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Henry Rollins Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Henry Rollins

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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

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

What I don't want to do is go out there and not be able to mean it,
you know?
- Henry Rollins

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

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

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.
- Henry Rollins


 

There's no such thing as an ex-junkie.
- Henry Rollins

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.
- Henry Rollins

I love to go on stage and sing.
- Henry Rollins

This is my 25th year of being on stage.
A lot of people who I kind of toed up to the starting
line with are no longer in this position.
I feel very, very lucky.
- Henry Rollins

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

It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.
- Henry Rollins

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

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

I think about the meaning of pain.
Pain is personal.
It really belongs to the one feeling it.
Probably the only thing that is your own.
I like mine.
- Henry Rollins

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

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

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

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

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

As long as I tell the truth I feel that nobody can touch me.
- Henry Rollins

Loneliness adds beauty to life.
It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
- Henry Rollins

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

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

Sometimes the truth hurts.
And sometimes it feels real good.
- Henry Rollins

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

I can only write about personal stuff,
about my point of view.
- Henry Rollins

My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.
- Henry Rollins

Nothing brings people together more,
then mutual hatred.
- Henry Rollins

Keep your blood clean, your body lean,
and your mind sharp.
- Henry Rollins

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

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.
- Henry Rollins

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

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

Well, we run my ship differently.
Any offer that comes in, I yay or nay it,
no matter how insane it is.
Like, if someone asks me if I'm interested in doing a porn film,
the answer to that is going to be no,
but it comes to me anyway.
I'm responsible for making the call.
- Henry Rollins

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

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

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.
- Henry Rollins

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.
- Henry Rollins

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

I don't believe in fate or destiny.
I believe in various degrees of hatred,
paranoia, and abandonment.
However much of that gets heaped upon you doesn't matter -
it's only a matter of how much you can take and what it does to you.
- Henry Rollins

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

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

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Urgent? Why?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

We may have our private opinions
but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Choose to See Beauty and Joy:
Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Why not go out on a limb?
Isn't that where the fruit is?
- Mark Twain

If I am a legend, then why am I so lonely?
- Judy Garland

"Be Prepared."
"Be prepared for what?"
"Why, for any old thing."
- Robert Baden-Powell,
the founder of Scouting.
[as quoted in the Boy Scout Handbook]

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

You see things and you say, Why?
But I dream things that never were and say, Why not
- George Bernard Shaw

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed,
and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Why live?
Adding one to my count of days, or postponing
a feared death by another day do not inspire me.
I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new, meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Why, I'd like nothing better than to achieve
some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.
- Aristophanes

The reason why men do not obey us,
is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

I can see, and that is why I can be happy,
in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden.
I can see a God-made world, not a manmade world.
- Helen Keller

Always listen to the experts.
They'll tell you what can't be done and why.
Then do it.
- Robert Heinlein

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something,
some reason why we're here. What are we doing here? Who are we?
If this is a chance to find out
even just a little part of that answer...
I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?
- the Jodie Foster movie Contact (1997)

I can't understand why people
are frightened by new ideas.
I'm frightened of old ones.
- John Cage

I am a miracle, and that's why I'm ME.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is change. Without change, there is no life.
Why then do we so fight against change?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us.
That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.
- Emily Kimbrough


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