Bruce Springsteen is considered one of the biggest musicians of all time that wrote many classic songs and keep inspiring people all over the world. Over the years he said many interesting things about life in interviews, so Rock and Roll Garage selected his 9 best quotes about life.
The 9 best Bruce Springsteen quotes about life:
1 – “It’s not the time in your life, it’s the life in your time.”
2 – “We struggled together, and sometimes, we struggled with one another… We took care of one another… In the end, we kept faith in each other.”
3 – “The great challenge of adulthood is holding on to your idealism after you lose your innocence.”
4 – “All people have is hope. That’s what brings the next day and whatever that day may bring… A hope grounded in the real world of living, friendship, work, family…”
5 – “Nobody wins unless everybody wins.”
6 – “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.”
7 – “The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.”
8 – “Adult life is dealing with an enormous amount of questions that don’t have answers.”
9 – “Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed.”
What it takes to be a great artist according to Springsteen
In an interview with Conan O’Brien back in 2020, the musician talked about what it takes to be a truly great artist. The host told Springsteen that he believes that “to be a truly great artist you need some components – anxiety, especially in your youth; an obsessive nature, plus a complicated relationship with a parent.” Then “The Boss” said: “Well, I believe that most successful, obsessive artists, have something very special eating at them, and that’s what makes them interesting to us.”
“There is an undescribable problem at their center that they’re constantly trying to sort out. It’s not completely ‘sort-out-able,’ but you can’t find elements of clues that bring you closer to the source. And this is how people are using their craft. This is how you can’t take your eyes off them or your ears.”
He continued, saying:
“Those people have had someone in their life who has told them they are the second coming of Christ and at the same time someone in their life who’s told them they are absolutely worthless. And they believed them both.”
“So consequently, you’re in the process of trying to retrieve the unconditional love that you experienced by the parent who told you you were holier than thou and trying to prove to your other parent how deeply wrong they were.”
“This, I believe, is a psychological makeup of the most interesting artists, I would say. Like Sinatra, DeNiro, Brando, Dylan, Hank Williams, all of those people I believe have some piece of this in their creative equation. I think it’s essential – I think that historical conflict in your family is very, very critical. Then add 10 years of Catholic education, and the furnace is starting to burn.”
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter and leader of the E Street Band. Nicknamed “The Boss,” he is recognized for his poetic lyrics, his Jersey Shore roots, his distinctive voice, and lengthy, energetic stage performances.
He has sold more than 135 million records worldwide and more than 64 million records in the United States, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists.