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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.

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  • 50 pieces of wisdom from song lyrics

    Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

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

    Nirvana

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    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

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    Heaven and Hell

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

    Black Sabbath

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    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

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    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

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    What's Going On

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

    Marvin Gaye

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    Rebellion (Lies)

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

    Arcade Fire

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    Confidence

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

    Elvis Presley

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    Lost Ones

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

    Lauryn Hill

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    A Man Is A Man

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

    The Who

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    Next Girl

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

    Black Keys

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    Superstition

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

    Stevie Wonder

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    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

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    Pass It On

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

    Bob Marley

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    Tightrope

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

    Janelle Monae

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    Beautiful Boy

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

    John Lennon

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    A Dream

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

    Jay-Z

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    Don't Try Suicide

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

    Queen

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    Take It Or Leave It

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

    The Strokes

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    Graceland

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

    Paul Simon

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    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

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    Smile Like You Mean It

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

    The Killers

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    Friends

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

    Led Zeppelin

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    Do It All

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

    Drake

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    Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards

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

    Billy Bragg

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    Me Against The World

    "Even the genius asks questions."

    2Pac

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    My Way

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

    Frank Sinatra

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    Help Yourself

    "You can only get so much from someone."

    Amy Winehouse

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    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

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    It's A New Day

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

    James Brown

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    Desperado

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

    The Eagles

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    Revolutionary Generation

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

    Public Enemy

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    Paper Bag

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

    Fiona Apple

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    Sexuality

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

    Prince

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    The Times They Are A-Changing

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

    Bob Dylan

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    A Little Bit Of Feel Good

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

    Jamie Lidell

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    I Second That Emotion

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

    Smokey Robinson

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    Wonderwall

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

    Oasis

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    Ball And Chain

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

    Janis Joplin

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    Unhappy

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

    Outkast

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    Take It As It Comes

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

    The Doors

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    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

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    Sunday

    "In your fear, seek only peace."

    David Bowie

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    Green Eyes

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

    Coldplay

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    Talk To Me

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

    Stevie Nicks

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    Nothing Lasts Forever

    "Things that make you laugh represent the past."

    Nas

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    The End

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

    The Beatles

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    Gone

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

    Lianne La Havas

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    The Boxer

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

    Simon and Garfunkel

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    Slippin'

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

    DMX

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