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News of Prince's death on Thursday sent shockwaves through us all.

As we pay our respects and reflect back at the life of the 57-year-old music legend who started his career in the late 1970s, is bringing you some of his best quotes from years past.

In 2015, at the 57th Grammy Awards, Prince delivered a pointed statement that drew applause.

1. "Albums — remember those?" Prince said on stage. "Albums still matter. Albums, like books and black lives, still matter."

That same year, he spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his feelings on young people versus older generations.

2. "I like young energy," he said. "If there's a big mess, you can bet an old person did it. An old person or a ­lawyer," he laughed. "Or an accountant."

To The Guardian in 2015, he had strong words for his critics.

3. "Oh, I love critics," he smiled. "Because they love me. It's not a joke. They care. See, everybody knows when somebody's lazy, and now, with the Internet, it's impossible for a writer to be lazy because everybody will pick up on it. In the past, they said some stuff that was out of line, so I just didn't have anything to do with them. Now it gets embarrassing to say something untrue, because you put it Online and everyone knows about it, so it's better to tell the truth."

Prince stayed true to himself. He spoke to The Guardian in that same interview about his "autonomous control" over his music.

4. "You don't need a record company to turn you into anything," he said.

The Daily Mirror interviewed Prince in 2010, where he shared that he wasn't a fan of the Internet.

5. "The Internet's completely over," he said. "I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else." He further said, "The Internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good."

In 2006, Prince shared what inspires him with Billboard and he used some typical "Prince-isms."

6. "2 c someone breaking free from the limitations of the world," he wrote.

For Prince, 1999 was a big year of interviews and time where he shared some of his greatest wisdom.

7. "A strong spirit transcends rules," he said to The Guardian.

He also opened up to Larry King,

8. "I like to say that I live in the world but I am not of it," Prince told him.

And he told Time about how he made his music.

9. "People aren't supposed to go into the studio to make music thinking about 'How will this look in the video?' That's a matrix. That's dangerous to me," he said. "People shouldn't have to ask permission to record with other artists. That's a matrix. I had to get out of the industry to realize what it's like to record from a free place."

Above all else, Prince had a way of expressing his gratitude. In April 1986, he told MTV about this practice.

10. "I pray every night, and I don't ask for much," he stated. "I just say, 'Thank you' all the time."

Thank you for not only sharing your talents, but also giving us words to live by, Prince.