77+ Best Dave Grohl Quotes:Exclusive Selection

David Eric Grohl is an American singer, songwriter, musician and director. He is best known for longest-serving drummer for Nirvana from late 1990 to early 1994. Profoundly inspirational Dave Grohl quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Dave Grohl Quotes

Always have the highest bar for yourself. Wake up every day and no matter how crappy you feel, want to change something for the better. Do something that makes someone happy. Create something that inspires someone. Be someone’s light when they are hopeless. Dave Grohl

No one is you, and that is your power. Dave Grohl

If you play a Nickleback song backwards you’ll hear messages from the devil. Even worse, if you play it forwards you’ll hear Nickleback. Dave Grohl

I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it. That’s what’s wrong with our generation that residual punk rock guilt, like, You’re not supposed to like that. That’s not fucking cool. Don’t fucking think it’s not cool to like Britney Spears Toxic. It is cool to like Britney Spears Toxic! Why the fuck not? Fuck you! That’s who I am, goddamn it! That whole guilty pleasure thing is full of fucking shit. Dave Grohl

That’s one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons. Dave Grohl

Heavy Metal would not exist without Led Zeppelin, and if it did, it would suck. Dave Grohl

You will only be great at things you love to do don’t pursue a career in something you hate to do. Dave Grohl

I had no idea what I was doing and I faked it and it worked. Dave Grohl

Be someone’s light when they are hopeless. Dave Grohl

No one is you and that is your biggest power. Dave Grohl

I think that if you’re passionate about something and you’re driven and you’re focused, then you can pretty much do anything that you want to do in life. Dave Grohl

For, in a world full of Barbies, every girl needs a Joan Jett. Dave Grohl

You look up to your heroes and you shouldn’t be intimidated by them; you should be inspired by them. Dave Grohl

Life is just too damn short to let someone else’s opinion steer the Wheel. Dave Grohl

As I get older. I start to realize that life ain’t half bad. Each year, I’m amazed that I’m still alive. I don’t take any of this for granted, I’m a lucky dude. Dave Grohl

There’s a big difference between falling in love with someone and falling in love with someone and getting married. Usually, after you get married, you fall in love with the person even more. Dave Grohl

How do I stay humble? Because I’m the best at being humble. Dave Grohl

If only he could have seen the joy that his music brought to the world, maybe he could have found his own. My life was forever changed by Kurt, something I never had the chance to say while he was still with us, and not thanking him for that is a regret I will have to live with until we are somehow reunited. Not a day goes by when I don’t think of our time together, and when we meet in my dreams there’s always a feeling of happiness and calm, almost as if he’s just been hiding, waiting to return. Dave Grohl

Nickelback walks into a bar there’s no punchline because ruining music isn’t funny. Dave Grohl

The most important thing for me is my family, and my health and happiness, and making sure everyone’s cool. Dave Grohl

Wow, I get to wake up again? Ok. You have to make good with what you’ve got. Dave Grohl

But with friends, you design your own relationship, which in turn designs your grief, which can be felt even deeper when they are gone. Those can be roots that are much harder to pull. Dave Grohl

In this day and age, when you can use a machine or computer to simulate or emulate what people can do together, it still can’t replace the magic of four people in a room playing. Dave Grohl

Through Kurt I saw the beauty of minimalism and the importance of music that’s stripped down. Dave Grohl

The human element of making music is what’s most important. Dave Grohl

And there is no love like a mother’s love. It is life’s greatest song. We are all indebted to the women who have given us life. For without them, there would be no music. Dave Grohl

Don’t look at the poster on your wall and think I could never do that. Look at the poster on your wall and think I’m gonna do that! Dave Grohl

I was born to let my freak flag fly and celebrate all of life’s beautiful eccentricities. Dave Grohl

There’s some things in life that you really consider to be priceless. Dave Grohl

You will only be great at the things you love to do. Don’t pursue a career in something you hate to do. Dave Grohl

Never lose faith in real rock and roll music. Never lose faith in that. You might have to look a little harder, but it’s always going to be there. Dave Grohl

To me, that is beauty. Not the gleam of prefabricated perfection, but the road worn beauty of individuality, time, and wisdom. Dave Grohl

Guilt is cancer. Guilt will confine you, torture you, destroy you as an artist. It’s a black wall. It’s a thief. Dave Grohl

Tearing through the room like an F5 tornado of hyperactive joy was Taylor Hawkins, my brother from another mother, my best friend, a man for whom I would take a bullet. Upon first meeting, our bond was immediate, and we grew closer with every day, every song, every note that we ever played together. I am not afraid to say that our chance meeting was a kind of love at first sight, igniting a musical twin flame that still burns to this day. Together, we have become an unstoppable duo, onstage and off, in pursuit of any and all adventure we can find. We are absolutely meant to be, and I am grateful that we found each other in this lifetime. Dave Grohl

I can understand how some people might resent me for having the audacity to continue playing music, but it’d take a lot more than that to stop me from doing it. I started Foo Fighters because I didn’t want to retreat. Dave Grohl

I love my children as I was loved as a child, and I pray that they will do the same when their time comes. Some cycles are meant to be broken. Some are meant to be reinforced. Dave Grohl

When something good comes your way, you better feel fortunate, because it doesn’t last forever. Dave Grohl

I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it. Dave Grohl

To women, drummers seem like these adorable, sexy Neanderthals, but lead singers seem mysterious and dangerous. So while the lead singers all want to be David Bowie, floating into parties and being the center of attention, it’s the drummers who are in the corner doing keg stands and breaking tables. Usually it’s the drummers who get the fun loving ladies and the singers who get the nutcases. Dave Grohl

I felt ashamed at times that I could not feel, but eventually I accepted that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. There is no textbook no manual to refer to when in need of emotional guidance. It is a process that cannot be controlled, and you are hopelessly at the mercy of its grip, so you must surrender to it when it rears its ugly head, no matter the fear. Over the years, I have come to terms with this. To this day I am often overcome with that same profound sadness that sent me to the floor the first time I was told Kurt had died. Dave Grohl

I had never been in charge of anything. I’d always worked for someone. I worked for a furniture warehouse. I did masonry. I always had a boss yelling at me. So I’d never been in charge of an organization. Dave Grohl

After all, you are only as happy as your unhappiest child. Dave Grohl

What we feel most comfortable doing is playing loud, screaming rock songs. Dave Grohl

Sometimes, you can’t save someone from themselves. Dave Grohl

There’s always gonna be rock n’ roll bands, there’s always gonna be kids that love rock n’ roll records, and there will always be rock n’ roll. Dave Grohl

I stopped trying to understand fate and destiny a long time ago, but dumb luck seems to be my specialty. Dave Grohl

When you’re young, you’re not afraid of what comes next. You’re excited by it. Dave Grohl

My head and my heart seem to play this cruel trick on me, deceiving me with the false illusion of youth by greeting the world every day through the idealistic, mischievous eyes of a rebellious child finding happiness and appreciation in the most basic, simple things. Dave Grohl

It’s not until recently that I could even imagine myself as an adult. But these kids today, they look at me like I’m Neil Young. Nirvana is the band their parents listen to. Dave Grohl

You cannot predict a person’s sudden passing, but there are certain people in life that you prepare yourself to lose, for whatever reason. You foolishly try to protect yourself by building a wall around your heart as a sort of preemptive defense mechanism so that when you get that call, you are prepared somehow. Like being emotionally vaccinated, you have already built up an immunity to their inevitable passing. But this never works. Dave Grohl

When there’s so much left to do, why spend your time focusing on things you’ve already done, counting trophies or telling stories about the good old days? Dave Grohl

Courage is a defining factor in the life of any artist. The courage to bare your innermost feelings, to reveal your true voice, or to stand in front of an audience and lay it out there for the world to see. The emotional vulnerability that is often necessary to summon a great song can also work against you when sharing your song for the world to hear. This is the paralyzing conflict of any sensitive artist. A feeling I’ve experienced with every lyric I’ve sung to someone other than myself. Will they like it? Am I good enough? It is the courage to be yourself that bridges those opposing emotions, and when it does, magic can happen. Dave Grohl

There’s something about heartbreak that makes for great music, but the same could be said for Jägermeister. Hangovers make for great music, too. Dave Grohl

That’s one of the greatest things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons. Dave Grohl

Most people don’t take some things into consideration. When they hear an album, they hear the artist or they hear the lyric or they hear the melody. But they don’t really think about the environment in which it was recorded, which is so important. It’s that thing that determines what the album sounds like. Dave Grohl

Trust me, the sweet sting of a love refused is powerful enough to send any scribe scrambling for pen and paper. Dave Grohl

The fact that I’m virtually deaf. Any woman who’s going to date a rock musician has to be prepared to repeat herself every 10 seconds. My wife asks me where we should go for dinner and it sounds like the schoolteacher from Charlie Brown. Dave Grohl

Trust me, the sweet sting of a love refused is powerful enough to send any scribe scrambling for pen and paper. Dave Grohl

I think people should feel encouraged to be themselves. Dave Grohl

I have never been one to collect stuff, I do collect moments. Dave Grohl

I don’t think of Kurt as Kurt Cobain from Nirvana. I think of him as Kurt. It’s something that comes back all the time. Almost every day. Dave Grohl

I was a bit of a misfit, longing to feel understood, waiting for someone to accept the real me. Dave Grohl

It’s funny, there aren’t too many musicians that also moonlight as studio engineers. There’s a few the really brilliant ones. Dave Grohl

To really see America, you need to drive it mile by mile. Because you not only begin to grasp the immensity of this beautiful country, you see the climate and geography change with every state line. These are indeed things that cannot be learned from an old school book under the cold classroom lights. They must be seen, heard, and felt in person to be truly appreciated. Dave Grohl

At 13 years old, I realized I could start my own band. I could write my own song, I could record my own record. I could start my own label. I could release my own record. I could book my own shows. I could write and publish my own fanzine. I could silk screen my own T-shirt. I could do this all myself. Dave Grohl

When I was seventeen years old, music had become my counselor when I needed guidance, my friend when I felt alone, my father when I needed love, my preacher when I needed hope, and my partner when I needed to belong. Dave Grohl

Just the other day someone threw a bra duct taped to a tennis ball. I just stood there, playing guitar, thinking how this was totally premeditated. Some girl sat around inventing a way to get her bra onstage from 40 rows back. Dave Grohl

Punk rock became my professor in a school with no rules, only teaching the lesson that you need no lessons and that every person has a voice to be heard, no matter the sound. Dave Grohl

When you’re thirteen and listening to punk, the aggressive nature of music can sway you to the dark side. Dave Grohl

That I would celebrate the ensuing years by embracing the toll they’d take on me. Dave Grohl

There’s nothing I’d rather do than make music. It’s the love of my life. Dave Grohl

To me, it is god. A divine mystery in whose power I will forever hold an unconditional trust. And it is moments like these that cement my faith. So, when you hear that parade coming down the street, spreading joy and love with every note, don’t just listen; join in the march. You never know where it may lead you. Dave Grohl

I was ready to quit music. It felt to me like music equalled death. Dave Grohl

None of my other friends actually hung out with their parents, especially not at a fucking jazz club in downtown DC, so it made me think she was intrinsically cool and this was another way of strengthening our bond. Dave Grohl

Nothing’s going to keep me from making music. If I were in the want ads in the back of the paper or playing to six people at a coffee shop, I’d still love to make music. Dave Grohl