The Best Johnny Cash quotes

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About Johnny Cash

birth of the author

February 26, 1932

death of the author

September 12, 2003

occupation of the author

Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor

date of the author

Years Active:

country of the author

United States

date of the author

Years Of Service:

army of the author

Staff Sergeant

genre of the author

Country And More.

instrument of the author

Vocals, Guitar

institution of the author

Sun, Columbia, Mercury, American, House Of Cash, Legacy And More.

productions of the author

Associated Acts:
The Tennessee Three, Sam Phillips, The Highwaymen, Million Dollar Quartet, June Carter Cash, George Jones And More.


You can choose love or hateโ€ฆI choose love. โ€” Johnny Cash

I love the young people. โ€” Johnny Cash

All your life, you will be faced with a choice. you can choose love or hateโ€ฆi choose love. โ€” Johnny Cash

Life and love go on, let the music play. โ€” Johnny Cash

you can choose love or hate i choose love Johnny Cash quote

Stop your ears and close your eyes and try to find the face of love. โ€” Johnny Cash

Burn my Flag and I will shoot you……..but I’ll shoot you with a lot of love, like a good American โ€” Johnny Cash

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. โ€” Johnny Cash

I love Bob Dylan, I really do. I love his early work, I love the first time he plugged in electrically, I love his Christian albums, I love his other albums. โ€” Johnny Cash

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. โ€” Johnny Cash

i love the young people Johnny Cash quote

Love is a burning thing and it makes a firey ring. โ€” Johnny Cash

The fire and excitement may be gone now that we don’t go out there and sing them anymore, but the ring of fire still burns around you and I, keeping our love hotter than a pepper sprout. โ€” Johnny Cash

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. โ€” Johnny Cash

Happiness is being at peace, being with loved ones, being comfortable…but most of all, it’s having those loved ones. โ€” Johnny Cash


I’m not bitter. Why should I be bitter? I’m thrilled to death with life. โ€” Johnny Cash

i m not bitter why should i be bitter i m thrilled to death with life Johnny Cash quote

Life is rough so you gotta be tough. โ€” Johnny Cash

The battle against the dark one and the clinging to the right one is what my life is about. โ€” Johnny Cash

I expect my life to end pretty soon. You know, I’m 71 years old. I have great faith, though. I have unshakable faith. โ€” Johnny Cash

Those that have lived longer than us always have something to teach us, that we can take with us for the rest of our lives. โ€” Johnny Cash

Life is the question and life is the answer, and God is the reason and love is the way. โ€” Johnny Cash

life is rough so you gotta be tough Johnny Cash quote

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. โ€” Johnny Cash

Life isโ€“the way God has given it to me was just a platterโ€“a golden platter of life laid out there for me. It’s been beautiful. โ€” Johnny Cash

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. โ€” Johnny Cash

Flesh and blood needs flesh and blood, and you’re the one I need. โ€” Johnny Cash


Because you’re mine, I walk the line. โ€” Johnny Cash

because you re mine i walk the line Johnny Cash quote

I’m so uncomfortable wearing colors in public. I really am. Even denim. If I’ve got a day off in a town, I want to go out for a walk I’ll put on denim. But almost everything I’ve got the black on. โ€” Johnny Cash

It was kind of a prodding myself to play I Walk The Line straight. โ€” Johnny Cash

I Walk The Line was my third record. โ€” Johnny Cash

I admit I’m a fool for you, because your mine, I walk the line. โ€” Johnny Cash

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine I keep my eyes wide open all the time I keep the ends out for the tie that binds Because you’re mine, I walk the line. โ€” Johnny Cash

it was kind of a prodding myself to play i walk the line straight Johnny Cash quote


Don’t take voice lessons. Do it your way. โ€” Johnny Cash

I’ve got no deep voice today. I’ve got a cold. But when I was young, I had a high tenor voice. โ€” Johnny Cash

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. โ€” Johnny Cash

My mother] called [my voice] the gift. โ€” Johnny Cash

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I would take songs that I’d loved as a child and redo them in my mind for the new voice I had, the low voice. โ€” Johnny Cash

don t take voice lessons do it your way Johnny Cash quote


Until things are brighter.. I’m the man in black. โ€” Johnny Cash

I wear the black for those who never read. โ€” Johnny Cash

Everybody was wearing rhinestones, all those sparkly clothes, and cowboy boots. I decided to wear a black shirt and pants and see if I could get by with it. I did and I’ve worn black clothes ever since. โ€” Johnny Cash

As sure as God made black and white, what’s done in the dark will be brought to the light. โ€” Johnny Cash

I wear black because I’m comfortable in it. But then in the summertime when it’s hot I’m comfortable in light blue. โ€” Johnny Cash

until things are brighter i m the man in black Johnny Cash quote

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down, Livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town. โ€” Johnny Cash

Oh, I’d love to wear a rainbow everyday, And tell the world that everything’s okay, But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back, Till things are brighter, I’m the Man in Black. โ€” Johnny Cash

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. โ€” Johnny Cash

They’re powerful, those songs. At times they’ve been my only way back the only door out of the dark, bad places the black dog calls home. โ€” Johnny Cash


I don’t give up because I don’t give up. I don’t believe in it. โ€” Johnny Cash

i don t give up because i don t give up i don t believe in it Johnny Cash quote

You can ask the people around me. I don’t give up. I don’t give up… and it’s not out of frustration and desperation that I say I don’t give up. I don’t give up because I don’t give up. I don’t believe in it. โ€” Johnny Cash

God gives us life and takes us away as He sees fit. โ€” Johnny Cash

Prisoners are the greatest audience that an entertainer can perform to. โ€” Johnny Cash


If I’m anything, I’m not a singer but I’m a song stylist. โ€” Johnny Cash

I could wrap myself in the warm cocoon of a song and go anywhere. โ€” Johnny Cash

if i m anything i m not a singer but i m a song stylist Johnny Cash quote

A song stylist is, like, to take an old folk song like ‘Delia’s Gone’ and do a modern white man’s version of it. โ€” Johnny Cash

When I get an idea for a song it would gel in my mind for weeks or months, and then one day just like that, Ill write it. โ€” Johnny Cash

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! โ€” Johnny Cash

Sam Phillips responded most to a song of mine called, ‘Hey Porter,’ which was on the first record. โ€” Johnny Cash

I sang those old gospel songs for my mother, and she said, is that you? And I said, yes, ma’am. And she came over and put her arms around me and said, God’s got his hands on you. โ€” Johnny Cash

I always loved those songs. And with my high tenor, I thought I was pretty goodโ€“you know?โ€“almost as good as Dennis Day. โ€” Johnny Cash

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. โ€” Johnny Cash

Gospel music is so ingrained into my bones. I can’t do a concert without singing a gospel song. It’s what I was raised on. โ€” Johnny Cash

Sam Phillips asked me to go write a love song, or maybe a bitter weeper. So I wrote a song called, ‘Cry Cry Cry,’ went back in and recorded that for the other side of the record. โ€” Johnny Cash

Every week, Dennis Day sang an old Irish folk song. And next day in the fields, I’d be singing that song if I was working in the fields. โ€” Johnny Cash

JOHNNY CASH Quotes Take Away

Cashโ€™s music was more than just country, it was the story of America and its people. His lyrics were simple, but they spoke to the heart of humanity. We hope that these quotes have inspired you as much as they have us. If you want to learn more about Cash or his music, be sure to check out our courses. We have a variety of options available, from beginner level classes all the way up to in-depth analyses of Cashโ€™s life and work.

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