118+ Best Jimi Hendrix Quotes: Exclusive Selection

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix was one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century, rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. The most legendary and inspirational Jimi Hendrix quotes will encourage you to live life the way you want to.

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Most Famous Jimi Hendrix Quotes on Life, Peace, Music and Love

The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar. – Jimi Hendrix

I wish they’d had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would’ve been straightened out. – Jimi Hendrix

Knowledge talks, wisdom listens. – Jimi Hendrix

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. – Jimi Hendrix

We want our sound to go into the soul of the audience and see if it can awaken some little thing in their minds… ‘Cause there are so many sleeping people. – Jimi Hendrix

Happiness is within you… so unlock the chains from your heart and let yourself grow- like the sweet flower you are. I know the answer- just spread your wings and set yourself free. – Jimi Hendrix

Now if I don’t meet you no more in this world, then I’ll, I’ll meet you in the next one, and don’t be late, don’t be late, cause I’m a voodoo chile. – Jimi Hendrix

May I love you away from the evils of today to the dreams of tomorrow, you know heaven has no sorrow. – Jimi Hendrix

You know you are a sweet little heart breaker, foxy lady. – Jimi Hendrix

I wouldn’t say that I’m the greatest guitarist ever. I’d say probably that I’m the greatest guitarist sitting in this chair. – Jimi Hendrix

This is your life – you must die by yourself, so for heaven’s sake, live for yourself and no one else… – Jimi Hendrix

I think that we honor ourselves by honoring our past. – Jimi Hendrix

Jesus shouldn’t have died so early and then he could have got twice as much across. They killed him and then twisted so many of the best things he said. Human hands started messing it all up and now so much of religion is hogwash. – Jimi Hendrix

Excuse me while I kiss the sky. – Jimi Hendrix

Let me live my life the way I want to. – Jimi Hendrix

I found myself in too much of a box situation. – Jimi Hendrix

A girl asked me if she could comb my hair. Nobody can comb my hair; I can’t even comb my hair. – Jimi Hendrix

You have to be a freak in order to be different. – Jimi Hendrix

Purple haze all in my eyes, don’t know if it’s day or night. You got me blowin’, blowin’ my mind. Is it tomorrow or just the end of time? – Jimi Hendrix

Oh say, can you see, it’s really such a mess. Every inch of earth is a fighting nest. Giant pencial and lipstick tube shaped things, continue to rain and cause scream and pain, and the arctic stains from silver blue to bloody red. – Jimi Hendrix

Genealogists live in the past lane. – Jimi Hendrix

When things get too heavy, just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man. – Jimi Hendrix

The dollar bill is God in the States. All those Pelican people just believe in money and nothing else. – Jimi Hendrix

If I’m free, it’s because I’m always running. – Jimi Hendrix

I want to get up in the morning and just roll over in my bed into an indoor swimming pool. And then swim to the breakfast table. – Jimi Hendrix

Little Wing is like one of these beautiful girls that come around sometimes… you play your gig; it’s the same thing as the olden days, and these beautiful girls come around… you do actually fall in love with them because that’s the only love you can have. It’s not always the physical thing ofOh, there’s one over there …, it’s not one of those scenes. They actually tell you something. They release different things inside themselves …Little Wingwas a very sweet girl that came around that gave me her whole life and more if I wanted it. – Jimi Hendrix

You have to forget about what other people say, when you’re supposed to die, or when you’re supposed to be loving. You have to forget about all these things. – Jimi Hendrix

May the dreams of your past be the reality of your future. – Jimi Hendrix

I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to. – Jimi Hendrix

Don’t use your brain to play it, let your feelings guide your fingers. – Jimi Hendrix

Before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean. – Jimi Hendrix

You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven. – Jimi Hendrix

Knowledge is speaking, wisdom is listening – Jimi Hendrix

I feel guilty when people say I’m the greatest on the scene. What’s good or bad doesn’t matter to me; what does matter is feeling and not feeling. If only people would take more of a true view and think in terms of feelings. Your name doesn’t mean a damn, it’s your talents and feelings that matter. You’ve got to know much more than just the technicalities of notes; you’ve got to know what goes between the notes. – Jimi Hendrix

In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first. – Jimi Hendrix

Anybody can do anything, it’s up to themselves. All it takes is the right intentions. – Jimi Hendrix

Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel. – Jimi Hendrix

I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes. – Jimi Hendrix

Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded. – Jimi Hendrix

Technically, I’m not a guitar player, all I play is truth and emotion. – Jimi Hendrix

Music is a safe kind of high. – Jimi Hendrix

The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye. – Jimi Hendrix

Music is Magic. Magic is Life – Jimi Hendrix

Don’t waste your time thinkin’ about bad things. – Jimi Hendrix

I don’t have nothing to regret at all in the past, except that I might’ve unintentionally hurt somebody else or something. – Jimi Hendrix

I’m gonna put a curse on you and all your kids will be born completely naked. – Jimi Hendrix

I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me. I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors, now the whole world is here for me to see. – Jimi Hendrix

All I’m gonna do is just go on and do what I feel. – Jimi Hendrix

Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. – Jimi Hendrix

If it was up to me, there wouldn’t be no such thing as the establishment. – Jimi Hendrix

Even Castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually. – Jimi Hendrix

I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around. – Jimi Hendrix

I have this one little saying, when things get too heavy just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man. – Jimi Hendrix

You have to give people something to dream on. – Jimi Hendrix

I try to use my music to move these people to act. – Jimi Hendrix

When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do. – Jimi Hendrix

My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art. – Jimi Hendrix

Music makes me high on stage, and that’s the truth. It’s like being almost addicted to music. – Jimi Hendrix

I was trying to do too many things at the same time, which is my nature. But I was enjoying it, and I still do enjoy it. – Jimi Hendrix

See, that’s nothing but blues, that’s all I’m singing about. It’s today’s blues. – Jimi Hendrix

All I’m writing is just what I feel, that’s all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland. – Jimi Hendrix

Every city in the world always has a gang, a street gang, or the so-called outcasts. – Jimi Hendrix

Rock is so much fun. That’s what it’s all about – filling up the chest cavities and empty kneecaps and elbows. – Jimi Hendrix

White collar conservative flashin down the street, pointing that plastic finger at me, they all assume my kind will drop and die, but I’m gonna wave my freak flag high. – Jimi Hendrix

Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction…All I’m writing is just what I feel, that’s all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland…I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around…Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. – Jimi Hendrix

To be with the others, you have to have your hair short and wear ties. So we’re trying to make a third world happen, you know what I mean? – Jimi Hendrix

When we go to play, you flip around and flash around and everything, and then they’re not gonna see nothin’ but what their eyes see. Forget about their ears. – Jimi Hendrix

It all has to come from inside, though, I guess. – Jimi Hendrix

The reflection of the world is blues, that’s where that part of the music is at. Then you got this other kind of music that’s tryin’ to come around. – Jimi Hendrix

When I die, just keep playing the records. – Jimi Hendrix

You don’t have to be singing about love all the time in order to give love to the people. You don’t have to keep flashing those words all the time. – Jimi Hendrix

It’s funny the way most people love the dead. Once you are dead, you are made for life. – Jimi Hendrix

I got a pet monkey called Charlie Chan. – Jimi Hendrix

When I played God Bless The Queen, I was wondering if they was gonna dig us, then quite naturally I’d go on and try to get it together. – Jimi Hendrix

We started doing some stuff, just hooking up doing gigs. He got a little bit too far out from me. Stuff he was doing, I didn’t want to do. – Jimi Hendrix

Yes, it was raggedy. Yes, it had its problems. Yes, he did some things that he probably felt afterwards it wasn’t a great idea to experiment onstage in front of a half-million people, – Jimi Hendrix

He’d been listening to black music all his life, – Jimi Hendrix

A broom is drearily sweeping, up the broken peices of yesterday’s life. Somewhere a queen is weeping, somewhere a king has no wife, And the wind cries Mary. – Jimi Hendrix

But I always told him, ‘When you start playing music you do something original.’ He sure did, and I was really proud of him for doing that. – Jimi Hendrix

And so, castles made of sand fall in the sea, eventually. – Jimi Hendrix

There are too many heavy songs out nowadays. music has been getting too heavy, almost to the state of unbearable. – Jimi Hendrix

If there’s a new idea, a new invention, or a new gas, or a new whatever you know, It should be brought at least into the open instead of carrying these same old burdens around with you. – Jimi Hendrix

I didn’t know it was anger until they told me that it was, like with destruction and all that. But I believe everybody should have like a room where they can get rid of all their releases, where they can do their releases at. So, my room is a stage. – Jimi Hendrix

A lot of ppl are making more money than they ever had nowadays – so when they get their flat they can, they always find themselves with an extra room. – Jimi Hendrix

Freaks, they are very prejudiced. You have to have your hair long and talk in a certain way in order to be with them. In order to be the other way you have to have your hair short and wear ties. – Jimi Hendrix

I love Dylan. I only met him once, about three years ago, back at the Kettle of Fish on MacDougal Street. That was before I went to England. I think both of us were pretty drunk at the time, so he probably doesn’t remember it. – Jimi Hendrix

Music is going to break the way because music is in a spiritual thing of its own. It’s like the waves of the ocean. You can’t just cut out the perfect wave and take it home with you. – Jimi Hendrix

Your people I do not understand, so to you I shall put an end, and you’ll never hear surf music again. – Jimi Hendrix

Hey motorcycle mama, you gonna marry me? – Jimi Hendrix

Have you ever been experienced? Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful. – Jimi Hendrix

We gotta stop smokin’, stop, stop. I mean cigarette smoking. – Jimi Hendrix

So, you want to be married, oh baby, trying to put me on a chain, ain’t that some shame? You must be losing your weak little mind. – Jimi Hendrix

If I live by illusions, you live by excuses. – Jimi Hendrix

You got your God and so do I. – Jimi Hendrix

There’ll be no smoking in the gas chamber. – Jimi Hendrix

I try to get up every day. – Jimi Hendrix

You know I’ll kiss you for my supper. Yeah, you know I’ll kiss you for my dinner, baby. – Jimi Hendrix

Move over Rover, and let Jimi take over. – Jimi Hendrix

I’m a million miles away, and at the same time I’m right here in your picture frame. – Jimi Hendrix

You’re not the only one accused of hit and run. Tire tracks all across my back, well I can see you’ve had your fun. – Jimi Hendrix

You got me sitting on the shelf, while you’re out bewitching someone else. – Jimi Hendrix

She’s a devil in disguise, I can tell by looking in her eyes, little Miss Strange. – Jimi Hendrix

Been riding broomsticks since she was fifteen. – Jimi Hendrix

Never write a letter while you are angry. – Jimi Hendrix

Your mysterious mountains I wish to see closer. May I land my kinky machine? – Jimi Hendrix

And it’s no war games, because they all keep the same place. But like the solar system is going through a change soon and it’s going to affect the Earth in about 30 years. – Jimi Hendrix

Anyway, you know good and well it would be beyond the will of God, and the grace of the King – Jimi Hendrix

Definitely, and it’s getting more spiritual. Pretty soon I believe people will have to rely on music to get some kind of peace of mind, or satisfaction, or direction, actually. More so than politics, the big ego scene. You know it’s an art of words… Meaning nothing. Therefore, you will have to get an earthier substance, like music or the arts. – Jimi Hendrix

Businessmen they drink my wine, come and taste my herb. – Jimi Hendrix

Purple Haze all in my brain, lately things don’t seem the same. Actin’ funny but I don’t know why. ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky. – Jimi Hendrix

Sometimes I do a Dylan song and it seems to fit me so right that I figure maybe I wrote it. Dylan didn’t always do it for me as a singer, not in the early days, but then I started listening to the lyrics. That sold me. – Jimi Hendrix

Once you’re dead, you’re made for life. – Jimi Hendrix

Music is the most important thing. I’m thinking of my future. There has to be something new, and I want to be part of it. I want to lead an orchestra with excellent musicians. I want to play music which draws pictures of the world and its space – Jimi Hendrix

Telephone message on his manager’s answering machine shortly before dying of heroin overdose: I need help bad, man. – Jimi Hendrix

The sweet love between the moon and the deep blue sea… – Jimi Hendrix

Manic depression’s touching my soul. I know what I want, but I just don’t know how to go about getting it. – Jimi Hendrix

Sometimes music comes across to me just when I am sitting around doing nothing, and then the music makes me think of a few words I might have written. – Jimi Hendrix

Sometimes the music people put you into these big, rush things. – Jimi Hendrix

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