Love , creativity, and opportunity is in the air. Take it in and do your thing.— Lenny Kravitz
The most courageous Lenny Kravitz quotes that will inspire your inner self
There's certain things in life that I love.
One is architecture. And music, culture, food, people. New Orleans has all of that.
Being free is a state of mind.
None of those material possessions do anything to make your life any better.
... I know a lot of people who have a lot of everything, and they're absolutely the most miserable people in the world. So it won't do anything for you unless you're a happy person and can have peace with yourself.
We have so many distractions. We're losing the family unit. We're losing the one-on-one. We're becoming extremely narcissistic. And we have to be careful about that. There's a lot to deal with out there.
Where I'm at in life, the women have got to come with something else, not just the body, but the mind and spirit. It usually trips them out, but that's the way it's going to be. I'm looking at the big picture.
If you look at the guys in the '70s, like Led Zeppelin, they had bigger planes than we do, they had more money. But they weren't singing about it.
To let go of the illusion that I'm in control is an important lesson, because I tend to be a person who likes to be in control, not only of my art but of my life and things around me, and it can be healthy up to a certain point, but at the end of the day, we have to go on faith and learn to let go and ride the wave.
I knew Slash in high school, but not very well.
Just knew him as this kid that used to hang out in the hallway. Pretty much looked then the way he does now.
I've always had to deal with being biracial, even in music.
When I came on the scene, I'd go to these record labels, and they'd say things like, "Lenny Kravitz. That's a weird name." I'm brown-skinned and I've got these dreadlocks and I've got this Jewish last name.
Things that would shock us years ago are like nothing now.
Personal relationship with God is not all just the ceremony and not the religion of doing something because you were told that's what you have to do; it's relationships, it's like we have relationships with our families, with our friends, with our loved ones.
When I'm making my music, I'm writing it, I'm producing it, I'm playing all the instruments, I'm performing. It's my own world where I do what I feel, and nobody tells me anything.
We're beginning to play God and get into cloning.
We give up quickly. Divorce is an easy option. So why not just create your own mate? Synthesize a human being. You get tired of it, turn it off and put it in the closet like the vacuum cleaner.
My mother's side of the family is from the Bahamas, and I spent time there on and off when I was growing up. It's the place where I feel at peace.
Today, people are more into the glitz and the glamour of everything.
We don't even read the inside of records anymore.
I am still into the people I listened to growing up, so I completely remember what is like to be a fan, I haven't changed.
If I were white, I'd get less criticism.
The image that the public gets is whatever they perceive it to be.
Everybody has an opinion, everybody has their own vision, so I don't know what my public image is. I have no idea.
I enjoy what people at the concert give me and I can't do it without them, so it's really an exchange of energy that snowballs back and forth and becomes something that's very satisfying and very magical.
The story that I wanna tell is pretty much about the way I grew up.
Being bi-racial, growing up in a big city and being an artist.
The way I was raised and the people that I grew up around for the most part were very humble people, and I appreciate all that they taught me, and their energy and their magnanimity help keep me grounded.
A dramatic thing, the first time you stand up to your dad.
I started out making furniture because I couldn't find certain things, and then I really got into it.
A lot of people don't listen to the lyrics, really.
Let's look at human interactions. I really believe that there is a way for us to settle disputes nonviolently, using our minds, using all of that was given to us.
I never sit down to write. When I'm moved, I do it. I just wait for it to come. You just hear it. I can't really describe writing. It's in my head.
I went to Paris in 1989 when the Americans didn't quite know what to do with me at first. Now, all those years later, it's kind of the same story. Not the same scenario, but kind of the same story.
The fans of 'The Hunger Games,' of the book, are very passionate.
It's funny: Even at my concerts there are people holding up 'Cinna' signs.
When you see a close person you know pass in front of your eyes, it's hard core.
After all that, I just wanted to enjoy every day. That was my goal. And to give thanks and to live fully.
I was in Paris last year, where there's a great appreciation of many different aspects of African culture and of black culture. The music... the art... whatever... And I kind of went with that.
Race in this country is still the elephant in the room that no one wants to discuss.
Eleutheria, the fire is burning. Eleutheria, the tables are turning.
I am trying to get closer to God.
Me being in my grandmother's yard in Brooklyn.
I must have been about 3. I had this red balloon. I let go of it, and it went up into the sky and just kept going and going. I completely flipped out, because I didn't understand why.
Are things getting better with each generation? Yes.
It's quite interesting to be living in these times, for me to witness an African-American being elected president. It's quite extraordinary.
I was always talking about peace and love, even when I was a kid. That's how I grew up in my family.
Keeping grounded and keeping focused and keeping calm and thankful, that comes from God.
Good design is being able to put a $100,000 thing next to a $20 thing.
If it looks right and it works then it works. It doesn't have to be expensive; it's all about the high meets low for me.
I haven't thought about making a music film, but if I did, that would be a very interesting idea.
Our music is always a reflection of where we are in a society.
That's what enables so many people to do what they do. So my advice is to work at your craft. Be the best you can be at your craft and do it sincerely. Even in the world we live in today, that will give you longevity. At the end of the day, I want the quality of my work to stand, not how much I did.
I come in with this rock 'n' roll-oriented music, and it's not black enough .
. . I've always had to deal with this black-white thing.
I do my best to try to keep God with me on a personal level.
It's my belief that God really wants a personal relationship with us.
I knew what I wanted to do from the time I was 5.
One musician listens to another musician, and you get inspired and then you do your thing, but it's yours.
I used to do plays and some television commercials when I was younger.
I guess my mom's being an actress got me interested in that, but music definitely took its place.
I think kids in Europe have developed a deeper knowledge of music and of black music in particular. You go to Europe, and these kids know about all this obscure funk and soul that kids over here wouldn't know. I think it's getting better in the States, though, with the age of the Internet.
My mother passed at the end of the Circus tour.
After that I really needed to take some time and just chill out and get my head together.
You can't even sing or play an instrument, so you just scream instead.
You're living for an image, so you got five hundred women in your bed.
I'm sure at one point I will do some acting again, but it would have to be the right thing. I'm not going to do it just because people are offering it to me. Not for those box-office, bullshit, money, noncreative people. But I'll do it when it's right to do it.