For many K-Pop fans, Jonghyun was the first artist they really fell in love with. He was an incredible singer, an unmatched songwriter and had the most genuine personality imaginable.
Jonghyun once said, “different doesn’t mean wrong”, when showing his support for minorities in Korea. He was an inspiration for fellow artists, represented hope and showed unconditional love for those who looked up to him.
His impact on K-Pop cannot be understated. For nearly 10 years, Jonghyun (with his group SHINee) continued to create beautiful music, tour around the world and win multiple awards. He was a one-of-a-kind artist and will no doubt continue to inspire millions of people around the world.
1. On living a life of learning:
“I don’t think you should react to little things in life. But when someone critics you, you should understand it and change your thoughts. I think that is the basics of life of learning”
2. On creative expression:
“There is nothing in the world that is used as a tool for creation. I only express something that already exists in music and art.”
3. On understanding others:
“You should never tell anyone that ‘You are not the only one suffering’, ‘Everyone’s like you’, or ‘If you have the courage to die, you can live’.
Physical scars and psychological scars are different.
I hope everyone can think for a second that scars exist even if you can’t see them.”
4. On growing in life:
“Life is a series of encounters and farewells. I believe we grow in the process.
For now, it is very sad but we will meet again.
We can hope for that day to come soon, and we will be able to greet each other with much bigger welcome.”
5. On how to thank those who love him:
“I am always thankful for those who love me.
Even if they don’t look for me like they did before. Everything I have is from them. I just do what I can do for them.
I am just thankful that they look at me. Even if we want different things and can’t see face to face, I will still be on the stage and I will always be thankful for those who were once there for me.
It is not important where they are now, but that once we looked at each other’s eyes.”
6. On destiny:
“It’s really cool to share with someone your color and scent.
Even if you explain it in depth, those who don’t have the experience can’t understand it entirely. We are sharing this cool thing. You and I.
So.. What I am saying is.. destiny is nothing far away. We are destined. I just wanted to say this. You and I, we are destined”
7. On enjoying time:
“Time goes by. It is just slower when you are having a hard time. If you try to enjoy the time, everything will be alright.”
8. On shaking off sadness:
“Cry out loud once. Look in the mirror and shake it off. I’ve cried like that before and others will have times like that too.
Cheer up. You are not alone.”
9. On voicing yourself:
“Always have your opinion and belief.”
10. On shortcut to perfection:
“There is no shortcut to perfection. All it takes is hard work and more hard work.”