60 Best Freddie Mercury Quotes & Queen Song Lyrics Of All Time

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Legendary rock band Queen has been inspiring millions since its London formation in 1970. With the charismatic, musical genius frontman born Farrokh Bulsara — aka Freddie Mercury — (Lead vocals, piano), Brian May (Vocals, Guitar), John Deacon (Vocals, Bass), and drummer Roger Taylor (Vocals, Drums).

Queen has represented musical vision and freedom through their pioneering and creative approaches to composition and poetic, on-point song lyrics. The band continues to earn new fans of all ages and backgrounds 48 years after their initial formation.

And although he passed away in 1991, the collection of Freddie Mercury quotes below prove he's a true musical legend.

20th Century Fox even released a biographical movie tribute to Queen called Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018, which earned actor Rami Malek the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his near-flawless portrayal of Freddie Mercury on the silver screen.

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If you are already a long time fan such as I am, enjoy this sampling of the Queen's song lyrics and music videos that show the very best of Freddie Mercury.

Here are the best Freddie Mercury quotes and Queen song lyrics of all time:

1. ​"I fall in love much too quickly and that results in me getting badly hurt. The problem with love is that you lose control and that is a very vulnerable state to be in." — Freddie Mercury

2. "I want to break free from your lies. You're so self-satisfied I don't need you. I've got to break free — God knows I want to break free." — "I Want To Break Free", Freddie Mercury in Queen

3. ​"We're a very expensive group; we break a lot of rules, It's unheard of to combine opera with a rock theme, my dear." — Freddie Mercury

4. ​“Oh, I was not made for heaven. No, I don’t want to go to heaven. Hell is much better. Think of all the interesting people you’re going to meet down there.”

5. ​"I am a romantic, but I do put up a barrier around myself, so it is hard for people to get in and to know the real me." — Freddie Mercury

6. “You either have the magic or you don’t. There’s no way you can work up to it.” — Freddie Mercury

7. ​"Who wants to live forever?" — Freddie Mercury

8. ​“Excess is part of my nature. Dullness is a disease. I really need danger and excitement. I’m never scared of putting myself out on a limb.” — Freddie Mercury

9. ​"I'm just me." — Freddie Mercury

10. "You say Rolls I say Royce. You say God give me a choice. You say Lord I say Christ. I don't believe in Peter Pan, Frankenstein or Superman. All I wanna do is bicycle bicycle bicycle. I want to ride my bicycle" — "Bicycle Race", Freddie Mercury in Queen

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11. ​"The reason we're successful, darling? My overall charisma, of course." — Freddie Mercury

12. ​"The whole point of Queen was to be original." — Freddie Mercury

13. “What will I be doing in twenty years’ time? I’ll be dead, darling! Are you crazy?” — Freddie Mercury

14. ​"If you see it there, darling, then it's there!" — Freddie Mercury

15. "I think my melodies are superior to my lyrics." — Freddie Mercury

16. ​"Music is limitless." — Freddie Mercury

17. "It's a kind of magic. There can be only one. This rage that lasts a thousand years will soon be done. This flame that burns inside of me. I'm hearing secret harmonies. It's a kind of magic. The bell that rings inside your mind is challenging the doors of time. It's a kind of magic" — "It's A Kind Of Magic", Freddie Mercury in Queen

18. ​"You know, I designed the Queen crest, I simply combined all the creatures that represent our star signs and I don't even believe in astrology." — Freddie Mercury

19. "My game of love has just begun, love runs from my head down to my toes. My love is pumping through my veins. Play the game, driving me insane" — "Play The Game", Freddie Mercury in Queen

20. ​"A concert is not a live rendition of our album, It's a theatrical event!" — Freddie Mercury

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21. "So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye? So you think you can love me and leave me to die? Oh baby, can't do this to me baby! Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here!" — "Bohemian Rhapsody", Freddie Mercury in Queen

22. ​“I dress to kill, but tastefully.” — Freddie Mercury

23. ​"I had a dream, when I was young. A dream of sweet illusion, a glimpse of hope and unity, and visions of one sweet union. But a cold wind blows, and a dark rain falls, and in my heart it shows. Look what they've done to my dream" — "One Vision", Freddie Mercury in Queen

24. "I'm very emotional, I think I may go mad in several years time." — Freddie Mercury

25. "Love of my life, you've hurt me. You've broken my heart, and now you leave me. Love of my life, can't you see? Bring it back, bring it back, don't take it away from me, because you don't know what it means to me"​ — "Love Of My Life", Freddie Mercury in Queen

26. ​"The bigger the better; In everything." — Freddie Mercury

27. "Buddy you're a young man, hard man. Shouting in the street gonna take on the world someday. You got blood on yo' face, you big disgrace. Wavin' your banner all over the place" — "We Will Rock You", Freddie Mercury in Queen

28. ​"It's a beautiful day, the sun is shining, I feel good, no one is going to stop me now." — Freddie Mercury

29. "I can dim the lights and sing you songs full of sad things We can do the tango just for two
I can serenade and gently play on your heartstrings. Be your Valentino just for you" — "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy", Freddie Mercury in Queen

30. ​"Years ago, I thought up the name Queen. It's just a name, but it's regal, obviously, and sounds splendid." — Freddie Mercury

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31. "To avoid complications she never kept the same address. In conversation, she spoke just like a baroness. Met a man from China, went down to Geisha Minah, then again incidentally if you're that way inclined." — "Killer Queen", Freddie Mercury in Queen

32. "I think all my songs are under the label emotion​. The more I open up, the more I get hurt, so basically what happens is I'm just riddled with scars." — Freddie Mercury

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33. "I'm just the pieces of the man I used to be, too many bitter tears are raining down on me I'm far away from home and I've been facing this alone for much too long. Oh, I feel like no-one ever told the truth to me about growing up and what a struggle it would be in my tangled state of mind. I've been looking back to find where I went wrong" — "Too Much Love Will Kill You", Freddie Mercury in Queen

34. ​"We've gone overboard on every Queen album, but that's Queen." — Freddie Mercury

35. "Born to be kings, princes of the universe, fighting and free. Got your world in my hand. I'm here for your love and I'll make my stand. We were born to be princes of the universe" — "Prince's Of The Universe", Freddie Mercury in Queen

36. ​"What will I be doing in twenty years' time? I'll be dead, darling! Are you crazy?" — Freddie Mercury

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37. "My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies. Fairy tales of yesterday will grow but never die. I can fly, my friends. The show must go on" — "The Show Must Go On", Freddie Mercury in Queen

38. ​"I want to lead the Victorian life, surrounded by exquisite clutter." — Freddie Mercury

39. ​"Friends will be friends. When you're in need of love they give you care and attention. When you're through with life and all hope is lost, hold out your hand 'cause right till the end, friends will be friends." — "Friends Will Be Friends, Freddie Mercury in Queen

40. "I'm just a musical prostitute, my dear." — Freddie Mercury

41. “You can be anything you want to be, just turn yourself into anything you think that you could ever be.”

42. “I’m possessed by love, but isn’t everybody?” — Freddie Mercury

43. "I dreamed I saw on a moonlit stair spreading his hands on the multitude there. A man who cried for a love gone stale and ice cold hearts of charity bare. I watched as fear took the old men's gaze, hopes of the young in troubled graves. I see no day, I heard him say, so grey is the face of every mortal." — "The Prophet's Song", Freddie Mercury in Queen

44. “In terms of love, you’re not in control and I hate that feeling. I seem to write a lot of sad songs because I’m a very tragic person. But there’s always an element of humor at the end.” — Freddie Mercury

45. “One year of love is better than a lifetime alone.” — Freddie Mercury

46. "But touch my tears, with your lips. Touch my world, with your fingertips. And we can have forever and we can love forever. Forever is our today" — "Who Wants To Live Forever", Freddie Mercury in Queen

47. “The most important thing is to live a fabulous life. As long as it’s fabulous I don’t care how long it is.” — Freddie Mercury

48. "Success is my breathing space. I brought it on myself. I will price it, I will cash it, I can take it or leave it. Loneliness is my hiding place, breastfeeding myself. What more can I say? I have swallowed the bitter pill, I can taste it. Life is real" — "Life Is Real", Freddie Mercury in Queen

49. “Money may not buy happiness, but it can damn well give it!” — Freddie Mercury


50. “I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend.” — Freddie Mercury


51. “A lot of my songs are fantasy. I can dream up all kinds of things. That’s the kind of world I live in. It’s very sort of flamboyant, and that’s the kind of way I write. I love it.” — Freddie Mercury


52. "It started off so well... They said we made a perfect pair. I clothed myself in your glory and your love. How I loved you, how I cried." — "Save Me", Freddie Mercury in Queen

53. “We don’t do it for the money, we do it for the music.” — Freddie Mercury

54. “You can have everything in the world and still be the loneliest man. And that is the most bitter type of loneliness, success has brought me world idolisation and millions of pounds. But it’s prevented me from having the one thing we all need: A loving, ongoing relationship.” — Freddie Mercury

55. “We’ve gone overboard on every Queen album. But that’s Queen.” — Freddie Mercury

56. "I'm as gay as a daffodil, my dear!" — Freddie Mercury

57. “If I die tomorrow I will not regret. I really did everything I could.” — Freddie Mercury

58. "We're a bit flashy, but the music's not one big noise." — Freddie Mercury

59. "This thing called love, I just can't handle it. This thing called love, I must get round to it. I ain't ready. Crazy little thing called love. This thing called love, it cries (like a baby) in a cradle all night. It swings (woo woo), it jives (woo woo), it shakes all over like a jellyfish. I kinda like it. Crazy little thing called love" — "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", Freddie Mercury in Queen

60. “My soul has painted like the wings of butterflies; Fairy tales of yesterday will grow but never die, I can fly, my friends.” — Freddie Mercury

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Amanda Sawyer is a writer who focuses on pop-culture topics.