Inspirational Quotes from Annie Lennox

Humankind seems to have an enormous capacity for savagery, for brutality, for lack of empathy, for lack of compassion.

Annie Lennox

Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.

Annie Lennox

Our ancestors are totally essential to our every waking moment, although most of us don’t even have the faintest idea about their lives, their trials, their hardships or challenges.

Annie Lennox

I’m not a saint. I’m not an angel. I’m a human being.

Annie Lennox

You know, I would say that songwriting is something about the expression of the heart, the intellect and the soul.

Annie Lennox

It’s not fair to compare one artist to another because they all come with their own sort of elements to the picnic, you know.

Annie Lennox

You have to face things, have faith in what you do and go for it. Think, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’

Annie Lennox

Motherhood was the great equaliser for me; I started to identify with everybody.

Annie Lennox

I love to be individual, to step beyond gender.

Annie Lennox

I enjoy multi-tasking, so I want to do a lot of different things. I want to keep all the plates spinning.

Annie Lennox

I enjoy multi-tasking, so I want to do a lot of different things. I want to keep all the plates spinning.

Annie Lennox

I have different hats; I’m a mother, I’m a woman, I’m a human being, I’m an artist and hopefully I’m an advocate. All of those plates are things I spin all the time.

Annie Lennox

Motherhood was the great equaliser for me; I started to identify with everybody… as a mother, you have that impulse to wish that no child should ever be hurt, or abused, or go hungry, or not have opportunities in life.

Annie Lennox

I don’t think feminism is about the exclusion of men but their inclusion… we must face and address those issues, especially to include younger men and boys.

Annie Lennox

We all fight over what the label ‘feminism’ means but for me it’s about empowerment. It’s not about being more powerful than men – it’s about having equal rights with protection, support, justice. It’s about very basic things. It’s not a badge like a fashion item.

Annie Lennox

There are two kinds of artists left: those who endorse Pepsi and those who simply won’t.

Annie Lennox

Fame for fame’s sake is toxic – some people want that, with no boundaries. It’s unhealthy.

Annie Lennox

I see myself as a traveller.

Annie Lennox

I’m just an ordinary person.

Annie Lennox

Women’s issues have always been a part of my life.

Annie Lennox

Nelson Mandela is awe inspiring – a person who really sacrificed for what he believed in. I feel truly humbled by him.

Annie Lennox

The word feminism needs to be taken back. It needs to be reclaimed in a way that is inclusive of men.

Annie Lennox

Fear paralyses you – fear of flying, fear of the future, fear of leaving a rubbish marriage, fear of public speaking, or whatever it is.

Annie Lennox

I have always been a very visual person and a keen observer.

Annie Lennox

The general population still thinks HIV is something that came in the 80s and went away, or that it only affects the gay population or intravenous drug users.

Annie Lennox

If you want to open a supermarket chain and put your face all around the globe, selling your baby and your dog, if it makes you happy, who am I to disagree, as the song goes. But it’s not for me. I’ve always tried to keep my integrity and keep my autonomy.

Annie Lennox

I was brought up in a tenement house in a working district. We didn’t even have a bathroom! We had a gaslight in the hallway and a black-and-white TV.

Annie Lennox

Those in the developing world have so few rights – we take a lot for granted in the developed world.

Annie Lennox

I have a lot to be grateful for.

Annie Lennox

You just decide what your values are in life and what you are going to do, and then you feel like you count, and that makes life worth living. It makes my life meaningful.

Annie Lennox

I have a reputation for being cold and aloof, but I’m so not that woman. I’m passionate. I love my girls, being with my girlfriends, getting involved with issues that affect other women and children who are suffering.

Annie Lennox

I was never much of a one to win prizes… and certainly never placed too much value on their acquisition.

Annie Lennox

I have a calling in my soul, if you like, to try to make my life in some way worthwhile. What is the value of my existence?

Annie Lennox

The future hasn’t happened yet and the past is gone. So I think the only moment we have is right here and now, and I try to make the best of those moments, the moments that I’m in.

Annie Lennox

Dying is easy, it’s living that scares me to death.

Annie Lennox

I think life on the road really suits very egotistical men. It’s set up for kings.

Annie Lennox

Life expectancy in many parts of Africa can be something around the age of thirty five to thirty eight. I mean you’re very fortunate if you live to that age. In fact when I went to Uganda for the first time one of the things that occurred to me was that I saw very few elderly people.

Annie Lennox

When you’re that successful, things have a momentum, and at a certain point you can’t really tell whether you have created the momentum or it’s creating you.

Annie Lennox

I have always felt a little homeless. It’s a strange thing.

Annie Lennox

HIV/AIDS has no boundaries.

Annie Lennox

I would like to see the gay population get on board with feminism. It’s a beautiful organisation and they’ve done so much. It seems to me a no-brainer.

Annie Lennox

There is a big difference between what I do onstage and what I do in my private life. I don’t put my living room on magazine pages.

Annie Lennox

I’ve thought about what is an alternative word to feminism. There isn’t one. It’s a perfectly good word. And it can’t be changed.

Annie Lennox

I was perceiving myself as good as a man or equal to a man and as powerful and I wanted to look ambiguous because I thought that was a very interesting statement to make through the media. And it certainly did cause quite a few ripples and interest and shock waves.

Annie Lennox

A lot of music you might listen to is pretty vapid, it doesn’t always deal with our deeper issues. These are the things I’m interested in now, particularly at my age.

Annie Lennox

I mean, I’m 48 years old and I’ve been through a lot in my life – you know, loss, whether it be death, illness, separation. I mean, the failed expectations… We all have dreams.

Annie Lennox

I want to branch out. I want to write. I write poetry. I want to see my children grow up well.

Annie Lennox

I would say that although my music may be or may have been part of the cultural background fabric of the gay community, I consider myself an outsider who belongs everywhere and nowhere… Being a human being is what truly counts. That’s where you’ll find me.

Annie Lennox

It’s a very telling thing when you have children. You have to be there for them, you’ve got to set an example, when you’re not sure what your example is, and anyway the world is changing so fast you don’t know what is appropriate anymore.

Annie Lennox

Music is an extraordinary vehicle for expressing emotion – very powerful emotions. That’s what draws millions of people towards it. And, um, I found myself always going for these darker places and – people identify with that.

Annie Lennox

Over the years, I was never really driven to become a solo artist, but I was curious to find out who I was as an individual creative person. It’s taken some time, but now I feel I’ve truly paid my dues. I guess I’m at a point now where I’m more comfortable in my own skin.

Annie Lennox

Whatever you do, you do out of a passion.

Annie Lennox

I think Scotland could take a stand in a wonderful way, ecologically and morally and ethically.

Annie Lennox