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Marvin Gaye Quotes
Post by SM247 on Jul 29th, 2008, 02:01am

Marvin Gaye Quotes:

“I would like to be remembered as one of, if not the greatest, artists to have walked the
face of earth.”

‘Living with father was something like living with a king, a very peculiar, changeable, cruel and all-powerful king. You were supposed to tip-toe around his moods. You were supposed to do anything to win his favor. I never did. Even though winning his love was the ultimate goal of my childhood, I defied him. I hated his attitude. I thought I could win his love through singing, so I sang my heart out. But the better I became, the greater his demands’.

‘I was the type of person who never felt the dance. I was always wondering why, what was wrong with my soul that I could never feel the dance. I don’t know what I dance now, but everybody says it’s really dorky’.

‘I think I’ve got a real thing going. I love people. I love life and I love nature, and I can’t see why other people can’t be like that.’

‘I think sex is great! And I’m a fantasy person. I think there’s a point where you can live out your fantasies and not go over into perversity. I also think society makes people creep and crawl about and it only accentuates perversity’.

‘soon there will be nothing, and one has to get used to living on little’

‘In this lifetime, or any other, I think the crisis will become very evident within the next twenty years. I think these are the times when, if one is wise, one will get into the study of survival’.

‘Its hard for me to deal with prima donnas. We were like two spoiled kids screaming for the same cookie. It was definitely not a duet made in heaven’.
--Marvin Gaye on the duet album he made with Diana Ross

‘You have to be intelligent to be a true artist because you will definitely be exploited beyond any reasonable expectations’.

‘I want to put out something, something that you can feel. There’s only so much in this world that you can write and sing about. it’s the same thing over and over again anyway, and to me its gets a little boring sometimes’.

‘I’m not a sleeper; I’m promiscuous yes, but a very selective one’.

“I’ve never had any problems with women. Having been one of the world’s greatest womanizers they’ve probably had more problems with me”.

“Mother Nature will wipe out most of civilization, when she’s decided she’s had enough…When Mother Nature starts to feel a little sick, and all her oil is gone and you’re poisoning her old body with nuclear waste, then she’s going to decide she feels restless and shift a little bit, and it’s going to be all over. She’ll only shift for a moment, but she’ll do her little number. It will be the end for most people, especially those who are ill-prepared“.

“I wouldn’t ask any other person to adapt to my lifestyle”

“The trouble with marriage is that one has to put up with little differences and its these things you’ll have to look out for because they eventually become monumental things“.

“Death is a big force as life itself and you cannot play with death. You must be careful when dealing with it, or even talking about it, as you have to be careful about how you feel about love and life”.

“I’m easily exploited because when I’m giving up material, I’m giving up honesty, heart, soul and pure love”.

“I have a thing where I just put my hands on the keys, I don’t care where they. And it’s got to where I can’t sound a bad note. There just aren’t any. I don’t care where my hands fall, they always sound fantastic….Music is what you feel. All notes are good there are no bad notes”.

“There are still times I feel unhappy and I must smile, and there are times I want to cry and I must laugh. Unfortunately, that’s the business I’m in and I have to put up a good face and put it away. People rarely see the real Marvin Gaye”.

“An artist must be like a sponge and absorb everything about life, use his senses to pick up and store experiences”.

“I think if you listen closer you’ll find a spiritual connotation in all my songs, even the ones that appear to be highly sexual”.

“My life is an open book. Why should I hide anything? Nobody’s going to get in the casket with me. Besides twenty years from now, there won’t be anybody who’ll give a s**t anyway”.

Re: Marvin Gaye Quotes
Post by timmy84 on Jul 30th, 2008, 3:57pm


"Detroit turned out to be heaven, but it also turned out to be hell."

"Most fear stems from sin; to limit one's sins, one must assuredly limit one's fear, thereby bringing more peace to one's spirit."

"I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don't quite know how to explain it but it's there. These can't be the only notes in the world, there's got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys."

"Great artists suffer for the people."

"Most of my life happens late at night, call me the Midnight Man."
Re: Marvin Gaye Quotes
Post by mpentzjr on Sep 29th, 2008, 4:47pm

More Marvin Gaye Quotations:
"God loves me and I love God. I try to do His work as I feel I'm supposed to and I do it to the best of my ability. As a result, he blesses me."

"I don't like to follow my footsteps and my shadow. Singers are afraid to branch out and try something new and exciting. But I wasn't."

"I'm a little mischievous in my music. I like to play. I want everybody, as long as I'm here, to say "I wonder what Marvin is going to do.""

"I was sitting around incensed, mad and angry. When I get that way I don't do anything. That's my only weapon."

"I like to take my time. I'm a perfectionist. The people at the record company would like an album every six months. I can never understand the rush to get albums out. Do they think I'm going to die? I figure I've got 40 years to go. That's a lot of time to make a few more records for them."
Re: Marvin Gaye Quotes
Post by mpentzjr on Oct 22nd, 2008, 2:26pm

"When would the war stop? That's what I wanted to know...the war inside my soul."

"If my emotions or feelings say I shouldn't do something because of a very strong principled position that I must take, then in spite of the consequences, in spite of all that is facing me from a detrimental point of view, then I have to remain rue to my artistic nature."

"I work best under pressure and when I'm depressed. The world's never been as depressing as it is right now. We're poisoning the planet, killing our young men in the streets and going to war around the world. Human rights, that's the theme."
Re: Marvin Gaye Quotes
Post by Masochistic Beauty on Jan 11th, 2010, 5:12pm

"Love is miserable. Sex is great!"

"I've always known that my search for love would be accompanied by pain."

"The things you know you should you never do, in spite of all the pain it takes you through."

Re: Marvin Gaye Quotes
Post by SM247 on May 21st, 2013, 12:17pm

“I remember I was listening to a tune of mine playing on the radio, “Pretty Little Baby,” when the announcer interrupted with news about the [1965] Watts riot. My stomach got real tight and my heart started beating like crazy. I wanted to throw the radio down and burn all the…songs I’d been singing…. Why didn’t our music have anything to do with this?” —Marvin Gaye

"Give out some love and you'll find peace sublime" ~ Marvin Gaye
Re: Marvin Gaye Quotes
Post by timmy84 on May 21st, 2013, 1:14pm

New quote I found after I posted it on the new Wikipedia entry I made about Marvin's personal life:

"We kept the Sabbath in the purest sense. Father anointed converts with olive oil and baptized them in the river. The Sabbath was his day, it was God's day, and it was also a day for singing. Every member was blessed with a good voice. The joy of music was the joy of God." -- Marvin on his family observing an extended Sabbath from Friday to Saturday during his childhood.