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.
God's the final judge for Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash too. That's solely in the hands of God.
I read novels but I also read the Bible. And study it, you know? And the more I learn, the more excited I get.
How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.
My father was a man of love. He always loved me to death. He worked hard in the fields, but my father never hit me. Never. I don't ever remember a really cross, unkind word from my father.
For you I know I'd even try to turn the tide.
God gives us life and takes us away as He sees fit.
Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.
Of emotions, of love, of breakup, of love and hate and death and dying, mama, apple pie, and the whole thing. It covers a lot of territory, country music does.
I'm very shy really. I spend a lot of time in my room alone reading or writing or watching television.
I was wearing black clothes almost from the beginning. I feel comfortable in black. I felt like black looked good onstage, that it was attractive, so I started wearing it all the time.
That was the big thing when I was growing up, singing on the radio. The extent of my dream was to sing on the radio station in Memphis. Even when I got out of the Air Force in 1954, I came right back to Memphis and started knocking on doors at the radio station.
You've got a song you're singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut. And you've got to make them think that you're one of them sitting out there with them too. They've got to be able to relate to what you're doing.
I am not a Christian artist, I am an artist who is a Christian.
I wear black because I'm comfortable in it. But then in the summertime when it's hot I'm comfortable in light blue.
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.
Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight.
It's like a novelist writing far out things. If it makes a point and makes sense, then people like to read that. But if it's off in left field and goes over the edge, you lose it. The same with musical talent, I think.
I knew I wanted to sing when I was a very small boy. When I was probably 4 years old. My mother played a guitar and I would sit with her and she would sing and I learned to sing along with her.
People call me wild. Not really though, I'm not. I guess I've never been normal, not what you call Establishment. I'm country.