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Ten of David Bowie’s Most Unforgettable Quotes

On the anniversary of his death, Another Man presents ten of the Thin White Duke’s best quotes

  • TextAilidh Maclean

Born David Jones, the man we know as David Bowie flexed a plethora of personas across his five decade-long career – each informing the music he made at the time and the creative potency of his accompanying artistic projects. From Ziggy Stardust, his interstellar individualist of a carefully concocted rock star and Aladdin Sane (a play on “a lad, insane”), to the Thin White Duke and laterly, the cryptic guise of Lazarus; he pushed the very boundaries of expression until the very end.

Encouraging the exploration of uniqueness in every which way, Bowie and his work served as a glam-rock glimmer of hope for a platoon of fans who felt too weird for this world. For the first time, a prominent figure of popular culture was spearheading acceptance of queer communities and encouraging dialogue around what was until then, a largely closeted lifestyle. Two years to the day since the passing that prompted a worldwide wave of sadness, we present the top ten quotes that explore the extraterrestrial oeuvre of the inimitable outsider.

​1. ​“I’m an instant star​ – j​ust add water and stir.”

​2. ​“I’ve 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.’”

3. “Don’t you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything.”

4. ​“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.”

5. ​“I reinvented my image so many times that I’m in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman.”

6. ​“Make the best of every moment. We’re not evolving. We’re not going anywhere.”

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

8. “I think fame itself is not a rewarding thing. The most you can say is that it gets you a seat in restaurants.”

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

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

The Man Who Fell To Earth, published by Taschen is out now.