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10 Quotes to Live By, Bestowed On Us By Prince

When I was a hopelessly awkward tween in the late 90s, painfully attempting to navigate the wilds of middle school, I discovered Prince. Amidst N’Sync and the Backstreet Boys, TRL and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I’d finally found something I connected with. I voraciously consumed his entire catalogue, accumulating a collection of CDs that spanned The Revolution era (the best, obviously) all the way to the New Power Generation. I rented—and constantly renewed—a VHS of Purple Rain from Blockbuster (remember Blockbuster?) and watched it nightly.

My obsession had all the hallmark fervor of adolescence—it was just that the object of my obsession looked a lot different than that of my peers. But what else was new? I’d always felt different, been different. Why fight it? Prince was different too, and he was a superstar.

While it’s true that my proclivities didn’t do me many favors in the popularity contest at school, these days I like to say that my instincts were right on—by most if not all accounts, Prince was a musical prodigy and rock legend, straddling the boundaries of genre, excelling at every instrument and maintaining an air of mystery that today’s crop of overexposed stars seems to seriously lack. Prince’s legacy (not unlike that of David Bowie, another shining star we recently lost) is one of boundless creativity, gender-bending energy and a sense of audacity that rock and roll will surely miss.

As for me, looking back, the Prince obsession of my middle school years taught me to stand by my convictions, commit to the things I believe in and be proud of who I am, even if that person doesn’t quite fit in. I’m really going to miss him.

Bestowed on us by Prince himself, here are some top ten words to live + love by today (tomorrow and forever)...

"No child is bad from the beginning, they just imitate their atmosphere."

"Act your age and not your shoe size."

"What's beyond you and me depends, my friends, primarily on how you view your role in eternity."

"I bet if you threw that ass into the air it would turn into sunshine."

"There will come a time when love will blow your mind. And everything you look for you'll find."

"I'm not a woman, I'm not a man, I am something that you'll never understand."

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life."

"Put the right letters together and make a better day."

"A strong spirit transcends rules."

"I don't care where we go, I don't care what we do, I don't care pretty baby, just take me with you."

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