Inspirational Quotes from Clarence Clemons

Cooking is an art form, a creative thing.

Clarence Clemons

Before the Berlin Wall came down, we played behind the Iron Curtain and sang, ‘Born in the U.S.A.,’ and I thought, ‘We’re all going to die. The man is going to get us all killed.’ But then you saw all these kids with the American flag and German flags together and singing the song, and it was, wow, like ‘We Shall Overcome.’

Clarence Clemons

I wanted an electric train for Christmas but I got the saxophone instead.

Clarence Clemons

As a horn player, the greatest compliment one can get is when a person comes to you and says, ‘I heard this saxophone on the radio the other day and I knew it was you. I don’t know the song, but I know it was you on sax.’

Clarence Clemons

As long as my mouth, hands, and brain still work, I’ll be out there doing it. I’m going to keep going ’til I’m not there anymore. This is what’s keeping me alive and feeling young and inspired.

Clarence Clemons

In the mental calmness of a spiritual life, I have found that the answers to the whys in our lives are able to come to you. In my music I find the same thing.

Clarence Clemons

The calm mind allows one to connect with the inner self, the Soul, the very source of our being. That’s where the music lives. That’s where my music comes from.

Clarence Clemons

Nobody played instruments in my family. My father got that bug and said he wants his son to play saxophone.

Clarence Clemons

I’ve been pretty blessed. Sometimes it comes in disguise.

Clarence Clemons

When a fan says, ‘Man, you saved my life; I heard ‘Jungleland’… and I cried… and I felt joy in my life again,’ that’s my hall of fame.

Clarence Clemons

Rock-and-roll, to me, is very serious because we deal with the young people. We deal with people who need something, and that’s the same thing that a preacher does. He feeds you something that you need spiritually in your soul and in your makeup.

Clarence Clemons

Being involved in the well-being and advancement of one’s own community is a most natural thing to do.

Clarence Clemons

Through all the hardships and all the operations and all the hospitals, all that stuff each part of my life, there’s been some goodness, some greatness that comes in here and helps me to be strong, to continue what I’m doing.

Clarence Clemons

The age thing is just a number.

Clarence Clemons

To me, music is a river. I have lived my life beside the river. Every day, I get up and look at the river. I watch it and notice when it rises and falls.

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There’ll be no oiling up with this band. The oil has been there for years and it only gets better.

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I look forward to working out every day.

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I do read music, but I prefer playing from the heart.

Clarence Clemons

The word spiritual, not the word religious, is the key.

Clarence Clemons

I like health-conscious cooking, but growing up in the South, I do love southern cooking; southern France, southern Italy, southern Spain. I love southern cooking.

Clarence Clemons

I take my job as a rock and roll sax player very seriously. To do it the way that I must do it, I must be in good condition. The better shape you’re in, the harder you can rock.

Clarence Clemons

It’s a matter of choosing what is most important to you and putting that first. Once you have recognized your true purpose in life, this becomes much easier.

Clarence Clemons

Now that I am much older, I have had a number of sax players tell me I was responsible for them playing sax. Some of them I have admired over the years.

Clarence Clemons

I found out how great the E Street Band is. The reality of a band that you can’t scoop aside, can’t put in a corner.

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When I grew up, there was one music: rock n’ roll. Somewhere along the line, there was a separation. I don’t know why it happened, but it did happen.

Clarence Clemons

The first time I ever saw a black audience at our concert, we were in Zimbabwe.

Clarence Clemons

When I walk on stage, it’s the ‘healing floor.’ No matter how bad I’m hurting, I get out there and do it.

Clarence Clemons

It’s like Liverpool. Everybody went for the music. All the young musicians seemed to gravitate to Asbury Park.

Clarence Clemons

I got into the soul music, but I wanted to rock. I was a rocker.

Clarence Clemons

I was a born rock n’ roll sax player.

Clarence Clemons

I grew up with a very religious background.

Clarence Clemons

You had your black bands, and you had your white bands, and if you mixed the two, you found less places to play.

Clarence Clemons

More than 50 percent of kids who play an instrument go on to college, yet music education programs at the inner city public schools who need them most continue to be hit hard with budget cuts.

Clarence Clemons

To me, the sax is rock n’ roll, even though electric guitars kind of pushed it aside for a while.

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I’m a mellow fellow. Nothing much bothers me.

Clarence Clemons

It used to take a day to get over the partying. But I don’t party anymore. I don’t miss it, either.

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I have no agenda – just to be loved.

Clarence Clemons

Somebody said to me, ‘Whenever somebody says your name, a smile comes to their face.’ That’s a great accolade. I strive to keep it that way.

Clarence Clemons

I have faith in the judicial system.

Clarence Clemons

I’ll never be rude to another news person. It’s a tough job, a thankless job. You really have to get out there and grovel to get your story.

Clarence Clemons

I’ve been thinking about a cookbook. I’ve been making notes and promising myself I’ll do it some day. I have an idea for a cookbook and music together.

Clarence Clemons

I don’t care about the gold records and all of that stuff. I care about what we do onstage, and the joy that we bring to people.

Clarence Clemons

Small clubs aren’t as lucrative, but spiritually, they’re my favorite places to play. It’s a homey kind of thing. I refer to it as the Church of What’s Happening Now.

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When I go out before a crowd, I ask God to give me inspiration to be the light.

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Money is a hazard.

Clarence Clemons

I’d rather somebody punch me in the face than drop my sax.

Clarence Clemons

Working out has always been a way of life for me.

Clarence Clemons

It’s a crazy world, so I meditate for 20 minutes. I also meditate for 20 minutes before a concert.

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I’m like the Bionic Man.

Clarence Clemons

I’m blessed with nice legs, but I see lots of guys with big upper bodies and pencil legs.

Clarence Clemons

Sometimes you just do things and let your natural self become a part of what you’re doing.

Clarence Clemons

It’s love. It’s two men – two strong, very virile men – finding that space in life where they can let go enough of their masculinity to feel the passion of love and respect and trust. Friendships are based on those things, and you seal it with a kiss.

Clarence Clemons