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Quotes By Johnny Cash
You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.
Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight.
People call me wild. Not really though, I'm not.I guess I've never been normal, not what you call Establishment. I'm country.
I love the freedoms we got in this country, I appreciate your freedom to burn your flag if you want to, but I really appreciate my right to bear arms so I can shoot you if you try to burn mine.
You've got to know your limitations. I don't know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren't too many limitations, if I did it my way.
A rose looks grey at midnight, but the flame is just asleep. And steel is strong because it knows the hammer and white heat.”
“it's good to know who hates you and it is good to be hated by the right people
I start a lot more songs than I finish, because I realize when I get into them, they're no good. I don't throw them away, I just put them away, store them, get them out of sight.
If you aren't gonna say exactly how and what you feel, you might as well not say anything at all.
Flesh and blood needs flesh and blood, and you're the one I need.
Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money. - Johnny Cash
There's a man going 'round taking names / And he decides who to free and who to blame / Everybody won't be treated all the same / There'll be a golden ladder reaching down / When the Man comes around.
That was the big thing when I was growing up, singing on the radio. The extent of my dream was to sing on the radio station in Memphis. Even when I got out of the Air Force in 1954, I came right back to Memphis and started knocking on doors at the radio station.
I have tried drugs and a little of everything else, and there is nothing in the world more soul-satisfying than having the kingdom of God building inside you and growing.
It's like a novelist writing far out things. If it makes a point and makes sense, then people like to read that. But if it's off in left field and goes over the edge, you lose it. The same with musical talent, I think.
The ones that you're calling wild are going to be the leaders in a little while.
My father was a man of love. He always loved me to death. He worked hard in the fields, but my father never hit me. Never. I don't ever remember a really cross, unkind word from my father.
God's the final judge for Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash too. That's solely in the hands of God.
God gives us life and takes us away as He sees fit.
I read novels but I also read the Bible. And study it, you know? And the more I learn, the more excited I get.
There's a lot of things blamed on me that never happened. But then, there's a lot of things that I did that I never got caught at.
Convicts are the best audience I ever played for.
What have I become, my sweetest friend. Everyone I know goes away, in the end.
You've got a song you're singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut. And you've got to make them think that you're one of them sitting out there with them too. They've got to be able to relate to what you're doing.
Because you are mine , I walk the line.
My arms are too short to box with God.
There's no way around grief and loss: you can dodge all you want, but sooner or later you just have to go into it, through it, and, hopefully, come out the other side. The world you find there will never be the same as the world you left.
It’s like a novelist writing far out things. If it makes a point and makes sense, then people like to read that. But if it’s off in left field and goes over the edge, you lose it. The same with musical talent, I think.
Everything I have and everything I do is now given completely to Jesus Christ.
I'm thrilled to death with life.
Well, I take great comfort in the words of the apostle Paul who said, ‘What I will to do, that I do not practice. But what I hate, that I do.’ And he said, ‘It is no longer I who do it, but the sin that dwells within me. But who,’ he asks, ‘will deliver me from this body of death?’ And he answers for himself and for me, ‘Through Jesus Christ the Lord.
When God forgave me, I figured I'd better do it too.
When I was a baby, my mama told me son, always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns. But I shot a man in Reno.
My daddy left home when I was three and he didn't leave much to Ma and me, just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
All music comes from God.
I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.
I am not a Christian artist, I am an artist who is a Christian.
I'm not bitter. Why should I be bitter? I'm thrilled to death with life.
I wear my crown of thorns on my liars chair, full of broken thoughts I cannot repair, beneath the stain of time the feelings disappears. What have I become, my sweetest of friends?
My mother told me to keep on singing, and that kept me working through the cotton fields. She said God has his hand on you. You'll be singing for the world someday.
I came to believe in a power much higher than I,
When I'm gone I'll be remembered as the workin' man who put his point across with a right hand full of knuckles.
Some gal would giggle and I'd get red, and some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head. I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named Sue.
I remember everything What have I become? My sweetest friend? Everyone I know goes away in the end You could have it all My empire of dirt I will let you down I will make you hurt.
I'm thankful for the sea breeze that feels so good right now, and the scent of jasmine when the sun starts going down.
Could it be the girls and boys are trying to be heard above your noise?
Understand your man, meditate on it.
Inside the walls of a prison my body may be, but my Lord has set my soul free.
He was removed from jail and placed in a place for the insensitive and insane.
I've been flushed from the bathroom of your heart.
I admit I'm a fool for you, because your mine, I walk the line.
God Ain't no stained glass window, cause he never keeps his window closed.
Loneliness is emptiness, but happiness is you.
He drank his first strong liquor then to calm his shaking hand, and tried to tell himself at last he had become a man.
Come on boys, you must listen unto me, lay off the whiskey and let that cocaine be.
Call him drunken Ira Hayes, he won't answer any more. Not the whiskey drinking Indian, nor the Marine that went to war.
He went up to heaven, located his dog. Not only that, but he rejoined his arm.
I wear black for those who never read or listen to the words that Jesus said, about the road to happiness, through love and charity.
After about three lessons [my] voice teacher said, "Don't take voice lessons. Do it your way. You're a song stylist. Always do it your way.
San Quentin, may you rot and burn in hell. May your walls fall and may I live to tell.
My way of communicating with God as a boy (and often even now) was through the lyrics of a song. . . . So I didn't have the problem some people do who say, "I don't know how to pray." I used the songs to communicate with God. . . . To me, songs were the telephone to heaven, and I tied up the line quite a bit.
For you I know I'd even try to turn the tide.
I wear black because I'm comfortable in it. But then in the summertime when it's hot I'm comfortable in light blue.
I'm very shy really. I spend a lot of time in my room alone reading or writing or watching television.
I was wearing black clothes almost from the beginning. I feel comfortable in black. I felt like black looked good onstage, that it was attractive, so I started wearing it all the time.
How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.
Of emotions, of love, of breakup, of love and hate and death and dying, mama, apple pie, and the whole thing. It covers a lot of territory, country music does.
I knew I wanted to sing when I was a very small boy. When I was probably 4 years old. My mother played a guitar and I would sit with her and she would sing and I learned to sing along with her.
People call me wild. Not really though, I'm not. I guess I've never been normal, not what you call Establishment. I'm country.
The things that have always been important: to be a good man, to try to live my life the way God would have me, to turn it over to Him that His will might be worked in my life, to do my work without looking back, to give it all I've got, and to take pride in my work as an honest performer.
When I record somebody else's song, I have to make it my own or it doesn't feel right. I'll say to myself, I wrote this and he doesn't know it!
When my wife died, I booked myself into the studio just to work, to occupy myself.
I love to go to the studio and stay there 10 or 12 hours a day. I love it. What is it? I don't know. It's life.
So, I learn from my mistakes. It's a very painful way to learn, but without pain, the old saying is, there's no gain. I found that to be true in my life. You miss a lot of opportunities by making mistakes, but that's part of it: knowing that you're not shut out forever, and that there's a goal you still can reach.
I grew up in the '40s and I heard all these great speeches, like Winston Churchill. His most famous, or infamous commencement exercise speech was one that consisted of seven words. He stood before this graduating class and said: "Never, never, never, never give up.
I'd like to wear a rainbow every day, and tell the world that everything is o.k. But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back. Until things are brighter, I'm the Man in Black.