Elvis Quotes

Elvis Presley was a superstar for a whole lot of reasons, not the least of which was his down-home charm. When he wasn't singing or acting, Elvis was delighting fans with words of wisdom and humor. Here are a few of our favorite Elvis quotes.

"All my life, I've always had a nice time. We never had any money or nothin', but we never were hungry, you know. That's something to be thankful for."

"I wouldn't call girls a hobby. It's a pastime."

"I like pork chops and country ham, creamed potatoes, stuff like that. Redeye gravy. It comes from ham, bacon, stuff like that. It's the grease that you fry it in. I eat a lot of Jell-O. Fruit Jell-O."

"In public, I like real conservative clothes, something that's not too flashy. But onstage, I like 'em as flashy as you can get 'em."

"My mother goes to town now and she buys anything she wants, which makes me feel real good."

"The only exercise I get is on the stage. If I didn't get that, I'd get a little round around the tummy, as much as I eat."

"The only kind of trouble I've ever been in is when I was stealing eggs when I was little. I think I know right from wrong."

"I watch my audience and listen to 'em, and I know that we're all getting somethin' out of our system. None of us knows what it is. The important thing is we're getting rid of it and nobody's getting hurt."

"The first car I bought was the most beautiful car I've ever seen. It was secondhand, but I parked it outside of my hotel the day I got it. I sat up all night, just lookin' at it."

"I haven't met the girl yet, but I will, and I hope I won't be too long, 'cause I get lonesome sometimes."

"You have to put on a show for people in order to draw a crowd. If I just stood out there and sang and didn't move a muscle, then people would say, ‘My goodness, I can stay home and listen to his records.’ You have to give them a show."

"I don't like to be called Elvis the Pelvis. It's one of the most childish expressions I've ever heard coming from an adult. But if they wanna call me that, there's nothin' I can do about it, so I just have to accept it. Just like you gotta accept the good with the bad, the bad with the good."

"I hate to turn anybody down who wants an autograph."

"My mother never really wanted anything fancy. She just stayed the same all the way through the whole thing. I wish — there's a lot of things happened since she passed away that would've made her very happy and very proud. But that's life."

"I'm not knocking people who like golf and tennis, but I like rugged sports — boxing, football, karate, things like that. I have a great ambition to play football. The thing I keep up with most is professional football. I know all the players, I know all their numbers."

"I don't read any of the books that other people read. I read a lot of philosophy and some poetry. That type of stuff interests me."

"When I'm pushed to a certain point, I have a very bad temper."

"I've had a pretty good lesson in human nature. It's more important to try to surround yourself with people who can give you a little happiness, because you only pass through this life once, Jack. You don't come back for an encore."

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

"When I was a child, ladies and gentlemen, I was a dreamer. I read comic books and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times.... I learned very early in life that 'Without a song, the day would never end; without a song, a man ain’t got a friend; without a song, the road would never bend – without a song.' So I keep singing a song."

"Rhythm is something you either have or don't have, but when you have it, you have it all over."

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

"Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine."

"Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it."

"If you let your head get too big, it'll break your neck."