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Willie Nelson is one of the most successful country music artists of all time. He has released over 200 albums, won multiple Grammy Awards, and is widely considered to be a living legend. Despite his success, Nelson has had many ups and downs in his life, including a period of heavy drug use in the 1970s. However, he has always managed to come back stronger than ever. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the life and career of Willie Nelson.

Discover the best Work, Music, Love, Time, Life, Songs quotes from Willie Nelson, and much more.


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About Willie Nelson

birth of the author

April 29, 1933

occupation of the author

Musician, Actor, Activist

date of the author

Years Active:

genre of the author

Country, Outlaw Country, Country Rock, Blues, Jazz, Gospel And More.

instrument of the author

Vocals, Guitar

institution of the author

Liberty, Rca, Atlantic, Columbia, Island, Justice Records And More.

productions of the author

Associated Acts:
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A lot of country music is sad. — Willie Nelson

Bobby Bare is one of the greatest people in country music. — Kris Kristofferson

There’s a great enthusiasm for good country music all over the world. — Willie Nelson

Look at me! I can go from ‘Donny and Marie’ to Sam Peckinpah to Radio City Music Hall in one week. — Kris Kristofferson

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The closest I’ve come to knowing myself is in losing myself. That’s why I loved football before I loved music. I could lose myself in it. — Kris Kristofferson

There are just certain sounds, music, that sort of you know people are going to like it. — Willie Nelson

Since I was a kid, music was what I wanted to do. I thought I could make it by my own talents. That’s what I wanted to prove. — Willie Nelson

Those people out there like good music. They don’t stop and ask themselves, ‘Is it country or rock and roll?’ If they like it, they will tell you. — Willie Nelson

All I do is play music and golf–which one do you want me to give up? — Willie Nelson

there s a great enthusiasm for good country music all over the world Willie Nelson quote

Dylan’s relationship with Johnny Cash was the biggest influence on Nashville in my lifetime–they opened up country music. — Kris Kristofferson

Oh, I think it’s definitely spiritual. All music is. I think it’s maybe one of the highest forms of spirituality. — Willie Nelson

I think innately knew that music draws people together and that good music is liked by almost everybody. — Willie Nelson


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I never gave up on country music because I knew what I was doing was not that bad. — Willie Nelson

I think Ray Charles did as much as anybody when he did his country music album. Ray Charles broke down borders and showed the similarities between country music and R&B. — Willie Nelson

After every tour, I think about hanging up the touring hat, and after a while of not working, I’m ready to play. I think I enjoy playing music more than I enjoy not playing music. — Willie Nelson


Johnny Cash has always been larger than life. — Kris Kristofferson

Let’s get the government stay out of our private lives, once and for all, and stop arresting smokers. Let’s take a stand for personal freedom. — Willie Nelson

I think that a society lives or dies according to its respect for–for its art. — Kris Kristofferson

There is only one map to the journey of life and it lives within your heart — Willie Nelson

there is only one map to the journey of life and it lives within your heart Willie Nelson quote

I really have no anxiety about controlling my own life. — Kris Kristofferson

There are more serious problems in life than financial ones, and I’ve had a lot of those. I’ve been broke before, and will be again. — Willie Nelson

I’ve known straight and gay people all my life. I can’t tell the difference… But I’d never marry a guy I didn’t like. — Willie Nelson

Freedom is control in your own life. — Willie Nelson

I have a special place in my heart for Nashville because it saved my life back in the day. — Kris Kristofferson

freedom is control in your own life Willie Nelson quote

I enjoy looking back on my life. I’m thinking seriously about starting to write about it. — Kris Kristofferson

There are points in your life, especially if you have creative ambitions, where selfishness is necessary. — Kris Kristofferson

Freedom is control in your own life. I have more control now than in the past, and I’m learning the value of saying no. That’s very important. — Willie Nelson

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. — Willie Nelson

There’s so many things going on in the world, Babies dying. Mothers crying. How much oil is one human life worth. And what ever happened to peace on earth. — Willie Nelson

I’ve had a life of all kinds of experiences–most of them good. And I’ve got eight kids and a wife that puts up with everything I do and keeps me out of trouble. — Kris Kristofferson

It’s an ongoing problem, an ongoing situation, life is. It’s just life, and it never stops and it never will. You just be thankful for what you’ve got, and move on. — Willie Nelson


To me, if you love it enough to devote your life to it, then you’re doing the right thing. — Kris Kristofferson

You will never find love until you stop looking. — Willie Nelson

I like to stick with music I know I can play. I love classical, but I don’t think I could ever play it. I’m just not qualified. — Willie Nelson

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Love is like a dying ember, only memories remain. — Willie Nelson

Inside every cowboy there’s a lady who’d love to slip out. — Willie Nelson

God has blessed you richly, so get down on your knees and thank him. Don’t forget the less fortunate or God will personally kick your ass. I’d love to do it for him, but I can’t be everywhere. — Willie Nelson

Being in love with a lot of people is incompatible with a stable family life. — Kris Kristofferson

Songs are just like your kids. You love them all, and they’re all different. I can’t really pick out favourites. — Kris Kristofferson

love is like a dying ember only memories remain Willie Nelson quote

I smoke pot every day, and I love it! — Willie Nelson

The life I love is making music with my friends. — Willie Nelson


If a song was ever good, it’s still good. — Willie Nelson

Great songs stand out wherever they’re from. — Willie Nelson

When you hear me, you know it’s me, regardless of the song. — Willie Nelson

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Three chords and the truth–that’s what a country song is. — Willie Nelson

I don’t think I’m that good a singer. I can’t think of a song that I’ve written that I don’t like the way somebody else sings it better. — Kris Kristofferson

I’ve been writing songs since I was a little boy. You know, I think I wrote my first song when I was 11. — Kris Kristofferson

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You could make any song sound creepy if you wanted. It’s all about the inflection. — Willie Nelson

Everything about Sinatra was good. He had the ability to pick great songs, and once Sinatra had sung them, that pretty much was it. He pretty much put his stamp on everything. — Willie Nelson

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Havin’ Dylan cover one of your songs is like being a playwright and having Shakespeare act in your play. — Kris Kristofferson

Well the country songs themselves are three–chord stories, ballads which are mostly sad. If you are already feeling sorry for yourself when you listen to them they will take you to an even sadder place. — Willie Nelson

I used to think that my songs were the best things that I would leave behind me. And I definitely think my kids are now. For starters, they’re writing better songs than I was at their age. — Kris Kristofferson

I’ve never forgotten a single record I cut or a song I wrote. — Kris Kristofferson

When songs fall from the sky, all I can do is catch them before they hit the ground. — Willie Nelson

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The most valuable thing to me seems to be time, and with time, I can be great. I have been… and I will be. — Kris Kristofferson

If you wait for tomorrow to follow your dreams, by the time that you get there they’re gone. — Willie Nelson

Every album I’ve made is about what I’m experiencing at the time. — Kris Kristofferson

I am not a pig farmer. The pigs had a great time, but I didn’t make any money. — Willie Nelson

I got along without you before I met you and I’ll get along without you a long time after you’re gone. — Willie Nelson

i am not a pig farmer the pigs had a great time but i didn t make any money Willie Nelson quote

I been a long time leaving but I’m going to be a long time gone. — Willie Nelson

When I was thirty, and a long time after that, I felt like I had to leave home to do what I had to do. Now, it’s just the opposite. — Kris Kristofferson

The first time I got onstage was when I was about 5 years old. It was at a church social, and I had a poem to recite. — Willie Nelson

I take it not only a day at a time, but a moment at a time, and keep it at that pace. If you can be happy right now, then you’ll always be happy, because it’s always in the now — Willie Nelson

The one thing I regret is missing the time with my older children when they were young. — Kris Kristofferson

It doesn’t hurt to feel sad from time to time. — Willie Nelson

I live one day at a time, one day at a time. Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow is blind, so I live one day at a time. — Willie Nelson

Everything that I write is sort of autobiographical, and I don’t know that I’m getting better, but I’m certainly running out of time. — Kris Kristofferson

Heard you told him that you’d love him ’til the end of time. Now that’s the same thing that you told me. — Willie Nelson

If you got the money honey I got the time and when you run out of money honey I run out of time. — Willie Nelson

There was time in the first half of the ’80s when what I was saying on the stage was controversial. A lot of things I was talking about–Nicaragua and American foreign policy. — Kris Kristofferson

I am grateful every morning I wake up. I’ve a big family full of kids, who laugh all the time and love each other. — Kris Kristofferson

Little things I should have said and done I just never took the time You were always on my mind — Willie Nelson

I turned 30 as a janitor. I was thinking at the time that Hank Williams died when he was 29. All my peers were at least 10 years younger than I was. I felt like an old has–been at the time. — Kris Kristofferson

I always had to wait until something hit me, and I could write it. But when I would cut an album, to me it represented the time that I spent since the last one. Just the way I was looking at the world. — Kris Kristofferson


It was and is always nice to work with the kids. — Willie Nelson

I think it’s kind of odd that ‘This Old Road’ was the first video I ever did. Because of all of the work I had done in films and everything, you’d think I would have done a video before that. — Kris Kristofferson

I watched Dylan record ‘Blonde On Blonde’ in my first week at work at CBS. It was just incredible. — Kris Kristofferson

Tell the truth. Sing with passion. Work with laughter. Love with heart. ‘Cause that’s all that matters in the end. — Kris Kristofferson

I never pretended to have a great voice. It works and I can carry a tune. If you have a good song, that’s about all that’s required. — Willie Nelson

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To me, the best love songs work on two–maybe three–different levels, where you’re talking about the person who you’re right opposite, and all the people like that. — Kris Kristofferson

I just enjoy both working and not working. And fortunately, I work enough where I get that out of my system, and then we take a few days off, take a rest. — Willie Nelson

I have no regrets. I feel very grateful for the life that I had–you know, family I live with; and I’ve been doing work that I love, ever since I came to Nashville. — Kris Kristofferson

I had a list of rules I made up one time. It says: Tell the truth, sing with passion, work with laughter, and love with heart. Those are good to start with, anyway. — Kris Kristofferson

I can interpret my own work honestly. And performing by myself seems to focus the attention in the right places. — Kris Kristofferson

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I’m not prejudiced in any way that I can think of. That’s just not the guy I am. — Willie Nelson

Do something bad a thousand times and it’s no big deal. Everyone just goes, “Willie f–up again.” — Willie Nelson

When I’m driving the highway by myself is when I write best. — Willie Nelson

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