"I was just genuinely shy. I'd always been a shy kid. And when I happened, when my success started, I was incredibly confident onstage because that's where I loved to be, but offstage there was no balance."
"I've always wanted to smash a guitar over someone's head. You just can't do that with a piano."
"I've got to do something to make up for all those self-absorbed and selfish years when I just, you know, was taking drugs, sitting in my room, doing bad things, whatever."
"The great thing about rock and roll is that someone like me can be a star."
"Sometimes when I'm flying over the Alps I think, 'That's like all the cocaine I sniffed.'"
"I've never had a writer's block, but still I think: 'Is it going to happen this time?' You never know what you're going to get, you just put your fingers on the keys and hope."
"I was more ashamed that I couldn't work the washing machine than the fact that I was taking drugs."
"I hate to say this, but I always listen to the music and the instrumentation first, and then grab on to the lyrics later."
"People should be very free with sex, but they should draw the line at goats."
"It's very important to have two tiaras when you're on the road, you never know when you'll be invited to something really formal."
"I do like my rock stars to be a little larger than life. I don't mind the earnest ones at all, but I do like a bit of individuality."
"Who needs another Elton John record? I've made God knows how many!"
"As Elton John, my days on pop radio are over, and I know that and I accept it and I'm not unhappy about it. It's a different time of my life now, and it gives me the freedom to do whatever kind of music I want to do. ... There's no pressure for me to go out there and say, 'I've got to have a top 40 hit' because it's not going to happen."
"An overview of my career is usually 'glasses, homosexuality, Watford Football Club, tantrums, flowers.' But the music was pretty phenomenal."
"I have a wonderful life—nothing could be better. It's taken a while to get here, but now that I've got it, I'm going to hang on and not fuck it up."
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