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The news of David Bowie's sudden death from liver cancer bled through the post-Golden Globes coverage last Sunday, stunning fans around the world. Perhaps the most unbelievable part of Bowie's abrupt departure was its timing; he'd just released his 27th album, Blackstar, two days earlier – on his 69th birthday. For those intimately familiar with Bowie's liberally artistic style and life, however, the new album was an appropriate "parting gift."
"He always did what he wanted to do," said Bowie's longtime producer and collaborator, Tony Visconti. "And he wanted to do it his way, and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of Art."
Throughout Bowie's four decades in music, he took his fans on a musical journey that often ventured beyond the realms of Earth into unknown territory, challenging artistic and gender norms and creating a safe place for the "kooks" of the world inside his songs. His life, career, and mere existence inspired even those who barely brushed the fringe of his work. We hope that these 10 quotes from the Thin White Duke himself will continue to inspire you. Although David Bowie is gone, his legacy will truly live forever.