Friday 19 January 2018

13 important lessons from Prince to help you 'get through this thing called life'

Prince performs during the halftime show of the NFL's Super Bowl XLI football game between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts in Miami, Florida, U.S. February 4, 2007
Prince performs during the halftime show of the NFL's Super Bowl XLI football game between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts in Miami, Florida, U.S. February 4, 2007

Sasha Brady

Prince didn't give too many interviews during his 40-year career but when he did speak he usually had something worthwhile to say.

Below are 13 quotes pulled from various interviews that offer some words of wisdom.

1 Life isn't easy for anyone but we're all in it together

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life - Prince Let's Go Crazy

2 Always strive for diversity

"There was a lot of pressure from my ex-buddies in other bands not to have white members in the band. But I always wanted a band that was black and white. Half the musicians I knew only listened to one type of music. That wasn't good enough for me." - Rolling Stone 1983

Musician Prince gestures on stage during the Apollo Theatre's 75th anniversary gala in New York, June 8, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
Musician Prince gestures on stage during the Apollo Theatre's 75th anniversary gala in New York, June 8, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

3 Don't hold on to the past

"I used to tease a lot of journalists early on, because I wanted them to concentrate on the music and not so much on me coming from a broken home...I don't live in the past. I don't play my old records for that reason. I make a statement, then move on to the next." - Rolling Stone 1985

4 You're never too old to try something new

"I feel at peace. I knew it would take time, and I had to deal with a lot of ridicule. But this feels like peace right now. Spiritually I feel very different from the way I used to, but physically? Not at all. I don't look at time that way, and I don't believe in age. When you wake up, each day looks the same, so each day should be a new beginning. I don't have an expiration date." - Rolling Stone 2011

5 You don't always have to do the 'right thing', you just need to do what feels right for you

"I decided some things like family don't have a big part to play in my future. I'm dedicated to music, to the point that I see all my life through it." - Time Out 1995

6 Everything happens for a reason

"There are no accidents. And if there are, it's up to us to look at them as something else. And that bravery is what creates new flowers." - Details magazine 1991

7 Be whoever you want to be

Singer Prince gestures as he announces upcoming live dates at the Apollo Theater in New York October 14, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
Singer Prince gestures as he announces upcoming live dates at the Apollo Theater in New York October 14, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

"A strong spirit transcends rules." - Barney Hoskins interview 1995

8 Your critics aren't always right

"There's a lot of things that critics don't understand. Like the second song in our set is a track called Jam, and what people don't realise is that in America that's the number one track at house parties. Now, the audience know that, they respect that! But that's not something most critics are down with, you know what I'm saying? So when people say I make too many records, I just show them the Aretha Franklin catalogue in the '60s, when she made a record every four months." - Time Out, 1995

9 Be your own boss

"Despite everything no one can dictate who you are to other people. Alicia Keys gets it. All these hip-hop artists, the first thing they do is start their own label and lock their business down - we had a lot to do with that." - Rolling Stone 2011

10 If you want something, make it happen

"I like music to play in my car, and when I need something new to play I record something. Instead of buying a tape, I make music." - Details 1991.

11 Art can be move people

"Movies are real! Music is real! It affects people, it's real...The other night I went to a club and I watched a DJ control an entire room. Even politicians can't do that." - Notorious magazine 1999

12 Mistakes are all part of the journey

"Everyone has their own experience. That's why we are here, to go through our experience, to learn, to go down those paths and eventually you may have gone down so many paths and learned so much that you don't have to come back again." - NME 1996

13 Always live life to the full because you never know when your time is up

"Yeah, everybody's got a bomb, we could all die any die. But before I'll let that happen, I'll dance my life away." - Prince 1999

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