45 Best Billy Joel Quotes

Billy Joel is a legendary musician and songwriter who has left an indelible mark on the music industry with his timeless hits like “Piano Man,” “Uptown Girl,” and “Just the Way You Are.” But beyond his musical genius, Joel is also known for his wise words and insightful lyrics that have resonated with millions of fans around the world.

From love and relationships to life and politics, Joel’s quotes offer a unique perspective on the human experience. Today, we will explore some of the most inspiring and thought-provoking Billy Joel quotes that continue to inspire and uplift us today.

I hope you enjoy these Billy Joel quotes…

"I’m in a New York state of mind." - Billy Joel

1) “I’m in a New York state of mind.” – Billy Joel

2) “I am, as I’ve said, merely competent. But in an age of incompetence, that makes me extraordinary.” – Billy Joel

3) “…And you’re the only one who knows.” – Billy Joel

4) “Artists – musicians, painters, writers, poets – always seem to have had the most accurate perception of what is really going on around them, not the official version or the popular perception of contemporary life.” – Billy Joel

5) “As human beings, we need to know that we are not alone, that we are not crazy or completely out of our minds, that there are other people out there who feel as we do, live as we do, love as we do, who are like us.” – Billy Joel

6) “I have been both praised and criticized. The criticism stung, but the praise sometimes bothered me even more. To have received such praise and honors has always been puzzling to me.” – Billy Joel

7) “So before we end and then begin, We’ll drink a toast to how it’s been, A few more hours to be complete, A few more nights on satin sheets, A few more times that I can say I’ve loved these days.” – Billy Joel

8) “You can get what you want or you can just get old.” – Billy Joel

9) “I don’t care what consequence it brings, I have been a fool for lesser things.” – Billy Joel

A quote from the beautiful song “Vienna”…

"You’ve got your passion. You’ve got your pride. But don’t you know that only fools are satisfied? Dream on, but don't imagine they'll all come true. When will you realize... Vienna waits for you." - Billy Joel

10) “You’ve got your passion. You’ve got your pride. But don’t you know that only fools are satisfied? Dream on, but don’t imagine they’ll all come true. When will you realize… Vienna waits for you.” – Billy Joel

11) “And in the evening, After the fire and the light, One thing is certain: Nothing can hold back the light, Time is relentless, And as the past disappears, We’re on the verge of all things new.” – Billy Joel

12) “In every heart, there is a room, A sanctuary safe and strong, To heal the wounds from lovers past, Until a new one comes along.” – Billy Joel

13) “Everyone is a hypocrite in one sense or another and I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.” – Billy Joel

14) “You can’t go the distance with too much resistance.” – Billy Joel

15) “I have a theory that the only original things we ever do are mistakes.” – Billy Joel

16) “Home can be the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Indiana’s early morning dew, High up in the hills of California, Home is just another word for you.” – Billy Joel

17) “Honesty is such a lonely word. Everyone is so untrue…” – Billy Joel

18) “We’re only human, we’re supposed to make mistakes.” – Billy Joel

19) “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel

Billy Joel Quotes About Life

"If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time." - Billy Joel

20) “If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.” – Billy Joel

21) “In a way, we are magicians. We are alchemists, sorcerers, and wizards. We are a very strange bunch. But there is great fun in being a wizard.” – Billy Joel

22) “And it was dark, So dark at night, And we held on to each other, Like brother to brother, We promised our mothers we’d write, And we would all go down together.” – Billy Joel

23) “You can linger too long in your dreams…” – Billy Joel

24) “Have you listened to the radio lately? Have you heard the canned, frozen, and processed product being dished up to the world as American popular music today?” – Billy Joel

25) “You may be right, I may be crazy, but it just might be a lunatic you’re looking for.” – Billy Joel

26) “Most people are satisfied with the junk food being sold as music.” – Billy Joel

27) “Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts.” – Billy Joel

28) “I am no longer afraid of becoming lost, because the journey back always reveals something new, and that is ultimately good for the artist.” – Billy Joel

29) “You’re not the only one who’s made mistakes, but they’re the only things that you can truly call your own.” – Billy Joel

A great quote from a great song…

"Only the good die young." - Billy Joel

30) “Only the good die young.” – Billy Joel

31) “There’s nothing better than good sex. But bad sex? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is better than bad sex.” – Billy Joel

32) “If I ever reach heaven I expect to find three wonders there: first, to meet some I had not thought to see there; second, to miss some I had expected to see there; and third, the greatest wonder of all, to find myself there.” – Billy Joel

33) “I really wish I was less of a thinking man and more of a fool not afraid of rejection.” – Billy Joel

34) “Take risks. Take chances. Don’t be afraid. You gotta go into life brave.” – Billy Joel

35) “Slow down you’re doing fine, You can’t be everything you want to be, Before your time, Although it’s so romantic on the borderline tonight, Too bad but it’s the life you lead, You’re so ahead of yourself, That you forfeit what you need, Though you can see when you’re wrong.” – Billy Joel

36) “So I would choose to be with you, That’s if the choice were mine to make, But you can make decisions too, And you can have this heart to break.” – Billy Joel

37) “Son, can you play me a memory? I’m not really sure how it goes. It was sad and it was sweet and I knew it complete when I wore a younger man’s clothes.” – Billy Joel

38) “Don’t take any shit from anybody.” – Billy Joel

39) “The good ole days weren’t always good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.” – Billy Joel

Billy Joel Quotes on Love

"Every time I've held a rose, It seems I only felt the thorns." - Billy Joel

40) “Every time I’ve held a rose, It seems I only felt the thorns.” – Billy Joel

41) “We didn’t start the fire, It was always burning, Since the world’s been turning, We didn’t start the fire, No we didn’t light it, But we tried to fight it.” – Billy Joel

42) “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” – Billy Joel

43) “The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz, and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent.” – Billy Joel

44) “Why do musicians give so much time to charitable causes? The most humanitarian cause that we can give our time to is the creation and performance of music itself.” – Billy Joel

45) “If you make music for the human needs you have within yourself, then you do it for all humans who need the same things. You enrich humanity with the profound expression of these feelings.” – Billy Joel

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