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A collection of quotes by Bruce Springsteen on family, life, parenting, dreams and politics.

170 Top Quotes By Bruce Springsteen That You Don’t Want To Miss

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Bruce Springsteen is an American singer and songwriter who is popular across the globe for the poetic style of his lyrics. He is also renowned for his association with the ‘E Street Band’ and the music they produce. His never ending love for music truly reflects in his work. Bruce Springsteen's journey as a musician began when his mother bought him a ‘Kent guitar’. His discography is sought after, and he continues to excite his listeners by his talent. It is not surprising that he has bagged 20 Grammy Awards of the 49 that he was nominated for. In recent times, he made news by playing for Hilary Clinton at her campaign, and also received the Presidential ‘Medal of Freedom’. His quotations and thoughts will surely help you sail through rough times with a smile on your face and a song on your lips. Here are some of his quotes that introduce his life and passion better!

...The beat of her heart, the slow burning away...of the bitter fires of the devil's arcade.

- The New Best of Bruce Springsteen for Guitar: Easy Tab Deluxe, Bruce Springsteen

It ain’t no secret No secret my friend You can get killed just for living In your American skin

- Songs, Bruce Springsteen

The older you get, the more it means.

- Bruce Springsteen

Now I just act like I don't remember; Mary acts like she don't care.

- Bruce Springsteen

Blame it on the lies that killed us. Blame it on the truth that ran us down.

- Bruce Springsteen

A moment comes when you cash in whatever credibility a guy can have who plays and sings rock songs for a living, and you put your chips where you think they might do some good.

- Bruce Springsteen

If people are sick and hurting and lost, I guess it falls on everybody to address those problems in some fashion. Because injustice, and the price of that injustice, falls on everyone's heads.

- Bruce Springsteen

A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be.

- Bruce Springsteen

Sherrif when the man pulls that switch, Sir And snaps my poor head back, You make sure my pretty baby Is sittin' right there on my lap.

- Bruce Springsteen

It's a town full of losers, and I'm pulling out of here to win.

- Bruce Springsteen

Now I work down at the carwash Where all it ever does is rain

- Bruce Springsteen

The Clash were a major influence on my own music. They were the best rock 'n' roll band. Thanks, Joe.

- Bruce Springsteen

Being an artist is this kind of occupation in which you have to make people care about your obsession.

- Bruce Springsteen

One day we'll look back on this, and it will all seem funny

- Bruce Springsteen

Mister, I ain't a boy, no I'm a man, and i believe in a promised land.

- Songs, Bruce Springsteen

Show a little faith, there's magic in the night.

- Bruce Springsteen

I'll love you with all the madness in my soul.

- Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

More than rich, more than famous, more than happy...I wanted to be great.

- Bruce Springsteen

Cause down the shore everything's all right

- Songs, Bruce Springsteen

The story I have told throughout my work life I could not have told as well without Clarence.

- Bruce Springsteen

Strenght-faith-hope-love

- Bruce Springsteen

You've got to learn to live with what you can't rise above.

- Bruce Springsteen

The poets down here don't write nothin' at all, they just stand back and let it all be...

- Bruce Springsteen

They say "ya gotta stay hungry"... Hey Baby...I'm just about starvin' tonight!

- Bruce Springsteen

You can't kill your way to security and you can't lead by scaring people.

- Bruce Springsteen

Is there anybody alive out there?

- Bruce Springsteen

Now young faces grow sad and old and hearts of fire grow cold We swore blood brothers against the wind I'm ready to grow young again

- Bruce Springsteen

I'm ready to grow young again

- Bruce Springsteen

Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed.

- Bruce Springsteen

I think that is what film and art and music do; they can work as a map of sorts for your feelings.

- Bruce Springsteen

For the ones who had a notion, a notion deep inside That it ain't no sin to be glad you're alive

- Bruce Springsteen

We said we'd walk together baby come what may.That come the twilight should we lose our way.If as we're walkin a hand should slip free,I'll wait for you And should I fall behind,Wait for me.

- Bruce Springsteen

Talk about a dream, try to make it real

- Bruce Springsteen

You'll walk with me out on the wire, cuz baby, I'm just a scared and lonely rider, but I gotta know how it feels... I want to know love is wild, babe, I want to know love is real.

- Bruce Springsteen

God have mercy on the man who doubts what he's sure of.

- Bruce Springsteen

The best music... is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.

- Bruce Springsteen

It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive.

- Bruce Springsteen

Is a dream a lie if it don't come true? Or is it something worse?

- Songs: Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen

She's a walkin', talkin' reason to live.

- Bruce Springsteen

The hungry and the haunted explode in a rock'n'roll band.

- Bruce Springsteen

The great challenge of adulthood is holding on to your idealism after you lose your innocence.

- Bruce Springsteen

Now everyone dreams of a love faithful and true, But you and I know what this world can do. So let's make our steps clear so the other may see. And I'll wait for you...should I fall behind wait for me.

- Bruce Springsteen

You can't start a fire Worrying 'bout your little world falling apart This gun's for hire Even if we're just dancing in the dark

- Bruce Springsteen

Walk tall, or baby don't walk at all.

- Bruce Springsteen

Someday we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny.

- Bruce Springsteen

I think I created my particular stage persona out of my dad's life, and perhaps I even built it to suit him to some degree.

- Bruce Springsteen

I don't think people go to musicians for their political points of view. I think your political point of view is circumstances and then how you were nurtured and brought up.

- Bruce Springsteen

I think you have a limited amount of impact as an entertainer, performer, or musician.

- Bruce Springsteen

When you start talking about elections being rigged, you're pushing people beyond democratic governance. And it's a very, very dangerous thing to do.

- Bruce Springsteen

I suppose when you do it correctly, a good introduction and a good outro makes the song feel like it's coming out of something and then evolving into something.

- Bruce Springsteen

Most bands don't work out. A small unit democracy is very, very difficult. Very, very difficult.

- Bruce Springsteen

I was an insecure young man. So my need for total dedication from the people I was working with was very great. Those things were tempered as time passed by.

- Bruce Springsteen

A good song gathers the years in. It's why you can sing it with such conviction 40 years after it's been written.

- Bruce Springsteen

The star thing I can live with. The music I can't live without. And that's how it lays out for me, you know. I got as big an ego and enjoy the attention.

- Bruce Springsteen

On any given night, what allows me to get to that higher ground is the audience.

- Bruce Springsteen

The first thing that I do when I come out every night is to look at the faces in front of me, very individually.

- Bruce Springsteen

I don't write demographically. I don't write a song to reach these people or those people.

- Bruce Springsteen

All I try to do is to write music that feels meaningful to me, that has commitment and passion behind it.

- Bruce Springsteen

I was real good at music and real bad at everything else.

- Bruce Springsteen

I guess my view of America is of a real bighearted country, real compassionate.

- Bruce Springsteen

I was in my late 20s, in the process of shaping my musical outlook and what I wanted it to be about, when I first encountered Woody Guthrie.

- Bruce Springsteen

The Jersey Shore is the kind of place where the policeman has a little cottage that might have been in the family for years and many other people call home.

- Bruce Springsteen

That's what being a front man is all about - the idea of having something supple underneath you, that machine that roars and can turn on a dime.

- Bruce Springsteen

For an adult, the world is constantly trying to clamp down on itself. Routine, responsibility, decay of institutions, corruption: this is all the world closing in.

- Bruce Springsteen

I have to write and play. If I became an electrician tomorrow, I'd still come home at night and write songs.

- Bruce Springsteen

I had a ten-piece band when I was 21 years old, the Bruce Springsteen Band. This is just a slightly expanded version of a band I had before I ever signed a record contract. We had singers and horns.

- Bruce Springsteen

You need two things to remain very, very present. You need to continue to write well and engage yourself in the issues of the day. And you have to continue to make good, relevant records.

- Bruce Springsteen

I was signed to a record label at the same time as my friend Elliot Murphy, who makes great records to this day.

- Bruce Springsteen

An outgrowth of having a long career is that I have a lot of interesting things around that I get to revisit, and someday get to the place where they become something that I want to do next.

- Bruce Springsteen

I'm not in any rush. I'm not somebody who, if I write a song, I get it out. That's not something I've ever really quite done.

- Bruce Springsteen

I think politics come out of psychology.

- Bruce Springsteen

Every good writer or filmmaker has something eating at them, right? That they can't quite get off their back . And so your job is to make your audience care about your obsessions.

- Bruce Springsteen

But the star thing I can live with. The music I can't live without. And that's how it lays out for me, you know. I got as big an ego and enjoy the attention.

- Bruce Springsteen

I still like to go to record stores, I like to just wander around and I'll buy whatever catches my attention.

- Bruce Springsteen

Some of the greatest blues music is some of the darkest music you've ever heard.

- Bruce Springsteen

The best music, you can seek some shelter in it momentarily, but it's essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.

- Bruce Springsteen

If they had told me I was the janitor and would have to mop up and clean the toilets after the show in order to play, I probably would have done it.

- Bruce Springsteen

In America everything's about who's number one today.

- Bruce Springsteen

Certainly tolerance and acceptance were at the forefront of my music.

- Bruce Springsteen

No, I always felt that amongst my core fans- because there was a level of popularity that I had in the mid '80s that was sort of a bump on the scale- they fundamentally understood the values that are at work in my work.

- Bruce Springsteen

Yeah, I had gay friends. The first thing I realized was that everybody's different, and it becomes obvious that all of the gay stereotypes are ridiculous.

- Bruce Springsteen

Basically, I was pretty ostracized in my hometown. Me and a few other guys were the town freaks- and there were many occasions when we were dodging getting beaten up ourselves.

- Bruce Springsteen

When I first started in rock, I had a big guy's audience for my early records. I had a very straight image, particularly through the mid '80s.

- Bruce Springsteen

I'm a synthesist. I'm always making music. And I make a lot of different kinds of music all the time. Some of it gets finished and some of it doesn't.

- Bruce Springsteen

In the past, some of the songs that were the most fun, and the most entertaining and rocking, fell by the wayside because I was concerned with what I was going to say and how I was going to say it.

- Bruce Springsteen

I always wanted my music to influence the life you were living emotionally - with your family, your lover, your wife, and, at a certain point, with your children.

- Bruce Springsteen

I was always concerned with writing to my age at a particular moment. That was the way I would keep faith with the audience that supported me as I went along.

- Bruce Springsteen

I didn't know if it would be a success-ful one, or what the stages would be, but I always saw myself as a lifetime musician and songwriter.

- Bruce Springsteen

From the beginning, I imagined I would have a long work life.

- Bruce Springsteen

I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition, a folk tradition.

- Bruce Springsteen

I tend to be a subscriber to the idea that you have everything you need by the time you're 12 years old to do interesting writing for most of the rest of your life - certainly by the time you're 18.

- Bruce Springsteen

But then I go through long periods where I don't listen to things, usually when I'm working. In between the records and in between the writing I suck up books and music and movies and anything I can find.

- Bruce Springsteen

I do a lot of curiosity buying; I buy it if I like the album cover, I buy it if I like the name of the band, anything that sparks my imagination.

- Bruce Springsteen

Plus, you know, when I was young, there was a lot of respect for clowning in rock music - look at Little Richard. It was a part of the whole thing, and I always also believed that it released the audience.

- Bruce Springsteen

Your spoken voice is a part of it - not a big part of it, but it's something. It puts people at ease, and once again kind of reaches out and makes a bridge for what's otherwise difficult music.

- Bruce Springsteen

I have my ideas, I have my music and I also just enjoy showing off, so that's a big part of it. Also, I like to get up onstage and behave insanely or express myself physically, and the band can get pretty silly.

- Bruce Springsteen

The audiences are there as a result of my history with the band but also as a result of my being able to reach people with a tune.

- Bruce Springsteen

It's always felt natural, because I'm generally very comfortable with people.

- Bruce Springsteen

I hadn't performed by myself in a while. It feels very natural to me, and I assume people come for the very same reasons as they do when I'm with the band: to be moved, for something to happen to them.

- Bruce Springsteen

This music is forever for me. It's the stage thing, that rush moment that you live for. It never lasts, but that's what you live for.

- Bruce Springsteen