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.
Soul is a feeling, not a color,
Greatness comes from fear. Fear can either shut us down and we go home, or we fight through it.
When your past calls, don't answer. It has nothing new to say.
No one can deny, this love I have inside, and I'll give it all to you, my endless love.
Forget about 40 years in show business. Just surviving 27 years of Nicole Richie is enough.
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.
I find myself going out on the road to get my confidence back, because I lose it at home.
Today we've learned to celebrate mediocrity. Back in the day we had creative artists; today we have created artists.
Let the music play on would be my legacy.
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.
Simplicity is the key to what I do.
My first love, you're every breath that I take, you're every step I make
I always like to challenge myself. I never want to be put into a box.
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.
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.
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.
I'm easy like Sunday Morning...
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.
Country music has always been about as close to R&B as you can possibly get. We're storytellers.
All artists are egotistical maniacs with inferiority complexes.
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.
People, as critical as it looks, we're OK. We are in control, whether we feel it or not.
My earliest memories of country music are the Grand Ole Opry.
Just when I think it couldn't get any bigger, 'Tuskegee' reaches a new level of success.
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