I think writers are prone to hyperbole sometimes.

— John Legend

The most dreamy John Legend quotes that are proven to give you inner joy

I want you to live the best life you can.

You can be world-changers. .. Pursue this life of love with focus and passion and ambition and courage. Give it your all. And that will be your path to true success.

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We all must follow a different path to let our light shine, and that's what makes us so unpredictable and unique.

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The best way to fight poverty is to empower people through access to quality education

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I keep learning, listening, growing and experimenting.

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Love your curves and all your edges All your perfect imperfections

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A just society is not one built on fear or repression or vengeance or exclusion, but one built on love. Love for our families. Love for our neighbors. Love for the least among us. Love for those who look different or worship differently. Love for those we don't even know.

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We're just ordinary people. We don't know which way to go.

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If a relationship is going to work, it will require compromise and, even then, it is not always going to end the way you want it to.

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I have a structured songwriting process.

I start with the music and try to come up with musical ideas, then the melody, then the hook, and the lyrics come last. Some people start with the lyrics first because they know what they want to talk about and they just write a whole bunch of lyrical ideas, but for me the music tells me what to talk about.

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Experience is a great teacher.

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We should care about what is going on in the world.

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Music business is not for everyone. But if you have it in you, you have that passion, if you have that energy in you that you really want to make something creative and make something that's going to impact the world, then go for it, do it and don't let anybody tell you no.

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About John Legend

Quotes 134 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

Mass incarceration is a policy that's kind of built up over the last four decades and it's destroyed families and communities, and something we need to change. And it's fallen disproportionally on black and brown communities, especially black communities, and it's kind of a manifestation of structural racism.

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​W​e're so used to having everything we want at our fingertips so I think that when things get tough it's ​difficult ​for people to persist through that.

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The struggle for freedom and justice is now.

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John legend is a nickname that somebody started calling me a while ago and part of it is 'cos I sound like an old man when I sing.

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I used to work for a management consulting company, so I dressed differently - business casual, probably a lot of things from Banana Republic. My wardrobe now is definitely more expensive, but I always dress for the occasion.

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I think it's hard to really write a song that will educate someone because songs are meant to be ... you don't want to be too didactic in a song because it doesn't make for good music. And I think the role of songs can be to inspire people but there needs to education and prose to back that up.

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I listen to all those kinds of music, from classic soul to hip-hop to Brazilian music to, you know, jazz to indie to alternative. So whatever. I listen to all if it. Classic rock and classic pop, all of that.

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In the 1970s, for all the Stevie Wonders, I'm sure there were five artists that were making forgettable music.

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I was the front man of the choir and then when I was 12 and I was the leadsinger of my highschool groups.

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Witnessing the extreme poverty in remote parts of Affrica can make you feel sad and powerless until you realize how little it takes to change these people's lives fundamentally in sustainable ways.

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I like cool jackets - a nice fall or winter coat.

You can get a lot of use out of it, and you'll wear it frequently, so it can really set the tone of your uniform for the season.

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The best training is to play by ear: trial by fire.

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Women are dealing with the same thing: they're dealing with expectations about how they're supposed to look and how they're supposed to interact with men. I think we're all trying to figure it all out, especially when we're teenagers, but I think the key is to listen and empathize with one another.

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I only want to be associated with music that is high quality. That's my main criteria.

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I think you're always policing yourself by trying to do what you think would be "cool" and accepted by other people, until you start to figure out who you really want to be. Growing up is an ongoing push-and-pull of you being yourself and you performing to what society expects you to be.

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You can't be a 25-year-old forever.

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Music wasn't forced on me [in my childhood].

It was something I wanted to do. And ever since, I've never stopped, I've never stopped playing music.

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When I write, I don't really focus on duets or anything like that, or whether I'm going to feature this or that rapper. I just focus on just making a great song and figure out the rest later.

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I care more about the fans in general, just making sure they enjoy what I do.

And then also I kind of had this kind of ideal of the kind of music I want to make and what I'm aiming for kind of creatively and just the quality of the music that I'm trying to make. And I have that in my head.

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I'm used to getting sexy sometimes in the lyrics.

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We want to do things that are interesting, great storytelling, some of it is gonna be more fun and funny, some of it is more serious and talking about interesting issues that we think are provocative and interesting to us. Kind of on a more political level. But, you know, just things that we find interesting that we think stories that need to be told.

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Black people invented jazz. But this story [in La La Land] wasn't ever claiming to be that. It's just a story about two people from one writer's point of view.

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I just want it to be timeless and timely at the same time.

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People tell me all the time that my songs help them express things to loved ones that they may not be able to say themselves.

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There's a lot of hurry up and wait. But it gives you time to write a song.

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I think it's a bit of a myth that black Americans need one leader.

We're not a monolith. And now that legal segregation and discrimination has been pretty much abolished there isn't the sort of universal mandate that a black leader would have. Black folks live in a wide variety of social situations right now.

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I believed in myself and I am a firm believer you have to think the things you want and visualize.

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I was always the front man for what I was doing from when I was 6.

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I've always followed politics, and I think politics is everybody's business because we're electing someone who's going to be making important decisions that will affect all of our lives.

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The weirdest thing about Hillary Clinton's email 'scandal' is finding out some of our senators still don't use email.

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You see all these things that make you feel desperate or sad, but you realize changes can be made, and it doesn't take a lot of money on our part to make a change in people's lives.

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I thought it would be funny to take a photo in the White House bathroom, I take pictures everywhere I go, but I don't think I can top that one.

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Kind of the critical acclaim of this movie [La La Land] is that it's striking a chord with the public in a way that has been really beautiful and powerful.

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Music, to me, if it's good, it's good. That's all that matters.

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I don't really marinate in anybody's album because I don't really want to sound like anybody else when I put my album out. So I'd rather not even be tempted to listen to a bunch of other stuff with any degree of emersion in it, cause I just don't want to sound like anything else, so I kinda focus on my own music.

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For me I'm actually doing what I normally do when I do my solo thing and the other thing is actually more new to me.

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We have a serious problem with incarceration in this country.

It's destroying families, it's destroying communities and we're the most incarcerated country in the world, and when you look deeper and look at the reasons we got to this place, we as a society made some choices politically and legislatively, culturally to deal with poverty, deal with mental illness in a certain way and that way usually involves using incarceration.

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