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I learn from my mistakes. It's a very painful way to learn, but without pain, the old saying is, there's no gain. (.)

My father told me early on about having a life in God. Their faith was the light of their life. They always professed it--their faith and their relationship with Christ. I learned by example, from watching them get through their struggles. They'd always come back to their faith." (.)

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. (.)

I was mainly influenced by the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and others like Bob Dylan (.)

If you can hold your listener, hold their attention, and you're sure you know what you're doing, and know that you're communicating - you know, performance is communicating. You've got to communicate. You've got a song you're singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut (.)

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. (.)

We were in the studio, getting ready to work - and I popped it in, by the end I was really on the verge of tears. I'm working with Zach de la Rocha, and I told him to take a look. At the end of it, there was just dead silence. There was, like, this moist clearing of our throats and then, 'Uh, OK, let's get some coffee.' (.)

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. If you analyse it as you're moving forward, you'll never fall in the same trap twice, which I can't say that I haven't been guilty of doing. But my advice is, if they're going to break your legs once when you go in that place, stay out of there. (.)

The Master of Life's been good to me. He has given me strength to face past illnesses, and victory in the face of defeat. He has given me life and joy where others saw oblivion. He has given new purposes to live for. New services to render and old wounds to heal. Life and love go on. Let the music play. (.)

My Mama always said she wanted her roses while she was living... not after she was gone. That's why everyone should always honour their mother and father. No matter how much you may disagree with their beliefs, 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. (.)

It makes me so mad that some people underestimate the wisdom and energy of young people. All because they don't look the way older folks think they should look. I'm working on a song about it. Maybe some of those closed minded people will realise long hair and tattoos don't mean they should be ignored. Close minded people are part of what's wrong with this world (.)

If you aren't gonna say exactly how and what you feel, you might as well not say anything at all. (.)

I never did understand the resentment about Country artists 'going pop'. Either you've got what it takes to appeal to a whole lot of people, or you don't. (.)

Country radio doesn't program hardly anybody over 40. Country music is about tradition. And they're losing that tradition. In my mind, anyway. (.)

Compassion is something I have a lot of, because I've been through a lot of pain in my life. Anybody who has suffered a lot of pain has a lot of compassion. (.)

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. (.)

I'm not bitter. Why should I be bitter? I'm thrilled to death with life. Life is - the way God has given it to me was just a platter - a golden platter of life laid out there for me. It's been beautiful. (.)

I went into a coma and I was there for 12 days. They all thought I was dying and they couldn't diagnose what was wrong with me. They finally came up with a diagnosis of Shy-Drager syndrome. It was few months later they realized I didn't have that so it was Parkinson's. And then it was not that. Then finally it was autonomic neuropathy. ... And I'm pretty well resolved to the fact that that's what it is. And it's a slow process of the nerve endings. King: No cure? Cash: No, I don't think so. But that's all right. There's no cure for life either (.)

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. (.)

I remember everything
What have I become?
My sweetest friend? E
veryone 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.” (.)

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.” (.)

Take one fresh and tender kiss
Add one stolen night of bliss
One girl, one boy, some grief,
some joy Memories are made of this.” (.)

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.” (.)

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.” (.)

Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.
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Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight.
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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.

(in 2002, on his beloved brother Jack, who died in 1943 when Johnny was 11.): There`s never been two months gone by that I haven`t dreamed about him. He`s tried to help turn me to the way of life.

(in acknowledgment of his similarity to today`s gangsta rappers): I wouldn`t let anybody influence me into thinking I was doing the wrong thing by singing about death, hell and drugs. Beause I`ve always done that, and I always will.

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 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.

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!

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.

I did not vote for Mr. Bush, (George W. Bush) let`s leave it at that.

For you I know I`d even try to turn the tide.

Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight.

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.

Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.

After about three lessons the voice teacher said, "Don`t take voice lessons. Do it your way".

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.

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.

(in 2002, on his beloved brother Jack, who died in 1943 when Johnny was 11) There`s never been two months gone by that I haven`t dreamed about him. He`s tried to help turn me to the way of life.

I learn from my mistakes. It`s a very painful way to learn, but without pain, the old saying is, there`s no gain.

(in acknowledgment of his similarity to today`s "gangsta" rappers) I wouldn`t let anybody influence me into thinking I was doing the wrong thing by singing about death, hell and drugs. Beause I`ve always done that, and I always will.

I did not vote for Mr. Bush (President George W. Bush). Let`s leave it at that.

I am not a Christian artist, I am an artist who is a Christian.

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.


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