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Quotes by John Legend on love, work, empowering, rights, choice, passion, and ambition.

153 Notable Quotes By John Legend That Reflect His Soul

Famous As: Singer
Born On: December 28, 1978
Born In: Springfield, Ohio, United States

John Roger Stephens, renowned as John Legend, is a distinguished American film producer, singer, actor, songwriter, theatre director, record producer, and philanthropist. In 2007, ‘Songwriters Hall of Fame’ awarded him the ‘Hal David Starlight Award.’ He has bagged in various awards and accolades for his works, including ‘Grammy Award,’ ‘Tony Award,’ ‘Emmy Award,’ and ‘Academy Award.’ We have compiled some popular quotes by John Legend which have been extracted from his movies, plays, dialogues, songs, lyrics, and interviews. Read through the compilation of famous quotes by John Legend on growing, rights, ambition, love, learning, future, family, people, time, power, experience, music, artist, business, etc.

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You see all these things that make you feel desperate or sad, but you realize changes can be made, and it doesn't take a lot of money on our part to make a change in people's lives.

John Legend

​W​e're so used to having everything we want at our fingertips so I think that when things get tough it's ​difficult ​for people to persist through that.

John Legend

You can always find a stray negative comment on the Internet. It's like everybody loves to put negative comments on the Internet under the cloak of anonymity.

John Legend

You learn so much from taking chances, whether they work out or not. Either way, you can grow from the experience and become stronger and smarter.

John Legend

Well, I was always a bit of a political junkie. Even as a kid I would read biographies of presidents and of civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King and Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington.

John Legend

Witnessing the extreme poverty in remote parts of Affrica can make you feel sad and powerless until you realize how little it takes to change these people's lives fundamentally in sustainable ways.

John Legend

When I write, I don't really focus on duets or anything like that, or whether I'm going to feature this or that rapper. I just focus on just making a great song and figure out the rest later.

John Legend

The main focus for me is not trying to find duet partners. It's about just making great songs. I want most of my album to be in my voice, because it's my point of view.

John Legend

There's so much music out there, and so many different styles that I've been influenced by, so each album reflects some of that knowledge or influence that I've had.

John Legend

Some people, you know, should just go to college and do what they do and have a great job and not worry about trying to be famous as a singer. It's not for everyone.

John Legend

My mother, I want her to like my music, but she's not exactly my target audience. So I care more about the fans in general, just making sure they enjoy what I do.

John Legend

That's the evergreen nature of a great song. They can be resurrected. They can be covered. They can find new relevance due to changing circumstances in history.

John Legend

No matter how big or successful and famous you become, if you do that, that's the most fulfilling thing, is making music that you love and that you're proud of.

John Legend

Sometimes I just think people are haters. And if they're haters, you can listen to what they have to say but you have to take it with a grain of salt.

John Legend

When we see people that are impoverished and people who are dealt an unfair hand, then if we have the power to help them, we should try to do that.

John Legend

Music wasn't forced on me [in my childhood]. It was something I wanted to do. And ever since, I've never stopped, I've never stopped playing music.

John Legend

Why wouldn't I help? What good reason do I have as a human being with power and a sense of empathy and morality, why wouldn't I do something?

John Legend

My family is very musical, I was surrounded by it. And from four years old I was the one that asked my mother could I take piano lessons.

John Legend

Sometimes there's that perfect moment when the crowd, the music, the energy of the room come together in a way that brings me to tears.

John Legend

My first big break came with Lauryn Hill on a track called Everything is Everything, I played piano on that track way back in 1998.

John Legend

People tell me all the time that my songs help them express things to loved ones that they may not be able to say themselves.

John Legend

The weirdest thing about Hillary Clinton's email 'scandal' is finding out some of our senators still don't use email.

John Legend

The fun part about collaborating is that you naturally just bounce off each other's energy and learn off each other.

John Legend

We all must follow a different path to let our light shine, and that's what makes us so unpredictable and unique.

John Legend

To me, as a musician, there aren't any boundaries genre-wise as far as what can you listen to to inspire you.

John Legend

In terms of the technology I use the most, it's probably a tie between my Blackberry and my MacBook Pro laptop. That's how I communicate with the rest of the world and how I handle all the business I have to handle.

John Legend

I want you to live the best life you can. You can be world-changers. .. Pursue this life of love with focus and passion and ambition and courage. Give it your all. And that will be your path to true success.

John Legend

I want to move people, stir something within them that makes them feel. That's what a movie should do and an actor should do, make you feel something. I think that's why people love films so much.

John Legend

Music business is hard. It's very difficult. And it's not for everyone. Even if you can sing or even if you can write a song, it takes a lot of determination, it takes some kind of thick skin.

John Legend

It's not enough to say we need to love each other, you have to go behind that and say we need to change these policies, we need to fight, we need to protest, we need to agitate for change.

John Legend

I've always followed politics, and I think politics is everybody's business because we're electing someone who's going to be making important decisions that will affect all of our lives.

John Legend

I think it's not enough for us to extend the hand of love. I think it's important that that goes both ways. It's important also that we look at policies we need to change as well.

John Legend

I think people relate to the music because I have a sense of empathy, and I think I have a good understanding about relationships, and I talk about them in a real, honest way

John Legend

It's important for us to fight for certain changes that need to happen. And one of those issues that I really care about is education. But also another one is incarceration.

John Legend

In my neighborhood in Springfield, Ohio, there were a lot of young kids. We all played tackle football after school, but I knew very early on that I was not an athlete.

John Legend

If I collaborate with people, ideas...they take interesting turns and twists, and I'm excited for that and that process and excited to see what we come up with.

John Legend

Kind of the critical acclaim of this movie [La La Land] is that it's striking a chord with the public in a way that has been really beautiful and powerful.

John Legend

I was a busy kid in high school - a little bit of an overachiever, I guess. Prom king was kind of silly, but the rest of the stuff was important to me.

John Legend

I thought it would be funny to take a photo in the White House bathroom, I take pictures everywhere I go, but I don't think I can top that one.

John Legend

I'm craving more soul, I'm craving more truth, I'm craving more socially - just people that are aware of what's going on in the world.

John Legend

If a relationship is going to work, it will require compromise and, even then, it is not always going to end the way you want it to.

John Legend

John legend is a nickname that somebody started calling me a while ago and part of it is 'cos I sound like an old man when I sing.

John Legend

London is a good fashion city. They're a little more daring. There's the element of the aristocracy, which is always interesting.

John Legend

I want to make a better record than I made the last time. I want to grow. I want to discover new things about myself creatively.

John Legend

I'm trying to be me and embrace all the parts of me that have grown up, listened to more music and soaked up more influences.

John Legend

In the 1970s, for all the Stevie Wonders, I'm sure there were five artists that were making forgettable music.

John Legend

I'm honestly not a great gift giver. I could give better - my girlfriends have always complained about that.

John Legend

I don't like going to football games. I like watching them on television. When you go to a game, it's hard to focus. There's so much going on, and it's cold. I'd rather sit and watch it and get replays and commentary.

John Legend

I listen to all those kinds of music, from classic soul to hip-hop to Brazilian music to, you know, jazz to indie to alternative. So whatever. I listen to all if it. Classic rock and classic pop, all of that.

John Legend

I like songs that have like a little bit of quirkiness to them. What I like to do with songs, is kind of throw a little curveball in the lyrics or in the arrangement, to kind of give it a little twist to it.

John Legend

Fear. People are afraid of talking about their fears and insecurities. They're afraid of expressing emotion beyond anger, dominance, or power, and they're afraid of getting in touch with their feminine side.

John Legend

Anybody under the age of forty knows hip-hop, gospel and R&B pretty well, and it's all a part of what we consider to be 'black music.' There is a natural synergy between the three.

John Legend

I do believe that part of us ending racism is us seeing each other's humanity and learning to love each other, even if we look different or worship differently or live differently.

John Legend

I just want my music to measure up to. Part of it's just thinking about my place in history and how this music is going to be perceived, if it's listened to 30, 40 years from now.

John Legend

I like cool jackets - a nice fall or winter coat. You can get a lot of use out of it, and you'll wear it frequently, so it can really set the tone of your uniform for the season.

John Legend

Artists in general never stay in the same place, we keep growing. It's still you, you still have that core that you always had, but you work with new people and hear new things.

John Legend

I don't love the idea of three superstars coming together to form a dream team, I'd rather teams are built more organically, just as a fan it's more interesting to see.

John Legend

Black people invented jazz. But this story [in La La Land] wasn't ever claiming to be that. It's just a story about two people from one writer's point of view.

John Legend

I know when things feel a little, like, intrusive and when they don't. I don't have a lot to hide. But I do sometimes think, don't share everything.

John Legend

I do speak to kids a lot. I am very clear with them that not all of them should aspire to be me and not all of them should be aspire to be LeBron.

John Legend

I don't think I'm craving any more fame. But success and being recognized for making great work all around the world, I think it's a great thing.

John Legend

At the end of the day, there's only a few major stars in the music business, and then there's all these people that are aspiring to be that.

John Legend

But in my mind I've always been a solo artist- I've just been working with a lot of great people like Kanye and Alicia Keys and Jay-Z.

John Legend

I never went through a period where I didn't want to play music. I've always loved it and it's always been a huge part of my life.

John Legend

I always saw myself as a singer-songwriter, a solo-artist, that's why working with other artists was never satisfying for me.

John Legend

I feel like spirituality definitely comes through in my music, but I don't make any specific efforts to make it that way.

John Legend

I feel like my job is to make impact, spread love, tell great stories, inspire people, that's what I am going to do.

John Legend

For me I'm actually doing what I normally do when I do my solo thing and the other thing is actually more new to me.

John Legend

As a young black boy, it made me proud to see black leaders that did something amazing and made the world change.

John Legend

I don't get to listen to music for fun very often; a lot of what I'm hearing is for work and isn't released yet.

John Legend

Hip-hop and R&B are especially fertile bases of collaboration. It always makes good records and good music.

John Legend

Sometimes I start just on the piano with a melody or musical idea that kind of leads me to certain lyrics.

John Legend

I was the front man of the choir and then when I was 12 and I was the leadsinger of my highschool groups.

John Legend

I gravitate toward people that are a little more outrageous than I am. And we complement each other well.

John Legend

John Legend is a nickname that some friends started calling me, and it kind of grew into my stage name.

John Legend

I've written good love songs when I have been in love and I've written good love songs when I haven't.

John Legend

Critics like to describe and categorize things, and categories often have a way of limiting people.

John Legend

I believed in myself and I am a firm believer you have to think the things you want and visualize.

John Legend

Soul is about authenticity. Soul is about finding the things in your life that are real and pure.

John Legend

All men should be feminists. If men cared about women's rights, the world would be a better place

John Legend

If a few people decide not to buy my album it's really not going to change my life that much.

John Legend

I was in an a cappella group in school, so it particularly helped me keep my piano chops up.

John Legend

I have a great band, with very talented players, and we give everything we have every night.

John Legend

Happy that New York passed marriage equality tonight. A victory for human rights. Progress.

John Legend

There's a certain confidence that comes with being sure about the way the world works.

John Legend

The best way to fight poverty is to empower people through access to quality education

John Legend

I only want to be associated with music that is high quality. That's my main criteria.

John Legend

It's really about making the best music you can make. It's really about working hard.

John Legend

Marvin Gaye was one of the coolest. I look to him as a style icon and as an artist.

John Legend

I hear melodies and hooks all day. I've always been that way, since I was a kid.

John Legend

Now that I'm coming out with my own record people can see I'm a solo artist.

John Legend

I'm not going to run for office. I don't think that's the right move for me.

John Legend

There are more black men incarcerated today than there were slaves in 1850.

John Legend

There's a lot of hurry up and wait. But it gives you time to write a song.

John Legend

I guess a lot of times pressure is put on something after it becomes big.

John Legend

I don't feel like that many musicians are competitive with each other.

John Legend

Well, I like songs that have like a little bit of quirkiness to them.

John Legend

I'm pretty adventurous with food, so I'm not afraid to try anything.

John Legend

Love your curves and all your edges All your perfect imperfections

John Legend

I was always the front man for what I was doing from when I was 6.

John Legend

I always felt that rap didn't cause crime; it just reflected it.

John Legend

Music, to me, if it's good, it's good. That's all that matters.

John Legend

It's an artist's duty to reflect the times in which we live.

John Legend