68 of the Most Memorable Elvis Presley Quotes

Even if you don’t listen to his music or aren’t an Elvis fan, everyone knows who Elvis is because he’s one of the most famous musicians in the world!  Elvis Presley was born in Mississippi in the year of 1935. He came from a poor family, but was extremely devoted to his family. Gospel music in the churches he had attended was one of the biggest inspirations for Elvis. Receiving his first guitar from his mother in 1946 on his 11th birthday led him to winning a talent show at Humes High School in Memphis.

In 1954 his first single “That’s All Right” was released. Elvis Presley then went on to signing a movie contract and releasing his first number one hit “Heartbreak Hotel” all in the year of 1956. Aside from being “The King”, Presley was known for his good looks, weird and different but likeable music, and sexy dance moves. Presley sadly, like most of the greats, developed drug habits and ultimately died at the age of 42.

Elvis Presley Quotes

“I’m not trying to be sexy. It’s just my way of expressing myself when I move around.” – Elvis Presley

“Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do ’em all together, I guess.” – Elvis Presley

“It’s not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it’s who you are.” – Elvis Presley

“Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.”

– Elvis often used this adaptation of a well-known quotation.

“I’m trying to keep a level head. You have to be careful out in the world. It’s so easy to get turned.” – Elvis Presley

“A little less fight and a little more spark, close your mouth and open your heart.” – Elvis Presley

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

“Once I catch you and the kissing starts, a team of wild horses couldn’t tear us apart.” – Elvis Presley

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

“A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It’s my favorite part of the business, live concerts.” – Elvis Presley

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“Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave ’em all over everything you do.” – Elvis Presley

“We do two shows a night for five weeks. A lotta times we’ll go upstairs and sing until daylight – gospel songs. We grew up with it…It more or less puts your mind at ease. It does mine.” – Elvis Presley, 1972 ‘Elvis on Tour’ documentary

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“I was an only child, and Mother was always right with me all my life. I used to get very angry at her when I was growing up-it’s a natural thing.” – Elvis Presley

“Don’t leave my embrace for here in my arms is your place.” – Elvis Presley

“Do something worth remembering.” – Elvis Presley

“I think I have something tonight that’s not quite correct for evening wear. Blue suede shoes.” – Elvis Presley

“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.’” – Elvis Presley

“You look like an angel, walk like an angel, talk like an angel. But I got wise, you’re the devil in disguise.” – Elvis Presley

“I happened to come along in the music business when there was no trend.” – Elvis Presley

“Man, I was tame compared to what they do now. Are you kidding? I didn’t do anything but just jiggle.” – Elvis Presley, 1972 Press Conference in New York

“I feel my temperature rising. Help me, I’m flaming, I must be a hundred and nine” – Elvis Presley

“I’ll never feel comfortable taking a strong drink, and I’ll never feel easy smoking a cigarette. I just don’t think those things are right for me.” – Elvis Presley

“To judge a man by his weakest link or deed is like judging the power of the ocean by one wave.” – Elvis Presley

“I learned how important it is to entertain people and give them a reason to come and watch you play.” – Elvis Presley

“When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream.” – Elvis Presley

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

“I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.” – Elvis Presley

“After a hard day of basic training, you could eat a rattlesnake.” – Elvis Presley

“I ain’t no saint, but I’ve tried never to do anything that would hurt my family or offend God…I figure all any kid needs is hope and the feeling he or she belongs.” – Elvis Presley, to a reporter in the 1950s

“I would beg and steal just to feel your heart beating close to mine.” – Elvis Presley

“I’d rather go on hearing your lies, than to go on living without you.” – Elvis Presley

“When I first saw you with your smile so tender, my heart was captured, my soul surrendered.” – Elvis Presley

“I never expected to be anybody important.” – Elvis Presley

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“Rhythm is something you either have or don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over.” – Elvis Presley

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“Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.” – Elvis Presley

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

“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…” – Elvis Presley, Acceptance speech in 1970

“Take my hand, take my whole life too, but I can’t help falling in love with you.” – Elvis Presley

“People think you’re crazy if you talk about things they don’t understand.” – Elvis Presley

“Sharing money is what gives it its value.” – Elvis Presley

“Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.” – Elvis Presley

“There’s no job too immense, when you got confidence.” – Elvis Presley

“If you let your head get too big, it’ll break your neck.” – Elvis Presley

“I’ve never gotten over what they call stagefright. I go through it every show. I’m pretty concerned, I’m pretty much thinking about the show.” – Elvis Presley

“All the stars will tell the story, of our love and all its glory. Let us make this night of magic, and make it a night of love.” – Elvis Presley

“Man, I really like Vegas.” – Elvis Presley

“Since the beginning, it was just the same. The only difference, the crowds are bigger now.” – Elvis Presley

“The image is one thing and the human being is another. It’s very hard to live up to an image, put it that way.” – Elvis Presley

“When we kiss my heart’s on fire, burning with a strange desire. And I know that every time I kiss you, that your heart’s on fire, too.” – Elvis Presley

“The Lord can give, and the Lord can take away. I might be herding sheep next year.” – Elvis Presley

“The first time that I appeared on stage, it scared me to death. I really didn’t know what all the yelling was about. I didn’t realize that my body was moving. It’s a natural thing to me.” – Elvis Presley

“For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels, and not the words of one who kneels.” – Elvis Presley

“I don’t do any vulgar movements.” – Elvis Presley

“It’s human nature to gripe, but I’m going ahead and doing the best I can.” – Elvis Presley

“The army teaches boys to think like men.” – Elvis Presley

“I have no use for bodyguards, but I have very specific use for two highly trained certified public accountants.” – Elvis Presley

“Sad thing is, you can still love someone and be wrong for them.” – Elvis Presley

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“I forgot to remember to forget.” – Elvis Presley

“Life is love and love is life” – Elvis Presley

“When we’re dancing it almost feels the same, I’ve got to stop myself from whispering your name.” – Elvis Presley

“I was training to be an electrician. I suppose I got wired the wrong way round somewhere along the line.” – Elvis Presley

“Gonna travel, gonna travel wild and free I’m gonna pack my bags because this great big world is calling me” – Elvis Presley

“Every time I think that I’m getting old, and gradually going to the grave, something else happens.” – Elvis Presley

“If you wanna be loved, baby, you’ve got to love me, too. Oh yeah, cause I an’t for no one side love affair.” – Elvis Presley

“Happiness is knowin’ you’ve done a good job, whether it’s professional or for another person….” – Elvis Presley


“ ‘Til we meet again, may God bless you. Adios.” – Elvis Presley, 1977 during his last tour

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Even after death, Elvis Presley remains one of the biggest musical icons of all time. One of your friends or family members is bound to be a die hard Elvis fan, he has touched and still continues to touch many hearts and souls with his music. Send that friend or family member one of these quotes, it might become one of their favorites. While he was alive and performing in front of large audiences, they became inspired by not only his performance but by his dreams.

Elvis truly lived ‘The American Dream’ and inspired millions of people. I hope his quotes inspire and motivate you to live out your dreams.

Image Credit: Ollie Atkins, chief White House photographer at the time. See ARC record., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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