25 of the greatest Freddie Mercury quotes of all time

By Stephanie Nuzzo November 25, 2016

On the 25th anniversary of his death, we reflect on the legendary Queen frontman's most memorable words

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the passing of British singer, songwriter and producer Freddie Mercury, and we're still moved by his work and his words – the sign of a true artist.

The Queen frontman tragically died in 1991 at age 45, from bronchial pneumonia following his AIDS diagnosis. 

Freddie Mercury

As a celebration of his legacy, here are 25 quotes by the rock god himself:

1. "I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend."

2. “You can be anything you want to be, just turn yourself into anything you think that you could ever be.”

3. “The most important thing is to live a fabulous life. As long as it’s fabulous I don’t care how long it is.”

4. "I always knew I was a star. And now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me."

5. “I’m possessed by love, but isn’t everybody?”

6. "I like to be surrounded by splendid things."

7. “Dullness is a disease.”

8. "What will I be doing in 20 years time? I'll be dead, darling! Are you crazy?"

9. "Who wants to live forever?"

10. "I'm just a musical prostitute, my dear."

11. "I think my melodies are superior to my lyrics."

12. "I'm very emotional. I think I may go mad in several years time."

13. "When I'm dead, I want to be remembered as a musician of some worth and substance."

14. “The reason we’re successful, darling? My overall charisma, of course.”

15. “If I die tomorrow I will not regret. I really did everything I could.”

16. “The whole point of Queen was to be original.”

17. "When we began, we approached it the way we did because we were not prepared to be out-of-work musicians, ever. We said either take it on as a serious commodity or don’t do it at all.”

18. “A lot of my songs are fantasy. I can dream up all kinds of things. That’s the kind of world I live in. It’s very sort of flamboyant, and that’s the kind of way I write. I love it.”

19. “The concept of Queen is to be regal and majestic. Glamour is part of us, and we want to be dandy.”

20. “A concert is not a live rendition of our album. It’s a theatrical event.”

Freddie Mercury

21. “I love the fact that I can make people happy, in any form. Even if it’s just an hour of their lives, if I can make them feel lucky or make them feel good, or bring a smile to a sour face, that to me is worthwhile.”

22. “Years ago, I thought up the name Queen. It’s just a name. But it’s regal, obviously, and sounds splendid.”

23. “Money can not buy happiness, but it can damn well give it!”

24. “Oh, I was not made for heaven. No, I don’t want to go to heaven. Hell is much better. Think of all the interesting people you’re going to meet down there”

25. “My soul has painted like the wings of butterflies,

Fairy tales of yesterday will grow but never die,

I can fly, my friends...”

Freddie Mercury