41 Fabulous Simon Cowell Quotes

Simon Cowell is an English television judge and producer best known for the snow America’s Got Talent and American Idol. Cowell is listed as one of the most influential people in the world and one of the most powerful people in British culture. Here is a look at some of the most notable Simon Cowell quotes ever documented.

“Anything I shouldn’t laugh at makes me laugh. I mean, I’m bad at that, when somebody is singing something terribly and I’m thinking to myself, ‘If I laugh now, this is the absolute worst thing I could ever do,’ and then I start laughing and I can’t stop.”

“Britain’s got talent, enormous talent; that’s very obvious.”

“Choosing how you vote should not be a snap verdict based on a few minutes of television.”

“Good is not enough. You’ve got to be great.”

“I could just sit back and get someone to spin my achievements, I suppose, but when I see others do it, I always think, ‘Why are you telling me how successful you are?’ I am always suspicious of those kinds of boasts.”

“I don’t want to tell a 15 or 14 year old what they should be doing. I want them to tell me. And that’s what I got when I met Justin Bieber for the first time.”


“I genuinely believed no one would want to marry me. I am difficult to live with. I’m selfish, quite weird and I need time on my own to think – and then I work all night long.”

“I hate belongings. I hate clutter. It really bothers me because I can’t think properly. If you’ve got distractions in front of you, your mind goes nuts.”

“I never knew how much love and pride I would feel.”

“I think America is a hard nut to crack. But once you get a toehold, it’s a great place for an entrepreneur because people are so enthusiastic, and you have the most enthusiastic audiences in world.”

“I think that by ignoring the show you’re ignoring the audience who put you there.”

“I think you have to judge everything based on your personal taste. And if that means being critical, so be it. I hate political correctness. I absolutely loathe it.”

“I was slightly cynical of the American mentality before I came over here, but now I preach it.”

“If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning.”

“If you’ve got a big mouth and you’re controversial, you’re going to get attention.”

“It’s personalities, it’s conflict, it’s all of these things that actually make performers interesting.”

“It’s the government’s job to encourage entrepreneurialism and investment. Most importantly, it’s the government’s duty to inspire confidence.”

“I’ve never liked the idea you have to be a certain age to be a pop star. I like the idea that anybody can enter, anybody can compete.”

“Money brings you security and choice. You can make decisions in a different way if you have a lot of money. But when you have nothing, you have a naivety, and a more fearless attitude because you have nothing to lose.”

“Most things in music go full circle eventually.”

“My advice would be if you want to pursue a career in the music business, don’t.”

“My attitude is, if someone‚Äôs going to criticize me, tell me to my face.”

“My proudest achievement has been the success of the shows and artists I have been involved with, because they were made in Britain.”

“Not everybody is perfect, and I don’t think we should be looking for perfect people.”

“On one level, going bust didn’t bother me. It was the 80s, and there wasn’t the stigma about bankruptcy that you might think. My mates weren’t bothered.”

“People confuse ego, lust, insecurity with true love.”

“So I would only feel guilt if I misled somebody who was terrible.”

“Thank God kids love following an artist. When you get a group who pop, it’s the best thing in the world.”

“That was extraordinary. Unfortunately, extraordinarily bad.”

“The artists who endure are the ones who stay focused even after they have reached the top of their profession.”

“The best way to kill someone is from the inside, by crushing their hopes and dreams.”

“The end of the animal trade would leave more time to trap or beat to death pop star wannabes.”

“The object of this competition is not to be mean to the losers but to find a winner. The process makes you mean because you get frustrated.”

“The only people with power today are the audience. And that is increasing with Twitter, Facebook, and everything else. We cater to their likes and dislikes, and you ignore that at your peril.”

“The young people working for me are ambitious and hard-working. That work ethic has always been a trait of the British.”

“We have hated the French for years. Now you have just joined the club. It makes you much more likable.”

“What luxury would I take to a desert island? A mirror. It’s true. I’d miss me.”

“When I was young and we got caught pinching apples, we got a smack from the local policeman. Today if that happened he would be sued. There is a tendency to punish the victim, not the criminal.”

“Work hard, be patient, and be a sponge while learning your business. Learn how to take criticism. Follow your gut instincts and don’t compromise.”

“You didn’t beat the compotition you crushed the compotition!”

“You know what the secret to weight loss is? Don’t eat much.”

Simon Cowell sits down in this interview to discuss his year of X Factor and how the top pop stars are in his opinion.

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