me !
    (Oh no, not again!)
    I'm stuck with a valuable friend
    I'm happy , hope you're happy too!
    • Ashes To Ashes
  • Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
    We know Major Tom's a junkie
    Strung out in heaven's high
    Hitting an all-time low.
    • Ashes To Ashes
  • I've never done good things
    I've never done bad things
    I never did anything out of the blue.
    • Ashes To Ashes
  • My mama said to get things done
    You'd better not mess with Major Tom.
    • Ashes To Ashes
  • You're such a wonderful person
    But you got problems
    • Breaking Glass
  • I'm having so much fun with the poisonous people
    Spreading rumours and lies and stories they made up
    Some make you sing and some make you scream
    One makes you wish that you'd never been seen.
    • Candidate
  • Still don't know what I was waiting for
    And my time was running wild.
    A million dead-end streets and
    Every time I thought I'd got it made
    It seemed the taste was not so sweet.
    So I turned myself to face me
    But I've never caught a glimpse
    Of how the others must see the faker
    I'm much too fast to take that test.
    • Changes
  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
    Turn and face the strange
    • Changes
  • I watch the ripples change their size
    But never leave the stream
    Of warm impermanence and
    So the days float through my eyes
    But still the days seem the same.
    And these children that you spit on
    As they try to change their worlds
    Are immune to your consultations
    They're quite aware of what they're going through.
    • Changes
  • Strange fascination, fascinates me
    Oh! changes are taking pace im going through!
    • Changes
  • I stumble into town, just like a sacred cow
    Visions of swastikas in my head,
    Plans for everyone.
    It's in the whites of my eyes.
    • China Girl
  • My little China Girl
    You shouldn't mess with me
    I'll ruin everything you are
    Y'know, I'll give you television
    I'll give you eyes of blue
    I'll give you a man who wants to rule the world.
    • China Girl
  • And when I get excited
    My little China Girl says
    "Oh baby just you shut your mouth".
    • China Girl
  • Who wants the love of all the world
    When here was love in the eyes of just one girl
    That day, that precious day
    When even a fool learns to love.
    • Even A Fool Learns To Love
  • In the event that this fantastic voyage
    Should turn to erosion and we never get old
    Remember it's true, dignity is valuable
    But our lives are valuable too.
    • Fantastic Voyage
  • We're learning to live with somebody's depression
    And I don't want to live with somebody's depression.
    • Fantastic Voyage
  • It's a moving world, but that's no reason
    To shoot some of those missiles
    Think of us as fatherless scum
    It won't be forgotten
    'Cos we'll never say anything nice again, will we?
    • Fantastic Voyage
  • And the wrong words make you listen
    In this criminal world
    Remember it's true, loyalty is valuable
    But our lives are valuable too.
    • Fantastic Voyage
  • Bye bye love.
    • Hallo Spaceboy
  • Ground to Major bye-bye Tom
    • Hallo Spaceboy
  • God is an American.
    • I'm Afraid of Americans
  • I smiled sadly for a love I could not obey
    Lady Stardust sang his songs
    Of darkness and dismay
    • Lady Stardust (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars)
  • Oh wait, I'm getting ahead of myself
    Let me take you back to when it all began
    • Nathan Adler
  • One day nothing meant nothing
    Ten dollars tore us apart
    One thing led to a dead end
    One shot put her away
    • One Shot
  • God is on top of it all
    That's all
    • Pallas Athena
  • There's a taste in my mouth and it's no taste at all
    • Queen Bitch
  • Oh no love! you're not alone
    No matter what or who you've been
    No matter when or where you've seen
    All the knives seem to lacerate your brain
    I've had my share, I'll help you with the pain
    You're not alone!
    • Rock & Roll Suicide (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars)
  • There's a starman waiting in the sky
    He'd like to come and meet us
    But he thinks he'd blow our minds.
    • Starman (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars)
  • Oh don't lean on me man, cause you can't afford the ticket
    Back from Suffragette City
    Oh don't lean on me man
    Cause you ain't got time to check it
    You know my Suffragette City
    Is outta sight...she's all right ... Wham, bam, thank you ma'am!
    • Suffragette City (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars). The last expression is a widely known slang phrase, for a quick sex encounter, which was also the title of a song on Charles Mingus album 'Oh Yeah'.
  • You - are not a victim
    You - just scream with boredom
    You - are not evicting time
    • Time
  • Baby, I’ll slay a dragon for you
    Or banish wicked giants from the land
    But you will find, that nothing in my dream can hurt you
    We will only love each other as forever
    • When I Live My Dream
  • In this age of grand illusion, you walked into my life out of my dreams —
    I don't need another change — still you forced a way into my scheme of things.
    You say we're growing, growing heart and soul
    In this age of grand illusion, you walked into my life out of my dreams.
    • Word On A Wing
  • Just because I believe don't mean I don't think as well.
    Don't have to question everything in heaven nor hell.
    • Word On A Wing
  • Lord I kneel and offer you, my word on a wing
    And I'm trying hard to fit among your scheme of things
    It's safer than a strange land, but I still care for myself
    And I don't stand in my own light... Lord, Lord, my prayer flies like a word on a wing
    My prayer flies like a word on a wing
    Does my prayer fit in with your scheme of things?
    • Word On A Wing
  • Do you remember, your President Nixon?
    Do you remember, the bills you have to pay
    Or even yesterday?
    • Young Americans
  • All right. I want the young American.
    • Young Americans
  • We live for just these twenty years
    Do we have to die for the fifty more.
    • Young Americans
  • When the kids had killed the man, I had to break up the band
    • Ziggy Stardust on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars
  • Ziggy played guitar
    • Ziggy Stardust


  • I've found that every time I've made a radical change, it's helped me feel buoyant as an artist.
  • If I feel comfortable with what I'm doing, something's wrong.
  • I won't be writing a song about this one. (Talking about his artery clogging incident in 2004)
  • Now that I understand myself and others, I'm supposed to die? What a crap game! I'd like to live to be 200 or 300 years old.
  • I re-invented my image so many times that I'm in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman. (During a spoof segment on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien".)
  • I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise that it won't be boring.

External links

Wikipedia has an article about: