johnny cash quotes

Johnny Cash was an American songwriter, singer, author, actor, and musician who was one of the best selling recording artists in his day. He was very popular in the 1950s and onward and produced many albums during his career. Check out Will Smith, who was also a singer-songwriter and actor. Here are some of what Johnny Cash would have said that has been recorded.

“All your life, you will be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hate…I choose love.” ― Johnny Cash

“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.” ― Johnny Cash

“My arms are too short to box with God.” ― Johnny Cash

“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.” ― Johnny Cash

“There’s unconditional love there. You hear that phrase a lot but it’s real with me and her [June Carter]. She loves me in spite of everything, in spite of myself. She has saved my life more than once. She’s always been there with her love, and it has certainly made me forget the pain for a long time, many times. When it gets dark and everybody’s gone home and the lights are turned off, it’s just me and her.” ― Johnny Cash

“Flesh and blood needs flesh and blood, and you’re the one I need” ― Johnny Cash

“There’s no way around grief and loss: you can dodge all you want, but sooner or later you just have to go into it, through it, and, hopefully, come out the other side. The world you find there will never be the same as the world you left.” ― Johnny Cash

“it’s good to know who hates you and it is good to be hated by the right people” ― Johnny Cash

“The beast in me
Is caged by frail and fragile bars.” ― Johnny Cash

“Beneath the stains of time the feeling disappears, you are someone else I am still right here.” ― Johnny Cash

“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.” ― Johnny Cash

“Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight.” ― Johnny Cash

“I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is there because he’s a victim of the times.” ― Johnny Cash

I wear the black for those who never read” ― Johnny Cash

“I’m not bitter. Why should I be bitter? I’m thrilled to death with life.” ― Johnny Cash

“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. ” ― Johnny Cash

“They’re powerful, those songs. At times they’ve been my only way back, the only door out of the dark, bad places the black dog calls home.” ― Johnny Cash

“I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you’re mine, I walk the line.” ― Johnny Cash

“I love weather. I’m a connoisseur of weather. Wherever my travels take me, the first thing I do is turn on the weather channel and see what’s going on, what’s coming. I like to know about regional weather patterns, how storms are created in different altitudes, what kinds of clouds are forming or dissipating or blowing through, where the winds are coming from, where they’ve been. That’s not a passion everybody shares, I know, but I don’t believe there are any people on earth who, properly sheltered, don’t feel the peace inside a summer rain and the cleansing it brings, the renewal of the earth in its aftermath.” ― Johnny Cash

“So I simply don’t buy the concept of “Generation X” as the “lost generation.” I see too many good kids out there, kids who are ready and willing to do the right thing, just as Jack was. Their distractions are greater, though. There’s no more simple life with simple choices for the young.” ― Johnny Cash

“I Walk the Line” ― Johnny Cash

“I took the easy way, and to an extent I regret that. Still, though, the way we did it was honest. We played it and sang it the way we felt it, and there’s a lot to be said for that.” ― Johnny Cash

“Six foot six he stood on the ground
He weighed two hundred and thirty-five pounds
But I saw that giant of a man brought down
To his knees by love” ― Johnny Cash

“However, neither he nor anyone else could have become the star Elvis was. Ain’t nobody like Elvis. Never was.” ― Johnny Cash

Johhny Cash may best be remembered for his music and lifestyle but so much more has been revealed in the quotes you just read. Be sure to read about other famous persons on this site like Emily Dickinson, she had a lot to say.