Use 23 Famous Johnny Cash Quotes When You Need a Badass Moment

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Johnny Cash holds all the inspiration you've been looking for.

Hardcore Johnny Cash Quotes

Johnny Cash didn't just make beautiful music, he spoke truth. His reign as an absolute legend lives on through his legacy. Luckily for us, Cash left behind plenty of totally badass quotes to live by.

Considered one of the best-selling music artists of all time, he embraced all sorts of genres. Although country music was his knack, Cash tapped into blues, folk, gospel, rockabilly and rock and roll.

You could always catch Cash wearing all black, earning him the nickname 'The Man in Black'. His music also represented his darker side, so it's no surprise that his famous quotes followed suit. You'd never want to cross Johnny Cash - and he sure made this known. Check out these powerful quotes by Cash that'll inspire you to be the best version of yourself.

Inspirational Johnny Cash Quotes

  • "I wear black because I'm comfortable in it. But then in the summertime when it's hot I'm comfortable in light blue."

  • "You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space."

  • "Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight."

  • "Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money."

  • "You've got to know your limitations. I don't know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren't too many limitations, if I did it my way."

  • "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die."

Keep Your Head Up With These Johnny Cash Quotes

  • "How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man."

  • "All your life, you will be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hateā€¦ I choose love."

  • "You can ask the people around me. I don't give up. I don't give up... and it's not out of frustration and desperation that I say I don't give up. I don't give up because I don't give up. I don't believe in it."

  • "I learn from my mistakes. It's a very painful way to learn, but without pain, the old saying is, there's no gain."

  • "Burn my Flag and I will shoot you... but I'll shoot you with a lot of love, like a good American."

  • "I'm not really concerned about boundaries. I just follow my conscience and my heart. Follow your heart. That's what I do. Compassion is something I have a lot of, because I've been through a lot of pain in my life. Anybody who has suffered a lot of pain has a lot of compassion."

Johnny Cash Quotes To Keep You Motivated

  • "We'll all be equal under the grass, and God's got a heaven for country trash."

  • "My arms are too short to box with God."

  • "There's a lot of things blamed on me that never happened. But then, there's a lot of things that I did that I never got caught at."

  • "You miss a lot of opportunities by making mistakes, but that's part of it: knowing that you're not shut out forever, and that there's a goal you still can reach."

  • "The beast in me is caged by frail and fragile bars."

  • "Creative people have to be fed from the divine source. I have to get fed. I had to get filled up in order to pour out."

Powerful Johnny Cash Quotes

  • "It's good to know who hates you and it is good to be hated by the right people."

  • "I'm not bitter. Why should I be bitter? I'm thrilled to death with life."

  • "Everybody was wearing rhinestones, all those sparkly clothes, and cowboy boots. I decided to wear a black shirt and pants and see if I could get by with it. I did and I've worn black clothes ever since."

  • "Until things are brighter... I'm the man in black."

  • "I keep a close watch on this heart of mine."

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