“The words you say never live up to the words in your head.”— Chris Cornell. Here are 31 Chris Cornell Quotes.

Chris Cornell Quotes

1. “My first favorite band that made music important to me was the Beatles. I was a little kid. I didn’t know who was singing what song or who wrote what song.”— Chris Cornell

2. “Maybe sincerity is the new punk. But to me, I think I have to connect with something emotionally, on some level, or I don’t care about it. And if I don’t care about it, then I don’t think anyone listening to it will, either.”— Chris Cornell

3. “Be yourself is all that you can do.” — Chris Cornell

4. “An acoustic show is all about you, and any little nuance or mistake is amplified.” — Chris Cornell

5. “To me, music shouldn’t be ego-driven. When you go out on stage and play songs, it is. But when you’re sitting in a room, writing songs, it’s a completely different process. It’s a completely different place. It’s a creative place, a musical place. It has nothing to do with who likes what.”— Chris Cornell

6. “Children should always feel like the adults are living in this world to nurture them, to take care of them, to protect them from any bad thing that might come.”— Chris Cornell

7. “What makes that song, I think, is how stark it is.”— Chris Cornell

8. “If you are trying to think ahead musically, it is not going to help you. It is better to ignore what is happening melodically and just look at the little dots coming at you and the corresponding colors and try to do it at the right time.”— Chris Cornell

9. “Everybody is influenced by someone.” — Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell Quotes

10. “I never wrote music or arranged songs or lyrics when I was under the influence of anything but coffee. That’s not gone away.” — Chris Cornell

11. “There’s something about losing friends, particularly young people, where it’s not something that you get over. I don’t believe there’s a healing process.”— Chris Cornell

12. “I used to work in jobs I hated because I needed the money to buy a guitar. I know what it feels like to be depressed. On the other hand, I also know what it feels like to have money, to be successful, to be independent, but I can tell you that money and success never solve your problems.” — Chris Cornell

13. “What do you think Jesus would Twitter, ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone’ or ‘Has anyone seen Judas? He was here a minute ago.’” — Chris Cornell

14. “I don’t really go mountain biking per se, like a proper sport.”— Chris Cornell

15. “She gives the night its dreams.” — Chris Cornell

16. “Due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences, I am permanently leaving the band Audioslave. I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavors.” — Chris Cornell

17. “I’m looking California and feeling Minnesota.”— Chris Cornell

18. “Sometimes, if a song is written, in essence, to be that stripped-down, it’s very touchy when you start adding things because even the smallest thing can have a huge impact. Somebody has to make the decision that there’s a better song in there if there’s less.” — Chris Cornell

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Chris Cornell Quotes

19. “At the end of the day it’s the fans who make you who you are.”— Chris Cornell

20. “People don’t realize how much fun it is to be depressed.” — Chris Cornell

21. “And if you don’t believe the sun will rise, stand alone and greet the coming night in the last remaining light.”— Chris Cornell

22. “I don’t get in there and create a character. It’s more of a voice that I hear living inside the music.”— Chris Cornell

23. “I’ve had a long career and I want to continue to have a long career. The way to do that is not to go away.”— Chris Cornell

24. “I’m not a lyric writer to make statements. What I enjoy doing is making paintings with lyrics, creating colorful images. I think that’s more what entertainment and music should be.”— Chris Cornell

25. “I had to teach myself to let go of the conventional rock way of playing guitar and singing. Some things you wouldn’t expect to work did and some things won’t ever work.”— Chris Cornell

26. “Friends of mine that are from here or that have spent time here have told me about Israel and how warm the people are and that I should someday come here.”— Chris Cornell

27. “I’m not usually in a talkative mode.”— Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell Quotes

28. “A true musician, like Johnny Cash, should be able to walk into a room with nothing but an instrument and capture people’s attention for two hours.” — Chris Cornell

29. “Once you sit in front of people and start playing songs, it’s all on you. No matter what happens, it’s entirely your responsibility the entire time. I like that intensity.”— Chris Cornell

30. “It’s great when you play to an audience that knows the words to all your songs, and sings them back to you.” — Chris Cornell

31. “Radio and TV can still push a band, but things need to be shaken up. There is the Internet, but mostly what I see there is little kids on YouTube playing music.”— Chris Cornell

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“I think that one of the main privileges of what I do, which I am just starting to learn, is to have the ability to travel all over the world and experience different cultures.”— Chris Cornell
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“If I’m going to go out to be a solo artist, it’s because I want to do something different without having to wait on someone else’s schedule or hobbies or be limited by other people’s prejudices. I’d be kind of stupid not to exercise that.”— Chris Cornell
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“If I had a musical identity that was definable then it would be time to get into painting or something else. Race car driving.”— Chris Cornell

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