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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Elvis Costello on music, life, misery and harmony.

45 Insightful Elvis Costello Quotes That Will Give Your Life The Right Cord

Quick Facts

Born On: August 25, 1954

Born In: Paddington, London, England

Declan Patrick MacManus popularly known as Elvis Costello is an award winning and acclaimed English musician, singer and song-writer, famed for his music around the globe. With his parents in the music industry, it was believed that Costello would get into music too. But nobody had apprehended the success that he would achieve. His album, ‘My Aim Is True’, was not a great commercial success yet it was critically acclaimed and people began to have faith that Costello will make it big. He formed the famous band, ‘The Attractions’ and the album ‘This Year's Model’, was ranked 11th by the Rolling Stones Magazine. Cold Mountain’, ‘Grace of My Heart’, ‘Mighty like a Rose’, and ‘Wise Up Ghost’ are some of his works that people of all ages enjoy besides his thoughts and sayings that keep you pumped up. He bagged a number of awards including the Grammy and was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male Singer twice. He continues to tirelessly contribute to this world where music has become a getaway. Here are some quotes by Elvis Costello that seem to reveal how and why!

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Writing about music is like dancing about architecture - it's really a stupid thing to want to do.

Elvis Costello

Was it a millionaire who said, "Imagine no possessions"?

Elvis Costello

It's the damage that we do and never know. It's the words that we don't say that scare me so.

Elvis Costello

I used to be disgusted. Now, I'm just amused...

Elvis Costello

The battle with the bottle is nothing so novel.

Elvis Costello

What's so funny about peace, love and understanding

Elvis Costello

Good manners and bad breath will get you nowhere.

Elvis Costello

Oh, I know that she's disgusted, cause she's feeling so abused. She gets tired of the lust, but it's so hard to refuse.

Elvis Costello

Oh, I said 'I'm so happy, I could die.' She said 'Drop dead,' then left with another guy.

Elvis Costello

I'm not even sure what I want, but that's not the point - it's that I want it now.

Elvis Costello

I used to be disgusted; now I try to be amused.

Elvis Costello

But it's easier to say 'I love you', than 'Yours, sincerely' I suppose.

Elvis Costello

I wish you luck with a capital "F".

Elvis Costello

The truth can’t hurt you, it’s just like the dark. It scares you witless but with time you see things clear and stark

Elvis Costello

Who put these fingerprints on my imagination?

Elvis Costello

There are some things you can't cover up with lipstick and powder.

Elvis Costello

He's got a mind like a sewer and a heart like a fridge.

Elvis Costello

Don't start me talking I could talk all night My mind goes sleepwalking While I'm putting the world to right.

Elvis Costello

Sometimes I wish that I could stop you from talking, when I hear the silly things that you say.

Elvis Costello

So don't try to touch my heart, it's darker than you think And don't try to read my mind because it's full of disappearing ink

Elvis Costello

She's no angel. He's no saint.

Elvis Costello

I don't wanna be a lover, I just wanna be your victim.

Elvis Costello

You think you're alone until you realize you're in it. Now fear is here to stay, love is here for a visit.

Elvis Costello

Sometimes I wonder if we're livin' in the same land. Why do you wanna be my friend when I feel like a juggler running out of hands?

Elvis Costello

Death wears a big hat.

Elvis Costello

There's a girl in this dress, there's always a girl in distress.

Elvis Costello

No use wishing now for any other sin.

Elvis Costello

I was watching while you're dancing away, our love got fractured in the echo and sway. How come everybody wants to be your friend? You know that it still hurts me just to say it.

Elvis Costello

Oh, I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused.

Elvis Costello

It's a dangerous game that comedy plays. Sometimes it tells you the truth; sometimes it delays it.

Elvis Costello

I took my better nature out, drowned it in a babbling stream/took the blossom of my youth and blew it all to smithereens.

Elvis Costello

Was it a millionaire who said "imagine no possessions?" A poor little schoolboy who said "we don't need no lessons?

Elvis Costello

I believe that music is connected by human passions and curiosities rather than by marketing strategies.

Elvis Costello

The radio is in the hands of such a lot of fools tryin' to anesthetize the way that you feel.

Elvis Costello

But if I’ve done something wrong there’s no “ifs” and “buts” Cause I love you just as much as I hate your guts

Elvis Costello

The only two things that motivate me and that matter to me are revenge and guilt.

Elvis Costello

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.

Elvis Costello

It's a breath you took too late. It's a death that's worse than fate.

Elvis Costello

He's such a drag He's not insane It's just that everybody Has to feel his pain.

Elvis Costello

Life is so strange I don't know why But somebody, somebody has to cry.

Elvis Costello

I could say it was the nights when I was lonely and you were the only one who'd talk. I could tell you that I like your sensitivity, when you know it's the way that you walk.

Elvis Costello

..As you check your effects, check your reflection, I’m so affected in the face of your affection

Elvis Costello

A lot of pop music has come out of people failing to copy their model and accidentally creating something new. The closer you get to your ideal, the less original you sound.

Elvis Costello

Can a mere song change a people's minds? I doubt that it is so. But a song can infiltrate your heart and the heart may change your mind.

Elvis Costello

Well, I used to be disgusted. Now I try to be amused.

Elvis Costello