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457 Inspiring Quotes by Henry Rollins

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Wikipedia Summary for Henry Rollins

Henry Lawrence Garfield (born February 13, 1961), known professionally as Henry Rollins, is an American musician, singer, actor, presenter, comedian, and activist. He hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW, is a regular columnist for Rolling Stone Australia, and was a regular columnist for LA Weekly.\n\nAfter performing in the short-lived band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the California hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1981 to 1986. Following the band's breakup, he established the record label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums, and formed the Rollins Band, which toured with a number of lineups from 1987 to 2003 (and again in 2006).

Rollins has hosted numerous radio shows, such as Harmony in My Head on Indie 103, and television shows such as The Henry Rollins Show, 120 Minutes, and Jackass. He had recurring dramatic roles in the second season of Sons of Anarchy, in the final seasons of the animated series The Legend of Korra as Zaheer, and has also had roles in several films. He has campaigned for various political causes in the United States, including the promotion of LGBT rights, World Hunger Relief, the West Memphis Three, and an end to all war.


close shot of yellow flowers

The destructive power of a lie is stronger than the truth.

--Henry Rollins

sunset

I still have dreams about CBGB's. I still miss the place.

--Henry Rollins

brown sands

In the worst of times the best among us never lose their moral compass, and that is how they emerge relatively unscathed.

--Henry Rollins



silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

If it's a man's world, as they say, then men, your world is a poorly run carnage fest.

--Henry Rollins


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Don't do anything by half. If you love someone, love them with all your soul.

--Henry Rollins

Longer Version:

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.


orange moon during nighttime

Football is at least as 'gay' as rugby, Greco-Roman wrestling and the film '300.'

--Henry Rollins

women's black and pink monokini

Music files and downloading have indeed changed the currency of music to a great degree.

--Henry Rollins

cactus flowers

I don't have talent, so I just get up earlier.

--Henry Rollins

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I want to change things for the better, just like everybody else.

--Henry Rollins


two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

There is no place in the world like Australia. Not even its beautiful neighbor New Zealand.

--Henry Rollins

brown and red paint brushes

South Sudan is one of the most hard-put places in the world.

--Henry Rollins

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And I love the hate mail I get, the unsigned, misspelled letters I get telling me to go back to Russia or wherever.

--Henry Rollins

Arizona landscape

Technically speaking, there is no music whatsoever on a CD. Lots of information, but no music.

--Henry Rollins


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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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I'm not harmful, just introspective. You can probably think I'm weird, but it's not harmful weird.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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August in sub-Saharan Los Angeles is one of the great and awful tests of one's endurance, sanity and stamina.

--Henry Rollins

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Pizza makes me think that anything is possible.

--Henry Rollins



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Smart people make good choices. They dig science and say 'no' to the invasion of sovereign nations for the pleasure of corporations.

--Henry Rollins

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

Consumerism is at once the engine of America and simultaneously one of the most revealing indicators of our collective shallowness.

--Henry Rollins



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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.

--Henry Rollins

gray road beside a trees

My motto is, 'Never quit.'

--Henry Rollins

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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?

--Henry Rollins

coconut tree near body of water

I think self-reliance and self-responsibility and self-accountability will help you as a parent, a teacher, as a citizen as a friend.

--Henry Rollins


stars across the sky view at the desert

Rock n' roll unchained a nation and revolutionized radio and the record industry, not to mention the motion picture business.

--Henry Rollins

white swan on blue sea during daytime

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.

--Henry Rollins

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I come from a town of great musicians: Washington, D.C. It's no joke, that history.

--Henry Rollins


white wooden hut during daytime

We occupy the planet with a vengeance. We seek to dominate it.

--Henry Rollins

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When you're little and you don't have much dough, you have to innovate. You have to be sharp.

--Henry Rollins

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Life is death in slow motion.

--Henry Rollins

black bird flying on white background

Love is self deception. I am a living creature. Hate is only self love. I am a double feature.

--Henry Rollins

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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?

--Henry Rollins

full moon during day

Life forgets me but will not let me forget Holds me down and tells me that I'm free.

--Henry Rollins


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Never once have I thought that Social Security would be something that would ever be available to me.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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?

--Henry Rollins

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Unsurprisingly, Nelson Mandela had and still has many detractors.

--Henry Rollins

brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

I see walking bombs on the street
Hearts not beating, but ticking.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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But can a song stop a war? If Bob Marley and Bob Dylan couldn't do it, it can't be done.

--Henry Rollins

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Hope is the last thing a person does before they are defeated.

--Henry Rollins

crescent moon above mountain

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.

--Henry Rollins



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The world's a better place since I chose music.

--Henry Rollins



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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.

--Henry Rollins

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I'm disappointed by bands left and right, every day.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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All I have is me. Over-worked, under-appreciated, middle-aged, and shriveled up.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

cosmic view during night time

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.'

--Henry Rollins

white tulips with green leaves

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.

--Henry Rollins

white flowers

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.

--Henry Rollins




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I want you bad like a natural disaster. You are all I see. You are the only one I want to know.

--Henry Rollins


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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.

--Henry Rollins

brown mountains under blue sky

For the last 30-plus years, I have been doing one long, uninterrupted improv.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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For me, speaking to anyone -- on a stage, in an elevator -- I am looking for impact and connection. The same goes for writing.

--Henry Rollins


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I'm a big Germs fan; most people are.

--Henry Rollins




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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.

--Henry Rollins

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Without an education, you won't have a future.

--Henry Rollins

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I'm not exactly ambitious as much as I have a very good realization of what I am and what I am capable of.

--Henry Rollins

The Muppets Kermit plush toy on gray sofa

Musicians should not play music. Music should play musicians.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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I have not the smarts or patience for political office.

--Henry Rollins


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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.

--Henry Rollins

crescent moon above mountain

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.

--Henry Rollins


running white, brown, and black dog

What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup..

--Henry Rollins

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Strength is the product of struggle. You must do what others don't to achieve what others won't.

--Henry Rollins

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I plan to be a part of Haiti's reconstruction and future.

--Henry Rollins


Texas is as odd as it is vast.

--Henry Rollins


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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.

--Henry Rollins

brown and gray brick wall

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.

--Henry Rollins


brown and white humming bird

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.

--Henry Rollins



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I like boring black and white films with subtitles. I'm basically a drip.

--Henry Rollins

person standing on top of mountain

There's no rule that you have to like Henry Rollins the musician or the actor.

--Henry Rollins

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My fear is naked, I'm naked and fearless, And my fear is naked.

--Henry Rollins


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No matter how rough things can be at times, many Americans are optimistic and on the move.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

seashore during golden hour

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.

--Henry Rollins

brown and white bird on tree branch

War is very sad and small life is pathetically fragile at times.

--Henry Rollins

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

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.

--Henry Rollins

flying blue and green hummingbird

Sometimes the truth hurts. And sometimes it feels real good.

--Henry Rollins

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

I love capitalism. It rewards me for being brave -- it awards me for being innovative and thinking out of the box.

--Henry Rollins


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I've made some great mistakes in my life, but, you know, they were honest mistakes.

--Henry Rollins



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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

silhouette of trees during nighttime

Here in this moment we are beautiful, nocturnal creatures and our thoughts and words are jewels guarded by the moon.

--Henry Rollins



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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.

--Henry Rollins

stars across the sky view at the desert

Thank you for touching me. Some of the only moments worth living were spent with you. Not you especially, the collective you.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins


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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.

--Henry Rollins

snow covered brown mountain

America was cool with Saddam Hussein when he was killing Iranians.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins


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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.

--Henry Rollins


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There's a lot of mountain climbers trapped inside of bodies of people behind the counter at Kinko's.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins




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It is just that I don't want a wife and I don't want kids.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins




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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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Life will not break your heart. It'll crush it.

--Henry Rollins


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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.

--Henry Rollins


lion on green grass during golden hour

If you paid Americans a living wage, they would be able to pay for products made by Americans in America.

--Henry Rollins

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The history of apartheid-era South Africa is incredibly sad and at times infuriatingly incomprehensible.

--Henry Rollins


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Everyone who knows me knows that I'm a hopeless romantic who listens to love ballads and doo-wop songs all the time.

--Henry Rollins


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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.

--Henry Rollins

white desk lamp beside green plant

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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

sunset

Books are cool, but knowledge without mileage doesn't mean anything to me.

--Henry Rollins

blue and white water waves

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.

--Henry Rollins

beach shore during day time

When you start thinking as far as what's a good photo, unfortunately everything starts looking like a good photo.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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I am always interested in an opportunity to learn something.

--Henry Rollins

brown leaf on asphalt road

Life is weird, great and dangerous.

--Henry Rollins

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When you are young, there is so much ahead of you, it's like the Saharan desert. You can't even see across it.

--Henry Rollins

blue rose in close up photography

I live my life through the prism of capitalism and physiological limits and eventualities.

--Henry Rollins


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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.

--Henry Rollins

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When life hands you a lemon, say, 'Oh yeah, I like lemons! What else ya got?'

--Henry Rollins

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The Ruts were a great punk rock band from England whose songs were as excellent as their time together was short.

--Henry Rollins




green and white painted wall

I would like go to Palestine and interview people there about what their lives are like; same thing in Iran.

--Henry Rollins

blue and white abstract painting

If I had to live my life in anticipation of what others thought of me, little would get done.

--Henry Rollins


white flowers

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.

--Henry Rollins


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In blues music, there's a lot of borrowing, so it's often difficult to identify the originator of a song.

--Henry Rollins



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Half of life is up -- the other half is dealing with it.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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With a book, there's no volume to turn up. You're very naked with a book.

--Henry Rollins


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Love heals scars love left.

--Henry Rollins

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I'm a professional food eater.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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Most of the people who call me a sellout were 7 when I was down face-first in the punk trenches.

--Henry Rollins


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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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I'm not interested in censorship. I like the First Amendment very much.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins


brown humming bird flying in mid air

Nothing brings people together more, then mutual hatred.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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Giving a good performance, giving it all is what it's all about. I love to perform.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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Don't push me I've got a corner at my back I've nowhere to go except over you.

--Henry Rollins

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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?

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

sunset

Where there is young people and vitality, you're going to find punk rock.

--Henry Rollins



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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!'

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins



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An adult has the opportunity to enjoy the wisdom gleaned from previous decades of living and experience.

--Henry Rollins


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The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

brown sand beach during daytime

Trayvon Martin did not need to die.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

yellow flower in green grass field

I just travel the world with my backpack and my cameras and a bunch of Clif bars.

--Henry Rollins

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I never had any interest in being involved with the Boy Scouts.

--Henry Rollins

aerial photo of foggy mountains

In the summer of '84, you just couldn't escape the Born in the USA record.

--Henry Rollins

close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

More and more, journalism seems to have hopped out of Truth's pocket and crept into another.

--Henry Rollins

red wine digital wallpaper

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.

--Henry Rollins



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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.

--Henry Rollins

black and blue starry night

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.

--Henry Rollins

girl and boy figurines

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.

--Henry Rollins



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Do you know why Albert Camus was so prolific? He wrote to keep from screaming.

--Henry Rollins


pink and white tulips on white surface

I think to myself:
I don't want to survive this one
I want to burn up in the wreckage.

--Henry Rollins


gray surface

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.

--Henry Rollins


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One person's disaster is another person's talking point.

--Henry Rollins

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

I'm not trying to say I'm a big tough guy... I'm a typical American-waist deep in this violent culture.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

purple flowered hedge plants

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.

--Henry Rollins

water on seashore

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.

--Henry Rollins

green plants beside brown wooden door

I don't hate the government. I don't think the Second Amendment is being infringed upon.

--Henry Rollins

time lapse photography of fire

Your commander would never lie to you. That's the vice president's job.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

person on road at sunset

After I wrapped 'Sons of Anarchy,' I traveled by myself for ten weeks. I started in Jordan and finished in Mali, in Timbuktu.

--Henry Rollins



brown wooden surface

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.

--Henry Rollins

sunset with storm clouds

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.

--Henry Rollins

seashore during golden hour

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.

--Henry Rollins

full moon in the sky

Those who seek to profit by division don't stand a chance.

--Henry Rollins

woman carrying toddler on seashore

You can find me in the frozen mood section.

--Henry Rollins

rocks near shore during nighttime

I don't cuss in songs. It's too easy.

--Henry Rollins

people walking on hallway

I don't want to pass through life like a smooth plane ride.

--Henry Rollins

Arizona landscape

Contemporary bands often will do tour-only releases pressed and sold only in Australia. Crikey!

--Henry Rollins

silver round analog wall clock

We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost.

--Henry Rollins

gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves

Canadians are often a friendly bunch.

--Henry Rollins

purple petaled flower

The best revenge is to always survive yourself.

--Henry Rollins

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

It is only our humanity that can deliver us from the brutality of our achievements.

--Henry Rollins

cat in space

Some music really does suck!

--Henry Rollins

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

When you're very young, images that you upload into your very young mind tend to stay with you.

--Henry Rollins

pink and teal striped textile

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.

--Henry Rollins

group of camels walking on desert lake at daytime

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.

--Henry Rollins


gray cactus plant on white pot

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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

silhouette of trees during sunset

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.

--Henry Rollins

shallow focus photography of white flowers

I always start tours with a great deal of anticipation.

--Henry Rollins


man holding brown violin

I can't remember that I ever had just a minute of stage fright.

--Henry Rollins

orange smoke on blue background

But I have a good life. I enjoy what I do. I am married to work.

--Henry Rollins



silhouette of off-road car

If you listen to 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,' by Gil Scott-Heron, that album is dripping with rage.

--Henry Rollins

blooming yellow sunflower field

For me, jazz will always be the soundtrack of the civil rights movement.

--Henry Rollins

person on road at sunset

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?

--Henry Rollins




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The blues is losing someone you love and not having enough money to immerse yourself in drink.

--Henry Rollins


red and yellow abstract painting

I think Perry Ferrell put independent music on a very good path with Lollapalooza.

--Henry Rollins


silhouette of man and woman during sunset

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was vigorously and vociferously opposed by the Southern states. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed it into law nonetheless.

--Henry Rollins

red textile in close up photography

Sarah Palin embarrasses herself almost immediately upon opening her mouth to speak or upon moving her fingers to send messages to her dull flock.

--Henry Rollins

grassland landscape

The public library system of the United States is worth preserving.

--Henry Rollins

black pug puppy lying on gray bed

Maybe I'm just a psycho, and the stage is a better place to go than either the loony bin or somewhere else.

--Henry Rollins

black dog face

I love to go on stage and sing.

--Henry Rollins


sun

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.

--Henry Rollins


lightning strike at night

There is no way you are going to be forgiven for blowing up a village and killing a bunch of people.

--Henry Rollins



brown and gray brick wall

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.

--Henry Rollins

sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

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.

--Henry Rollins

toddlers standing outdoors

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.

--Henry Rollins



white and pink roses on pink wall

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.

--Henry Rollins

sunset

Nothing moves me more than the history of the United States.

--Henry Rollins

pink flower

Misery, depression, elation all mine, refine confinement all my design.

--Henry Rollins

sunset

It's why real men just go out in the woods and howl. I must do it and get paid.

--Henry Rollins


pink flower

I continually remind myself to live by a code. It's very important to me. I've got a bad temper.

--Henry Rollins

rainbow desert

I try to be well informed. I don't know how well I do all the time, but I try nonetheless.

--Henry Rollins


orange and white stone fragment

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.

--Henry Rollins

woman on seashore near island under blue sky

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.

--Henry Rollins

black sailing boat digital wallpaper

You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.

--Henry Rollins

A view of the night showing stars

I live my life by the numbers. Not only am I an American, I am an Americanist.

--Henry Rollins

grayscale photo of rock formation

Always knowing you're going to die And until then knowing you've got to live.

--Henry Rollins

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.

--Henry Rollins



red rose

With any advent in technology, any technological innovation, there is the good and the bad.

--Henry Rollins

yellow painted wall

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.

--Henry Rollins


green and black hummingbird

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.

--Henry Rollins

blue and white abstract painting

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.

--Henry Rollins

bird in the sky

With age, life becomes complex and difficult, often fraught with risk on several levels, from the practical to the fiscal.

--Henry Rollins

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

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.

--Henry Rollins

purple flowers under sunny sky

Being an artist is dragging your innermost feelings out, giving a piece of yourself, no matter in which art form, in which medium.

--Henry Rollins



photo of brown parquet

I think Naomi Klein was very astute with her book 'Shock Doctrine.' We make money on disaster.

--Henry Rollins

concert photos

Certainly, there are huge, multiplatinum bands whose singers command their audience's attention. Sadly, much of the time they have little to say.

--Henry Rollins

adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence

August, the summer's last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor.

--Henry Rollins

black mountain under blue sky during night time

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.

--Henry Rollins


yellow flower field during sunset

I need to do things on my own, need to be left alone.

--Henry Rollins

fine trees waving

If you really want a true confrontation, you treat your opponent with respect.

--Henry Rollins


calm ocean

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.

--Henry Rollins


aerial view of gray building on brown sand

Hating someone is giving them too much, just leave them alone.

--Henry Rollins

yellow sunflowers

Music keeps you young. Having music in your life keeps you open to things.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

gray concrete painted wall

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.

--Henry Rollins


yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

I have always maintained that Iggy Pop is the Heavyweight Champion of Rock and Roll.

--Henry Rollins

adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence

I thought I was gonna be in the minimum-wage working world all my life.

--Henry Rollins

blue and white striped textile

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.

--Henry Rollins


ocean

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.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

snowflake

Friends come and go but 200lbs is always 200lbs.

--Henry Rollins

calm ocean

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.

--Henry Rollins


photo of gray moon

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.

--Henry Rollins


purple flowered hedge plants

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.

--Henry Rollins

gray concrete surface

I prefer to work out alone. It enables me to concentrate on the lessons that the Iron has for me.

--Henry Rollins

sunset

I am well protected Too locked up Inside myself To get free.

--Henry Rollins

pink and teal striped textile

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.

--Henry Rollins

rocky mountain

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.

--Henry Rollins

silhouette of tall trees

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.

--Henry Rollins

snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

Kids need parents who love and support them unconditionally, full stop.

--Henry Rollins

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

A country that has been through as much as Vietnam has to have some crazy music somewhere.

--Henry Rollins


Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

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.

--Henry Rollins

person holding flowers

In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.

--Henry Rollins

pink and white tulips on white surface

Florida is a crazy place, and I have played some of the wildest shows of my life here.

--Henry Rollins


white and blue sky during daytime

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.

--Henry Rollins



castle surrounded fog

Youth is fleeting and life is short, you might as well strike hard. Anything else is just average.

--Henry Rollins

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

The first Van Halen album makes Johnny Rotten out to be what he really was and still is: a hairdresser.

--Henry Rollins

empty gray carpet

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.

--Henry Rollins

white clouds and blue sky

I believe that contentment or any sustained period of joy that doesn't inspire thought that leads to action almost immediately is useless.

--Henry Rollins



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I always found the Chicago audience to be a smart, fast-moving, violent and cheerful lot, and it's always good to be back.

--Henry Rollins

red flower in shallow focus lens

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.

--Henry Rollins

worm's eye view of trees during night time

Break from self rejection, try some introspection.

--Henry Rollins

desert grassland

I want to learn more about the world. It makes me want to get up and go.

--Henry Rollins

yellow flower field under clear sky

I have to do things for myself, and if those standards are set high, then it's up to me to pass or fail.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins



mountain dew during sunrise

When you start to doubt yourself the real world will eat you alive.

--Henry Rollins

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I would like to become a better photographer. I'm working on that.

--Henry Rollins


closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

There are records that, in my opinion, only reach their full potential when the listener is disoriented.

--Henry Rollins

full moon in the sky

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.'

--Henry Rollins

yellow sunflowers

In my world there would be as many public libraries as there are Starbucks.

--Henry Rollins

photography of white sky at golden hour

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.

--Henry Rollins

white and blue floral textile

To hate is to show you still care, who needs that, focus on what's really important.

--Henry Rollins

gray cactus plant on white pot

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.

--Henry Rollins

person surfing on sea waves during daytime

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.

--Henry Rollins

white and blue ice on water

We are misery-making machines! Homo sapiens has perfected the art of causing suffering. Pain is humankind's collective GDP.

--Henry Rollins

panoramic photography of mountains

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.

--Henry Rollins


pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

I spend a lot of time alone so I get a lot done. I don't do much else but work, check things out.

--Henry Rollins

woman in black tank top and gray leggings doing yoga

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.

--Henry Rollins


man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

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.

--Henry Rollins

man holding brown violin

Will punk rock ever die? Pal, if you have to ask it's dead to you.

--Henry Rollins

cowboy on horseback herding

Adolescence is a plague on the senses.

--Henry Rollins

black textile in close up photography

For me, returning to Los Angeles annihilates the memories of where I have just been with an astonishing speed.

--Henry Rollins


white and blue ice on water

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.

--Henry Rollins

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For some there is no music
No lights
No fire
No untamed madness that breathes life
There is work
Anguish
Frustration
Rage
Despair
A dullness that rings like wooden thunder.

--Henry Rollins

lighted candle in dark room

I am an employment hyena. I am happy to make a meal of what the lions leave behind.

--Henry Rollins

yellow and white color illustration

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.

--Henry Rollins


red wine digital wallpaper

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.

--Henry Rollins

person holding white book

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.

--Henry Rollins



houses and trees during nighttime

To me, the real 'state of the union' is found in how Americans react to current events.

--Henry Rollins


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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.

--Henry Rollins

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

I am a pretty crazy person, so it's best for me to be on my own most of the time.

--Henry Rollins

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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.

--Henry Rollins

rocky mountain under starry night

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.

--Henry Rollins

yellow and black striped background

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.

--Henry Rollins

bird in the sky

Most poets are elitist dregs more concerned with proving their skill with a dictionary than communicating ideas with impact.

--Henry Rollins


tall trees with dried leaves on ground

Shirley Sherrod seems like a good and dedicated person.

--Henry Rollins

selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

I love being a storyteller. I love telling stories.

--Henry Rollins

man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket

Songs sung under duress are often very powerful.

--Henry Rollins



tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

My understanding of first-degree murder is that premeditation needs to be proven.

--Henry Rollins

woman standing on beachfront

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.

--Henry Rollins

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

I don't mind bees and think we are all the better for having them around. I like the taste of honey.

--Henry Rollins

blue rose in close up photography

Having an identity is one thing. Being born into an identity is quite a different matter.

--Henry Rollins

white sand

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.

--Henry Rollins

flame illustration

I take the work seriously, just not myself in it.

--Henry Rollins


silhouette of children's running on hill

I think it's important to have some documentation of the past.

--Henry Rollins

white wall paint with black shadow

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.

--Henry Rollins

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Henry Rollins

clear wine glass with red wine

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.

--Henry Rollins

Arizona landscape rain

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.

--Henry Rollins


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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.

--Henry Rollins

green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime

After I left D.C. to join Black Flag, I felt I was in a band.

--Henry Rollins

gray concrete road between trees

All my big heroes are literary, writers.

--Henry Rollins

Longer Version:

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.


aerial photography of pine trees with mist

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.

--Henry Rollins

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

Ramones music has a Pavlovian effect on me -- the song starts, and the world blurs around the sound.

--Henry Rollins

blue wall

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.

--Henry Rollins


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