George Jones’s Best Quotes Of All Time: Thoughts On Country Music And Being Grateful For What You Got

by Katie Maloney

As a country music legend, there aren’t too many people who understand a love for music better than George Jones.

Jones’s career spanned decades and his over 150 hit songs are still widely known today. With songs like “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “Walk Through This World With Me,” Jones understands the power of music to bring you to your highest highs and console you at your lowest lows.

With these inspirational George Jones Quotes, you too can channel your inner country superstar.

Top Five George Jones Quotes

Trying to rank the quality of Jones’ wisdom would be like trying to choose our favorite George Jones song. So, in no particular order here are Jones’ top five quotes.

  • “There are questions I’m still not wise enough to answer, just wise enough to no longer ask.”
  • “Be real about what you do. Stay true to the voice inside you. Don’t let the business change what it is you love.”
  • “When you’re happy you enjoy the music. When you’re sad, you understand the lyrics.”
  • “You can shut out the world. But you always have to stop, and the world is always waiting when you do.”
  • “Loneliness is lessened when you’re lonely by choice.”
Country music star George Jones performing during a live concert. (Photo by John Atashian/Getty Images)

Jones On Country Music

Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas to a poor family with eight children. When Jones was nine, his father gifted him his first guitar. His family quickly realized that Jones had some musical talents so they sent him out to perform on the streets to help earn money for the family. Jones’ upbringing was often tumultuous. However, Jones says that country music is what brought his family together during the good times. He and his family often sang hymns together, listened to Carter family records, and tuned into programs from the Grand Ole Opry. It’s those times that helped ignite Jones’s passion for country music.

“Country music to me is heartfelt music that speaks to the common man. It is about real-life stories with rather simple melodies that the average person can follow. Country music should speak directly and simply about the highs and lows of life. Something that anyone can relate to,” says Jones.

George Jones On Being Grateful For ‘What You Got.’

Growing up with an alcoholic father who often turned violent, Jones developed a complex relationship with alcohol at a young age. After decades of battling alcoholism that sabotaged performances and ruined his marriages, Jones says that one day, he finally decided to get his act together.

“And all of a sudden, one day, you know, it was just over with, you know. And so that’s been, I’d say, I’m guessing around 11 years ago,” says Jones.

Jones adds that since giving up alcohol and taking the time to heal, he’s been able to know things that he “never did know before.”

“…Life itself is different. You know, I thought I lived in a science fiction movie or something all them bad years but, no, it’s – I wake up now, you know, and enjoy the farm. Enjoy the horses I got and just have a great time knowing your family and knowing things that you never did know before. You know, and realizing what you got and what you’re thankful for.”

Jones’s Wisdom at a Glance

With one heck of a country story, it’s clear that Jones knows the significance of hearing your experiences articulated perfectly in a song’s lyrics. We’re grateful to you, George, for celebrating with us during the happy moments and consoling us through life’s rough spells with your music. To close this out, here’s a quote from Jones on truly following his passion. “And that’s – my happiest times was when I was on stage and they seemed to be enjoying it. That made me enjoy being there,” he says.