35 Fabulous Jon Anderson Quotes

Jon Anderson was a professional musician, singer, and songwriter born in England. Anderson is best known as playing the lead vocalist in the progressive rock band “Yes.” With more than a dozen albums recorded, he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. Here is a look at some of the most monumental Jon Anderson quotes ever recorded.

“Cage of freedom, that’s our prison; we’re the jailer and captive combined Cage of freedom, cast in power; all the trappings of our own design.”

“Everybody wants to be American, it seems; I travel enough to know.”

“Fashion has changed, and it’s continuing to change because, fundamentally, people get bored quicker.”

“I believed and still believe that success is only part of the story. It makes you want to get better and better so as not to let yourself down and not to let the people down who like what you do and you don’t waste your success.”

“I know when I started I would have been happy to sound like the Beatles or Joe Tex or whoever. You want to sound like most bands, you want to sound like their records and that’s how you learn your chops.”

“I think in life, you have a choice. You can either be optimistic or pessimistic, and I go for the optimism.”


“I think people should be able to have at their behest, like, four hours of music, entertainment, visual knowledge, different pathways[.] That’s what I’m trying to do with modern technology, not just another song and another song.”

“I think we all have the same spirituality deep inside and we grow to learn more about it all the time, and we try very hard to become better people as we grow.”

“It is just a wonderful, wonderful time to be alive and to be able to be part of the ever-growing spiritual awareness that is happening around the world.”

“I’ve got a great life. I’m in love, I have a happy, wonderful, beautiful time with my marriage, and I have a beautiful home. I want to spend time here working and creating.”

“Jewel of life, guiding light, heralding a joyous new dawn.”

“Most managers in the rock n’ roll world… don’t care so much about who’s in the band as long as it’s making money.”

“Music is beautiful. Yes, music is great. My music’s great.”

“My thoughts and wishes are all that surrounds, mysteries hold you then fly you away. You know you are my life, my lady of dreams.”

“One of the great moments of my life was when I could write musician on my passport.”

“Some people haven’t got a life, I suppose. They want to be on the road all the time.”

“Sweet music, and your secret heart. Both have the healing grace.”

“Sweet songs of youth, the wise, the meeting of all wisdom To believe in the good in man.”

“Tell me I’m a fool. I would not know how to believe it.”

“The sun is so powerful, that without it we are nothing.”

“There are times for inner changes. Be ready for the choice!”

“There’s only one reason we live. It’s very simple. To find the creator. That’s just my understanding.”

“There’s so much corruption in America; there’s so much corruption around the world. It’s all coming to the surface thanks to the Internet, and thanks to the younger people who are saying, ‘We don’t like corrupt people.'”

“This is love that surrounds, only a fool without wisdom can see. Blind as I am in your eyes, my lady of dreams.”

“This life is for us to discover the divine within. And that’s really the key to life in many ways for me. And the thing is, it’s not for us to reason why everything is what it is… just do it.”

“This state of independence shall be!”

“To be an American is to be part of the world because America, all the people of the world come to America.”

“Using the Internet as as vehicle to work with people is fascinating. It’s sort of a Pandora’s box of energy for me.”

“War is big business. It’s a lot of money going to and fro, and unfortunately a lot of angst, and a lot of fear, and a lot of doubt.”

“We are all in Christs energy. We are all in the divine plan. We are all on the sacred journey, if you want to put it into some very spiritual words. And I like to sing about it, so that’s what I do.”

“We receive all we venture to give. And one of the things I’ve learned over the years is that giving is everything, and taking is nothing.”

“We’re physically part of the sun. The sun gives us energy, creates our world.”

“We’re still growing into that place of higher consciousness; we are becoming a global conscience.”

“Wretched excess is an unfortunate human trait that turns a perfectly good idea such as Christmas into a frenzy of last-minute shopping.”

“You are the reason. If you want, you are the answer in the end.”

Here is an interview with “Yes” lead vocalist Jon Anderson.

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