Nicknamed "The Boss", Bruce Springsteen was known for being the front man for the E Street Band. But it was his reflective music of the times and his poetic lyrics that made him such a phenomenon. He continuously tested his audience with music that thought provoked, questioned and tested the human spirit and the American dream. Here are 20 very powerful, inspiring and insightful quotes by the legend himself that may alter your inner perspective in a huge way!
"The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with."
Stop questioning what you know you are destined for and what your gifts that you are insanely great at are. Be confident in yourself and your abilities, from deep within...
"God have mercy on the man who doubts what he's sure of."
"I think that is what film and art and music do; they can work as a map of sorts for your feelings."
Find what YOU are really, really good at it, and then chase it down to perfection. We think Springsteen is highly talented in the music department, but like he states in this quote, he wasn't good at much else. Society, our inner minds and our own insecurities seem to make us think we NEED to be perfectionists who are good at everything! Not true.
"I was real good at music and real bad at everything else."
One test does not define what makes everybody intelligent, in fact Sir Ken Robinson strives to prove that the education system has major flaws...
"For me, I was somebody who was a smart young guy who didn't do very well in school. The basic system of education, I didn't fit in; my intelligence was elsewhere."
The truth, that is all. What gives your life meaning? What are you passionate or what would you be committed to?
"All I try to do is to write music that feels meaningful to me, that has commitment and passion behind it."
Success is great but it does not define or make your life complete. That's what we think he was trying to say, but of course with any of these quotes - you determine your own meaning and perspective, as with life...
"Your success story is a bigger story than whatever you're trying to say on stage. Success makes life easier. It doesn't make living easier."
"This music is forever for me. It's the stage thing, that rush moment that you live for. It never lasts, but that's what you live for."
Bruce Springsteen completely enjoyed music versus doing it for the fame and the money. What a G.
"I have to write and play. If I became an electrician tomorrow, I'd still come home at night and write songs."
These next two quotes pretty much sums up that you don't need to be like anyone else and it's completely okay to be different. In fact, it's better to stand out and be your own version.
"Basically, I was pretty ostracized in my hometown. Me and a few other guys were the town freaks- and there were many occasions when we were dodging getting beaten up ourselves."
"I had tried to go to college, and I didn't really fit in. I went to a real narrow-minded school where people gave me a lot of trouble, and I was hounded off the campus - I just looked different and acted different, so I left school."
"Work creates an enormous sense of self and I saw that in my mother. She was an enormous towering figure to me in the best possible way. I picked up a lot of things from her in the way that I work... I also picked up a lot of the failings of when your father doesn't have those things and that results in a house that turns into a minefield."
"I didn't know if it would be a successful one, or what the stages would be, but I always saw myself as a lifetime musician and songwriter."
"It's a sad man my friend who's livin' in his own skin and can't stand the company."
In other words, Springsteen goes for what aligns with himself and his creative imagining compared to doing what's popular or mainstream!
"I don't write demographically. I don't write a song to reach these people or those people"
Find something that gives you a real reason to live for - a purposeful inner meaning to your life!
"Until I realized that rock music was my connection to the rest of the human race, I felt like I was dying, for some reason, and I didn't know why."
Springsteen did not conform, never, not even in his own household growing up...
"When I was growing up, there were two things that were unpopular in my house. One was me, and the other was my guitar."
"Somebody who can reckon with the past, who can live with the past in the present, and move towards the future - that's fabulous."
You control your destiny and your fate, it is definitely not random or chance...
"When it comes to luck, you make your own."
"Talk about a dream, try to make it real."
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