The Best Elvis Quotes Regarding His Life and Career

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Elvis had essentially come from nothing to be one of, if not the, greatest entertainer of all time. There are not many who obtain it, but Elvis will forever be a household name. Elvis often reflected on where he came from and vowed to never lose sight of that poor country boy throughout his life. Here are some of the best Elvis quotes and my thoughts behind them.

Best Elvis quotes related to music:

“Rhythm is something you either have or don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over.”

Elvis was often criticized at the beginning of his career for his dance moves during his performances. He couldn’t understand why people would lose their minds as he began expressing himself, he just moved because he could not help it. He definitely had a rhythm all over!

Best Elvis quotes related to his passion:

“A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It’s my favorite part of the business, live concerts.”

I always find it so sad Elvis was unable to perform live concerts for over a decade. Once he stopped making movies and after the ’68 Comeback Special, Elvis had returned and made his presence known in Las Vegas. Elvis was truly his best onstage and those who were not able to actually see him live can enjoy those moments through specials and documentaries.

Best Elvis quotes related to his talents:

“I’ve never written a song in my life. It’s all a big hoax.”

Elvis was not shy in admitting he had never written any of the songs he had recorded or performed. What made Elvis special was that he could feel another artists’ song and make it his own. I love listening to the original versions and then listening to Elvis. Often they sound like completely different songs. Artists who had Elvis record their song knew they had a good one if the King chose to sing it.

Best Elvis quotes from award acceptance:

“Without a song, the day would never end; without a song, a man ain’t got a friend; without a song, the road would never bend; without a song. So, I keep singing a song.”

When Elvis accepted the honor of being named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in the Nations by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (The Jaycees), it is said that it was one of his greatest achievements in his life. Elvis was nervous to give his acceptance speech and chose to quote a Roy Hamilton R&B song, “Without A Song,” to help exemplify what it means to have a career as a singer and what his life would be like without music. Though these lyrics are from another artist, at that moment, Elvis made those lyrics about him and how they represented his life.

Best Elvis quotes on how he viewed himself:

“I never expected to be anybody important.”

This is, quite honestly, my favorite quote from Elvis. He was a poor boy who grew up in Memphis and was going to drive a truck – that was it. That was going to be his life. He grew to be so much more than that. He opened the doors to Rock ‘n Roll music. Elvis helped lead the way for musicians who would not have had a chance. Not to mention what he means to the fans.

Personally, Elvis has been one of the biggest influences in my entire life. Ever since falling in love with him at the age of five, without any influence from family members as they were not huge Elvis fans, Elvis and his music have been a LARGE part of my life and who I am as a person. If he is this important to me, a stranger who never met him, it makes me wonder if every Elvis fan feels the same as I do. He will forever and always be important.

Tell me am I getting through – What do you think is the best Elvis quote?

Until we meet again,


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