Famous Quotes By Henry Rollins


  1. As long as I tell the truth I feel that nobody can touch me.
  2. Being an artist is dragging your innermost feelings out, giving a piece of yourself, no matter in which art form, in which medium.
  3. But I have a good life. I enjoy what I do. I am married to work.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Everyone who knows me knows that I'm a hopeless romantic who listens to love ballads and doo-wop songs all the time.
  7. Hope is the last thing a person does before they are defeated.
  8. I am an optimist because I want to change things for the better and I know that blood has to be spilled and disharmony and cruelty are necessary to do that.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I don't mean to be arrogant and I really appreciate my fans but talking about what I am doing is not something I'm good at. I do what I do and that's it. I want to get back to my work and do more of it instead of talking about it.
  12. I don't mind The Boss. I think he's an honest guy. I have some of his records, not all of them. I've met a couple of the E-Street guys, and they seem really cool.
  13. I have always thought that change you can see and feel is best.
  14. I have not the smarts or patience for political office.
  15. 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.
  16. I just travel the world with my backpack and my cameras and a bunch of Clif bars.
  17. I need to do things on my own, need to be left alone.
  18. I take the work seriously, just not myself in it.
  19. I think politicians get hamstrung by the nature of politics when the private sector can really do great things.
  20. I want to change things for the better, just like everybody else.
  21. I'm 36 and if I met a woman of my own age and married her, I'd also be marrying her former life, her past. It might be OK for some people - I don't want to judge it or anything - but it's not for me. It would destroy my creativity.
  22. It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.
  23. I've made some great mistakes in my life, but, you know, they were honest mistakes.
  24. Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
  25. Most Americans are very cool people.
  26. Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Some music really does suck!
  30. Sometimes the truth hurts. And sometimes it feels real good.
  31. The blues is losing someone you love and not having enough money to immerse yourself in drink.
  32. 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.
  33. The scarcity of the music not only makes the music itself enjoyable but it also gives the collector a strange sense of superiority.
  34. The world's a better place since I chose music.
  35. War is very sad and small life is pathetically fragile at times.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. You don't have to twist my arm to work.
  40. You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.

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