The destructive power of a lie is stronger than the truth.
I still have dreams about CBGB's. I still miss the place.
In the worst of times the best among us never lose their moral compass, and that is how they emerge relatively unscathed.
If it's a man's world, as they say, then men, your world is a poorly run carnage fest.
Don't do anything by half. If you love someone, love them with all your soul.
Don't do anything by half. If you love someone, love them with all your soul. When you go to work, work your ass off. When you hate someone, hate them until it hurts.
Football is at least as 'gay' as rugby, Greco-Roman wrestling and the film '300.'
Music files and downloading have indeed changed the currency of music to a great degree.
I don't have talent, so I just get up earlier.
I want to change things for the better, just like everybody else.
There is no place in the world like Australia. Not even its beautiful neighbor New Zealand.
South Sudan is one of the most hard-put places in the world.
And I love the hate mail I get, the unsigned, misspelled letters I get telling me to go back to Russia or wherever.
Technically speaking, there is no music whatsoever on a CD. Lots of information, but no music.
I can tell you exactly where the economy is going. It's going to China, Honduras, Guatemala, Cambodia, Vietnam, Cipan, and any other place where you can pay people peanuts and have them work like dogs.
I think, to a great degree, we humans still divide ourselves into two species, even though we are monotypic. There are males and females. We see them as different and not equal.
I'm not harmful, just introspective. You can probably think I'm weird, but it's not harmful weird.
For a long time, when I was very young, I went to go see arena rock bands. I was 16, and it was all I could get in to see, legally. And I saw Led Zeppelin and Ted Nugent and Van Halen and all that.
The government is a functionary of the corporations -- and there's nothing new about that. You can find people in the 1930s talking about the army basically working for Wall Street in all of these countries it invades.
August in sub-Saharan Los Angeles is one of the great and awful tests of one's endurance, sanity and stamina.
Pizza makes me think that anything is possible.
Smart people make good choices. They dig science and say 'no' to the invasion of sovereign nations for the pleasure of corporations.
Consumerism is at once the engine of America and simultaneously one of the most revealing indicators of our collective shallowness.
To see change in your own area code is very powerful. There's a little orphanage down the street from my company, and we donate $1 from the sale of each CD we sell to the orphanage.
My motto is, 'Never quit.'
Motivation has always been a fascinating factor when considering a touring artist, especially when the years stack up. What keeps one out there year after year?
I think self-reliance and self-responsibility and self-accountability will help you as a parent, a teacher, as a citizen as a friend.
Rock n' roll unchained a nation and revolutionized radio and the record industry, not to mention the motion picture business.
In the city of Pyongyang, you don't have to look very far to see an image of the Great Leader, Kim Il Sung. They love the guy. He is responsible for the wonder that is North Korea.
I come from a town of great musicians: Washington, D.C. It's no joke, that history.
We occupy the planet with a vengeance. We seek to dominate it.
When you're little and you don't have much dough, you have to innovate. You have to be sharp.
Life is death in slow motion.
Love is self deception. I am a living creature. Hate is only self love. I am a double feature.
If an American company has a drop of patriotic blood coursing through its system, then surely it would set up in America and employ Americans, right?
Life forgets me but will not let me forget Holds me down and tells me that I'm free.
Never once have I thought that Social Security would be something that would ever be available to me.
Americans are poorly served by their media, you know, for the war machine and propaganda machine and the global empire and they're poorly served by what they are being told is representative government.
Is it a shame that I can't accept love? Am I too burned out to move towards what will keep me alive or too smart to get pulled into someone else's world?
Unsurprisingly, Nelson Mandela had and still has many detractors.
I see walking bombs on the street
Hearts not beating, but ticking.
We Californians can watch the Weather Channel for images of winter's brutality unleashed upon our fellow Americans and thank our lucky stars we don't have to contend with it.
But can a song stop a war? If Bob Marley and Bob Dylan couldn't do it, it can't be done.
Hope is the last thing a person does before they are defeated.
I forged myself out of a vacuum. I crawl along the highway on hacked off stumps year after year. Some wonder how and why. I never do.
The world's a better place since I chose music.
I never think of what it's going to be like later. I only think in the present tense. The only time I think backwards is when I have to reissue something.
I'm disappointed by bands left and right, every day.
In many ways, America is on the receiving end of a pendulum that has been swung with great force, and for a long time, outward into the world. The impact is a wake-up call on every level.
All I have is me. Over-worked, under-appreciated, middle-aged, and shriveled up.
Disappointment always arrives before hope and the darkness of night comes before the dawn. Don't lose hope now because things will brighter with the new day.
The Internet, the camera cellphone and the like have not only sped up the world's information uptake, but they have cheapened that which they capture.
The best compliment I get every year is that a band will write me and say, 'We were just on tour, and we had people coming to our show saying they had never heard us before they heard us on your show.'
I'm most in my element on tour, with a gig that day, like today. I'm on the road where I am supposed to be. I will be where I'm supposed to be at nighttime, on stage, in front of people, doing my thing.
The opportunity to write for the 'L.A. Weekly' has been one of the better breaks that has come my way in a long time.
I want you bad like a natural disaster. You are all I see. You are the only one I want to know.
I'd like to talk to Arnold Schwarzenegger, 'cause I live in California and I just want to see that canned, chemical filled body in my office.
For the last 30-plus years, I have been doing one long, uninterrupted improv.
I don't know if you have ever seen the Woody Allen film 'Annie Hall,' but it is, in a way, to Los Angeles and 'Hollywood' what 'This Is Spinal Tap' is to many musicians.
I think that Goldman Sachs and the Pentagon determine more of America's outcome then any president or any congress, that sounds a bit cynical, but I think I am right.
What does New York sound like? For me, the Charlie Parker at the Royal Roost recordings on the Savoy label are the total embodiment of the New York music experience.
The only difference between me and others is that they think they can change something with cute little poems, nice cards or embracing trees and being nice to little lapdogs.
For me, speaking to anyone -- on a stage, in an elevator -- I am looking for impact and connection. The same goes for writing.
I'm a big Germs fan; most people are.
The only thing about sanctions is that, like a lot of drone strikes, there are countless unintended victims. Cutting off aid to Uganda only increases the pain there.
Without an education, you won't have a future.
I'm not exactly ambitious as much as I have a very good realization of what I am and what I am capable of.
Musicians should not play music. Music should play musicians.
I'm mellower now, I'm over 50. But I don't think I'm too mellow. I'm still angry at a lot of things.
I have not the smarts or patience for political office.
Before any American points a finger at President Putin and calls him nasty names, they should recognize that a lot of Americans agree with Putin on his stance against homosexual and transgender people.
Now and then, someone is able to look at an empty space, conclude it would be a great place to start a revolution, and bravely go forward.
What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup..
Strength is the product of struggle. You must do what others don't to achieve what others won't.
I plan to be a part of Haiti's reconstruction and future.
Texas is as odd as it is vast.
Retirement in another country is your body is too racked with pain and your hands are too arthritic from the life in the rice patty fields, so you can't work anymore.
If I could go to Kabul and not die, I would go back to Afghanistan as soon as I could. And, that was the most interesting place that I've been to.
To our enemies all over the world who plan America's demise, please take my advice. Give up now. No matter what, you will lose. You will lose it all.
I like boring black and white films with subtitles. I'm basically a drip.
There's no rule that you have to like Henry Rollins the musician or the actor.
My fear is naked, I'm naked and fearless, And my fear is naked.
No matter how rough things can be at times, many Americans are optimistic and on the move.
I'm not into fame. I'm not into making money, outside of financing my books. I'm not into status. My thing is basically about time -- not wasting it.
We spend millions of dollars to remove pain from our lives. It's why so many people get hooked on painkillers. The body becomes addicted to painlessness. That tells you a lot.
War is very sad and small life is pathetically fragile at times.
You don't make me feel like you used to.
That's why I'm leaving
That's why people leave each other
They come to their senses and get selfish again.
Sometimes the truth hurts. And sometimes it feels real good.
I love capitalism. It rewards me for being brave -- it awards me for being innovative and thinking out of the box.
I've made some great mistakes in my life, but, you know, they were honest mistakes.
I get angry about stuff, I get very emotionally intense about stuff and that's how I get it out -- with books, with the band, on my own onstage, but it's always kind of a wail.
I am afforded a bit of easy wonderment in relative comfort as to how humans have lasted so long. Climate- and geography-wise, the planet seems to have little use for us.
Here in this moment we are beautiful, nocturnal creatures and our thoughts and words are jewels guarded by the moon.
I like people. Rightwingers don't. They like business, they don't care about people. I like education, they seem not to care much about it.
Thank you for touching me. Some of the only moments worth living were spent with you. Not you especially, the collective you.
For many, an album is no longer a considerable feat of an artist but just sounds to be half-listened to while one is halfheartedly engaged in something else.
I don't consider myself an actor, for me it's employment. Like the actor who's a waiter a lot, I'm an actor when I'm not on tour, in that that's a job I can do.
America was cool with Saddam Hussein when he was killing Iranians.
In fact, every place I've been to in Africa has a nice part, but you see the downside. Calcutta , parts of Central and South America , I've seen a lot of dead bodies and a lot of sad poverty and just obliteration.
Before the Civil War, the Southern states were selling a lot of cotton to England and didn't seem to mind British occupation. By and large, the Revolutionary War wasn't at all great for business.
There's a lot of mountain climbers trapped inside of bodies of people behind the counter at Kinko's.
Think about it: No matter who you are, the past plays a large part in your life. I am all about living in the present as best as I can. Try as I might, there is only so much I am able to achieve on this front.
You want to meet a bunch of really friendly people? Go to a Slayer concert. There'll be some real psychos there, but most of those people will take care of each other.
It is just that I don't want a wife and I don't want kids.
I don't think you'll ever have a perfect world because we humans are prone to error, and so we're always in search of an upgrade.
My first introduction to African music was by my mother, who bought the 'Pata Pata' album by the great Miriam Makeba when it came out. Now that is an album. What a voice.
There is not one single police officer in America that I am not afraid of and not one that I would trust to tell the truth or obey the laws they are sworn to uphold. I do not believe they protect me in any way.
Life will not break your heart. It'll crush it.
It's hard to get along with people. As much as you try to like them and accept them as individuals, it becomes difficult because they keep getting out of line and wasting your time.
If you paid Americans a living wage, they would be able to pay for products made by Americans in America.
The history of apartheid-era South Africa is incredibly sad and at times infuriatingly incomprehensible.
Everyone who knows me knows that I'm a hopeless romantic who listens to love ballads and doo-wop songs all the time.
I travel because I want to know. Books and documentaries will only get you so far. If you want to know, you will have to go.
From those who agonize that they may no longer be able to write off their private jet to someone who doesn't feel like making the three mile hike to the well to get water and carry it back, everyone struggles.
I don't hate people -- not remotely other than they make you crazy in traffic, but as I get older I kind of see more and more why people do what they do.
Books are cool, but knowledge without mileage doesn't mean anything to me.
Death metal uses a lot of white face paint and black hair dye to make its point. I quite enjoy this genre for its intensity, extremism and underlying irony: You have to be alive to play it and listen to it.
When you start thinking as far as what's a good photo, unfortunately everything starts looking like a good photo.
I don't have a wife, I don't have any kids, I don't have any addictions that keep me drooling on the couch, and I'm kind of target oriented.
I want a soul mate who can sit me down, shut me up, tell me ten things I don't already know, and make me laugh. I don't care what you look like, just turn me on.
I am always interested in an opportunity to learn something.
Life is weird, great and dangerous.
When you are young, there is so much ahead of you, it's like the Saharan desert. You can't even see across it.
I live my life through the prism of capitalism and physiological limits and eventualities.
Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but I feel more lonely in a crowed room with boring people than I feel on my own.
When life hands you a lemon, say, 'Oh yeah, I like lemons! What else ya got?'
The Ruts were a great punk rock band from England whose songs were as excellent as their time together was short.
I would like go to Palestine and interview people there about what their lives are like; same thing in Iran.
If I had to live my life in anticipation of what others thought of me, little would get done.
I try to get myself up and moving as early as possible. Optimum is to be on the treadmill while it is still dark outside.
In blues music, there's a lot of borrowing, so it's often difficult to identify the originator of a song.
Half of life is up -- the other half is dealing with it.
I mean I appreciate fan mail and that the people like what I am doing but I can't answer it. If I would answer 25 letters a day I would be just a guy answering mail and not an artist anymore.
With a book, there's no volume to turn up. You're very naked with a book.
Love heals scars love left.
I'm a professional food eater.
Jazz music is as American as it gets, and so is the U.S. Postal Service. A Miles Davis stamp is a perfect marriage of two great American institutions.
I can't imagine being sixty years of age and playing music I wrote when I was in my twenties. I would rather sail the sea of consequence to new lands. Laps around the shallow end of the pool, not for me.
Most of the people who call me a sellout were 7 when I was down face-first in the punk trenches.
Here you can be a billionaire, like Mark Zuckerberg rich, but you are going to die and you are here for a while and ultimately all of your stuff is kind of like a rental.
I just get things done instead of talking about getting them done. I don't go out and party. I don't smoke, drink or do drugs and I'm not married, that leaves a lot of time for my work.
I don't have a crystal ball, but I'm willing to bet one of my arms right now that as long as there's electricity, Ramones music is going to be relevant.
To burn a CDR of music you like to give as a gift to someone you wish to become closer to is a cold, moist-palmed, mouth-breathing bummer.
You always know the mark of a coward. A coward hides behind freedom. A brave person stands in front of freedom and defends it for others.
I'm not interested in censorship. I like the First Amendment very much.
Rarely do I do film press because I'm so low on the food chain of the movie, and for me it's just this thing I did for four weeks before the next tour started.
Nothing brings people together more, then mutual hatred.
I'm of the opinion that the Democrats have the ideas I agree with more often than not. Reenergizing the middle class and giving people a break.
Giving a good performance, giving it all is what it's all about. I love to perform.
Desperation is the secret to my steady employment. I am not interested in downtime. I really like to keep working all the time and I always feel like I'm in the mail room of life; working up.
Let's pretend my career in music is a bell. Whether you like my music or not is up to you. But you've got to admit I rang that bell pretty hard and pretty often.
When a band becomes as truly iconic as the Velvet Underground, there will often be a box set released, overburdened with mediocre material that dilutes what was fine left on its own.
I wonder if it is Australia's great distance from more populated land masses that allows its inhabitants to be left to their own devices, to be incredibly creative and, at times, to be wonderfully weird.
Don't push me I've got a corner at my back I've nowhere to go except over you.
There's nothing funny about, 'Yeah, I took a First Class plane ticket and I went to some designer beach and made out with a Laotian slave girl.' Who cares?
Black Sabbath -- one of the world's universal language of music. I felt proud, for three or four minutes of my life combining my voice with Tony Iommi's guitar sound.
Sometimes when you meet a musician you are a fan of, and he or she isn't the friendliest person, you walk away from the experience wondering if you will ever be able to listen to their music again.
Where there is young people and vitality, you're going to find punk rock.
Don't hide behind the Constitution or the Bible. If you're against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet 'H' on your shirt, and say, 'I am a homophobe!'
It's always been impressive to me when someone can really do what they want onstage. The audience has confidence in the performer and the performer has confidence in the crowd.
An adult has the opportunity to enjoy the wisdom gleaned from previous decades of living and experience.
The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found.
I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.
Trayvon Martin did not need to die.
Capitalism does what it does and money doesn't belong to anybody. It just stays in someone's wallet for a while, then it goes somewhere else. It always goes somewhere and it is always about to go somewhere.
I just travel the world with my backpack and my cameras and a bunch of Clif bars.
I never had any interest in being involved with the Boy Scouts.
In the summer of '84, you just couldn't escape the Born in the USA record.
More and more, journalism seems to have hopped out of Truth's pocket and crept into another.
I was raised in Washington, DC, very violent place. I grew up with violence. My introduction to music was violent. The years I've spent on tours, some of that was extremely violent.
I think it's fantastic when the young enrage their elders. I really do believe that if it's too loud, you are indeed too old, and that if it has been standing for too long, it needs a thorough inspection.
Rush Limbaugh makes money getting simpleminded people to feel good about their intellectually undernourished brain spasms. He's very good at it, and I scarcely believe a fraction of what he says.
I believe in North, South, East, West, The seasons, life and death, geography. That which is provable, absolute and most of all, functional. I believe in things that can kill me.
Do you know why Albert Camus was so prolific? He wrote to keep from screaming.
I think to myself:
I don't want to survive this one
I want to burn up in the wreckage.
So I'm more at home with my backpack, sleeping in a hotel room or on a bus or on an airplane, than I am necessarily on a bed. It's weird being here. It feels like I'm standing next to my real life.
One person's disaster is another person's talking point.
I'm not trying to say I'm a big tough guy... I'm a typical American-waist deep in this violent culture.
There's tons of junk food for your mind on the Internet. You can sit there for three or 10 or 20 hours a day getting in online arguments with other people who also choose to waste their time.
Someone like Ashlee Simpson, she lip-synchs on 'Saturday Night Live,' gets totally called out la Milli Vanilli, and no one really cares that much. It doesn't make me hate Ashlee; she's just taking instructions.
A man came up to me the other day and said he hadn't had a bite in weeks. So you know what I did? I walked by him like he didn't even exist.
I don't hate the government. I don't think the Second Amendment is being infringed upon.
Your commander would never lie to you. That's the vice president's job.
Every politician, every president gets votes by getting people that don't like him to like him. That's why politicians are slippery: because they talk out of both sides of their mouth.
After I wrapped 'Sons of Anarchy,' I traveled by myself for ten weeks. I started in Jordan and finished in Mali, in Timbuktu.
Once you say something, it stays said. I apologized to anyone who may have been hurt by what I said, and I really meant it. I am absolutely not interested in hurting anyone, or being mean or insensitive.
There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it's impossible to turn back.
Literally thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the NFL by retired players, many of whom say that information on brain injury in football was withheld from them.
Those who seek to profit by division don't stand a chance.
You can find me in the frozen mood section.
I don't cuss in songs. It's too easy.
I don't want to pass through life like a smooth plane ride.
Contemporary bands often will do tour-only releases pressed and sold only in Australia. Crikey!
We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost.
Canadians are often a friendly bunch.
The best revenge is to always survive yourself.
It is only our humanity that can deliver us from the brutality of our achievements.
Some music really does suck!
When you're very young, images that you upload into your very young mind tend to stay with you.
In my many trips to South Africa, I have met and spoken to a lot of people there, and they all seem to find apartheid as repellent as you would.
Why do you think the old stories tell of men who set out on great journeys to impress the gods? Because trying to impress people just isn't worth the time and effort.
I mean Black Flag happened. I was lucky. I don't think I could have put together something with one percent of that oomph on my own.
I remember when Martin Luther King was assassinated. I was up early watching television and watched the announcement. I didn't understand what the word 'assassinated' meant.
Enough Americans saw fit to give president Obama a second term. I don't think there will be many people keeping their Romney Ryan bumper stickers on their cars.
I always start tours with a great deal of anticipation.
I can't remember that I ever had just a minute of stage fright.
But I have a good life. I enjoy what I do. I am married to work.
If you listen to 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,' by Gil Scott-Heron, that album is dripping with rage.
For me, jazz will always be the soundtrack of the civil rights movement.
I've never heard Daft Punk; I've never heard a track of theirs in my life. They're the two guys with motorcycle helmets on?
The blues is losing someone you love and not having enough money to immerse yourself in drink.
I think Perry Ferrell put independent music on a very good path with Lollapalooza.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was vigorously and vociferously opposed by the Southern states. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed it into law nonetheless.
Sarah Palin embarrasses herself almost immediately upon opening her mouth to speak or upon moving her fingers to send messages to her dull flock.
The public library system of the United States is worth preserving.
Maybe I'm just a psycho, and the stage is a better place to go than either the loony bin or somewhere else.
I love to go on stage and sing.
As the middle class is predated upon with an ever greater malicious intensity, their children stand to lose more and harder than their parents ever did.
There is no way you are going to be forgiven for blowing up a village and killing a bunch of people.
The fact is that I am always thinking of something to build. A new book, radio show, plans for a trip somewhere. I am not a very happy person but I feel pretty even when I am working, so I guess that is how I am wired.
I listen to blues music a lot and that's a good person feeling bad and celebrating that pain by releasing it in that kind of joyous fashion.
I don't really have any women in my life, actually those two -- the women in my life are two married women who work at my office.
Every year, August lashes out in volcanic fury, rising with the din of morning traffic, its great metallic wings smashing against the ground, heating the air with ever-increasing intensity.
Nothing moves me more than the history of the United States.
Misery, depression, elation all mine, refine confinement all my design.
It's why real men just go out in the woods and howl. I must do it and get paid.
I continually remind myself to live by a code. It's very important to me. I've got a bad temper.
I try to be well informed. I don't know how well I do all the time, but I try nonetheless.
I think it is incumbent on anyone who can to lift human dignity to the highest possible levels, maintaining one's own and helping to raise that of others.
As so much music is listened to via MP3 download, many will never experience the joy of analog playback, and for them, I feel sorry. They are missing out.
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
I live my life by the numbers. Not only am I an American, I am an Americanist.
Always knowing you're going to die And until then knowing you've got to live.
Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.
With any advent in technology, any technological innovation, there is the good and the bad.
You are the untold story. You are the impassioned truth wanting to scream its existence, to be forever trapped by a strong hand clapped firmly over the mouth of my soul.
I have never experienced anything like walking out onto the stage of an oversold venue and, before the first note is struck, realizing that there is not going to be enough oxygen for all of us.
I think there is something very interesting about people who live day to day in an environment where they could get taken out by a wild animal. There has to be some kind respect that is derived from that relationship.
With age, life becomes complex and difficult, often fraught with risk on several levels, from the practical to the fiscal.
I think more tolerance, more people having more access to a chance to be literate, and a chance to stay healthy makes for a more peaceful planet.
Being an artist is dragging your innermost feelings out, giving a piece of yourself, no matter in which art form, in which medium.
I think Naomi Klein was very astute with her book 'Shock Doctrine.' We make money on disaster.
Certainly, there are huge, multiplatinum bands whose singers command their audience's attention. Sadly, much of the time they have little to say.
August, the summer's last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor.
The average is the borderline that keeps mere men in their place. Those who step over the line are heroes by the very act. Go.
I need to do things on my own, need to be left alone.
If you really want a true confrontation, you treat your opponent with respect.
Republicans just can't help themselves. They get in front of a live microphone and within a few sentences are rocketing down the swiftest and most direct route to the all-you-can-eat comedian-and-talk-show-host buffet.
Hating someone is giving them too much, just leave them alone.
Music keeps you young. Having music in your life keeps you open to things.
So, one way or another, I found myself in a few movies. I take it seriously when I'm on the set, but I don't take myself seriously as an actor.
When people hold you in high esteem, it's very delicate relationship. When they meet you they're putting all their chips up. It's make or break.
I have always maintained that Iggy Pop is the Heavyweight Champion of Rock and Roll.
I thought I was gonna be in the minimum-wage working world all my life.
I can deal with people who watch me on stage but I am not good in communicating with people any other way than through my work.
I've enjoyed, to a certain extent, any country I've been in, of course like Serbia and Croatia can be very restrictive and oppressive, and frustrating, but they're still very beautiful.
I'd rather work on my radio show, which no one hears but I put about eight hours of programming and writing into it for those 30 people who do tune in.
Friends come and go but 200lbs is always 200lbs.
For me the music is not so much anger as much as it is of passion. And I've always associated that kind of intense emotional output with music just because the nature of the music that's attracted me as far as live.
Horror jolts me when I look at one of you and see a pair of beautiful eyes that make me think your mind might contain a world that could hold me as the bolts shake loose and fly from my frame.
I have been listening to the Stooges' self-titled first album for well over half my life, and it remains one of the most exciting and essential records I have ever had the good fortune to come into contact with.
I prefer to work out alone. It enables me to concentrate on the lessons that the Iron has for me.
I am well protected Too locked up Inside myself To get free.
Rock is ironic in that, up to a certain point, you can get better and better at it if you don't mind possibly looking more and more ridiculous.
I was at the first Minor Threat show, and you could tell, 'This band is going to be the king of the town.' It was obvious. They were so good.
If I'm jetlagging, and I've missed some meals, and it gets to that point in a movie that you're supposed to cry, I'll let my defences down from around my inherent standing level of cynicism, and I'll cry.
Kids need parents who love and support them unconditionally, full stop.
A country that has been through as much as Vietnam has to have some crazy music somewhere.
You can pass all the gun legislation you want. None of it will make me feel any more or less safe than I do right at this moment.
In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.
Florida is a crazy place, and I have played some of the wildest shows of my life here.
I have had a number of less-than-enviable moments in my life when dealing with other people. I won't attempt to blunt that by saying I am not the only one.
Youth is fleeting and life is short, you might as well strike hard. Anything else is just average.
The first Van Halen album makes Johnny Rotten out to be what he really was and still is: a hairdresser.
That's where the economy is going. It went somewhere. Just not to America. And the money made? That went to the Cayman Islands and Switzerland. Not back here. Never to be taxed.
I believe that contentment or any sustained period of joy that doesn't inspire thought that leads to action almost immediately is useless.
I always found the Chicago audience to be a smart, fast-moving, violent and cheerful lot, and it's always good to be back.
I've always seen it as the role of an artist to drag his inside out, give the audience all you've got. Writers, actors, singers, all good artists do the same. It isn't supposed to be easy.
Break from self rejection, try some introspection.
I want to learn more about the world. It makes me want to get up and go.
I have to do things for myself, and if those standards are set high, then it's up to me to pass or fail.
When I write lyrics, it's only when I'm angry or hurt or sad. So lyrically it's never really easy going. And the music is always really intense.
When you start to doubt yourself the real world will eat you alive.
I would like to become a better photographer. I'm working on that.
There are records that, in my opinion, only reach their full potential when the listener is disoriented.
I get letters from young people telling me that they're broke and download my albums for free. They ask me what I think about that. I now have a standard line. I tell them, 'I would rather be heard than paid.'
In my world there would be as many public libraries as there are Starbucks.
To anger female voters in America is to tread on the tiger's tail. Women turn out in huge numbers, and they are well aware of how their bodies work and what they need.
To hate is to show you still care, who needs that, focus on what's really important.
As a young person, I was on the road playing music, so I was getting new environments shoved in my face whether I wanted them or not.
I would hate to think that some people have found themselves in a musical cul-de-sac and have ceased to explore new music, or at least music that is new to them, because they are so glued to the past.
We are misery-making machines! Homo sapiens has perfected the art of causing suffering. Pain is humankind's collective GDP.
It's not lost on me that everyone dies, but some people have a kind of immortality about them, and you can't imagine that they will ever be gone.
I spend a lot of time alone so I get a lot done. I don't do much else but work, check things out.
When I think of Mick Jagger still singing that he can't get any satisfaction in over forty years of being in the Rolling Stones, I have to conclude that he's either lying or not all that bright.
Even though I am not hungry when I get up, I try to eat to get me ready for the day. Within an hour of getting up.
Will punk rock ever die? Pal, if you have to ask it's dead to you.
Adolescence is a plague on the senses.
For me, returning to Los Angeles annihilates the memories of where I have just been with an astonishing speed.
No time for drug addiction, no time for smoke or booze. Too strong for a shortened life span, I've got no time to lose.
For some there is no music
No untamed madness that breathes life
There is work
A dullness that rings like wooden thunder.
I am an employment hyena. I am happy to make a meal of what the lions leave behind.
When the Iron doesn't want to come off the mat, it's the kindest thing it can do for you. If it flew up and went through the ceiling, it wouldn't teach you anything.
If I were a doctor, I would prescribe that you addict yourself deeply and irrevocably to music and never, ever seek cure outside of more music. It really is the best drug available.
Like a lot of inwardly drawn young people, I spent a lot of time in libraries. At my high school, I often spent my lunch breaks there.
To me, the real 'state of the union' is found in how Americans react to current events.
While I have not ruled out the possibility of doing music, what I don't want to do is go onstage and perform old songs. I do, all the time, but I don't think it is artistically brave.
I am a pretty crazy person, so it's best for me to be on my own most of the time.
When I was a kid looking at pictures of the Sphynx, and the Pyramids, and different tribes in Africa, all of that stuck with me, and I always wanted to see those things and meet those people.
I am a veteran of the War on Christmas. I am just emerging from a battlefield strewn with dead trees and torn shreds of brightly colored wrapping paper.
We city dwellers, we residents of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, are for the most part urbanized to some extent. We know deadlines, start times and traffic.
Most poets are elitist dregs more concerned with proving their skill with a dictionary than communicating ideas with impact.
Shirley Sherrod seems like a good and dedicated person.
I love being a storyteller. I love telling stories.
Songs sung under duress are often very powerful.
My understanding of first-degree murder is that premeditation needs to be proven.
I will never say the things that I want to say to you. I know the damage it would do. I love you more than I hate my loneliness and pain.
I don't mind bees and think we are all the better for having them around. I like the taste of honey.
Having an identity is one thing. Being born into an identity is quite a different matter.
Trying to write music, be in a band and keep it all happening is one of the hardest, morale-destroying, heartbreaking things you will ever try to do -- and that's when it's going well.
I take the work seriously, just not myself in it.
I think it's important to have some documentation of the past.
I urge you to read the Occupy Manifesto, written by the New York City General Assembly. It is unavoidably clear. This is not directionless action. If it were, the media would have moved on.
No such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time, no such thing as down time. All you got is life time. Go.
I'm not a thrill seeker. I'm not looking to get kidnapped. I'm not looking to get a shot at. I've been shot at. I didn't like it.
The month of November makes me feel that life is passing more quickly. In an effort to slow it down, I try to fill the hours more meaningfully.
Too bad that Paul Ryan confessed to being a fan of Rage Against The Machine. By doing so, he not only begged for a bucketing by many of their fans but actually got one from the band's guitar player, Tom Morello.
After I left D.C. to join Black Flag, I felt I was in a band.
All my big heroes are literary, writers.
All my big heroes are literary, writers. I'd love to meet Jimmy Hendrix or John Coltrane, but I'd much rather meet Thomas Wolfe, or F. Scott Fitzgerald. Words and books have always meant a lot to me. That someone can take words and string them together to where they will move me is just a hell of a thing. It's amazing to me; more amazing to me than music or painting. It's always been the written word or the spoken word, like a great lecture or a great lyric, or a great poem. To me it's just amazing. And I always aspire toward capturing that, or my version of it.
For myself, I can't understand a life without a job. I don't know what I would do without employment. Retirement is out of the question for me.
Ramones music has a Pavlovian effect on me -- the song starts, and the world blurs around the sound.
I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.