10 David Bowie Quotes That Show Why He Was Such a Freakin' Rock Star in Every Way (PHOTOS)

Millions of hearts broke this morning when 69-year-old musical genius and pop icon David Bowie's death was announced. Bowie's impact on the world of music and pop culture was -- and continues to be -- profound; his influence on the hearts and minds of his many, many fans is equally immeasurable. To pay tribute to this rare and original creature, we've put together some of his most memorable quotes (paired with some of his most memorable looks!).

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  • Major Tom


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    In 1969, David Bowie released the iconic "Space Oddity." Can you hear me, Major Tom?

  • Music Never Dies


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    David Bowie sat for an interview at his London home in 1972, the year The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars was released.

  • Ziggy Stardust


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    David Bowie made his last appearance as Ziggy Stardust at his final concert with the Spiders from Mars in 1973.

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  • Family Man


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    David Bowie, then-wife Angie Bowie, and son Zowie Bowie (Duncan Jones) were the definition of rock 'n' roll royalty in 1974.

  • The Thin White Duke


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    1976 was the year Bowie released Station to Station and introduced alter ego the Thin White Duke.

  • Hero


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    Bowie showed his flair for headwear while performing on the Low/Heroes World Tour in 1978.

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  • On His Way


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    If there's one thing David Bowie's never been accused of, it's being boring!

  • Starman


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    All the young dudes knew what Bowie was talking about here (get it?).

  • The Width of a Circle


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    Even years before his death, David Bowie knew his journey would never be over.

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  • Fame, Fame, Fame, Fame


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    In 1999, the "Hours..." album became the first complete album by a major artist to be made available for downloading over the Internet.

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