10 Spiritually Provocative Quotes From David Bowie — No.7 is Something We Should All Ponder!

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We lost a musical genius at the beginning of 2016.

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Loving the Alien

My earliest memory of the legendary David Robert Jones was when my mother bought a record of his and I saw the cover (I think it was ‘Space Oddity’). I was 9 years old and fell madly in love with this androgynous, mysterious, beautiful, outrageous looking creature.

He was the poetic and rebellious inspiration I needed in my teens and I never outgrew his innovative and ground-breaking style of music. He inspired me to write poetry, to be a musician and to be insanely weird…and proud of it.

Under Pressure

I have been practicing madly this week for a David Bowie tribute concert that I have agreed to do (I play the bass guitar) next Saturday in Cape Town. Within a couple of weeks of the show being announced it was sold out — a real testament to the popularity of this British musical icon even in the Southern most tip of Africa!

I had the privilege of seeing him live in action at Wembley Stadium, London, when he was on his ‘Reality’ tour. He was well into his 60’s at the time but his performance was monumental — an evening I shall never forget.


Rehearsing for this gig has given me a new-found respect for Mr. Bowie as his songs are some of the most complicated and difficult I’ve ever attempted. But what speaks to the soul must be pursued.

So, having Bowie on my mind — I’d like to share some of my favorite zany quotes from the Thin White Duke:

  1. “I’m in awe of the universe, but I don’t necessarily believe there’s an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic.”
  2. “I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, ‘F*ck that. I want to be a superhuman.”
  3. “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”
  4. “On the other hand, what I like my music to do to me is awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts.”
  5. “Don’t you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything.”
  6. “Speak in extremes, it’ll save you time. ”
  7. “I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.”
  8. “I’m a real self-educated kind of guy. I read voraciously. Every book I ever bought, I have. I can’t throw it away. It’s physically impossible to leave my hand! Some of them are in warehouses. I’ve got a library that I keep the ones I really really like. I look around my library some nights and I do these terrible things to myself–I count up the books and think, how long I might have to live and think, ‘F#ck, I can’t read two-thirds of these books.’ It overwhelms me with sadness.”
  9. When asked what the quality you most like in a man? “The ability to return books.”
  10. “You can neither win nor lose if you don’t run the race.”

Okay, no. 8 and 9 aren’t exactly THAT spiritual but I like them anyway. Anyone with a fetish for reading and books would understand the hair-pulling anxiety of lending books (and never seeing them again!).

I love no. 7 because we should all strive to please ourselves and stop trying to placate those around us forsaking our own needs and creativity. That should not be taken as a selfish thing but a self love thing (read more HERE). When you’re happy, you’re going to exude joy and that will affect all of those in your sphere.

Thank you, David Bowie, for all the inspiration and boundary pushing!

Related article: Can Music Jump-Start Humanity’s Awakening?


Cherie Roe Dirksen
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is a self-empowerment author, multi-media artist and musician from South Africa.

To date, she has published 3 self-help and motivational books and brings out weekly inspirational blogs at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com. Get stuck into finding your passion, purpose and joy by downloading some of those books gratis when you click HERE.

Her ambition is to help you to connect with your innate gift of creativity and living the life you came here to experience by taking responsibility for your actions and becoming the co-creator of your reality. You can also follow Cherie on Facebook (The Art of Empowerment).

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  1. 1675532106047841@facebook.com' Luciano Hernandez says:

    Fascist nazi : rot in hell Blue eyed Demon!!!

    • 982153768533965@facebook.com' Technology News says:

      Thanks so much for that

    • cheriedirksen@yahoo.com' Cherie Roe Dirksen says:

      He actually had one blue eye and one green eye…just saying.

      • indigoeevee1972@yahoo.co.uk' Eevee says:

        They were both blue ,the damaged eye looked a different colour due to the pupil being enlarged,it happened to me when I had eye tests

      • slheat@bigpond.net.au' Soren Lund says:

        No he didn’t. They were both a blue grey colour, the left pupil was permanently dilated due to a punch from George Underwood when they were 14. They remained lifelong friends. Also, David was 56 at the start of the Reality Tour. He turned 57 in 2004, during the tour

    • porous1983oh@yahoo.com' Not Having It says:

      You first, you self-righteous, undoubtedly incestuous pig.

    • indigoeevee1972@yahoo.co.uk' Eevee says:

      Oh dear what a bellend !! You clearly know NOTHING about him ,he studied many subjects ,did not mean he followed them, are you a bit green eyed at all ? If you know what that means

    • shsb1979@gmail.com' Lydia says:

      Did you start that morning drinking again? You promised to stop.

  2. 982153768533965@facebook.com' Technology News says:

    Who else loves

  3. goldiloks2@aol.com' ani says:

    Well very interesting. Im sure where he is NOW is not boring at ALL, and in fact, I believe he’ll meet up with the great intelligence that did CREATE the universe. There is a GOD. And David Bowie left his mark on Planet Earth.

  4. 10209404445256616@facebook.com' Eileen Burtle says:

    Andrea Rose Burtle

  5. 10156722998045076@facebook.com' Andrea Rose Burtle says:

    ?Eileen Burtle

  6. 10209404445256616@facebook.com' Eileen Burtle says:

    Read them… Love the reading quotes x I’m still in shock ??

    • cheriedirksen@yahoo.com' Cherie Roe Dirksen says:

      Imagine having a warehouse of books??? I’m also still trying to absorb the fact that he’s not here…well, in physicality that is.

  7. 10208618428205406@facebook.com' Karen Anderson says:

    Great inspiration

  8. Hamfan@me.com' Andrew says:

    You got number 3 wrong it’s I promise I won’t be boring.

  9. randomlight77@gmail.com' rAndomlight says:

    He did not have different coloured eyes. He had a permanently dilated pupil,due to being punched by his boyhood friend George Underwood.

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