Quotes by Bono

As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.
– Bono
Books! I dunno if I ever told you this, but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
– Bono
Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not. The church is going to have to become the conscience of the free market if it's to have any meaning in this world - and stop being its apologist.
– Bono
It's so sweet, I feel like my teeth are rotting when I listen to the radio.
– Bono
It's stasis that kills you off in the end, not ambition.
– Bono
Music can change the world because it can change people.
– Bono
My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.
– Bono
Rock 'n' roll is ridiculous. It's absurd. In the past, U2 was trying to duck that. Now we're wrapping our arms around it and giving it a great big kiss.
– Bono
The less you know, the more you believe.
– Bono
To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.
– Bono
U2 is an original species... there are colours and feelings and emotional terrain that we occupy that is ours and ours alone.
– Bono
We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.
– Bono
You've got to watch the politics of AIDS. The politics of AIDS can work both for and against the victims of AIDS.
– Bono
You see, Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice. It makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties. It doubts our concern. It questions our commitment. Because there is no way we can look at what's happening in Africa, and if we're honest, conclude that it would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else.
– Bono
When a nation is over-reliant on one or two commodities like oil or precious minerals, corrupt government ministers and their dodgy associates hoard profits and taxes instead of properly allocating them to schools and hospitals.
– Bono
What turns me on about the digital age, what excited me personally, is that you have closed the gap between dreaming and doing. You see, it used to be that if you wanted to make a record of a song, you needed a studio and a producer. Now, you need a laptop.
– Bono
The great moments of rock 'n' roll were never off in some corner of the music world, in a self-constructed ghetto.
– Bono
Sub-Saharan Africa is also home to 400 million of the world's poorest people.
– Bono
So what we're talking about here is human rights. The right to live like a human. The right to live, period. And what we're facing in Africa is an unprecedented threat to human dignity and equality.
– Bono
Selling out is doing something you don't really want to do for money. That's what selling out is.
– Bono