160+ Best Henry Rollins Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Henry Lawrence Garfield, better known as Henry Rollins, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, presenter, comedian, and activist. Profoundly inspirational Henry Rollins quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Henry Rollins Quotes

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

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

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

Strength is the product of struggle; you must do what others don’t to achieve what others won’t. – Henry Rollins

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

Do it or don’t. It’s amazing how many things in life are that easy. – Henry Rollins

And I laugh at myself when I screw things up, which happens all the time. – Henry Rollins

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

Collecting records is, for many, beyond a hobby. – Henry Rollins

I get tired of talking when I want to be silent. – Henry Rollins

I think marriage is a boring and fault-ridden contractual obligation. – Henry Rollins

I will do my best to dodge tonight’s depression Hide in sleep Damage myself in dreams Wake up older, slightly more used. – Henry Rollins

The streets lie, the sidewalks lie, everything lies You can try and read it but you’re gonna get it wrong…all wrong The summer evenings burn and melt and the nights glitter but you’re gonna get it wrong And it’s gonna sink its teeth into your flesh and pull you to the bottom. – Henry Rollins

We humans are hard to deal with. We are a loud, complex and demanding bunch. Often, we are best dealt with from a safe distance and for only brief periods of time. This could be why a lot of marriages fail. – Henry Rollins

We Americans are hard on almost everything. We are hard on our vehicles, our marriages and our heroes. Mostly, however, we are hard on ourselves. – Henry Rollins

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

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

If people are being upstanding citizens of the Republic, then you have to widen the net to incarcerate them. This explains why America’s prisons are full of nonviolent offenders – a perfect example of American exceptionalism. – Henry Rollins

I used to fight the pain, but recently this became clear to me: pain is not my enemy; it is my call to greatness. But when dealing with the Iron, one must be careful to interpret the pain correctly. Most injuries involving the Iron come from ego. I once spent a few weeks lifting weight that my body wasn’t ready for and spent a few months not picking up anything heavier than a fork. Try to lift what you’re not prepared to and the Iron will teach you a little lesson in restraint and self-control. – Henry Rollins

If I was gay, there would be no closet. You would never see the closet I came out of. Why? Because I’d have burned it for kindling by the time I was twelve… If I was gay, at this stage of the game?age 37, aging alternative icon?I’d be taking out ads. – Henry Rollins

Why let your fury lay deep inside you, sullenly boiling your blood into silent steam and griding your bones to dust? I it not better to thrust it out with great velocity from every pore, with your every action? Let your actions speak your legend. The physical is the manifestation of the spirit. Let your spirit be teeming with fury. Let your strength be unusual and controlled. 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

People have become separated from their bodies. They are no longer whole. I see them move from their offices to their cars and on to their suburban homes. They stress out constantly, they lose sleep, they eat badly. And they behave badly. Their egos run wild; they become motivated by that which will eventually give them a massive stroke. They need the Iron Mind. – Henry Rollins

One day, I stopped hating. I ceased all meaningless activity. I completed the circle. I Set my sights straight. Like an Arrow I flew. I stopped acting. I got tired of playing with you. Random violence and destruction Because my reason for living, my out, My excuse. What is your excuse? Destruction. Without hate, without fear, Without judgement. I am no better Than you. No-one knows this better Than I do. I just got tired of playing Parlor Games. – Henry Rollins

I just want to be able to stand up straight for a little while before I get cut down. – Henry Rollins

As performers grow older, I reckon there are two ways they can go. They can either be up there, playing more deeply from their guts than ever, or they can be phoning it in so crassly that it leaves a lump in your throat as you leave the venue at the end of the show. – Henry Rollins

The ones who don’t do anything are always the ones who try to pull you down. – Henry Rollins

The easy solution isn’t the solution, it’s the problem. – Henry Rollins

Love beyond the damage. – Henry Rollins

It has been hard to get my head around how Justice Antonin Scalia rationalizes his decisions. His body blow to the Voting Rights Act was a head scratcher, but at least he was calm when he attempted to justify his odd logic. – Henry Rollins

For many years, my favorite director has been the Japanese giant Akira Kurosawa. – Henry Rollins

I could fall in love with a cruel desert that kills without passion, a canyon full of scorpions, one thousand blinding arctic storms, a century sealed in a cave, a river of molten salt flowing down my throat. But never with you. – Henry Rollins

Sometimes it seems the harder you try to hold onto something or someone the more it wants to get away. You feel like some kind of criminal for having felt, for having wanted. For having wanted to be wanted. It confuses you because you think that your feelings were wrong and it makes you feel so small because it’s so hard to keep it inside when you let it out and it doesn’t come back. You’re left so alone that you can’t explain. – Henry Rollins

When was the last time you wanted to say it all to the right person To have it all come out right, to surprise yourself at how together you could be. When was the last time you ever met someone who made you want to give it all to them I mean give yourself to them. Where you couldn’t express yourself enough – like you wanted to cut off one of your arms to be understood. That’s it – you would cut your head off to have someone understand you. You know how pointless that one is. You know how many times you’ve smashed yourself to bits on the rocks. – Henry Rollins

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

If you have an idea of what you want to do in your future, you must go at it with almost monastic obsession. […] You have to go at it single-mindedly and let nothing get in your way. – Henry Rollins

Through the years, I have combined meditation, action, and the Iron into a single strength. I believe that when the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts. Time spent away from the Iron makes my mind degenerate. I wallow in a thick depression. My body shuts down my mind. – Henry Rollins

There’s got to be someone for me. It’s not too much to ask. Just someone to be with. Someone to love. Someone to give everything to. Someone. – Henry Rollins

Somewhere someone is thinking of you. Someone is calling you an angel. This person is using celestial colors to paint your image. Someone is making you into a vision so beautiful that it can only live in the mind. – Henry Rollins

Girls aren’t beautiful, they’re pretty. Beautiful is too heavy a word to assign to a girl. Women are beautiful because their faces show that they know they have lost something and picked up something else. – Henry Rollins

I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. – Henry Rollins

She touches me The jungle lights up with incinerating fire Looks like a flaming serpent I look into her eyes I see a movie flickering Car crashes People kicking corpses Men ripping their tracheas out and shaking them at the sky I think to myself: I don’t want to survive this one I want to burn up in the wreckage Cooking flesh in the jungle – Henry Rollins

Imagine a 15-year-old kid saying, ‘I have two moms – it’s cool.’ I don’t fear that at all. – Henry Rollins

its no surprise to me that anyone hardly tells the truth about how they feel. The smart ones keep to themselves for good reason. Why would you want to tell anyone anything that’s dear to you? Even when you like them and want nothing more than to be closer to them? It’s so painful to be next to someone you feel so strongly about and know you can’t say the things you want to. – Henry Rollins

It is impossible, after a certain point, to go back to a previous way of life, a previous way of thinking. – Henry Rollins

I think that humans have a huge capacity to carry pain and sadness. There are things that haunt us our entire lives; we are unable to let them go. The good times seem almost effervescent and dreamlike in comparison with the times that didn’t go so well. – Henry Rollins

People are best on records and books because you can turn them off or put them back on the shelf. – Henry Rollins

People look at things differently. Imagine going to a village in Southern Sudan and try to explain to someone there the concept of life insurance or retirement. Go to Vietnam and say retirement. 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. So you move in with your son and his new wife takes care of you because that’s how families work there. – Henry Rollins

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

The best revenge is to always survive yourself. – Henry Rollins

I don’t really write for fun; it’s not an enjoyable experience. For me, art, or whatever the hell it is I do, has always been a refuge from that which makes me want to tear my lungs out. That’s why I play like I play; I’m not into entertainment. – Henry Rollins

I never thought about getting any tattoos removed. – Henry Rollins

Some soldier will say, ‘You know, sir, you and I have some political disagreements, but I’m glad you came all the way out here.’ And you know, you say, ‘Well, maybe one day you’ll see the light but I’m glad to be out here with you.’ – Henry Rollins

What if Americans were all judged by the actions of the Bush administration and people did not know the truth? That America is full of people who are, at present, poorly represented and poorly catered to by the media. – Henry Rollins

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. And if you can do that, I will follow you on bloody stumps through the snow. I will nibble your mukluks with my own teeth. I will do your windows. I will care about your feelings. Just have something in there. – Henry Rollins

Go without a coat when it’s cold; find out what cold is. Go hungry; keep your existence lean. Wear away the fat, get down to the lean tissue and see what it’s all about. The only time you define your character is when you go without. In times of hardship, you find out what you’re made of and what you’re capable of. If you’re never tested, you’ll never define you character. – Henry Rollins

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

Muscle mass does not always equal strength. Strength is kindness and sensitivity. Strength is understanding that your power is both physical and emotional. That it comes from the body and the mind. And the heart. – Henry Rollins

You have to get away from them. You have to get as far away as you can otherwise, they’ll kill you with their lives. They don’t know what they do. They are careless with themselves and they take too much for granted. They make their shortcomings your problem. The only way to keep your head above it and heal your wounds is to crawl away. – Henry Rollins

My main goal is to stay alive. To keep fooling myself into hanging around. To keep getting up every day. Right now, I live without inspiration. I go day to day and do the work because it’s all I know. I know that if I keep moving, I stand a chance. I must keep myself going until I find a reason to live. I need one so bad. On the other hand maybe, I don’t. Maybe it’s all bullshit. Nothing I knew from my old life can help me here. Most of the things that I believed turned out to be useless. Appendages from someone else’s life. – Henry Rollins

We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don’t. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success. – Henry Rollins

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

Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor. – Henry Rollins

It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. – Henry Rollins

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

Pizza makes me think that anything is possible. – Henry Rollins

I want to meet a woman that will make me stop and listen to what she has to say. I want a woman who will make my jaw drop in awe. A woman that has little time for me. One who does not throw herself at me. One who respects herself who has a sense of herself. Where is she – Henry Rollins

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

It’s so painful to be next to someone you feel strongly about and know you can’t say the things you want to. – Henry Rollins

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

All by yourself, unable to express the pain of your distress with your deeper inside. You alienate yourself and everybody else. – Henry Rollins

There’s one thing about Black Sabbath which should not be understated: If Black Sabbath is missing any one of its members it’s no longer Black Sabbath. – Henry Rollins

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

You can get what you want. Never sell out. Don’t break. Don’t weaken. Don’t let the kindness of strangers be your salvation, for it is no salvation at all. Unless you sleep alone, you sleep with the enemy. Never come out of the storm. On the other hand, maybe you should. You don’t have what it takes to go the hard way. Come out of the cold and sit by the fire. Let them warm you with the smiles and promise of friendship’s fortune. Lose your edge. A soft body and chained mind suit you. Chances are you don’t have what it takes to walk the frozen trail. Stay home and relax. – Henry Rollins

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

I am on until I am dead, like a light bulb. – Henry Rollins

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

I have come to regard November as the older, harder man’s October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer’s death as winter tightens its grip. – Henry Rollins

One of the most prevalent and undermentioned genres of music is what is known as noise. You can find it all over the world happening in basements, small venues and even some festivals. Often blown off or belittled by critics, the form for the most part goes unheard and unnoticed. – Henry Rollins

While I have no empirical evidence to back this up, I bet that the number of homosexual people per thousand has not fluctuated all that much over the centuries. I do not believe the dented wisdom my father used to extol, that homosexuality was a sure sign of a civilization in decline. – Henry Rollins

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

I’m not in a position where I get to pick and choose roles. I usually go on auditions in long lines and embarrass myself in front of casting directors, and with a lump in my throat and my ears burning, I walk past reception and smirking actors as I go to the parking garage and go back on the highway. – Henry Rollins

I’m not harmful, just introspective. You can probably think I’m weird, but it’s not harmful weird. – Henry Rollins

I’m actually on the Twitter like all those crazy young kids are, and if I’m going to do an in-store appearance or I post something on my website, I tweet these followers, a word I don’t like so much, and over 50,000 people go, like, ‘Okay, I got it.’ – Henry Rollins

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

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

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

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

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

If the Constitution was a movie, the Preamble would be the trailer, the First Amendment the establishing shot, the 13th the crowd pleaser and the 14th the ultimate hero scene. – 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 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

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

August, the summer’s last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor. – Henry Rollins

August used to be a sad month for me. As the days went on, the thought of school starting weighed heavily upon my young frame. That coupled with the oppressive heat and humidity of my native Washington, D.C., only seemed to heighten the misery. – Henry Rollins

‘SMiLE’ is perhaps the Beach Boys’ most legendary album. It was recorded in 1966 and 1967 but only saw a formal release in 2011. That’s a long time to wait for what was said to be Brian Wilson’s masterpiece. – Henry Rollins

I have come to the conclusion that it’s a waste of time to have too much pride in anything. Perhaps it’s good to have a sense of duty, a jealous zeal to protect or improve, but pride ultimately is only that which stands vulnerable to offense and degradation. – Henry Rollins

Marriage equality is a term so ridiculous on its face that when you hear it mentioned, you would think you were in Riyadh. Years from now, perhaps we can lose the equality part, the same-sex part and call it what it is – marriage. – Henry Rollins

There’s always going to be a need for activism; there’s always going to be a need for you and me doing the right thing, being very Lincoln-sonian in looking out for each other. – Henry Rollins

Each year, every city in the world that can should have a multiday festival. More people meeting each other, digging new types of music, new foods, new ideas. You want to stop having so many wars? This could be a step in the right direction. – Henry Rollins

When you’re going into an employment environment that looks pretty scary, it is easy to lose your moral compass, your decency, your sense of civility and your sense of community. – Henry Rollins

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

I spend several days at a time without enough sleep. At first, normal activities become annoying. When you are too tired to eat, you really need some sleep. A few days later, things become strange. Loud noises become louder and more startling, familiar sounds become unfamiliar, and life reinvents itself as a surrealist dream. – Henry Rollins

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

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

I don’t know how much you follow current events. For some, there’s not enough time to keep up on what’s happening; for others, the news is too depressing, and peering too deeply fills one with boiling frustration all too quickly. – Henry Rollins

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

Mr. Christ, I read you as an infinitely patient entity who, as they say, often works in mysterious ways, a rebel unafraid to take the tougher, less traveled paths. Seems to me you’re playing the long game. Is that why more states are coming out in favor of marriage equality? Is that why the Affordable Care Act is now with us? – Henry Rollins

Musicians should not play music. Music should play musicians. – Henry Rollins

There are 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

Questioning anything and everything, to me, is punk rock. – Henry Rollins

I plan to be a part of Haiti’s reconstruction and future. – Henry Rollins

I don’t hate the government. I don’t think the Second Amendment is being infringed upon. – Henry Rollins

Some people see Black Friday as a much-needed break for their wallet. I see it as retail outlets showing the customers the full weight of their contempt. The frenzy to buy cheap crap from China, the human downgrade of people fighting with each other over items they can probably live without, to me, is an insult. – 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

It took me until my teenage years to realize that I was medicating with music. I was pushing back against my stupid school uniform, instructors who called me by my last name and my classmates, who, while friendly enough, were not at all inspiring. – Henry Rollins

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

When a young non-white male is stopped and searched at the whim of a police officer, his idea of personal space, privacy and self esteem are shattered, to say nothing of his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment protections. The damage goes deep quickly and stays. Stop & frisk, as well as a tactic, is also an incitement. – Henry Rollins

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

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

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 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

Life will not break your heart. It’ll crush it. – Henry Rollins

Now, if someone wants to spit on me, I just roll up the window of my BMW 540i. – Henry Rollins

In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move. – Henry Rollins

The first several years of my life were used to upload incredible amounts of fear, and I just became afraid of everything. I was afraid of my parents, afraid of my classmates, afraid of the streets of Washington, D.C. I would flinch at every gesture. – Henry Rollins

August brings into sharp focus and a furious boil everything I’ve been listening to in the late spring and summer. – Henry Rollins

Nelson Mandela will always be the face of South Africa. The traveler passing through the country will see Mandela’s face almost everywhere he looks. Truly, the man is omnipresent. – Henry Rollins

Youths write me and tell me that their band will go nowhere because of all the bad bands in the world. I tell them there has always been awful music and that no great band ever wasted any time complaining, they just got it done. Their ropey ranting is just a way to get out of the hard work of making music that will do some lasting damage. – Henry Rollins

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

If I lose the light of the sun, I will write by candlelight, moonlight, no light. If I lose paper and ink, I will write in blood on forgotten walls. I will write always. I will capture nights all over the world and bring them to you – Henry Rollins

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

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

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

Being unique is never easy, and often, by the time culture catches up with you, there are only a few people who notice. – Henry Rollins

To me, the real ‘state of the union’ is found in how Americans react to current events. – Henry Rollins

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

Unsurprisingly, Nelson Mandela had and still has many detractors. – Henry Rollins

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

I’ve made some great mistakes in my life, but, you know, they were honest mistakes. – Henry Rollins

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

Voting is completely important. People in America think democracy is a given. I think of it as an ecosystem, and what gets in the way of it is politicians and apathy. – Henry Rollins

The ecstatic insanity of romantic pursuit can be so enhanced by music that entire romantic conquests, victories and ruinous, crushing defeats can be tied to songs to such a degree that it’s almost unbearable to listen to them again, as they bring back the memories so vividly. – 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 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

One of the most insane environments I have ever spent time in is a gun range. There we are, all in a line, armed to the teeth, firing away. – Henry Rollins

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

If you want to believe that humans walked with dinosaurs and the planet is a few thousand years old, that is absolutely fine with me. If you want to teach this to your kids, I don’t care. If states want to teach creationism in their schools, there is nothing I can do about it, so I don’t sweat it. – Henry Rollins

I don’t want to pass through life like a smooth plane ride. – Henry Rollins

Whenever any great song or album gets lost in the ether, someone is deprived of the joy of hearing it, and the great effort of those who created and recorded the work is damaged. – Henry Rollins

Lou Reed’s music has been in the lives of millions of people all over the world for decades. He had a truly universal presence and was respected by musicians across all genres. – Henry Rollins

I wasn’t playing the music, the music was playing me… and once that went away, and I had the feeling I was playing music, I had to stop. The need to go onstage and get my brain flattened every night left me, and what I didn’t wanna do is go onstage and perpetrate a fraud… You cannot fool an audience. – Henry Rollins

Dinosaur Jr. in their live capacity are a band that put me in a state of such overwhelming rock that it often takes quite a while to come down. – Henry Rollins

Music to me is mankind’s greatest possible achievement because look at all the good it does. – Henry Rollins

If you listen to the way I speak and watch the way I conduct myself – there’s nothing about me that’s rock n’ roll. It’s like, ‘Hello, I’m in a rock n’ roll band’. ‘No, you’re a narc.’ – Henry Rollins

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

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

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

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

For me, Memphis has always been a city that holds a great deal of meaning and also leads me to a lot of thinking. Besides Sun Studio, which helped put rock n’ roll on the map all over the world, the legendary Stax Studio also called Memphis home. – Henry Rollins

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