20 Best Inspiring David Crosby Quotes For Motivation

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David Crosby was a musical legend, known for his work as a founding member of both The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Throughout his career, he has been a vocal advocate for peace and social justice, and his lyrics often reflect his political and spiritual beliefs. The quotes said by David Crosby are filled with wisdom, wit, and a deep understanding of the human condition. Whether he’s discussing the power of music, the importance of activism, or the struggles of everyday life, David Crosby’s words are always thought-provoking and inspiring.

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David Crosby Quotes

1. “When it all started, record companies – and there were many of them, and this was a good thing – were run by people who loved records, people like Ahmet Ertegun, who ran Atlantic Records, who were record collectors. They got in it because they loved music.” ― David Crosby

2. “I’m an inveterate bookstore wanderer. I read constantly, so I love a good bookstore. I can’t help it.” ― David Crosby

3. “Now record companies are run by lawyers and accountants. The shift from the one to the other was definitely related to when the takes started to get big.” ― David Crosby

4. “I have a pretty clear picture of the whole weight of my life, and there are things that I’ve done that are good, and I’m proud of them. There are things that I’m really not proud of, and that they, you have to look at me with a perspective, and I try really hard to do that, to keep from thinking I’m cool and ever so smart.” ― David Crosby

5. “I don’t like greed, I don’t like ignorance. I really don’t like anger. But I love love.” ― David Crosby

6. “I come from a school of people, folk singers, and the tradition there is troubadours, and you’re carrying a message. Now admittedly, our job is partly just to make you boogie, just make you want to dance. Part of our job is to take you on a little voyage, tell you a story.” ― David Crosby

7. “I am having so much fun performing, I feel almost guilty. I think, my God, I hope no one comes and busts me for this.” ― David Crosby

8. “The people who run record companies now wouldn’t know a song if it flew up their nose and died. They haven’t a clue, and they don’t care. You tell them that, and they go, Yeah? So, your point is?” ― David Crosby

9. “I gave up bread, and I’ve lost a bunch of weight, which is very good because I’m diabetic.” ― David Crosby

10. “My songs emerge from my life, or wherever they do, unbidden and unplanned and completely on a schedule of their own.” ― David Crosby

11. “My father being in the movie business, I thought being an actor would be great. But when I started singing to people in coffeehouses, you know, singing folk music and then, later, singing songs that I started to write myself, I felt more than an affinity for it.” ― David Crosby

12. “I can’t legislate a song into being; it just will not happen for me.” ― David Crosby

13. “I started singing in coffeehouses when I was still in high school, in Santa Barbara. I took a job washing dishes and busing tables in the coffeehouse, so I could be there, and would beg permission to sing harmony with the guy who was singing onstage. That was the first time I ever got on a stage in front of people.” ― David Crosby

14. “I get egotistical about things where I can do something well – for example, my singing. Most other things, I don’t have the wherewithal to back it up.” ― David Crosby

15. “Being a hippy was the most natural thing in the world to me.” ― David Crosby

16. “I love voyaging – the longest has been 3,000 miles to Hawaii. I’ve also spent weeks all over the Caribbean.” ― David Crosby

17. “I think music is a lifting force, I think love is the lifting force in the human condition. I think you see someone loving on their child, and it moves you, and you can’t help it. It rings a bell inside of us that elevates us as human beings, and I treasure that. I think it’s one of the few great things about human beings.” ― David Crosby

18. “I do see things that are funny on the net. I Googled myself the other day and found out that I was worth $250m, and that I was the highest-paid guy in show business! I wish so hard it was true. It is, of course, the complete opposite. I’m neither rich nor do I make a lot of money.” ― David Crosby

19. “My father being in the movie business, I thought being an actor would be great. But when I started singing to people in coffeehouses, you know, singing folk music and then, later, singing songs that I started to write myself, I felt more than an affinity for it. I felt a calling.” ― David Crosby

20. “Sailing became one of the mainstreams of my life. I suppose my father was an influence. I remember seeing a photo of him at home sailing a big boat to Bermuda in his 20s. I still have it.” ― David Crosby

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