Music

50 pieces of wisdom from song lyrics

Using your iPod to soundtrack your life is totally normal behaviour. We say this as it's something we do on a daily basis.

Finding a song to capture your exact mood at a particular moment is a rare and comforting exercise. Even without the music, the lyrics alone can often have the same effect. To showcase this, we've assembled 50 of the the best pieces of wisdom to come from music.

Click on each image for the quote and let us know what you'd like to add at the bottom.

(Images: Rex Features)

  • Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

    Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

    "Hate, hate your enemies. Save, save your friends.… More details

    Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

    Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

    "Hate, hate your enemies. Save, save your friends. Find, find your place. Speak, speak the truth."

    Nirvana

  • Love Is The Way

    Love Is The Way

    "Life is the question and life is the answer, and God… More details

    Love Is The Way

    Love Is The Way

    "Life is the question and life is the answer, and God is the reason and love is the way."

    Johnny Cash

  • Heaven and Hell

    Heaven and Hell

    "The world is full of kings and queens, who blind your… More details

    Heaven and Hell

    Heaven and Hell

    "The world is full of kings and queens, who blind your eyes and steal your dreams."

    Black Sabbath

  • Stranded On Death Row

    Stranded On Death Row

    "There's three types of people in the world…those… More details

    Stranded On Death Row

    Stranded On Death Row

    "There's three types of people in the world…those who don't know what happened, those who wonder what happened, and people like us from the streets that make things happen."

    Dr Dre

  • Already Gone

    Already Gone

    "So often in time it happens, we all live our life in… More details

    Already Gone

    Already Gone

    "So often in time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key."

    The Eagles

  • What's Going On

    What's Going On

    "War is not the answer, because only love can conquer… More details

    What's Going On

    What's Going On

    "War is not the answer, because only love can conquer hate."

    Marvin Gaye

  • Rebellion (Lies)

    Rebellion (Lies)

    "Sleeping is giving in, no matter what the time… More details

    Rebellion (Lies)

    Rebellion (Lies)

    "Sleeping is giving in, no matter what the time is"

    Arcade Fire

  • Confidence

    Confidence

    "There's no job too immense, when you got… More details

    Confidence

    Confidence

    "There's no job too immense, when you got confidence."

    Elvis Presley

  • Lost Ones

    Lost Ones

    "Never underestimate those who you scar cause karma,… More details

    Lost Ones

    Lost Ones

    "Never underestimate those who you scar cause karma, karma, karma comes back to you hard"

    Lauryn Hill

  • A Man Is A Man

    A Man Is A Man

    "A man is a man when he can offer his hand." The… More details

    A Man Is A Man

    A Man Is A Man

    "A man is a man when he can offer his hand."

    The Who

  • Next Girl

    Next Girl

    "Well the look of the cake, it ain't always the… More details

    Next Girl

    Next Girl

    "Well the look of the cake, it ain't always the taste."

    Black Keys

  • Superstition

    Superstition

    "When you believe in things that you don't understand,… More details

    Superstition

    Superstition

    "When you believe in things that you don't understand, then you suffer."

    Stevie Wonder

  • Leaders Of The Free World

    Leaders Of The Free World

    "The leaders of the free world are just little boys… More details

    Leaders Of The Free World

    Leaders Of The Free World

    "The leaders of the free world are just little boys throwing stones, and it's easy to ignore 'til they're knocking at the door of your homes"

    Elbow

  • Pass It On

    Pass It On

    "Live for yourself, you will live in vain. Live for… More details

    Pass It On

    Pass It On

    "Live for yourself, you will live in vain. Live for others, you will live again."

    Bob Marley

  • Tightrope

    Tightrope

    "Whether you're high or low, you gotta tip on the… More details

    Tightrope

    Tightrope

    "Whether you're high or low, you gotta tip on the tightrope."

    Janelle Monae

  • Beautiful Boy

    Beautiful Boy

    "Life is what happens when you're busy making other… More details

    Beautiful Boy

    Beautiful Boy

    "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."

    John Lennon

  • A Dream

    A Dream

    "Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design… More details

    A Dream

    A Dream

    "Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself."

    Jay-Z

  • Don't Try Suicide

    Don't Try Suicide

    "Don't try suicide, you're just going to hate… More details

    Don't Try Suicide

    Don't Try Suicide

    "Don't try suicide, you're just going to hate it."

    Queen

  • Take It Or Leave It

    Take It Or Leave It

    "Girls lie too much and boys act too tough." The… More details

    Take It Or Leave It

    Take It Or Leave It

    "Girls lie too much and boys act too tough."

    The Strokes

  • Graceland

    Graceland

    "Losing love is like a window in your heart, everybody… More details

    Graceland

    Graceland

    "Losing love is like a window in your heart, everybody sees you're blown apart."

    Paul Simon

  • Big Brother

    Big Brother

    "If you admire somebody you should go ahead and tell… More details

    Big Brother

    Big Brother

    "If you admire somebody you should go ahead and tell um, People never get the flowers while they could smell um."

    Kanye West

  • Smile Like You Mean It

    Smile Like You Mean It

    "Save some face, you know you've only got… More details

    Smile Like You Mean It

    Smile Like You Mean It

    "Save some face, you know you've only got one."

    The Killers

  • Friends

    Friends

    "I'm tellin' you now the greatest thing you ever can… More details

    Friends

    Friends

    "I'm tellin' you now the greatest thing you ever can do...is trade a smile with someone who's blue."

    Led Zeppelin

  • Do It All

    Do It All

    "Because everything'ss easier to get into than get out… More details

    Do It All

    Do It All

    "Because everything'ss easier to get into than get out off."

    Drake

  • Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards

    Waiting For The Great Leap …

    "Start your own revolution, cut out the… More details

    Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards

    Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards

    "Start your own revolution, cut out the middleman."

    Billy Bragg

  • Me Against The World

    Me Against The World

    "Even the genius asks questions." 2Pac More details

    Me Against The World

    Me Against The World

    "Even the genius asks questions."

    2Pac

  • My Way

    My Way

    "For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself,… More details

    My Way

    My Way

    "For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught."

    Frank Sinatra

  • Help Yourself

    Help Yourself

    "You can only get so much from someone." Amy… More details

    Help Yourself

    Help Yourself

    "You can only get so much from someone."

    Amy Winehouse

  • You Can't Always Get What You Want

    You Can't Always Get What Y…

    "You can't always get what you want, but if you try… More details

    You Can't Always Get What You Want

    You Can't Always Get What You Want

    "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime you just might find, you get what you need."

    The Rolling Stones

  • It's A New Day

    It's A New Day

    "Don't let nobody take care of your business better… More details

    It's A New Day

    It's A New Day

    "Don't let nobody take care of your business better than you."

    James Brown

  • Desperado

    Desperado

    "Freedom, well, that's just some people talking. Your… More details

    Desperado

    Desperado

    "Freedom, well, that's just some people talking. Your prison is walking through this world all alone."

    The Eagles

  • Revolutionary Generation

    Revolutionary Generation

    "Understand it takes a woman to make a stronger… More details

    Revolutionary Generation

    Revolutionary Generation

    "Understand it takes a woman to make a stronger man."

    Public Enemy

  • Paper Bag

    Paper Bag

    "Hunger hurts, but starving works, when it costs too… More details

    Paper Bag

    Paper Bag

    "Hunger hurts, but starving works, when it costs too much to love."

    Fiona Apple

  • Sexuality

    Sexuality

    "No child is bad from the beginning, they just imitate… More details

    Sexuality

    Sexuality

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

    Prince

  • The Times They Are A-Changing

    The Times They Are A-Changing

    "Don't criticise what you can't understand." Bob… More details

    The Times They Are A-Changing

    The Times They Are A-Changing

    "Don't criticise what you can't understand."

    Bob Dylan

  • A Little Bit Of Feel Good

    A Little Bit Of Feel Good

    "A little bit of feel good goes a long… More details

    A Little Bit Of Feel Good

    A Little Bit Of Feel Good

    "A little bit of feel good goes a long way."

    Jamie Lidell

  • I Second That Emotion

    I Second That Emotion

    "A taste of honey is worse than none at… More details

    I Second That Emotion

    I Second That Emotion

    "A taste of honey is worse than none at all."

    Smokey Robinson

  • Wonderwall

    Wonderwall

    "All the roads we have to walk are winding, and all… More details

    Wonderwall

    Wonderwall

    "All the roads we have to walk are winding, and all the lights that lead us there are blinding."

    Oasis

  • Ball And Chain

    Ball And Chain

    "When you hold somebody, you gotta hold them like it's… More details

    Ball And Chain

    Ball And Chain

    "When you hold somebody, you gotta hold them like it's the last minute of your life."

    Janis Joplin

  • Unhappy

    Unhappy

    "True happiness is not acquired and you won't find it… More details

    Unhappy

    Unhappy

    "True happiness is not acquired and you won't find it on sale."

    Outkast

  • Take It As It Comes

    Take It As It Comes

    "Don't move too fast, if you want your love to… More details

    Take It As It Comes

    Take It As It Comes

    "Don't move too fast, if you want your love to last."

    The Doors

  • Man In The Mirror

    Man In The Mirror

    "If you want to make the world a better place, take a… More details

    Man In The Mirror

    Man In The Mirror

    "If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and make a change."

    Michael Jackson

  • Sunday

    Sunday

    "In your fear, seek only peace." David Bowie More details

    Sunday

    Sunday

    "In your fear, seek only peace."

    David Bowie

  • Green Eyes

    Green Eyes

    "Anyone who tried to deny you must be out of their… More details

    Green Eyes

    Green Eyes

    "Anyone who tried to deny you must be out of their mind."

    Coldplay

  • Talk To Me

    Talk To Me

    "A wound gets worse when it's treated with… More details

    Talk To Me

    Talk To Me

    "A wound gets worse when it's treated with neglect."

    Stevie Nicks

  • Nothing Lasts Forever

    Nothing Lasts Forever

    "Things that make you laugh represent the… More details

    Nothing Lasts Forever

    Nothing Lasts Forever

    "Things that make you laugh represent the past."

    Nas

  • The End

    The End

    "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the… More details

    The End

    The End

    "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."

    The Beatles

  • Gone

    Gone

    "Love is not blind, it's just deaf and it is… More details

    Gone

    Gone

    "Love is not blind, it's just deaf and it is dumb."

    Lianne La Havas

  • The Boxer

    The Boxer

    "All lies and jest, still, a man hears what he wants… More details

    The Boxer

    The Boxer

    "All lies and jest, still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest."

    Simon and Garfunkel

  • Slippin'

    Slippin'

    "To live is to suffer. But to survive, well, that's to… More details

    Slippin'

    Slippin'

    "To live is to suffer. But to survive, well, that's to find the meaning in the suffering."

    DMX

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