12 Quotes on Life, Love and Being Exactly Who You Are, by The Musical Legend Johnny Cash

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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. It’s good to know who hates you and it is good to be hated by the right people. – Johnny Cash

6. I’m not bitter. Why should I be bitter? I’m thrilled to death with life. – Johnny Cash

7. 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

8. If you aren’t gonna say exactly how and what you feel, you might as well not say anything at all. – Johnny Cash

9. You have to be what you are. Whatever you are, you gotta be it. – Johnny Cash

10. 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. – Johnny Cash

11. The more I learn the more excited I get. – Johnny Cash

12. This morning, with her, having coffee. – Johnny Cash, when asked for his description of paradise

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