Jeff Buckley Quotes



Best 30 Quotes by Jeff Buckley

“Be seriously involved with growing, with your own development, and never fear. Be the kind of person who is naturally powerful, positive, ingenious, open, to the highest degree. Be the best. No negativity. No weakness. No acquiescence to fear or disaster. No errors of ignorance. No evasion to reality.”

“Critics are like traffic cops. They say what they have to say, then leave, and another guy moves in, and he has his say – and it's often just the opposite. The result is either critical acclaim or critical murder, and neither has any bearing on my music or direction.”

“Escape is no longer called for or even especially healthy. Escape from life is death.”

“Grace is what matters. In anything. Especially life, especially growth, tragedy, pain, love, death. About people, that's what matters. That's a quality I admire very greatly. It keeps you from reaching for the gun too quickly; it keeps you from destroying things too foolishly; it sort of keeps you alive and keeps you open for more understanding.”

“I don't really need to be remembered. I hope the music's remembered.”

“I have no advice for anybody; except to be awake enough to see where you are at any given time, and how that is beautiful, and has poetry inside. Even places you hate.”

“I just want to be a guy with a guitar.”

“I just want to have a completely adventurous, passionate, weird life.”

“I love anything that haunts me... and never leaves.”

“I prefer to learn everything through music. If you want divinity, the music in every human being and their love for music is pretty much it. It's the big indication of their spirituality and their ability to love and make love, or feel pain or joy, and really manifest it, really be real.”

“I resent the fact that a parental warning sticker has to be included on an album as cover art. To me that's censorship.”

“I want to be ripped apart by music. I want it to be something that feeds and replenishes, or that totally sucks the life out of you. I want to be dashed against the rocks.”

“If you feel blocked, do not turn to others, but look inside, in silence, for the enemy of your progress.”

“If you're going to write, then write a novel with a Haitian woman in it and try and describe her accurately. When you can do that, you can write about people.”

“Life's too short and too complicated for people behind desks, people behind masks to be ruining other people's lives, initiating force against other people's lives on the basis of their income, their color, their class, their religious beliefs, whatever.”

“Music should be like making love. Sometimes you want it soft and tender, another time you want it hard and aggressive.”

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“Music was like my first real toy. I was an only child for a while, and I was alone a lot of the time – and I liked it. I still like being alone.”

“My favorite kind of music is the stuff that stops time. You put something on to sit there and let an experience go through you. To look at yourself clearly through a song. It's true of all art, all mediums, but for some reason music has a direct line straight into people.”

“My personal aesthetic is to be affected directly by everything about what you're seeing. I don't mind being dashed on the rocks. My most base act of defiance is to live a long time and still rock.”

“Sensitivity isn't about being wimpy. It's about being so painfully aware that a flea landing on a dog is like a sonic boom”

“Somebody asked me what I wanted to do. I just said I wanted to just to give back to it what it’s given me. And to meet all the other people that are doing it…just to be in the world, really.”

“The music can tell people everything they need to know about being human beings. It's not my information, it's not mine. I didn't make it. I just discovered it.
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“The only goal is in the process. The process is the thing with little flashes of light here and there. Those are the gigs, those are the live shows. But it's the life in between—that's all I got.”

“There's no time for hatred, only questions. Where is love? Where is happiness? What is life? Where is peace?”

“Turn your head away from the screen, my friend. It will tell you nothing more.”

“We are born to live, we are born to understand, we are born to carry a cursed pattern and be transformed by pain.”

“When I sing, my face changes shape. It feels like my skull changes shape... the bones bend.”

“Words are really beautiful, but they're limited. Words are very male, very structured. But the voice is the netherworld, the darkness, where there's nothing to hang onto. The voice comes from a part of you that just knows and expresses and is.”

“You can't kill the past by denying the past. You can kill it only by making it obsolete. And even in that, you have to find honor in the past. You can't hack off pieces of yourself, and expect them to grow again.”

“You know how much is inside you and you have ideas of how to get it out into the open. Tap the source and let it flow and don't waste a drop by taking it for granted.”

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