80 Best Amy Winehouse Quotes About Life, Music, And Love

Moumita Dutta
Dec 12, 2023 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Jan 25, 2021
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There has hardly been a more iconic British singer in the 21st century than Amy Winehouse.

Amy Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter who wrote many of her own songs. Her deep vocals were her signature and her songs were a mix of musical genres like soul, jazz, and blues.

At the age of 10, Amy was in a rap duo with her best friend Juliette Ashby and they called themselves Sweet ‘n Sour – a Jewish version of Salt-N-Pepa. Her debut album, Frank, was released in 2003 and was a critical success.

Her next album named 'Back to Black' released in the year 2006, and included her most famous song 'Rehab' which gained critical acclaim.

She won five awards at the 50th Grammy awards in 2008. Later in 2011, she died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27.

Here are the most famous Amy Winehouse quotes for you. Find the best inspirational quotes from songs by Amy Winehouse right here, including great quotes from songs written by Amy Winehouse. Let's get into this list of famous song quotes from Grammy-winning Amy Winehouse.

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Amy Winehouse Quotes About Life

Amy Winehouse at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre.

Quotes about Amy Winehouse and her lifestyle straight from herself.

1. “Life happens. There is no point in being upset or down about things we can't control or change.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

2. "Life is short and I have made a lot of mistakes, but everything in life happens for a reason"

-  Amy Winehouse.

3. “Living is so much more rewarding if you strive for something, rather than take what's given to you on a plate.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

4. “I was expecting it to be cynical because I'm like that myself. I wouldn't want it to be all roses because life isn't like that.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

5. “I always try to write a song to work things out with myself and I want to do it with a little punchline at the end, because I never want to remember anything bad in my life.”

- Amy Winehouse Unpublished Interview From 2004.

6. “I'm not a very 'poor me' kind of person. I wouldn't want it to be all roses because life isn't like that.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

7. “...at the end of the day, I don't have to answer to you, or my ex, or a man in a suit from the record company. I have to answer to myself.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

8. “I don’t say things because I’m bitter. I say things everyone else is thinking but no one dares to say.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

9. “I believe in fate and I believe that things happen for a reason but I don't think that there's a high power, necessarily. I believe in karma very much though.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

10. “I only write about stuff that’s happened to me.. stuff I can’t get past personally. Luckily, I'm quite self-destructive.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

11. “I can’t even work with someone unless they know more about music than me. I have to learn from them or it’s pointless.”

- ‘Dazed’, 2003.

12. “Girls talk to each other like men talk to each other. But girls have an eye for detail.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

13. “My parents pretty much realized that I would do whatever I wanted, and that was it, really.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

14. “To be honest, I think kids have got a lot more going on than adults. They've got their heads screwed on a lot better.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

15. “I love America, it's a much more permissive place.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

16. “At Age 11, I used to listen to Madonna’s Immaculate Collection every day.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

17. “If you don't throw yourself into something, you'll never know what you could have had.”

- Interview with Chris Willman, 27 July 2011.

18. “I can't help you if you won't help yourself.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

19. “Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

20. “I love to live and I live to love.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

21. “I'm of the school of thought where if you can't sort something out for yourself then nobody can help you.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

22. “There’s no point in saying anything but the truth.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

Amy Winehouse Quotes About Everyday Things

Here are quotes about other aspects of her lifestyle.

23. “Yes, I’m still going to misbehave!”

-  Amy Winehouse.

24. “I’m not frightened of appearing vulnerable.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

25. “I’m happiest with my family around me.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

26. “I don't think I'm such an amazing person who needs to be written about.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

27. “I do suffer from depression, I suppose. Which isn't that usual. You know, a lot of people do.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

28. “Some men do think I'm a psycho bunny-boiler.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

29. “When I'm nervous, I stutter, and I had to keep stopping and starting.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

30. “I feel like I've come to the realization that life is short, you know? You have to live in the moment. You have to seize the day.”

- MTV News, 2007.

31. “I've always had my own style, I've always been different. I don't like to wear anything that anyone else is wearing because it's very important for me to make a statement.”

- Amy Winehouse Unpublished Interview From 2004.

32. “I don't think your ability to fight has anything to do with how big you are. It's to do with how much anger is in you.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

33. “A song marks an occasion in my life and that's how I live, by songs.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

34. “I'm my own worst critic, and if I don't pull off what I think I wanted to do in my head, then I won't be a happy girl.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

35. “I don't think I'm going to be at all famous. I don't think I could handle it. I'd probably go mad, do you know what I mean?”

-  Amy Winehouse.

36. “I think the more people see of me, the more they'll realize that all I'm good for is making tunes. So leave me alone and I'll do it.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

37. “Success to me is not success to the record company or whoever. Success to me is having the freedom to work with whoever I want to work with.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

38. “I wouldn't say I'm a feminist, but I don't like girls pretending to be stupid because it's easier.”

- Interview with Chloe Diski, 7 October 2006.

39. I read a lot when I'm traveling and always have a couple of books on the go.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

40. “I saw a picture of myself when I came out of the hospital. I didn't recognize myself.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

41. “I'm planning my most ambitious tattoo yet. You can never have enough tats.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

Amy Winehouse Quotes About Love

Here are quotes from the gifted singer about love which inspired many songs.

42. “I'm romantic. I fall in love every day. Not with people but with situations. The other day, I saw a tramp polishing his shoes. That just gripped my heart.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

43. “I do see myself settling down, getting married and having kids. But when I think about a family in the future there's rarely a man involved which is kind of weird.”

- Amy Winehouse Unpublished Interview From 2004.

44. “I really thought I was on the way out. My husband Blake saved me. Often I don't know what I do, then the next day the memory returns. And then I am engulfed in shame.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

45. “You know how you either grow up in a Michael Jackson house or a Prince house? For me it was Michael Jackson. I could never decide whether I wanted to be Michael Jackson or marry him.”

- 27 February 2004.

46. “When you get your heart broken you can't help but believe that only that person can put it back together again.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

47. “My husband is everything to me and without him, it's just not the same.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

Amy Winehouse Quotes About Music


48.“I don't ever want to do anything mediocre. I hear the music in the charts and I don't mean to be rude, but those people have no soul.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

49. “I've always written poetry but I didn't realize it was therapy for me until I was maybe 15...What I love I will always embrace.”

- Amy Winehouse Unpublished Interview From 2004.

50. “I don't listen to a lot of new stuff. I just like the old stuff. It's all quite dramatic and atmospheric. You'd have an entire story in song.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

51. “Music was my ultimate ambition but I liked all of it. I wanted to discipline myself in dance and acting too and I'd done all three since I was 9-years-old. I could sing, but I didn't become a great singer.”

- ‘Amy Winehouse Unpublished Interview From 2004.

52. “Music is something where I can be completely honest, and sometimes I don’t want to sing some of the songs ’cos they’re so raw.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

53. “I’m a girly girl. It’s just my music. It’s the only thing I have real dignity. That’s the one area where I can hold my head up and say, ‘No one can touch me.’ ’Cos no one can touch me!”

- ‘The Observer’, 2004.

54. “I always wrote poetry and stuff like that, so putting songs together wasn't that spectacular.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

55. “I write songs about stuff that I can't really get past personally - and then I write a song about it and I feel better.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

56. “Jazz is an excluding music. Go to a jazz club and everybody's standing about trying to be cool. A lot of it is boring.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

57. “All the songs I write are about human dynamics, whether it's with girlfriends, boyfriends, or family.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

58. “I can play a lot of different instruments adequately but nothing really well.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

59. “I really started writing music to challenge myself, to see what I could write.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

60. “If I heard someone else singing like me, I would buy it in a heartbeat.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

61. “I would say that jazz is my own language.”

- 27 February 2004.

62. “Music is the only thing that will give and give and not take.”

- ‘Amy tells it straight’.

63. “If you're nice to me I'll never write anything bad about you.”

- Interview with Garry Mulholland, 1 February 2004.

64. “As a writer, your self-worth is literally based on the last thing you wrote.”

-  5 March 2007.

65. “I was bored of complicated chord structures and needed something more direct. I’d been listening to a lot of girl-groups from the 50s and 60s. I liked the simplicity of that stuff. It just gets to the point. So I started thinking about writing songs in that way.”

- ‘Back To Black press Biography’, 2006.

66. “I'd like to be remembered as someone who wasn't satisfied with just one level of musicianship...as someone who was a pioneer.”

- ‘Amy Winehouse Unpublished Interview From 2004.

67. “I didn't think it was special to be able to sing.”

-  Amy Winehouse.

Amy Winehouse Song quotes

Amy Winehouse quotes from songs featuring several best Amy Winehouse lyrics. These songs written by Amy Winehouse can be that perfect Amy Winehouse quote for you.

68. “All the songs sound better when you’re next to me.”

- ‘Mr. Magic’, Frank (2003).

69. “I don't ever wanna drink again

I just, ooh, I just need a friend.”

- ‘Rehab’, Back to Black (2006).

70. “Cos you were so beautiful before today

But then I heard what you got to say…man, that was ugly”

- 'Take The Box', Frank (2003).

71. “I cheated myself, like I knew I would

I told ya I was troubled, yeah ya know that I'm no good”

- ‘You Know I'm No Good’, Back to Black (2006).

72. “Over futile odds

And laughed at by the gods

And now the final frame

Love is a losing game.”

- ‘Love Is A Losing Game’, Back to Black (2006).

73. “Since I've come on home,

Well my body's been a mess

And I've missed your ginger hair

And the way you like to dress.”

- ‘Valerie’, Back to Black (2006).

74. “This face in my dreams seizes my guts

He floods me with dread

Soaked in soul, he swims in my eyes by the bed.”

- ‘Wake Up Alone’, Back to Black (2006).

75. “If my man was fighting

Some unholy war

I would be behind him

Straight shook up beside him

With strength he didn't know!”

- ‘Some Unholy War’, Back to Black (2006).

76. “You've got a degree in philosophy;

so you think you're cleverer than me.

But I'm not just some drama queen.

Cause it's where you're at, not where you've been.”

- ‘Help Yourself’, Frank (2003).

77. “Mr. False Pretense,

you don't make sense,

I just don't know you

But you make me cry,

where's my kiss goodbye?

I think I love you!”

- ‘Take The Box’, Frank (2003).

78. "He swims in my eyes by the bed

Pour myself over him

Moon spilling in

And I wake up alone!"

- ‘Wake Up Alone’, Back to Black (2006).

79. "Why do I wish I never played

Oh, what a mess we made!"

- ‘Love Is A Losing Game’, Back to Black (2006).

80. “He still stands in spite of what his scars say.”

- ‘Some Unholy War’, Back to Black (2006).

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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