I think the whole world is dying to hear someone say, 'I love you.' I think that if I can leave the legacy of love and passion in the world, then I think I've done my job in a world that's getting colder and colder by the day.
Greatness comes from fear. Fear can either shut us down and we go home, or we fight through it.
Lionel Richie, love song, OK, thank you very much, good-bye. And all of a sudden I realized that, in my career, what has made my career has always been the surprises.
All artists are egotistical maniacs with inferiority complexes.
The best compliment that has ever been given to me was, I was at the airport one day and a guy came in and said, 'Lionel, my wife loves you, the kids love you, my mother-in-law loves you, the family loves you.'
I just like people. I'll hold a conversation at a gas station. It's not about the fame and the fortune, I just like people.
Taking time to sit back and watch and think about what you've seen is important. Traveling did a great deal to me. I found that when I travel and just sit in the corner and watch, a million ideas come to me.
By growing up in Alabama, I had a melting pot of the whole pie: R&B, gospel, country.
I find the greatest songs in the world come out of pain, and I don't like it! Here's what it does: It strips away all of your facade. It makes you so honest. It's cleansing.
I always like to challenge myself. I never want to be put into a box.
I am a country boy and proud of it.
People have allowed me into their homes, through my words and my music.
I want to let everybody know that I'm from there, and country is Tuskegee. Or should I say rather, my country is Tuskegee. I was born and raised there, it's not just someplace I passed through one day.
I travel around the world, experiencing every language, every religion... some places where there's just no reason to smile, because their lives are so difficult.
Growing up with country, R&B, gospel, and classical music from my grandmother and pop, Tuskegee was the perfect melting pot for my influences as a writer.
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