For nearly four decades before his sudden death in 2016, Prince fused R&B with rock and roll, sex with spirituality, and '80s pop with '60s guitar solos. Born on June 7, 1958, he was original and unpredictable throughout his life. Just check out these 20 quotes.
"Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful."
"Music is music, ultimately. If it makes you feel good, cool."
"In this life, things are much harder than in the afterworld. In this life, you're on your own." —from "Let's Go Crazy"
"Sometimes it takes years for a person to become an overnight success."
"Cool means being able to hang with yourself. All you have to ask yourself is, 'Is there anybody I'm afraid of? Is there anybody who if I walked into a room and saw, I'd get nervous?' If not, then you're cool."
"I like Hollywood. I just like Minneapolis a little bit better."
"I always knew I had a relationship with God. But I wasn't sure God had a relationship with me."
"My greatest musical education I think came from listening to records. And I think that should be integrated into the school system, that kids learn and hear from the musicians themselves why they got into music in the first place. It's a God-given gift and when a musician gives back onto that glory, it's a wonderful thing."
On the decision to withdraw "The Black Album" in 1987:
"I was very angry a lot of the time back then, and that was reflected in that album. I suddenly realized that we can die at any moment, and we'd be judged by the last thing we left behind. I didn't want that angry, bitter thing to be the last thing."
"Instead of hate, celebrate."
"I don't go to awards shows anymore. I'm not saying I'm better than anybody else. But you'll be sitting there at the Grammys, and U2 will beat you. And you say to yourself: Wait a minute. I can play that kind of music, too. I played La Crosse [Wisconsin] growing up, I know how to do that, you dig? But you will not do 'Housequake.'"
"Time is a mind construct. It's not real."
"I pushed the envelope as far as it needed to be pushed, and now it's on the floor, and people seem to want it to stay there."
"Thank u for a funky time / Call me up whenever u want to grind." —from "Darling Nikki"
"So much has been written about me, and people don't know what's right and what's wrong. I'd rather let them stay confused."
"I learned from Jimi Hendrix. They all wanted him to do the tricks, and at the end of his career, he just wanted to play. I lived longer than he did, and I can see how those pressures can really play with your head."
"I used to be more involved with every aspect of everything onstage. I'm way more relaxed now. It feels like anything can happen."
"There's always a rainbow at the end of every rain."
"A strong spirit transcends rules."
"When I pray to God, I say, 'It's your call—when it's time to go, it's time to go.'"
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