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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Bono on life, world, people, philanthropy and God.

63 Insightful Quotes By Bono That Will Prod You To Dare

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Paul David Hewson, popularly known as Bono, is a musician, song-writer and lead singer of the Irish band U2. Bono is also renowned for his humanitarian work in recent times. This rock star has been nominated for the Oscar, Grammy, The Golden Globe Awards, and the Nobel Prize. He was also knighted by Elizabeth II for his humanitarian work. Bono became a star for a cause by starting a trend to play music for charity. His sayings and thoughts will feed your soul and inspire you to give you a sense of tolerance and purpose in life. He has actively been involved in spreading awareness about poverty and AIDS in Africa as well. He has also been striving for the third-world debt relief. He successfully persuaded leaders to double the amount of relief aid given to third world nations. These are some quotations by this great Fusion Philanthropist!  

The world is more malleable than you think, and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape.

- Bono

ISIS and these kinds of extremists are a death cult. We’re a life cult. Rock ’n’ roll is a life force, and it’s joy as an act of defiance.

- Bono

Entrepreneurial capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid.

- Bono

Babe, it must be art

- Bono

I dont know you. And you don't know the half of it.

- Bono

On the phone, it's about as intimate as it can get. The person's right in your ear. You got to be careful on the phone. You can leave yourself wide open

- Bono

The lyrics aren't literature. they're just part of the story.

- Bono

Honesty, vulnerability and a good amount of courageous faith allows you to cry out in your bewilderment and not lose your belief in the process. These things allow you to wrestle your faith rather than lose it.

- Bono

I think that the camera loves peopke who...loathe the camera (Bono)

- Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas, Bono

If your heart was hard, that would be better / You could only break it once or twice / After that it would be rid of blood and you could let it turn to ice.

- Bono

People who know our music, they know who you are. They've been in the dark room, they know you better than your best friend, because you don't sing like that to your best friend, you don't sing in their ear.

- Bono on Bono, Bono

People rid the room of argument until they have no one left — except people who agree with them. It is understandable. But I like a good argument.

- Bono

A degree of narcissism is necessary, I suppose, to look in the pool to see your reflection. (Bono)

- Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas, Bono

Religion to me almost like when God leaves – and people devise a set of rules to fill in the space.

- Bono

I want to run I want to hide I want to tear down the walls That hold me inside I want to reach out And touch the flame Where the streets have no name

- The Joshua Tree, Bono

What we're about in this band, I hope...is that we put people before ideas.

- Bono

My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.

- Bono

One Life, with each other, Sisters, Brothers...

- Bono

Happiness is for those who don't really need it. So I can live without happiness.

- Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas, Bono

It's quite widespread in rock culture, that mythology of the shooting star. I'd rather be the North star. As bob (Dylan) says, you can navigate by it.

- Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas, Bono

What you don't have you don't need it now What you don't know you can feel it somehow What you don't have you don't need it now Don't need it now It was a beautiful day.

- Bono

It's still very difficult for me to rely. Your weakness, the blessing of your weakness is it forces you into friendships. The things that you lack, you look for in others.

- Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas, Bono

The great gifts of models are not that they're more beautiful than the next person, it's that they're able to be photographed and not be self-conscious.

- Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas, Bono

The God I believe in isn't short on cash, mister.

- Bono

We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.

- Bono

If I don't understand it, it must be art.

- Bono

To touch is to heal, to hurt is to steal, if you want to kiss the sky, better learn how to kneel - on your knees boy!

- Bono

There's no retirement for an artist,its your way of living so theres no end to it.

- Bono

There's a point where you find yourself tiptoeing as an artist, and then you know that you're in the wrong place.

- Bono

I wouldn't run for President. I wouldn't want to move to a smaller house.

- Bono

Religion often gets in the way of God.

- Bono

I will admit that we are attracted to issues that unify people rather than divide them.

- Bono

I'm never nervous when I go to meet heads of state. I feel they should be nervous, because they are the ones who'll be held accountable for the lives their decisions will impact the most.

- Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas, Bono

Smack in the centre of contradiction is the place to be.

- Bono

We can't fix all problems but we must fix the ones we can

- Bono

There is a root arrogance in any writer; a hugely arrogant assumption that anyone is going to listen to them.

- Bono

Every artist is a cannibal/every poet is a thief/all kill for inspiration/and then sing about the grief.

- Bono

I wish to begin again on a daily basis. To be born again every day is something that I try to do. And I'm deadly serious about that.

- Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas, Bono

I'm a musician. I write songs. I just hope when the day is done I've been able to tear a little corner off of the darkness.

- Bono

We're starting our own religion at last. The Order of Frisbeetarians. We believe that when you die, your soul ascends to a rooftop and you can never get it back.

- Bono

For all that "I was lost, I am found," it is probably more accurate to say, "I was really lost, I'm a little less so at the moment.

- U2 by U2, Bono

Laughter is eternity if joy is real.

- Bono

Where you live should not determine whether you live, or whether you die.

- Bono

In my dream, I was drowning my sorrows But my sorrows they learned to swim

- Bono

The human heart is greedy; it will use religion, color, or any other excuse to justify its greed. Blame the human heart.

- Bono

It is impossible to meet God without abandon, without exposing yourself, being raw.

- Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas, Bono

I love America and I hate it. I'm torn between the two. I have two conflicting visions of America. One is a kind of dream landscape and the other is a kind of black comedy.

- Bono

At a certain point, I just felt, you know, God is not looking for alms, God is looking for action.

- Bono

Whenever I see grace, I’m moved.

- Bono

Books! I dunno if I ever told you this, but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.

- Bono

Even though I'm a believer, I still find it really hard to be around other believers. They make me nervous, they make me twitch. I sorta watch my back.

- Bono

The right to be irresponsible and stupid is something I hold very dear. And luckily it is something I do well.

- Bono

Every age has its massive moral blind spots. We might not see them, but our children will.

- U2 By U2, Bono

Perspective is the cure for depression.

- Bono

In general people put too much faith in the rich, the famous, the politicians, and not enough faith in themselves.

- Bono

Dream up the kind of world you want to live in. Dream out loud.

- Bono

Feelings are much stronger than thoughts. We are all led by instinct, and our intellect catches up later

- Bono

To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.

- Bono

Sometimes religion gets in the way of God.

- Bono

Christians are hard to tolerate; I don’t know how Jesus does it

- Bono

Stop asking God to bless what you're doing. Find out what God's doing. It's already blessed.

- Bono

Music can change the world because it can change people.

- Bono

Pop music often tells you everything is OK, while rock music tells you that it's not OK, but you can change it.

- On the Move, Bono