The Top 10 Most Inspiring Johnny Cash Quotes

Johnny Cash, AKA, the man in black, was a revolutionary musician who was widely coined for being one of the most influential people ever. His versatility as an artist made him a legend as a guitarist, actor, and best-selling author. Johnny Cash pioneered his own unique style as he infused country, rock, blues and gospel influences. His legacy will always be remember as an individual who persisted and grew. His life had it all, poverty, drugs, and many ups and downs, but most importantly he found a way to always keep going through the darkness. He intertwined his life stories and music, and turned it into his vice. Johnny Cash brought awareness through his lyrics by singing about deep human themes from sorrow and redemption to pain and moral tribulations. Outside of music, he stood for many important issues. He was an activist for Native Americans and he was notorious for conducting concerts to several prisons around the world.

Here are Johnny Cash’s top 10 most inspiring quotes that will energize you to build on failures while also being open to helping others in the process.



“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash


“Life is rough so you gotta be tough.Johnny Cash

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“I learn from my mistakes. It’s a very painful way to learn, but without pain, the old saying is, there’s no gain.” Johnny Cash


“You miss a lot of opportunities by making mistakes, but that’s part of it: knowing that you’re not shut out forever, and that there’s a goal you still can reach.” – Johnny Cash

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“You can ask the people around me. I don’t give up. I don’t give up… and it’s not out of frustration and desperation that I say I don’t give up. I don’t give up because I don’t give up. I don’t believe in it.” – Johnny Cash


“I’m not really concerned about boundaries. I just follow my conscience and my heart. Follow your heart. That’s what I do. Compassion is something I have a lot of, because I’ve been through a lot of pain in my life. Anybody who has suffered a lot of pain has a lot of compassion.” – Johnny Cash

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“You’ve got to know your limitations. I don’t know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren’t too many limitations, if I did it my way.Johnny Cash


“Life and love go on, let the music play.Johnny Cash

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“Until things are brighter.. I’m the man in black.” Johnny Cash Jr.


“You have to be what you are. Whatever you are, you gotta be it.” – Johnny Cash

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“All your life, you will be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hate…I choose love.” – Johnny Cash

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