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96 Inspiring Quotes by Prince

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Wikipedia Summary for Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016), known simply as Prince, or , was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor, and director. Regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation, he worked across multiple genres and often played most or all instruments on recordings. He was known for his flamboyant and androgynous persona, with a wide vocal range which included a far-reaching falsetto and high-pitched screams.

Prince's music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, R&B, Latin, rock, new wave, classical, soul, synth-pop, psychedelia, pop, jazz, and hip hop. He pioneered the Minneapolis sound, a funk rock subgenre that emerged in the late 1970s. He was also known for his prolific output, releasing 39 albums during his life, with a vast array of unreleased projects left in a vault at his home after his death; it is believed that the vault contains dozens of fully produced albums and over 50 music videos that have never been released, along with various other media. He released hundreds of songs both under his own name and multiple pseudonyms during his life, as well as writing songs that were made famous by other musicians, such as "Nothing Compares 2 U" and "Manic Monday". Estimates of the complete number of songs written by Prince range anywhere from 500 to well over 1,000.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records at the age of 19. Prince went on to achieve critical success with the innovative albums Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982). His sixth album, Purple Rain (1984), was recorded with his backup band the Revolution, and was the soundtrack to his film acting debut of the same name. Purple Rain spent six consecutive months atop the Billboard 200. Prince won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score.

After disbanding the Revolution, Prince went on to achieve continued critical success with Sign o' the Times (1987). In the midst of a contractual dispute with Warner Bros. in 1993, he changed his stage name to the unpronounceable symbol (known to fans as the "Love Symbol"), and was sometimes referred to as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince or TAFKAP, or simply the Artist.

He signed with Arista Records in 1998 and began referring to himself by his own name again in 2000. After returning to mainstream prominence following a performance at the Grammy Awards ceremony in 2004, he scored six US top ten albums over the following decade.In mid-life, Prince reportedly experienced considerable pain from injuries to his body (mainly hips) sustained through his dynamic stage performances (which included leaping off speaker stacks in high heels), and was sometimes seen using a cane.

In April 2016, at the age of 57, Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Prince sold over 150 million records worldwide, ranking him among the best-selling music artists of all time. His awards included the Grammy President's Merit Award, the American Music Awards for Achievement and of Merit, the Billboard Icon Award, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2016.


water droplets on green leaf

I like Hollywood. I just like Minneapolis a little bit better.

--Prince

sunset

Peace will come when it becomes irrelevant to strike out at people. When you see that it's striking out against your own genome.

--Prince

rainbow desert

Tell me a musician who's got rich off digital sales. Apple's doing pretty good though, right?

--Prince

sunset

The internet's completely over.

--Prince

gray slabs

My bankers are very happy with me.

--Prince

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

The Bible is a study guide for social interaction.

--Prince

green leafed plants on forest

I always wanted to make a three-record set. 'Sign o' the Times' was originally supposed to be a triple album, but it ended up as a double.

--Prince

person with blue paint on hand

A strong spirit transcends rules.

--Prince

forest near mountain alps

I might just stop talking again and not do interviews.

--Prince

person holding white book

I try not to repeat myself. It's the hardest thing in the world to do -- there are only so many notes one human being can master. .

--Prince

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Young people have decided they like to listen to music in a certain way, through ear buds, and that's fine with me as long as it doesn't bother them that they're not hearing 90 percent of the music that way.

--Prince

rain dropping from roof

I'm real easy-going.

--Prince

Arizona landscape

Just sharing music with each other -- that's cool. It's the selling that becomes the problem.

--Prince

white rose enclosed photograph

It's fun being in Islamic countries, to know there's only one religion. There's order. You wear a burqa. There's no choice. People are happy with that.

--Prince

low angle photography of gray concrete building

If you lend your consciousness to someone else, you're a robot.

--Prince

grayscale photo of pug on floor

A bootlegger is a bootlegger, a scalper is a scalper.

--Prince

lights

Like books and black lives, albums still matter.

--Prince

rain dropping from roof

I record all the time.

--Prince


stars across the sky view at the desert

Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you.

--Prince

band performing on stage in front of people

Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful.

--Prince

black fishes

Capulet! Montague!
See what a scourge is laid upon your hate,
That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!

--Prince

pink and white flower in close up photography

There is something that happens when you get emancipated. You approach life differently. You eat differently. You respect yourself more. You respect the gift you have been given.

--Prince

yellow sunflower in bloom plantation

Oh, I love critics. Because they love me. It's not a joke. They care.

--Prince

two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields

Just start by creating your day. Then create your life.

--Prince

red yellow and blue paint

Music is healing...(M)usic holds things together.

--Prince

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

So much has been written about me, and people don't know what's right and what's wrong. I'd rather let them stay confused.

--Prince

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I learned from Jimi Hendrix. They all wanted him to do the tricks, and at the end of his career, he just wanted to play. I lived longer than he did, and I can see how those pressures can really play with your head.

--Prince

bonfire at night

Don't hate me because I'm fabulous.

--Prince

brown rock formation

Rhythm came from Africa. We need 2 stop frontin' about that. Rhythm and heartbeats.

--Prince

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I've grown up, everyone's got to grow up. But there's something inside me, I'm always going to have that little sort of, how do you say, child streak.

--Prince

photo of brown parquet

I always knew I had a relationship with God. But I wasn't sure God had a relationship with me.

--Prince

green grass field with smoke

Everything has changed for me since I've changed my name. It's one thing to be called Prince but it's better to actually be one. I have such a reverence for life.

--Prince

adult black and tan dachshund

It's work to play the same songs the same way for 70 shows.

--Prince

green plant in tilt shift lens

I have friends that are gay, and we study the Bible together.

--Prince

closeup photography of black and brown bird

I ain't mad at anybody. I don't have any enemies.

--Prince

blue sky and white clouds

I knew a girl named Nikki
I guess u could say she was a sex fiend
I met her in a hotel lobby
Masturbating with a magazine
She said "how'd u like 2 waste some time?"
And I could not resist when I saw little Nikki grind.

--Prince

pavement surrounded with dried leaves

Great day in the morning my choir sing a pretty song.

--Prince

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

Real music lovers are actually my favourite kind of people because they like to know, rather than just be told what to think.

--Prince

group of penguins standing on white snow covered ground near body of water during daytime

I like to open people's eyes.

--Prince

sunset

There are no great jazz-fusion bands.

--Prince

aerial shot of road surrounded by green trees

You don't have to watch 'Gossip Girl' to have an attitude.

--Prince

white sand under white sky

In the tech-savvy, real-time world we all live in today, everything is faster.

--Prince

photo of mountains

I don't talk to old people; they try to find ways to stay static. Young folks are the ones with the ideas and constantly moving forward.

--Prince

sunset

A real friend or mentor isn't on your payroll.

--Prince

fireplace on fire

All you see on television are debased images.

--Prince

calm ocean

Doubts of our conviction
Follow where we go
And when the world's compassion
Ceases, still I know
For your every touch, I
Thank you so much
For your every kiss, I
I wish you love
I wish you heaven
I wish you heaven.

--Prince

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Hip-hop is very diverse, but if you only focus on one aspect of it, then what you get is this image of Black America that is completely contrary to what actually goes on.

--Prince

green trees beside body of water during daytime

Sometimes it takes years for a person to become an overnight success.

--Prince

tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

I learned from Jehovah's Witnesses that a fatalistic view is counterproductive.

--Prince

cluster of stars in the sky

Michael Jackson's album was only called Bad because there wasn't enough room on the sleeve for Pathetic.

--Prince

selective focus photography of sunflower

I like constructive criticism from smart people.

--Prince

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

Music is real. It affects people; it's real.

--Prince

closeup photo of green leafed plant

The gatekeepers must change.

--Prince

brown and white short coated dog lying on white surface

Instead of hate, celebrate.

--Prince

lighted candle in dark room

God's a funky little dude because everyone's looking for Him and no one can find Him.

--Prince


yellow painted wall

From its conception and that one and only meeting, 'HITNRUN' took about 90 days to prepare its release. If that's what freedom feels like, 'HITNRUN' is what it sounds like.

--Prince

bonfire at night

When i want to hear new music, i make it.

--Prince

landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour

You can judge the success of a man by his bodyguards!

--Prince

silhouette of stones during golden hour

I do pay performance royalties on others' songs I perform live, but I'm not recording these songs and putting them up for sale.

--Prince

water drops on glass

I don't talk about the past.

--Prince

trees on forest with sun rays

You ever get that feeling that you just have too many hits?

--Prince

focus photography of chick on gray ground

There are people who are unhappy with everything.

--Prince


close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

I became merely a pawn used to produce more money for Warner Bros.

--Prince


black and gray floral textile

I don't know who was the one that came up with the notion that you have to play the same songs every concert.

--Prince

group of camels walking on desert lake at daytime

I used to have seizures when I was young. My mother and father didn't know what to do or how to handle it but they did the best they could with what little they had.

--Prince

red surface

Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.

--Prince


white and blue ice on water

People don't understand real musicians anymore. Jack White is great -- he's the real thing -- but he isn't having hits.

--Prince

man riding on white horse on the hill

'When Doves Cry' came out -- it sounded like nothing that was on the radio. 'Let's Go Crazy' was number one on RandB stations, and there's nothing that's been like that on radio since.

--Prince

Arizona landscape rocks

It gets embarrassing to say something untrue because you put it online and everyone knows about it, so it's better to tell the truth.

--Prince

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

People say I'm wearing heels because I'm short. I wear heels because the women like 'em.

--Prince

red strawberry fruit on red surface

I used to be more involved with every aspect of everything onstage. I'm way more relaxed now. It feels like anything can happen.

--Prince


sunset over hill

The voice that U hear is the alchemy of Ur mind.

--Prince

adult black and tan dachshund

I've never stopped writing, never stopped recording.

--Prince

person wearing black leather shoe

Contrary to what a lot of people think, I haven't been domesticated.

--Prince

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

Most bands out there are basically pretty boring. I try to affect people inside their bodies.

--Prince

green leafed plant

I'm going down 2 Alphabet Street I'm gonna crown the first girl that I meet I'm gonna talk so sexy She'll want me from my head 2 my feet.

--Prince



silhouette of pine trees photo

When you don't talk down to your audience, then they can grow with you.

--Prince

Longer Version:

When you don't talk down to your audience, then they can grow with you. I give them a lot of credit to be able to hang with me this long, because I've gone through a lot of changes, but they've allowed me to grow, and thus we can tackle some serious subjects and try to just be better human beings, all of us.


woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

If you look in the Bible there's no birthdays.

--Prince

white textile in close up photography

Success can also cause misery. The trick is not to be surprised when you discover it doesn't bring you all the happiness and answers you thought it would.

--Prince


silhouette of trees during sunset

It's been so lonely without you here.
Like a bird, without a song.
Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling.
So tell me baby, where did I go wrong?

--Prince

road between yellow leaf trees at daytime

You can always tell when the groove is working or not.

--Prince


selective photography of green leaf plant

Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what's already there.

--Prince

silhouette of man and woman during sunset

There's this thing called compulsory licensing law that allows artists through the record companies to take your music at will without your permission.

--Prince

person with blue paint on hand

There's a dark side to everything.

--Prince

brown pine trees near mountain covered with fog

Well, my musicians are my friends.

--Prince

We wish you a perfect day!