Michael in his own words: books, quotations


“Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.”
.....Michael Jackson

“I was a veteran, before I was a teenager.”
.....Michael Jackson

“ In the end, the most important thing is to be true to yourself and those you love and work hard. Work like there's no tomorrow. Train. Strive. Really train and cultivate your talent to the highest degree. Be the best at what you do. Get to know more about your field than anybody alive. Use the tools of your trade, if it's books or a floor to dance on or a body of water to swim in. Whatever it is, it's yours. That's what I've always tried to remember ”
.....Michael Jackson

“And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance.”
.....Michael Jackson

“The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation.”
.....Michael Jackson

“I am always writing a potpourri of music. I want to give the world escapism through the wonder of great music and to reach the masses.”
.....Michael Jackson

“Our parents taught us to always be respectful and, no matter what you do, to give it everything you have. Be the best, not the second best.”
.....Michael Jackson

“Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone. This simple goodness shines straight from their hearts and only asks to be lived. ”
.....Michael Jackson

“But I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to.”
.....Michael Jackson

“I wake up from dreams and go “Wow, put this down on paper.” The whole thing is strange. You hear the words, everything is right there in front of your face.”
..... Michael Jackson

“And the dream we were conceived in will reveal a joyful face… and the world we once believed in will shine again in grace. Then why do we keep strangling life wound this Earth, crucify its soul. Though it´s plain to see, this world is heavenly. We could be God´s glow… Heal the world”
..... Michael Jackson

“I really feel that nature is trying to compensate for man´s mismanagement of the planet. The planet is sick, like a fever. If we dont fix it now it is at the point of no return. This is our last chance to fix this problem that we have or it´s like a runaway train. The time has come. This is It. People are always saying.. “Oh they, they´ll take care of it.” “The government will do it. They´ll” They who? It starts with us. US. Or else it´ll never be done.”
.....Michael Jackson

"I'm trying to imitate Jesus in the fact that he said to be like children, to love children, to be as pure as children and to make yourself as innocent and to see the world through eyes of wonderment and the whole magical quality of it all."
.....Michael Jackson Oprah Winfrey interview 1993.

"LIke the Bible says. A child should be leader of them all, and to be led by that kind of innocence. Didn't Jesus say 'bring on the children?' Be like the children. Not childish, but child-like. That kind of innocence."
.....Michael Jackson in the Martin Bashir outtakes

"I put a lot of mannequins in my room in the past. I still have mannequins in my room, because I used to be very lonely. Painfully lonely. So lonely. You have no idea. I used to walk the streets looking for people to talk to. I'm talking about the height of one's career. "Off the Wall," "Bad", "Thriller," and people...I would walk up to them, strangers, and say 'Will you be my friend?' They'd go 'Oh my God, it's Michael Jackson!' That's now what I wanted. I wanted somebody to love you or be my friend for me and not for the external me."

"I just wanted to have fun. I didn't know what it was like to have a buddy over or to have a sleepover or my birthday."

"With just a little love and a little caring, I have seen kids totally turn around. Where you can't find any cancer at all anymore in their body. I've done it a lot of times. I'm not trying to say I'm Jesus Christ. We should just give a little more attention to the power of love and caring and faith and prayer."
.....Michael Jackson in the Martin Bashir outtakes

“No one can quite say what the creative process is. Because I have nothing to do with it of course. It´s created in space. It´s God´s work, not mine.”
.....Michael Jackson - Ebony/Jet 2007 interview

“I love E. T. because it reminds me of me. Someone from another world coming down and you becoming friends with them and this person is, like, 800 years old and he´s filling you with all kinds of wisdom and he can teach you to fly. That whole fantasy thing which I think is great. I mean, who don't wanna fly?”
.....Michael Jackson

“...Look, we don´t have control over the grounds, they can shake. We don´t have control over the seas, they can have tsunamis. We don´t have control over the skies, there are storms. We´re all in God´s hands. I think that man has to take that into consideration.”
.....Michael Jackson - in his 2007 Ebony Magazine interview

“What can I do but bring forth the talent that God gave me? That´s all I wanted to do. To share the love and gift of entertainment. That´s all I want to do. I don´t want to hurt anybody.”
.....Michael Jackson

“We would work on a track and then we´d meet at his house, play what we worked on, and he would say, ´Smelly, let it talk to you.´ I´d go, ´OK.´ He´d say, ´If the song needs something, it´ll tell you. Let it talk to you.´ I´ve learned to do that. The key to being a wonderful writer is not to write. You just get out of the way. Leave room for God to walk in the room. And when I write something that I know is right, I get on my knees and say thank you. Thank you, Jehovah!”
.....Michael talking about working with Quincy Jones and how God was behind his creativity, from the Ebony magazine 2007 interview

“I think, being humble and believing in yourself and having true love in your heart for the world, and really trying to help people through lyrics and the love of music and dance, because I truly do love people very much.”
.....Michael Jackson - His Philosophy for staying at the top: 1996 TV Interview with Ian “Molly” Meldrum

“The magic, the wonder, the mystery and the innocence of a child´s heart are the seeds of creativity that will heal the world. I really believe that. What we need to learn from children isn´t childish. Being with them connects us to the deeper wisdom of life, which is everpresent and only asks to be lived. They know the way to solutions that lie waiting to be recognized within our own hearts.”
.....MIchael Jackson - Portion of the Grammy Legend Award speech, 35th Annual Grammy Awards, 1993

"I wasn't aware that the world thought I was so weird and bizarre. But when you grow up, like I did, in front of 100 million people since the age of 5, you're automatically different."
.....MIchael Jackson - Grammy Legend Award speech, 35th Annual Grammy Awards, 1993

"I must confess. It feels good to be thought of as a person, not as a personality
.....MIchael Jackson - Grammy Legend Award speech, 35th Annual Grammy Awards, 1993

“Love. Children are loving, they don´t gossip, they don´t complain, they´re just open-hearted. They´re ready for you. They don´t judge. They don´t see things by way of color. They´re very child-like. Thats the problem with adults: they lose that child-like quality. And thats the level of inspiration that´s so needed and is so important for creating and writing songs and for a sculptor, a poet or a novelist. It´s that same kind of innocence, that same level of consciousness, that you create from. And kids have it. I feel it right away from animals and children and nature. Of course.”
.....Michael Jackson - Ebony/Jet 2002 interview

“...I enjoy nature too much.... I know the tree feels it when the wind blows through it. It probably goes, “Ohhhh, this is wonderful.” And that´s how I feel when I´m singing some songs. It´s wonderful.”
.....Michael Jackson - 1980 Melody Maker music newspaper

“I wrote “Will You Be There?” at my house, “Neverland” in California....I didn´t think about it hard. Thats why its hard to take credit for the songs that I write, because I just always feel that it´s done from above. I feel fortunate for being that instrument through which music flows. I´m just the source through which it comes. I can´t take credit for it because it´s Gods work. He´s just using me as the messenger....
.....Michael Jackson - Ebony/Jet 2002 interview

“It all begins with forgiveness, because to heal the world, we first have to heal ourselves. And to heal the kids, we first have to heal the child within, each and every one of us.”
.....Michael Jackson - March 6, 2001, A portion of the Oxford University Speech

“ One of my favourite pastimes is being with children – talking to them , playing with them, wattlin´ in the grass. They´re one of the main reasons why I do what I do. Children are more than adults. They know everything that people are trying to find out – they know so many secrets – but it´s hard for them to get it out. I can recognize that and learn from it. They (the children) say some things that´ll astound you. They go through brilliant, genius stages, but when they become a certain age, they lose it. So many people think certain things are childlike, but grown-ups are really nothing but children who have lost all that real magic by not noticing and digging and finding out. I believe in that deeply.”
.....Michael Jackson - 1980, Melody Maker music newspaper

“I´ve been in the entertainment industry since I was six-years-old... As Charles Dickens says, “It's been the best of times, the worst of times.” But I would not change my career... While some have made deliberate attempts to hurt me, I take it in stride because I have a loving family, a strong faith and wonderful friends and fans who have, and continue, to support me.”
.....Michael Jackson - Associated Press 2007

“You don´t climb Trees?....You´re missing out!”
.....Michael Jackson - year unknown

“As corny as it sounds, natural highs are the greatest highs in the world. The stars, the mountains, children, babies smiling are just magic.”
.....Michael Jackson - 1979, JET Magazine

"People think they know me, but they don't. Not really. Actually, I am one of the loneliest people on this earth. I cry sometimes, because it hurts. It does. To be honest, I guess you could say that it hurts to be me."
.....Michael Jackson

“Those who criticize. They desire our blood, not our pain. But still I must achieve. I must seek truth in all things. I must endure for the Power I was sent forth. For the world. For the children. But have mercy, for I´ve been bleeding a long time now.”
.....Michael Jackson

“I´m proud of my heritage. I´m proud of it. I´m proud to be black. I´m honored to be black, and I just hope one day they will be fair in portraying me the way I really, really am….just a loving, peaceful guy wanting to make wonderful, unprecedented entertainment and songs and music and film for the world. That´s all I want to do. I´m no threat. I just want to do that. That´s what I want to do. To bring joy to the world.”
Michael Jackson in a Steve Harvey radio interview in 2002

"Music was always natural for me. When I was little, any music would start, they couldn't tie me down. It's just a natural instinct. I have always loved show business and always enjoyed making people happy, and I would do it all again. But I have also had to live my whole life in a fishbowl. I have every disguise I can think of. My dream is to just go anyplace, like Morph from X-Men, so nobody would know who I am. There have been many lies written about me and I want people to know that unless they hear it from me, don't believe it. I'm just a person who wants to be honest and do good, make people happy through the talent that God has given me. To my fans in every corner of the Earth, every nationality, every race, every language: I love you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for your love and support."
.....Michael Jackson

A 1994 Open Letter from Michael Jackson to his critics:

The version I have seen was featured in People's tribute magazine to Michael and shows the letter in his own handwriting.

"Like the old Indian proverb says, do not judge a man until you've walked 2 moons in his mocassins.
Most people don't know me, that is why they write such things in which most is not true.
I cry very often because it hurts and I worry about the children, all my children all over the world. I live for them.
If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, his story could not be written.
Animals strike, not from malice, but because they want to live. It is the same with those who criticize. They desire our blood, not our pain.
But still I must achieve. I must seek truth in all things. I must endure for the power I was sent forth. For the world. For the children.
But have mercy, for I've been bleeding a long time now.

Michael Jackson