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Inspiring Prince Quotes That Only Begin To Capture His Genius

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Music and pop culture at large lost a legend Thursday with the death of Prince at age 57, but one thing fans will never lose are his words. Inspiring Prince quotes probably number in the hundreds, from lyrics to things he said in the acceptance speeches and many, many interviews he gave over the course of his professional life. The Prince tributes that filled Twitter following the news of his death show that many people had multiple favorite Prince lyrics at their fingertips on the spur of the moment. His work wasn't just catchy, and it wasn't manufactured. It made listeners and viewers feel understood, like someone had said the thing they wanted to say but didn't quite know how to phrase about being yourself, about life being hard, about sex and Dunkaroos and a whole bunch of other things.

Here are just a few of his most moving quotes to help fans everywhere cope with this tragic loss:

On Getting Through It

As the news broke, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton, tweeted these lyrics from the song "Let's Go Crazy" on Purple Rain, the album that established Prince's superstardom. Today the journey got a little lonelier.

On Individuality

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In a 2004 Rolling Stone cover story, the artist commented on his not-so-great reputation following some of his behavior earlier in his career and the idea that that behavior made Prince an inspiration to young artists. "All these hip-hop artists, the first thing they do is start their own label and lock their business down—we had a lot to do with that," he said.

On Being Cool

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In a different Rolling Stone story, this one from 1990, Prince, arguably the walking embodiment of cool, explained what cool, in fact, is:

On Optimism

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Prince's song "Papa" on his 1993 album Come was about domestic abuse and suicide, but it included two last lines that were simultaneously sad and hopeful:

On Dunkaroos

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Get ready to fall in love with the guy a little more. Prince apparently loved Dunkaroos, so much that he kept a five pound box of them in his fridge. He told Heavy Table in 2011,

On What Really Matters

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One of the lyrics of Purple Rain's "Baby I'm A Star" showed what Prince valued more than cash:

On Loss

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In a 2014 Interview magazine interview conducted by Spike Lee, Prince said,

If only it worked that way.