• When I was a child, ladies and gentlemen, I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I ever dreamed, has come true a hundred times... I learned very early in life that "Without a song, the day would never end; without a song, a man ain't got a friend; without a song, the road would never bend - without a song." So I keep singing a song. Goodnight. Thank you.

    Elvis Presley's acceptance speech for the 1970 Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation Award (January 16, 1971); later quoted in Jerry Osborne "Elvis - Word for Word: What He Said, Exactly As He Said It (p. 188), August 1999.