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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Simon Cowell on criticism, judging, wit, attitude, love, ego, funny, stress, heart, life, politics, music, success, worry and fear.

120 Interesting Quotes By Simon Cowell, The Man Who Is Renowned For His Zingers

Quick Facts

Famous As: Reality TV Celebrity

Born On: October 7, 1959

Born In: London

Simon Phillip Cowell is a popular English producer, entrepreneur and reality television judge. He has gained recognition globally as a reality TV show judge and has been a part of some of the most popular shows worldwide. Over the course of his successful career, Cowell has emerged as one of the most fascinating individuals on television due to his unique style of withering and often contemptuous feedback to contestants. Cowell became a global celebrity only after he started doing television and one of his first forays saw him as a judge in the show ‘Pop Idol’. On British television, he has been a judge on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘The X Factor’. On the other hand, he has been one of the judges on some of America’s biggest shows like ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘American Idol’ and ‘The X Factor’. His autobiography ‘I Don’t Mean To Be Rude, but’ gives a glimpse into his mind as an entrepreneur and a reality show judge. Cowell has delivered a number of put-downs, one liner and sagacious thoughts over the years. Some of the famous quotes and thoughts by Simon Cowell have been collated here from his TV shows, interviews, public utterances, work, writings and his life. 
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What other people think about me is none of my business .

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You sounded like Dolly parton on helium." (After kristy lee cook of season 7 on american idol,sang her country rendition of the Beatles'"Eight Days A Week.)

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You didn't beat the compotition you crushed the compotition!

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It was like orderin a hamburger and getting only the buns" (After Brooke White of season 7 on american idol sang the song 'Hero' by Mariah Carey)

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Money brings you security and choice. You can make decisions in a different way if you have a lot of money. But when you have nothing, you have a naivety, and a more fearless attitude because you have nothing to lose.

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The love I have for my ex-girlfriends will always be there, so I think that's true love.

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Choosing how you vote should not be a snap verdict based on a few minutes of television.

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It's the government's job to encourage entrepreneurialism and investment. Most importantly, it's the government's duty to inspire confidence.

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I've never bought a Dylan record. A singing poet? It just bores me to tears. I've got to tell you, if I had 10 Dylans in the final of 'American Idol,' we would not be getting 30 million viewers a week. I don't believe the Bob Dylans of this world would make 'American Idol 'a better show.

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Would I like kids? If I knew I could be - and how could I put this delicately - faithful, then yes. I do like kids.

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If I had one dog, I'd want a hundred. If I had one kid, I'd probably want a hundred. I mean, it's just the way I am.

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I could just sit back and get someone to spin my achievements, I suppose, but when I see others do it, I always think, 'Why are you telling me how successful you are?' I am always suspicious of those kinds of boasts.

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I met someone the other night who's 28 years old, and he hasn't worked a day since he left college because he's pursuing a dream he'll never, ever realize: He thinks he's a great singer. Actually, he's crap.

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We have hated the French for years. Now you have just joined the club. It makes you much more likable.

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If we had to choose one American Idol to go out to dinner with, it would be Fantasia. There are no airs and graces about her... I like her.

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You are a saucy little thing aren't you?

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I've spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on the very best security and I can assure you my homes are as safe as the Bank of England.

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I hate belongings. I hate clutter. It really bothers me because I can't think properly. If you've got distractions in front of you, your mind goes nuts.

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I love producing shows. And so when you're on a show where other people are making decisions you don't necessarily agree with it, after a while you start to feel like a passenger.

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Every show I've ever, you know, produced, essentially it's the show I want to watch myself.

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I don't want to tell a 15 or 14 year old what they should be doing. I want them to tell me. And that's what I got when I met Justin Bieber for the first time.

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I hated school, but I love work.

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The only magazines I read are car magazines.

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What I would argue in my defence is that shows like 'Britain's Got Talent' and 'The X Factor' have actually got people more interested in music again and are sending more people into record stores.

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I probably get more satisfaction from making a show than being on a show.

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Not everybody is perfect, and I don't think we should be looking for perfect people.

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I'm not sure who has the right to say that you have better taste than somebody else, because essentially what you're doing is calling millions of people morons.

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Have I got a black book? Yes, it's called a mobile phone. I do get offers. There is no shortage of people if you want to go on dates - working in TV, living in L.A., it is there if you want it.

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When you're making a reality show, you can't even plan a week ahead now.

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I'm not that musical. I don't really know how a record is produced, and, funnily enough, I don't want to.

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I think you have to judge everything based on your personal taste. And if that means being critical, so be it. I hate political correctness. I absolutely loathe it.

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Everyone who turns up on 'X Factor' does it because a door has been closed to them at some time in their lives, and this is the only shot they have got.

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If you've got a big mouth and you're controversial, you're going to get attention.

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The minute you start assuming that the audience is very happy to see the same show again, you're dead.

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When I think of invention, I always think of America. You're always seeing ads: 'Have you got the next big idea?' There seems to be that spirit in America of inventions and inventors.

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My attitude is, if someone’s going to criticize me, tell me to my face.

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My proudest achievement has been the success of the shows and artists I have been involved with, because they were made in Britain.

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Sometimes when you have a record out, you think you're going to go in at No. 1 but you go in at No. 8. So your second record has to be better. That's how I treat it.

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I don't have sophisticated tastes. I have average tastes. If you looked in my collection of DVDs, you'd see 'Jaws' and 'Star Wars.' In the book library, you'd see John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon. And if you look in my fridge, it's, like, children's food - chips, milkshakes, yogurt.

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I didn't have any qualifications when I left school - I had three O-levels.

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I have always hated celebrities lecturing people on politics. So forgive me. But I am passionate about this country. I am equally passionate about the potential of the people who live here.

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I LOVE ONE DIRECTION!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anyone who complains about invasion of privacy shouldn't work in the entertainment business. You can't have it both ways. It's as simple as that.

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The young people working for me are ambitious and hard-working. That work ethic has always been a trait of the British.

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I think that by ignoring the show you're ignoring the audience who put you there.

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It's not my habit to kiss and tell. I've never done it.

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Anyone who goes on 'The X Factor' to make big money will be in for a big shock.

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There's no need for me to get married. I live with someone; we're happy; end of story.

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I'm going to give all my money away, eventually. I don't believe in all this hand-down stuff. Even if I had kids, I don't think I'd want to give them everything.

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I like to know why a video has suddenly gone viral, why a song has broken, why a TV show is suddenly rating out of pattern... I'm pretty good at understanding why things are becoming popular.

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When I look at it now, the whole punk thing is sort of comedy in a weird way.

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Thank God kids love following an artist. When you get a group who pop, it's the best thing in the world.

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I grew up when the whole Motown thing was huge. The charts in those days were dominated by groups more than solo artists at one point.

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There was nothing I could - and wanted to - learn in school. It was just a complete waste of my time.

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I don't think I can do this anymore.

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Holding auditions in front of an audience is testing.

Simon Cowell

I should get a dog. I would get a rescue dog. I like mutts; I don't care. I would probably get a three-legged dog no one else would want.

Simon Cowell

If I was gay, why wouldn't I admit it? It wouldn't harm me.

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Britain's got talent, enormous talent; that's very obvious.

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I got good advice once. Someone said to me: 'Live in your money rather than look at it.'

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I don't mind being cast as some kind of a pantomime baddie, but I am very fair in business. I always have been. I pride myself on being fair.

Simon Cowell

I work out three or four times a week, I have Botox, take tons of vitamins and vitamin infusions - if you believe that these things work, you will feel better.

Simon Cowell

I break up very well. I am a good breaker-upper.

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I turned down many chances to be on TV before 'Pop Idol' because I really wasn't interested in being famous. I didn't need it and didn't want it.

Simon Cowell

I'd say the most dangerous thing I've ever done is probably bungee jumping in Thailand.

Simon Cowell

I was never given any hand-outs. I started at the bottom and was very good at finding people who knew more than me and learning from them.

Simon Cowell

Every time I sat in a chemistry lesson, I thought, 'What am I doing this for? I don't ever want to be in a job that involves a Bunsen burner.'

Simon Cowell

No one really has any job security anymore, including myself.

Simon Cowell

I like spaghetti bolognese, I like baked beans on toast. I hate French food. I hate fancy food.

Simon Cowell

If you only ever heard Lady Gaga, she's the most boring singer in the world.

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I've always treated the music business as a business.

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You don't go into anything contemplating failure, because if you did, you wouldn't make it.

Simon Cowell

Of course I have an ego, but you have to have an ego. You have to be incredibly competitive. I can get competitive at times, way too much, and it becomes a little bit obsessive.

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Rules equal boredom, and I don't like that.

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At 20, you're cocky and you think you can rule the world, and you get it all wrong.

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The only people with power today are the audience. And that is increasing with Twitter, Facebook, and everything else. We cater to their likes and dislikes, and you ignore that at your peril.

Simon Cowell

I suggest we bring some normality back to this country and say if you are carrying a knife, there must be zero tolerance. If it was up to me, everyone caught with a knife would get an automatic ten year sentence.

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The object of this competition is not to be mean to the losers but to find a winner. The process makes you mean because you get frustrated.

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When you get your first pay cheque, it's the best feeling in the world.

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You always want to go to a party where you get an invite.

Simon Cowell

I still put punctuation in my texts. If it's an 'I', I make sure it's a capital.

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I am quite miserable because I'm never satisfied with what I've got. You're always looking for that next high, and that is what I would define as happiness.

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I think if you're an unhappy person, you're always going to be an unhappy person. You're probably going to be less unhappy if your business is doing well, if I'm being honest.

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I want people to understand that from the minute Lady Gaga arrived, she created a new set of rules: being different is good; embrace it.

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You know what the secret to weight loss is? Don't eat much.

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As an actor, I really like Philip Seymour Hoffman. I think he's a genius.

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If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning.

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In TV, film, and music there's a lot of snobbery, and I don't like it. I've never been a cultural snob.

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When someone asks, 'Does success make you into a monster?' I always say, 'No, it enables you to be a monster.'

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I can't admit things; that's why I can't go to funerals and stuff like that. I find it very, very difficult to deal with that kind of reality. I shut myself off totally because it affects me so badly.

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I've had Botox, but then again pretty much everyone I know has. To me, Botox is no more unusual than toothpaste. It works. You do it once a year - who cares?

Simon Cowell

I couldn't think of anything worse than being in an unhappy marriage. It worries me because I've seen it destroy people.

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I've always been petrified of working for a boss who I didn't like but who I was in fear of, because I wanted my salary.

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I think America is a hard nut to crack. But once you get a toehold, it's a great place for an entrepreneur because people are so enthusiastic, and you have the most enthusiastic audiences in world.

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Most things in music go full circle eventually.

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I was 12 years old when I first realized that food could be hot. That's why I turned out the way I am.

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I get very anti-social, depressed and irritable with people. I don't have time for them. I can't make phone calls and stuff. I just sit on my own for days.

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I do a couple of hundred press-ups a day but I haven't been to a gym in years.

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I'm obsessed with cleanliness for myself, so I will take a bath three times a day, sometimes a steam twice a day in addition to that.

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If I went to a psychiatrist, it would be a long session. I've always thought that I do have a number of issues that probably need dealing with, because I am quite odd in some ways.

Simon Cowell

My attitude is, if someone's going to criticize me, tell me to my face.

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I don't like kids that are pushed into things by stage mums, but when I can see they are having a good time, they're excited and enjoying the process, then I think it's wrong to discriminate.

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My own saying is: 'Create the hype, but don't ever believe it.'

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I think of stress as the creator of cancer and heart attacks, like a tiny little ball you feed. I believe that one of the reasons I've never got ill is that I'm not stressed.

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