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76 Great Quotes By Ozzy Osbourne, The Godfather Of Heavy Metal

Famous As: Lead Vocalist of the Heavy Metal Band 'Black Sabbathe'
Born On: December 3, 1948
Born In: Aston, Birmingham, England
Age: 73 Years
Ozzy Osbourne (John Michael Osbourne) is an English songwriter, singer, and actor. He was the front man of the heavy metal band ‘Black Sabbath’ and is often regarded as one of the most prominent exponents of that particular genre of music. Osbourne was obsessed with music right from his childhood. He was recruited as the singer of the band ‘Rare Breed,’ which later morphed into 'Black Sabbath,' in 1968. The band became one of the biggest heavy metal bands in the 1970s and Osbourne became one of the biggest stars in the world of music. The band fired him in 1979 but that did not affect his stock in any way, as he went on to establish a stellar solo career. He is regarded as the ‘Godfather of Heavy Metal’ and has also been inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ as well as in the ‘UK Music Hall of Fame’. Osbourne’s songs are known for their depth and profundity. Here are some quotes by Ozzy Osbourne that seem to reveal how and why!
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Out of everything I've lost, I miss my mind the most!

Out of everything I've lost, I miss my mind the most!

Ozzy Osbourne
Maybe it's not too late to learn how to love and forget how to hate.

Maybe it's not too late to learn how to love and forget how to hate.

Ozzy Osbourne
It had a huge impact on me, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ – and I was very proud when I found out that Kurt Cobain was a fan of mine. I thought he was awesome.

It had a huge impact on me, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ – and I was very proud when I found out that Kurt Cobain was a fan of mine. I thought he was awesome.

Ozzy Osbourne
Hating people isn’t a productive way of living. So what’s the point in hating anyone? There’s enough hate in the world as it is, without me adding to it.

Hating people isn’t a productive way of living. So what’s the point in hating anyone? There’s enough hate in the world as it is, without me adding to it.

Ozzy Osbourne
That night, at God knows what hour, Bill phoned me up and shouted, ‘Ozzy, I think my
house is haunted!’
‘Sell tickets then,’ I told him, and put the phone down.

That night, at God knows what hour, Bill phoned me up and shouted, ‘Ozzy, I think my house is haunted!’ ‘Sell tickets then,’ I told him, and put the phone down.

Ozzy Osbourne
You learn who your friends are when the shit hits the fan.

You learn who your friends are when the shit hits the fan.

Ozzy Osbourne
I love you all; I love you more than life itself, but you're all fucking mad.

I love you all; I love you more than life itself, but you're all fucking mad.

Ozzy Osbourne
What can go wrong will go wrong.

What can go wrong will go wrong.

Ozzy Osbourne
I’m a lunatic by nature, and lunatics don’t need training – they just are.

I’m a lunatic by nature, and lunatics don’t need training – they just are.

Ozzy Osbourne
I keep hearing this [expletive] thing that guns don't kill people, but people kill people. If that's the case, why do we give people guns when they go to war? Why not just send the people?

I keep hearing this [expletive] thing that guns don't kill people, but people kill people. If that's the case, why do we give people guns when they go to war? Why not just send the people?

Ozzy Osbourne
I used to get upset by people not understanding me, but I’ve made a career out of it now.

I used to get upset by people not understanding me, but I’ve made a career out of it now.

Ozzy Osbourne
Pink Floyd was music for rich college kids, and we were the exact f**king opposite of that.

Pink Floyd was music for rich college kids, and we were the exact f**king opposite of that.

Ozzy Osbourne
When you’re in love, it’s not just about the messing around in the sack, it’s about how empty you feel when they’re gone.

When you’re in love, it’s not just about the messing around in the sack, it’s about how empty you feel when they’re gone.

Ozzy Osbourne
They said I would never write this book.
Well, f**k ’em – ’cos here it is.
All I have to do now is remember something...
Bollocks. I can’t remember anything.

They said I would never write this book. Well, f**k ’em – ’cos here it is. All I have to do now is remember something... Bollocks. I can’t remember anything.

Ozzy Osbourne
The funny thing is, I was never much of a fighter. Better a live coward than a dead hero, that was my motto.

The funny thing is, I was never much of a fighter. Better a live coward than a dead hero, that was my motto.

Ozzy Osbourne
The most unbelievable thing about my behaviour is that I was convinced it was entirely f**king normal.

The most unbelievable thing about my behaviour is that I was convinced it was entirely f**king normal.

Ozzy Osbourne
It’s sad, y’know, what money does to people.

It’s sad, y’know, what money does to people.

Ozzy Osbourne
I remember saying to Tony [Iommi], ‘Did you hear how heavy that Led Zeppelin album sounded?’
Without missing a beat, he replied, ‘We’ll be heavier.’

I remember saying to Tony [Iommi], ‘Did you hear how heavy that Led Zeppelin album sounded?’ Without missing a beat, he replied, ‘We’ll be heavier.’

Ozzy Osbourne
Tell me I'm a sinner I got news for you
I spoke to God this morning and he don't like you!
Don't you try and teach me no original sin;
I don't need your pity for the shape I'm in

Tell me I'm a sinner I got news for you I spoke to God this morning and he don't like you! Don't you try and teach me no original sin; I don't need your pity for the shape I'm in

Ozzy Osbourne
You’ve got to try and take things to the next level, or you’ll just get stuck in a rut.

You’ve got to try and take things to the next level, or you’ll just get stuck in a rut.

Ozzy Osbourne
The power of people, when they focus on something positive, never fails to amaze me.

The power of people, when they focus on something positive, never fails to amaze me.

Ozzy Osbourne
I don’t know whose brilliant idea that was, but it wasn’t mine, that’s for sure.

I don’t know whose brilliant idea that was, but it wasn’t mine, that’s for sure.

Ozzy Osbourne
You can never take the violence back.

You can never take the violence back.

Ozzy Osbourne
In 1964 something totally unexpected happened.
I got a job I enjoyed.

In 1964 something totally unexpected happened. I got a job I enjoyed.

Ozzy Osbourne
Mind you, it’s all bullshit with wine, isn’t it? It’s just f**king vinegar with a fizz, no matter what the tasters say.

Mind you, it’s all bullshit with wine, isn’t it? It’s just f**king vinegar with a fizz, no matter what the tasters say.

Ozzy Osbourne
I hated school. Hated it.

I hated school. Hated it.

Ozzy Osbourne
I don’t remember where we first played ‘Black Sabbath’, but I can sure as hell remember the audience’s reaction: all the girls ran out of the venue, screaming.

I don’t remember where we first played ‘Black Sabbath’, but I can sure as hell remember the audience’s reaction: all the girls ran out of the venue, screaming.

Ozzy Osbourne
They teach you how to handle life in England, but they don’t teach you a thing about death. There’s no book telling you what to do when your mum or dad dies.

They teach you how to handle life in England, but they don’t teach you a thing about death. There’s no book telling you what to do when your mum or dad dies.

Ozzy Osbourne
All rehab can do is tell you what’s wrong with you and then suggest ways for you to get better.

All rehab can do is tell you what’s wrong with you and then suggest ways for you to get better.

Ozzy Osbourne
I didn’t have a clue what love was about until I met Sharon.

I didn’t have a clue what love was about until I met Sharon.

Ozzy Osbourne
But the thing with us was, we didn’t really need anyone to make us world famous – we were already halfway there.

But the thing with us was, we didn’t really need anyone to make us world famous – we were already halfway there.

Ozzy Osbourne
Still, one of the few good things about being dyslexic is that when I say I don’t read reviews, I mean I don’t read reviews.

Still, one of the few good things about being dyslexic is that when I say I don’t read reviews, I mean I don’t read reviews.

Ozzy Osbourne
Of all the things I miss, it's my mind I miss the most

Of all the things I miss, it's my mind I miss the most

Ozzy Osbourne
I think that anyone who eats meat should visit a slaughterhouse at least once in their life, just to see what goes on. It’s a bloody, filthy, putrid f**king business.

I think that anyone who eats meat should visit a slaughterhouse at least once in their life, just to see what goes on. It’s a bloody, filthy, putrid f**king business.

Ozzy Osbourne
'OSBOURNE!’ he shouted. ‘YOU’RE A DISGRACE TO YOURSELF AND TO THIS SCHOOL. BRING ME A SHOE.’
The room went so quiet you could have heard a mouse fart.

'OSBOURNE!’ he shouted. ‘YOU’RE A DISGRACE TO YOURSELF AND TO THIS SCHOOL. BRING ME A SHOE.’ The room went so quiet you could have heard a mouse fart.

Ozzy Osbourne
My wife can sniff out a lie from six thousand miles away. And I’m the world’s worst liar, anyway.

My wife can sniff out a lie from six thousand miles away. And I’m the world’s worst liar, anyway.

Ozzy Osbourne
I don’t think we [Black Sabbath] ever got a good review for anything we did. Which is why I never bother with reviews.

I don’t think we [Black Sabbath] ever got a good review for anything we did. Which is why I never bother with reviews.

Ozzy Osbourne
Y’know, swearing is just part of who we are – we’re forever effing and blinding.

Y’know, swearing is just part of who we are – we’re forever effing and blinding.

Ozzy Osbourne
As far as we were concerned, we were just a blues band that had decided to write some scary music.

As far as we were concerned, we were just a blues band that had decided to write some scary music.

Ozzy Osbourne
Officially, we didn’t have a band leader.
Unofficially, we all knew it was Tony [Iommi].

Officially, we didn’t have a band leader. Unofficially, we all knew it was Tony [Iommi].

Ozzy Osbourne
No record mogul had created Black Sabbath, so no record mogul could tell Black Sabbath what to do.

No record mogul had created Black Sabbath, so no record mogul could tell Black Sabbath what to do.

Ozzy Osbourne
‘Wow, dude, come in,’ said Tommy [Lee], when I rang the door-bell. ‘I can’t believe it. Ozzy Osbourne’s in my house.’

‘Wow, dude, come in,’ said Tommy [Lee], when I rang the door-bell. ‘I can’t believe it. Ozzy Osbourne’s in my house.’

Ozzy Osbourne
I’d always admired The Beatles for starting out as a bubblegum pop group and then getting heavier and heavier as their albums went on, and here was me going in the opposite direction.

I’d always admired The Beatles for starting out as a bubblegum pop group and then getting heavier and heavier as their albums went on, and here was me going in the opposite direction.

Ozzy Osbourne
I remember taking my entire wardrobe with me on that trip.
It consisted of one shirt on a wire hanger, and one pair of underpants in a carrier bag.

I remember taking my entire wardrobe with me on that trip. It consisted of one shirt on a wire hanger, and one pair of underpants in a carrier bag.

Ozzy Osbourne
The music business is like any other business, y’know? When sales are going well, everything’s hunky-f**king-dory. But the second something goes wrong, it’s all blood and law-suits.

The music business is like any other business, y’know? When sales are going well, everything’s hunky-f**king-dory. But the second something goes wrong, it’s all blood and law-suits.

Ozzy Osbourne
We’d recorded Black Sabbath in one day. Sabotage took about four thousand years.

We’d recorded Black Sabbath in one day. Sabotage took about four thousand years.

Ozzy Osbourne
On Friday the thirteenth of February 1970, Black Sabbath went on sale.
I felt like I’d just been born.
But the critics f**king hated it.

On Friday the thirteenth of February 1970, Black Sabbath went on sale. I felt like I’d just been born. But the critics f**king hated it.

Ozzy Osbourne
I was a free man, and I’d survived prison without being arse raped or beaten to a pulp.
So how come I felt so f**king sad?

I was a free man, and I’d survived prison without being arse raped or beaten to a pulp. So how come I felt so f**king sad?

Ozzy Osbourne
I even tried to join the army, but they wouldn’t have me. The bloke in the uniform took one look at my ugly mug and said, ‘Sorry, we want subjects, not objects'.

I even tried to join the army, but they wouldn’t have me. The bloke in the uniform took one look at my ugly mug and said, ‘Sorry, we want subjects, not objects'.

Ozzy Osbourne
I wasn’t exactly much fun to be around. Being with me was like falling into an abyss.

I wasn’t exactly much fun to be around. Being with me was like falling into an abyss.

Ozzy Osbourne
I’d always wanted to play an instrument myself, but my folks didn’t have the dough to buy me one, and I didn’t have the patience to learn anyway.
My attention span was five seconds.

I’d always wanted to play an instrument myself, but my folks didn’t have the dough to buy me one, and I didn’t have the patience to learn anyway. My attention span was five seconds.

Ozzy Osbourne
It’s gotta be any parent’s worst nightmare when they lose their child.

It’s gotta be any parent’s worst nightmare when they lose their child.

Ozzy Osbourne
Reviews?
Didn’t read ’em.

Reviews? Didn’t read ’em.

Ozzy Osbourne
I always thought that whatever I had was temporary.

I always thought that whatever I had was temporary.

Ozzy Osbourne
The worse I got, the more I worried that Sharon would leave me. And the more I worried, the worse I got.

The worse I got, the more I worried that Sharon would leave me. And the more I worried, the worse I got.

Ozzy Osbourne
One kid at school who never beat me up was Tony Iommi. He was in the year above me, and everyone knew him ’cos he could play the guitar.

One kid at school who never beat me up was Tony Iommi. He was in the year above me, and everyone knew him ’cos he could play the guitar.

Ozzy Osbourne
When I was growing up, no one ever recovered from cancer. I mean, the doc would always tell you it was survivable, but everyone knew that was just bullshit to calm you down.

When I was growing up, no one ever recovered from cancer. I mean, the doc would always tell you it was survivable, but everyone knew that was just bullshit to calm you down.

Ozzy Osbourne
Shock is a very weird thing.

Shock is a very weird thing.

Ozzy Osbourne
When I slept outside in winter, it wasn’t unusual for me to wake up blue in the face with icicles on my nose. In those days, there was no such thing as hypothermia.

When I slept outside in winter, it wasn’t unusual for me to wake up blue in the face with icicles on my nose. In those days, there was no such thing as hypothermia.

Ozzy Osbourne
Bands like The Move, Traffic and The Moody Blues were proving that you didn’t have to be from Liverpool to be successful.

Bands like The Move, Traffic and The Moody Blues were proving that you didn’t have to be from Liverpool to be successful.

Ozzy Osbourne
And if it wasn’t as good as before, what was the point of doing it? There wasn’t a point, as far as I was concerned.

And if it wasn’t as good as before, what was the point of doing it? There wasn’t a point, as far as I was concerned.

Ozzy Osbourne
Nothing more, nothing less...

Nothing more, nothing less...

Ozzy Osbourne
I have the greatest respect for Tony Iommi.

I have the greatest respect for Tony Iommi.

Ozzy Osbourne
Five kids in one lifetime ain’t bad – and I love them all so much. They’re the best things that ever happened to me, no question about it.

Five kids in one lifetime ain’t bad – and I love them all so much. They’re the best things that ever happened to me, no question about it.

Ozzy Osbourne
I loved being a dad. It’s just so much fun watching these little people you’ve brought into the world as they develop and grow up.

I loved being a dad. It’s just so much fun watching these little people you’ve brought into the world as they develop and grow up.

Ozzy Osbourne
The way I was boozing was a kind of suicide. It was only gonna be a matter of time.

The way I was boozing was a kind of suicide. It was only gonna be a matter of time.

Ozzy Osbourne
After a real snake ended up on stage one night, it was well and truly pissed off about being on stage with Ozzy Osbourne, that snake was.

After a real snake ended up on stage one night, it was well and truly pissed off about being on stage with Ozzy Osbourne, that snake was.

Ozzy Osbourne
‘Someone’s gonna die before this is over,’ I said to Doc McGhee. [...]
‘I don’t think someone’s gonna die, Ozzy. I think we’re all gonna die.’

‘Someone’s gonna die before this is over,’ I said to Doc McGhee. [...] ‘I don’t think someone’s gonna die, Ozzy. I think we’re all gonna die.’

Ozzy Osbourne
But one of the many problems with being an alcoholic is that when people tell you how bad you are when you’re drunk, you’re usually drunk. So you just keep getting drunk.

But one of the many problems with being an alcoholic is that when people tell you how bad you are when you’re drunk, you’re usually drunk. So you just keep getting drunk.

Ozzy Osbourne
Taking five or ten or fifteen years to make an album, like Guns N’ Roses did, is just f**king ridiculous, end of story. By that time, your career’s died, been resurrected, and then died again.

Taking five or ten or fifteen years to make an album, like Guns N’ Roses did, is just f**king ridiculous, end of story. By that time, your career’s died, been resurrected, and then died again.

Ozzy Osbourne
I’m no good with business, me. I’m the last person to ask when it comes to contracts and dough and all that.

I’m no good with business, me. I’m the last person to ask when it comes to contracts and dough and all that.

Ozzy Osbourne
As for the kids, once the damage is done with a divorce, you can’t ever make it right.

As for the kids, once the damage is done with a divorce, you can’t ever make it right.

Ozzy Osbourne
I’ve said to my kids, ‘I don’t want you to think I jumped away from you and clicked my heels and said bon voyage. It wasn’t like that at all. It just about destroyed me.'

I’ve said to my kids, ‘I don’t want you to think I jumped away from you and clicked my heels and said bon voyage. It wasn’t like that at all. It just about destroyed me.'

Ozzy Osbourne
I’d been on the road for twenty-five years, pretty much. I was like a mouse on a wheel: album, tour, album, tour, album, tour, album, tour.

I’d been on the road for twenty-five years, pretty much. I was like a mouse on a wheel: album, tour, album, tour, album, tour, album, tour.

Ozzy Osbourne
Killing a pig for a good old fry-up is one thing. But there’s no excuse for being cruel, even if you’re a bored teenage kid.

Killing a pig for a good old fry-up is one thing. But there’s no excuse for being cruel, even if you’re a bored teenage kid.

Ozzy Osbourne
That was the end of it.
Lights out.
For ever.

That was the end of it. Lights out. For ever.

Ozzy Osbourne