Elvis Presley Quotes: Lessons on Life and Love from The King

by Katie Maloney
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With a career spanning decades and countless chart-topping songs, there aren’t a whole lot of people we trust more to offer some advice than Elvis Presley. For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of Elvis quotes that offer guidance for both life and love. Try applying this advice to your own life – you get bonus points if you can do it while swiveling your hips, Elvis-style.

Elvis Presley shows off his signature dance moves.
Elvis Presley shows off his signature dance moves. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

“When things go wrong, don’t go with them.”

Sometimes we forget that simply letting go is the best option we have. Instead, we hold onto things so tightly that our lives end up filled with stuff that doesn’t make us happy. According to Elvis, it’s time to let all of that go. The next time things start to go wrong, take a deep breath, and remember that you don’t have to go with them.

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.

Elvis didn’t become the King of Rock n’ Roll by simply daydreaming. Of course, he had dreams. But he also had the ambition, the drive, to back them up. If there’s something you want to do with your life, figure out how to make that dream a reality. Make a plan and then start taking steps towards your goals.

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.

Whether you’re hiding the truth from someone else or denying the truth within yourself, it’s going to all come out eventually. So, make it a point to be honest from the start.

Elvis Presley plays his guitar.
(Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Top 3 Elvis Presley Quotes About Love

With some of the most iconic love songs to date including “Love Me Tender,” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” there is no one we trust more to offer some advice on love than Elvis. Here are our picks for Elvis’s top three quotes about love.

“Animals don’t hate and we’re supposed to be better than them.”

Let go of revenge, let go of resentment, let go of hate. There probably isn’t any better advice than that when it comes to learning to open your heart to love.

“If you cry when you’re in love, it sure ain’t no disgrace.”

Even the King knows that love can move you to tears. And there’s no shame in that! The quote is from his song, “A Mess of Blues.” During the song he sings, “Whoops, there goes a teardrop rollin’ down my face. If you cry when you’re in love, it sure ain’t no disgrace.”

“Now and then, there’s a fool such as I.”

Being humble enough to admit when you are wrong is a vital lesson. However, being vulnerable enough to be a fool in love takes even more guts, according to Elvis. The quote is from his song, “(Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I.” The song is about a man who is realizing that he is head over heels for a woman who no longer loves him back. However, he doesn’t harbor any resentful feelings because he understands that’s simply how love works sometimes and “now and then, there’s a fool such as I.”

Elvis Presley’s “(Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I.”

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