I have written a song that says: If you ever lose someone dear to you, never say the words, "They're gone," and they'll come back.

— Prince

Charming Songwriting quotations

Time is a precious thing. Never waste it.

We need to have music that contributes to the well-being of the spirit.

Music that cradles people's lives and makes things a little easier. That's what I try to do, and what I want to do. You don't want to close the door on hope.

People don't run out of dreams - people just run out of time.

Don’t you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything.

It's a folk singer's job to comfort disturbed people and to disturb comfortable people

There was a knock on our dressing-room door.

Our manager shouted, 'Keith! Ron! The Police are here!' Oh, man, we panicked, flushed everything down the john. Then the door opened and it was Stewart Copeland and Sting.

Beauty isn't about having a pretty face it's about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart, and a pretty soul.

To play without passion is inexcusable!

Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.

But life is just a party, and parties weren't meant to last.

When you look ahead and darkness is all you see, faith and determination will pull you through.

Haters are just confused admirers because they can't figure out the reason why everyone loves you.

The most valuable lessons in life cannot be taught, they must be experienced.

When you're happy you enjoy the music, but when you're sad you understand the lyrics.

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are

You live your life as if it's real.......a thousand kisses deep

A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn't.

There are questions I'm still not wise enough to answer, just wise enough to no longer ask.

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul

Those who are heartless, once cared too much.

I am the author of my life. Unfortunately, I am writing in pen and can’t erase my mistakes.

When the Lord opens a door, walk through it. If He doesn’t, just trust.

Remember: In the end, you're not living to impress your friends or your relatives or your coworkers. All of life is for Jesus.

When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.

Whether I was in my body or out of my body as I wrote it I know not. God knows.

I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.

I don't want you to play me a riff that's going to impress Joe Satriani;

give me a riff that makes a kid want to go out and buy a guitar and learn to play.

My heart is broke, but I have some glue, help me inhale and mend it with you.

When you're moving in the positive, your destination is the brightest star.

In spite of calamity, He still has a plan for me, And it's working for my good, And it's building my testimony.

Songwriting ability is a gift. After a while, you come to realize, "I've really been blessed. I can write these things and it makes me happy, and it makes millions of people happy." It's an obligation, it's bigger than you. It's the only true magic I know. It's not pulling a rabbit out of a hat; it's real. It's your soul floating out to theirs.

We don't wear sequins because we think we're great. We wear them because we think sequins are great.

I write the vocals last, because I wanted to invent the music first and push the music to the level that I had to compete against it.

There's people making babies to my music. That's nice.