David Bowie: ten memorable quotes from the rock legend
'I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring,' David Bowie, 1997
Celebrities around the world have been paying tribute to rock legend David Bowie, who died at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.
Madonna described the British singer as a "talented, unique genius" while comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted simply: "I just lost a hero."
While Bowie's lyrics are memorable, he also had an impressive turn of phrase in real life – contrary to expectations. "Despite a reputation for being elusive, Bowie has been candid in interviews," notes the Daily Telegraph's Martin Chilton.
Here, we look back on some of Bowie's most memorable quotes, from his good-natured feud with Rolling Stone star Sir Mick Jagger to his hatred of disco…
"I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, 'F*** that. I want to be a superhuman. '"
"What I like my music to do to me is awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts."
"I'm an instant star - just add water and stir."
"I think [Mick] Jagger would be astounded and amazed if he realised that to many people, he is not a sex symbol but a mother image."
"Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them."
"I'm not a big fan of disco. I loathe it. I really get so embarrassed that my records do so well in discos."
"I'm not convinced that I'm anybody's guru… I have a great imagination. I'm not a vegetable. I let my imagination run wild."
"As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three: how long and what do I do with the time I’ve got left?"
"I think I've done just about everything that it’s possible to do. I really had a hunger to experience everything that life had to offer, from the opium den to whatever."
"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring."