Never one to shy away from stating his opinions, Stephen Patrick Morrissey has been responsible for some of the music world’s most memorable quips over the years. Here are some of his most amusing, antagonistic and downright mad moments. All hail King Moz!

50 On indolence…

“Doing nothing gives me great pleasure. And believe me, I succeed wonderfully in it.”

49 On animal welfare…

“With people in the world such as Jamie Oliver and [TV chef] Clarissa Dickson-Wright there isn’t much hope for animals.”

48 On being desirable…

“I think I must be, absolutely, a total sex object. In every sense of the word.”

47 On hero worship…

“I’ve always assumed there’s a dark river flowing beneath my fans’ desires.”

46 On the music industry…

“In England, pop music seems now to be exclusively for children. If an artist is no good, why is it necessary to have that artist repeatedly rammed in our face?”

45 On residing in America…

“I normally live in Los Angeles – if you can call it normal living.”

44 On a life in music…

“I lost myself to music at a very early age, and I remained there.”

43 On The Cure…

“Robert Smith is a whingebag.”

42 On being creative…

“I’d rather produce art than become art.”

41 On being unique…

“I’ve never intended to be controversial but it’s very easy to be controversial in pop music because nobody ever is.”

40 On blandness…

“Don’t talk to me about people who are ‘nice’ cause I have spent my whole life in ruins because of people who are ‘nice’.”

39 On awards ceremonies…

“The Brits are ghastly. I never would accept a Brit. It would be like Laurence Olivier being happy getting a TV Times award.”

38 On Elton John…

“He is pushing his face in all the time and telling us about his private life. Nobody’s interested. He should just go away.”

37 On personal grooming…

“I do maintain that if your hair is wrong, your entire life is wrong.”

36 On growing old…

“Age shouldn’t affect you. You’re either marvellous or you’re boring, regardless of your age.”

35 On charisma…

“I’m not very good at being dull.”

34 On seizing the day…

“Nothing is important, so people, realising that, should get on with their lives, go mad, take their clothes off, jump in the canal, jump into one of those supermarket trolleys, race around the supermarket and steal Mars bars and kiss kittens.”

33 On romance…

“I do think it’s possible to go through life and never fall in love, or find someone who loves you.”

32 On mental health…

“I have seen one or two psychiatrists. They just sit and nod and doodle.”

31 On the future…

“I’m just happy being dumpy. Dumpy, fat and middle-aged.”

30 On growing up weird…

“My parents were worried about me, certainly when I became so deeply interested in music and people like the New York Dolls who, at the time, were very peculiar indeed.”

29 On addiction…

“Music is like a drug, but there are no rehabilitation centres.”

28 On vanity…

“Well, I am an extremely beautiful person.”

27 On choosing a profession…

“All human activity is fruitless when pitted against the girls and boys singing on pop television, for they have found the answer as the rest of us search for the question. I will sing, too. If not, I will have to die.”

26 On being exploited…

“I’ve gone through managers like people go through shredded wheat. Nobody looks after you.”

25 On existence…

“When I’m lying in my bed I think about life and I think about death and neither one particularly appeals to me.”

24 On rock star philanthropists…

“Bob Geldof is a nauseating character. Band Aid was the most self-righteous platform ever in the history of popular music.”

23 On modernity…

“Whenever I go past McDonalds I get very, very angry.”

22 On not getting any…

“That was the problem with the ‘celibate’ word because they don’t consider for a moment that you’d rather not be, but you just are. I was never a sexual person.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTKPk9KCcMk

21 On Denmark…

“Denmark is sadly a hellish place if you happen to be a pig, but the brioche and fruits that tower on the table before me have me hastily attaching a feedbag.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLFlNDsGrFQ

20 On personal appearance…

“Long hair is an unpardonable offense which should be punishable by death.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DqvRFmnSk8

19 On Oasis…

“They are very tame to me. God bless Noel, I’m sure he’ll always have a spot on ‘Bob’s Full House’, but I search for something with more bite and rage.”

18 On wishful thinking…

“I am capable of looking on the bright side – I just don’t do it very often.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYDWCL8kzY

17 On self pity…

“I see myself rather like an old discarded dishrag.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFIanJS6fks

16 On psychoanalysis…

“[Sigmund Freud] just made people feel so neurotic about their lives. I mean, if you dreamt about a lampshade, it meant you wanted to be whipped by the local vicar or something.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTR1wSRAeNM

15 On life goals…

“Sometimes I wish I was just a simple drunkard.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHnxlhFkarY

14 On dying…

“I have an unswayable obsession with death. If there was a magical pill that one could take that would retire you from the world, I would take it.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lx1-WsQ1eI

13 On comedians…

“If met Vic Reeves, I’d have no desire other than to smack him in the face.”

12 On his sexuality…

“Unfortunately, I am not homosexual… In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course, not many.”

11 On being miserable…

“What’s the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning? Wish I hadn’t.”

10 On his psyche…

“I just feel that when all is said and done, I am not insane.”

9 On regret…

“Life would be so colourful if only I had a drink problem.”

8 On dance music…

“It’s the refuge for the mentally deficient. It’s made by dull people for dull people.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9DH0_b3F1c

7 On Beyonce…

“The rhino is now more or less extinct, and it’s not because of global warming or shrinking habitats. It’s because of Beyonce’s handbags.”

6 On being pale and interesting…

“Yes I have had a tan, actually. I went to Los Angeles and got one there, but it didn’t make it back to Britain. You’re not allowed to come through customs with a tan.”

5 On musicians…

“Artists aren’t really people. I’m actually 40 per cent papier mache.”

4 On passion…

“The fire in the belly is essential, otherwise you become Michael Buble – famous and meaningless.”

3 On Richard Madeley…

“He referred to me as an ‘insufferable puffed-up prat’. This is a bit rich coming from a man who actually married his own mother.”

2 On sex…

“I always thought my genitals were the result of some crude practical joke.”

1 On his legacy…

“When they bury me in a church and chuck earth on my grave, I’d like the words ‘Well, at least he tried’ engraved on my tombstone.”