15 Powerful Daniel Johnston Quotes We Cherish Deeply

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May he rest in peace!

We'll Always Remember Daniel Johnston and His Powerful Words

At the age of 58, singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston passed away.

An inspiration to many, his recent death shook the music industry to its core. Apart from being a pioneer in the alt-rock genre, Johnston was very open about his mental health issues. His struggles were shown in the 2005 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

Needless to say, he had quite an impact on those who adored him and his music. We'll never forget him or his prolific words. To remember Johnston and his legacy, we rounded up some of his best quotes that'll hopefully move you to take a chance in life.

Best Daniel Johnston Quotes

  • "Most of the worst things said about me, I've said myself."

  • "Love is the question; love is the answer."

  • "There is a devil, and he knows my name."

  • "The sun don't shine in your TV!"

  • "When I'm doing a drawing, I get lots of ideas I use them in my songs, even. I do a lot of drawings, because that's where I get most of my spending cash and I just always have to have new records to get something to satisfy my listening pleasure."

Inspiring Daniel Johnston Quotes

  • "There is good news in sight, but there are some dark clouds on the horizon."

  • "I've got something to live for, because I always wanted to be an artist; I always wanted to be famous."

  • "Everything is very ideal, right now. I'm starting to feel pretty excited that we're going to get this underway."

  • "Listen up and I'll tell a story about an artist growing old. Some would try for fame and glory; others aren't so bold."

  • "The familiar childhood admonition of 'counting to 10' before taking action works because it emphasizes the two key elements of anger management—time and distraction."

Motivating Daniel Johnston Quotes

  • "Do yourself a favor, become your own savior."

  • "To understand and be understood is to be free."

  • "I believe in spiritualism. It's like, when you listen to music or something and then you're sort of primed. If you're an artist, you're sort of primed and inspired, and you start drawing, you sort of have the spirit of what you're listening to, still in you. You just have sort of an inspiration."

  • "I wish I had never got manic depression. When I was in junior high, I didn't know what was the matter with me. It was as if I'd died or something. Now that I go to a clinic and get the right kind of medicine, I am not as depressed as I used to be."

  • "When I was a kid, I always thought that I'd be a comic book artist. It took a long time to start thinking that I could be a musician."

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