His self-titled first album came out in 1967, and in the half-century that followed—up until his death a year ago—David Bowie remained fresh and surprising in both his music and his thinking. Here are some of the beloved rocker's most memorable lines.
Photo: 'Toy' album cover art
Watch That Man
"The truth, of course, is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time."
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"You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is."
"I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought ... I want to be a superhuman."
Photo: 'Diamond Dogs' album cover
Let All the Children Boogie
"I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir."
"I reinvented my image so many times that I'm in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman."
Rock 'n' Roll With Me
"I don't know how many times someone has come up to me and said, 'Hey, Let's dance!' I hate dancing. God, it's stupid."
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Fashion! Turn to the Left
"I find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity."
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There Where Things Are Hollow
"Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them."
Take Your Time
"Make the best of every moment. We're not evolving. We're not going anywhere."
The Man Who Fell to Earth
"What I like my music to do to me is awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts."
Photo: Still from 'The Man Who Fell to Earth'
Word on a Wing
"Talking about art is like dancing about architecture."
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Dancing in the Street
"I think Mick Jagger would be astounded and amazed if he realized that to many people he is not a sex symbol, but a mother image."
Sound and Vision
"Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming."
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Listen to Me, Don't Listen to Me
"I'm always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don't even take what I am seriously."
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Hazy Cosmic Jive
"I think much has been made of this alter ego business. I mean, I actually stopped creating characters in 1975—for albums, anyway."
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I'm Only Dancing
"Funk, I don't think I have anything to do with funk. I've never considered myself funky."
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"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring."
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"I never really felt like a rock singer or a rock star or whatever."
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Waiting in the Wings
"As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I've got left?"
Where Are We Now?
"That's the shock: All clichés are true. The years really do speed by. Life really is as short as they tell you it is. And there really is a God. So do I buy that one? If all the other clichés are true ... Hell, don't pose me that one."
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