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Michael Jackson gives thumbs up for photographs during a short trip in Lyon, France on June 13, 1997. REUTERS

Michael Jackson, one of the most recognized figures in the music industry, was born Aug. 29 , 1958. Dubbed the "King of Pop," his work influenced numerous artists of various music genres. Today, on his 60th birth anniversary, here are the star's top quotes, songs and some important facts about his life.

Quotes by the legend from Goal Cast:

1. “Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.”

2. “To give someone a piece of your heart, is worth more than all the wealth in the world.”

3. "If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.”

4. “Please go for your dreams. Whatever your ideals, you can become whatever you want to become.”

5. “The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation.”

6. “This world we live in is the dance of the creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye, but the dance lives on.”

7. “In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe

8. “Human knowledge consists not only of libraries of parchment and ink – it is also comprised of the volumes of knowledge that are written on the human heart, chiselled on the human soul, and engraved on the human psyche.

9. “Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons. The truth will win this marathon in court.”

10. “Hope is such a beautiful word, but it often seems very fragile. Life is still being needlessly hurt and destroyed.”

A look at some interesting facts about the icon —

1. Michael Jackson is the most awarded artist of all time with 40 Billboard Awards, 13 Grammys and 26 American Music Awards.

2. He has 23 Guinness World Records including the record for highest-earning deceased artist. In 2009, his estate raked in a reported $1 billion.

3. His favorite animated character was Pinocchio and as a child his favorite books were Rip Van Winkle and The Old Man and the Sea, Telegraph reported.

4. He fancied Spiderman. When Marvel Comics filed for bankruptcy, Jackson tried to buy the company so that he could fulfil his dream of playing the role of the superhero. However, the plan did not work out.

5. Jackson was a huge animal lover. His most famous pet was Bubbles the chimpanzee whom he adopted from a Texan research facility. The duo were inseparable and even walked red carpets together. He also owned two llamas called Louis and Lola and a ram called Mr Tibbs, Lucky Voice Karaoke reported.

6. He loved Mexican cuisine. Burrito and taco were his favorite food items.

7. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — one for himself and other as part of the “Jackson Five" band.

Watch the top songs of the artist:

1. Smooth Criminal ( 1998)

2. Beat It ( 1983)

3. Blood On The Dance Floor (1997)

4. Thriller (1983)

5. Dirty Diana (1988)