68 of the Most Memorable Elvis Presley Quotes

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

  1. “I’m not trying to be sexy. It’s just my way of expressing myself when I move around.” – Elvis Presley
  2. “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
  3. “It’s not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it’s who you are.” – Elvis Presley
  4. “Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.”
  5. – Elvis often used this adaptation of a well-known quotation.
  6. “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
  7. “A little less fight and a little more spark, close your mouth and open your heart.” – Elvis Presley
  8. “Animals don’t hate, and we’re supposed to be better than them.” – Elvis Presley
  9. “Once I catch you and the kissing starts, a team of wild horses couldn’t tear us apart.” – Elvis Presley
  10. “Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.” – Elvis Presley
  11. “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
  12. “Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave ’em all over everything you do.” – Elvis Presley
  13. “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
  14. “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
  15. “Don’t leave my embrace for here in my arms is your place.” – Elvis Presley
  16. “Do something worth remembering.” – Elvis Presley
  17. “I think I have something tonight that’s not quite correct for evening wear. Blue suede shoes.” – Elvis Presley
  18. “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
  19. “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
  20. “I happened to come along in the music business when there was no trend.” – Elvis Presley
  21. “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
  22. “I feel my temperature rising. Help me, I’m flaming, I must be a hundred and nine” – Elvis Presley
  23. “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
  24. “To judge a man by his weakest link or deed is like judging the power of the ocean by one wave.” – Elvis Presley
  25. “I learned how important it is to entertain people and give them a reason to come and watch you play.” – Elvis Presley
  26. “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
  27. “If you cry when you’re in love, it sure ain’t no disgrace.” – Elvis Presley
  28. “I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.” – Elvis Presley
  29. “After a hard day of basic training, you could eat a rattlesnake.” – Elvis Presley
  30. “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
  31. “I would beg and steal just to feel your heart beating close to mine.” – Elvis Presley
  32. “I’d rather go on hearing your lies, than to go on living without you.” – Elvis Presley
  33. “When I first saw you with your smile so tender, my heart was captured, my soul surrendered.” – Elvis Presley
  34. “I never expected to be anybody important.” – Elvis Presley
  35. “Rhythm is something you either have or don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over.” – Elvis Presley
  36. “Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.” – Elvis Presley
  37. “When things go wrong, don’t go with them.” – Elvis Presley
  38. “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
  39. “Take my hand, take my whole life too, but I can’t help falling in love with you.” – Elvis Presley
  40. “People think you’re crazy if you talk about things they don’t understand.” – Elvis Presley
  41. “Sharing money is what gives it its value.” – Elvis Presley
  42. “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
  43. “There’s no job too immense, when you got confidence.” – Elvis Presley
  44. “If you let your head get too big, it’ll break your neck.” – Elvis Presley
  45. “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
  46. “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
  47. “Man, I really like Vegas.” – Elvis Presley
  48. “Since the beginning, it was just the same. The only difference, the crowds are bigger now.” – Elvis Presley
  49. “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
  50. “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
  51. “The Lord can give, and the Lord can take away. I might be herding sheep next year.” – Elvis Presley
  52. “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
  53. “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
  54. “I don’t do any vulgar movements.” – Elvis Presley
  55. “It’s human nature to gripe, but I’m going ahead and doing the best I can.” – Elvis Presley
  56. “The army teaches boys to think like men.” – Elvis Presley
  57. “I have no use for bodyguards, but I have very specific use for two highly trained certified public accountants.” – Elvis Presley
  58. “Sad thing is, you can still love someone and be wrong for them.” – Elvis Presley
  59. “I forgot to remember to forget.” – Elvis Presley
  60. “Life is love and love is life” – Elvis Presley
  61. “When we’re dancing it almost feels the same, I’ve got to stop myself from whispering your name.” – Elvis Presley
  62. “I was training to be an electrician. I suppose I got wired the wrong way round somewhere along the line.” – Elvis Presley
  63. “Gonna travel, gonna travel wild and free I’m gonna pack my bags because this great big world is calling me” – Elvis Presley
  64. “Every time I think that I’m getting old, and gradually going to the grave, something else happens.” – Elvis Presley
  65. “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
  66. “Happiness is knowin’ you’ve done a good job, whether it’s professional or for another person….” – Elvis Presley
  67. “THANK YA THANK YA VERY MUCH” – Elvis Presley
  68. “ ‘Til we meet again, may God bless you. Adios.” – Elvis Presley, 1977 during his last tour

Elvis Presley Video – Blue Suede Shoes (1956)

This is one of Elvis’s most classic videos and worth a watch.

It will give you a sense of how Elvis was at his peak.


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’. 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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