I think the whole world is dying to hear someone say, 'I love you.' I think that if I can leave the legacy of love and passion in the world, then I think I've done my job in a world that's getting colder and colder by the day.

— Lionel Richie

The most eye-opening Lionel Richie quotes that are little-known but priceless

No one can deny, this love I have inside, and I'll give it all to you, my endless love.

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Exactly when people are in turmoil is the time that the entertainment business has always been at its best. Because people don't want to be reminded every day that they are under siege, or that they're not having a great time of life.

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When your past calls, don't answer. It has nothing new to say.

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I just like people. I'll hold a conversation at a gas station. It's not about the fame and the fortune, I just like people.

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Forget about 40 years in show business. Just surviving 27 years of Nicole Richie is enough.

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I just had to find all my friends that used to be in the business.

As I say, the music business didn't die, it just moved to Nashville.

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I'm easy like Sunday Morning.

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Today we've learned to celebrate mediocrity.

Back in the day we had creative artists; today we have created artists.

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I find the greatest songs in the world come out of pain, and I don't like it! Here's what it does: It strips away all of your facade. It makes you so honest. It's cleansing.

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All artists are egotistical maniacs with inferiority complexes.

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It's quite interesting that in my growing up I had several influences.

We had gospel music on campus. R&B music was, of course, the community, and radio was country music. So I can kind of see where all the influences came from.

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Believe me, I love commerce as much as the rest of the readers of 'Businessweek.

' But in art, you have to be true to yourself and your musical vision. People have known me well for a long time, so if I was chasing a trend and doing something that wasn't authentic to who I am, they would know it in just a few seconds.

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About Lionel Richie

Quotes 41 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

Lionel Richie, love song, OK, thank you very much, good-bye.

And all of a sudden I realized that, in my career, what has made my career has always been the surprises.

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Your kids can say some cruel things to you at times.

For example, Nicole, Miles and Sofie are standing there in the room and I'm dressed to kill in my own mind. They'll say to me, 'Dad, you're not going out there looking like that are you?' If that doesn't kill a star, I don't know what does!

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People, as critical as it looks, we're OK. We are in control, whether we feel it or not.

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By growing up in Alabama, I had a melting pot of the whole pie: R&B, gospel, country.

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When will we ever learn, there's nowhere else we can turn.

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The best compliment that has ever been given to me was, I was at the airport one day and a guy came in and said, 'Lionel, my wife loves you, the kids love you, my mother-in-law loves you, the family loves you.

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So much of my career has been about saying things the way people say them, using melodies not that I can sing but that the people can sing.

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Soul is a feeling, not a color.

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Simplicity is the key to what I do.

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My earliest memories of country music are the Grand Ole Opry.

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Country is bringing in a little rock element.

.. a little '80s element. Melody is king now. But its just in the music, its not so much in the songwriting, which is still very basic to the storytelling aspect of it.

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Forget about surviving 40 years in the music business.

Just surviving 27 years of Nicole Richie has been a struggle-and-a-half, I want to tell you. I stand here as a survivor, I want you to know, for all the parents out there.

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My first love, you're every breath that I take, you're every step I make

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Let the music play on would be my legacy.

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The music business was not safe, but it was FUN.

It was like falling in love with a woman you know is bad for you, but you love every minute with her, anyway.

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Taking time to sit back and watch and think about what you've seen is important.

Traveling did a great deal to me. I found that when I travel and just sit in the corner and watch, a million ideas come to me.

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I don't think I'm going to be priest material.

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I grew up with the Grand Ole Opry, Dottie West, Conway Twitty, Buck Owens.

.. not realizing it was influencing me as much as it was.

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I am a country boy and proud of it.

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I find myself going out on the road to get my confidence back, because I lose it at home.

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Greatness comes from fear. Fear can either shut us down and we go home, or we fight through it.

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I'm a songwriter, and people will tell you the greatest stories about their lives, whether you want to hear it or not.

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Country music has always been about as close to R&B as you can possibly get. We're storytellers.

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Traveling did a great deal to me. I found that when I travel and just sit in the corner and watch, a million ideas come to me.

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People have allowed me into their homes, through my words and my music.

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Just when I think it couldn't get any bigger, 'Tuskegee' reaches a new level of success.

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Growing up with country, R&B, gospel, and classical music from my grandmother and pop, Tuskegee was the perfect melting pot for my influences as a writer.

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I always like to challenge myself. I never want to be put into a box.

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