45 Best Eddie Vedder Quotes That Will Get You Jamming

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Dec 12, 2023 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Feb 17, 2021
Edited by Isobel Murphy
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Eddie Vedder is an American musician and the lead vocalist of the iconic rock band Pearl Jam.

Eddie is also the primary lyricist of the band. After the initial years, he took on guitar duties and is also a rhythm guitarist for the band.

Pearl Jam is an iconic American rock band that was formed in the early '90s. They are also referred to as the greatest rock and roll band of the '90s.

'Just Breathe' is an iconic Pearl Jam song, and Eddie wrote it as a reminder for everyone to relax and breathe when things don't work out, and situations spiral out of control. This rockstar has a whopping net worth of $100 million.

Eddie is also an activist, and has tattoos that bear marks of his protest. In 1992 while performing the song 'Porch' in an unplugged show, Eddie wrote the words "pro-choice" on his arm.

We have gathered the best Eddie Vedder quotes about life, music, and much more here. If you love these Eddie Vedder quotes, check out these funny music quotes and Pink Floyd quotes too.

The Best Quotes By Eddie Vedder

This list contains a few of the best Eddie Vedder quotes, along with quotes about Eddie Vedder.

1. "I think music is the greatest art form that exists, and I think people listen to music for different reasons, and it serves different purposes. Some of it is background music... The best songs are the ones that make you feel something."

- Eddie Vedder.

2. "I know someday you'll have a beautiful life. I know you'll be a sun in somebody else's sky. But why can't it be mine?"

- Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, 'Black'.

3. "Though some may think there should be a separation between art, music and politics, it should be reinforced that art can be a form of nonviolent protest."

- Eddie Vedder.

4. "Music saved me; I mean, my upbringing was like a hurricane, and music was the tree I held onto."

- Eddie Vedder.

5. "He who forgets will be destined to remember."

- Eddie Vedder.

6. "Sure as I am breathing, sure as I'm sad I'll keep this wisdom in my flesh I leave here believing more than I had This love has got no ceiling."

- Eddie Vedder, 'No Ceiling'.

7. "If you're anti-war it doesn't mean you are 'Pro' one side or the other in a conflict. However, it does make you 'Pro' many things: Pro-Peace, Pro-Human, Pro-Evolution, it makes you Pro-Communication, Pro-Diplomacy, Pro-Love, Pro-Understanding, Pro-Forgiveness."

- Eddie Vedder.

8. "Things like guitars and ukuleles, you should never part with it, because there will probably be good, healthy times spent, just playing and writing."

- Eddie Vedder.

9. "War hurts. It hurts no matter which sides the bombs are falling on."

- Eddie Vedder.

10. "The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself."

- Eddie Vedder.

11. "I don't work so hard at trying to get every song to be three-dimensional and mean so much. I just want to breathe, right now, with the music."

- Eddie Vedder

12. "I'll ride the wave

Where it takes me

I'll hold the pain

Release me."

- Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, 'Release'.

13. "Do you force your kids to pay attention to what's going on, or do you let them live their lives outside of it? My hope is that my child is a strong activist. That would make me most proud."

- Eddie Vedder.

14. "It's a mystery to me;

We have a greed, with which we have agreed.

You think you have to want more than you need.

Until you have it all, you won't be free."

- Eddie Vedder, 'Society'.

15. "I think what happens is when something becomes successful, then a lot of people take credit for it in such ways that it takes credit away from you."

- Eddie Vedder.

Famous Eddie Vedder Quotes

Listed below are the finest Eddie Vedder quotes, along with some funny Eddie Vedder quotes.

16. "Life moves fast. As much as you can learn from your history, you have to move forward."

- Eddie Vedder.

17. "Darkness comes in waves... tell me, why invite it to stay?"

- Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, 'Life Wasted'.

18. "I've got my indignation but I'm pure in all my thoughts."

- Eddie Vedder.

19. "At a certain point, you realize you have a responsibility more behind yourself and your need for adrenaline. I'm glad I did things in my 20s that were more reckless."

- Eddie Vedder.

20. "Leave it to me as I find a way to be Consider me a satellite, forever orbiting I knew all the rules, but the rules did not know me Guaranteed."

- Eddie Vedder, 'Guaranteed'.

21. "You know, rock stardom... I have a hard time discussing that because I don't really accept it. It's not really that tangible. What's really bizarre is how it's used as a thing..."

- Eddie Vedder.

22. "The nice thing about money is that you can do good things with it. I still feel like if something needs to be done or we need to raise money for someone on death row, we can find ways to do it."

- Eddie Vedder.

23. "I believe in the power of music. To me, it isn't just a fad. This is a positive thing."

- Eddie Vedder.

24. "If it's a good cause, I'll play just about anything."

- Eddie Vedder.

25. "It's the ones without scars - those are the people you have to watch out for."

- Eddie Vedder.

26. "I am not a good enough writer to have an agenda or come up with a message and try to put it into a song. It's more like you write what comes to you... You try to reflect the mood of the songs."

- Eddie Vedder.

27. "Sorry is the fool who trades his soul for a Corvette

Thinks he'll get the girl, he'll only get the mechanic."

- Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, 'Soon Forget'.

28. "We're not going to be the coolest rock stars in the world. We're trying to be good musicians."

- Eddie Vedder.

29. "It's very rare for a relationship to withstand the Earth's gravitational pull and where it's going to take people and how they're going to grow.

I've heard it said that you can't really have a true love unless it was a love unrequited. It's a harsh one, because then your truest one is the one you can't have forever."

- Eddie Vedder.

Inspirational Quotes From Eddie Vedder

In this category, you will find inspirational Eddie Vedder quotes, Eddie Vedder quotes about love, and Eddie Vedder quotes about life.

30. "Dream the dreams of other men, you'll be no one's rival."

- Eddie Vedder.

31. "I'm an example of someone who never made it to university. I did have this dream to be a musician. I felt that this dream had an expiration date."

- Eddie Vedder.

32. "You mature as far as your understanding of what it's going to take, and you increase your stamina. You don't let frustration overtake you when you're looking for change."

- Eddie Vedder.

33. "Wind in my hair, I feel part of everywhere Underneath my being is a road that disappeared Late at night I hear the trees, they're singing with the dead Overhead…"

- Eddie Vedder, 'Guaranteed'.

34. "I don't trust nobody, especially when they say something good."

- Eddie Vedder.

35. "It's a fragile thing, this life we lead if I think too much I can get overwhelmed by the grace by which live our lives with death over our shoulder."

- Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, 'Sirens'.

36. "You don't love me. If you really knew me, you wouldn't love me. You love who you think I am. And don't pretend that you know me. Because I don't even know myself."

- Eddie Vedder.

37. "I don't question our existence, I just question our modern needs."

- Eddie Vedder.

38. "The smallest oceans still make big big waves."

- Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, 'Tremor Christ'.

39. "Circles they grow and they swallow people whole

Half their lives they say goodnight to wive's they'll never know

Got a mind full of questions and a teacher in my soul

And so it goes…"

- Eddie Vedder, 'Guaranteed'.

40. "I'm probably never happier than when I'm by myself in the water. What I've worked and sacrificed for is not to be on stage playing music but to surf in some secluded place. It's a grounding element. Waves don't care who you are."

- Eddie Vedder.

The Best Pearl Jam Quotes From Songs

Here are the best quotes from the iconic band Pearl Jam.

41. "I'm surrounded by

Some kids at play

I can feel their laughter

So why do I sear

Oh, and twisted thoughts that spin."

- Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, 'Black'.

42. "She lies and says she's in love with him

Can't find a better man."

- Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, 'Better Man'.

43. "This land is mine, this land is free

I'll do what I want but irresponsibly

It's evolution, baby."

- Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, 'Do The Evolution'.

44. "Faces that he sees time again ain't that familiar

Oh, dark grin

He can't help, when he's happy he looks insane."

- Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, 'Even Flow'.

45. "When I woke up, the rain was pourin' down

There were people standing all around

Something warm flowin' through my eyes."

- Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, 'Last Kiss'.

At Kidadl, we have created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Eddie Vedder quotes, why not check out these David Bowie quotes and Ed Sheeran quotes too?

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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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