John Denver Quotes

John Denver was a popular American country and folk singer-songwriter, environmental activist and actor during the 1970s. He gained international popularity with pleasant, well-crafted songs, many of them extolling the beauties and the spiritual gifts of the natural world.

“It’s a great big step for me to open my heart up even a little bit.” – John Denver

“I don’t want to just entertain people. I want to touch them.” – John Denver

“My purpose in performing is to communicate the joy I experience in living.” – John Denver

“I just play the guitar and write songs.” – John Denver

“I was never trying to write a hit. I was just trying to write good songs and get a message out, and it was my great good fortune to be popular.” – John Denver

“I would make my job a work of art. I would like whatever it is that I’m doing – everyone’s experience of me, everyone’s interaction with me, everyone’s discussion, conversation, relationship with me – [to be] an event within which they get to see who they are. I would make of my life a work of art.” – John Denver

“I get an awful lot of fan mail, and I read all that I can.” – John Denver

“Perhaps love is like a resting place, A shelter from the storm, It exists to give you comfort, It is there to keep you warm, And in those times of trouble, When you are most alone, The memory of love will bring you home” – John Denver

“I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other. Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life – whoever you are, whatever our differences.” – John Denver

“We must begin to make what I call ‘conscious choices’, and to really recognize that we are the same. It’s from that place in my heart that I write my songs.” – John Denver

“Peace is a conscious choice.” – John Denver

“We don’t teach kids how to feel, we don’t give them the words to go by.” – John Denver

“I think the biggest problem in the world is that we have a generation of young people, and maybe two, who don’t think it’s going to get any better.” – John Denver

“I would so much like young people to have a sense of the gift that they are. Not many of them feel like that.” – John Denver

“I know I’m incapable of orchestrating an entire film.” – John Denver

“Heck, I’m no Henry Mancini or Michel Legrand. I just play the guitar and write songs.” – John Denver

“Things go up and down. If you can survive the down, it will come back.” – John Denver

“Divorce is just the most awful thing in the world.” – John Denver

“I think more about the family now. That’s an interesting progression for me.” – John Denver

“There’s an aspect of human nature in which we want to think we’re better than somebody else. They’re a different color. They speak a different language. They have a different name for the Creator. Whatever it is, that makes it okay for me to hate them, to try to get some of their land or some of their resources.” – John Denver

“There’s one piece of advice my dad gave me when he dropped me off at college. He said, “You’ve got the talent. You can sing and play guitar. That doesn’t make you any better than anyone else.”” – John Denver

“Whatever meaning ‘Annie’s Song’ had for me on a personal level, there was also a larger context. It could just as easily have been about love for a brother. Or a father. Or a friend. It could just as easily have been a prayer.” – John Denver

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