49+ Best Layne Staley Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician best known as the original lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains. Profoundly inspirational Layne Staley quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Layne Staley Quotes

We try to be real nice and friendly to people, but sometimes they take advantage of that. – Layne Staley

Kurt and I weren’t the closest of friends, but I knew him well enough to be devastated by his death. For such a quiet person, he was so excited about having a child. – Layne Staley

I’m not into religion, but I have a good grasp on my spirituality. I just believe that I’m not the greatest power on this earth. I didnt create myself, because I would have done a hell of a better job. – Layne Staley

I’m not using drugs to get high like many people think. I know I made a big mistake when I started using this sh-. It’s a very difficult thing to explain. My liver is not functioning and I’m throwing up all the time and sh*tt*ng my pants. The pain is more than you can handle. It’s the worst pain in the world. Dope sick hurts the entire body. – Layne Staley

It’s just writing about things, feelings, not that we’re dark or depressed…just as much as anyone else is. – Layne Staley

Drugs will have a huge effect on my work for the rest of my life, whether I’m using or not. – Layne Staley

Every article I see is dope this, junkie that, whiskey this – that ain’t my title. – Layne Staley

I don’t take part in it the way I used to-the bimbos, the free beers, free drugs, all that. That’s still there if you want it, but I don’t really seek that out any more. – Layne Staley

I haven’t read anything but regurgitated rumors. Nothing new, and nothing true. – Layne Staley

I found out through the Internet that I have AIDS. I learned that I was dead. Where else would I find these things? – Layne Staley

We write about ourselves because we know about ourselves. – Layne Staley

We survived a Slayer crowd every night for about 50 days and thought we could do about anything after that. – Layne Staley

There’s no huge, deep message in any of the songs. We recorded a few months of being human. – Layne Staley

Los Angeles, I don’t like that town. Too decadent, and it’s slimy. – Layne Staley

People have a right to ask questions and dig deep when you’re hurting people and things around you. – Layne Staley

Being me is no different than being most anyone else, I guess. – Layne Staley

At home I’m just a guy who has interests that extend far beyond music. – Layne Staley

There were a lot of drugs. We kinda just passed the time that way. For a couple of years we were all doin’ anything we could get our hands on. – Layne Staley

It was all about music, about getting your friends to come and see you play. I don’t see that same intimacy happening very much today. – Layne Staley

One of the first bands to break out of Seattle was Heart. – Layne Staley

Andrew Wood’s death changed things for a few weeks. I probably got even heavier into drugs after that. – Layne Staley

I’m not doing well. Don’t try to talk about this to my sister Liz. She will know it sooner or later. – Layne Staley

There are lasting consequences for using drugs. I’ll still be paying for my prior use. – Layne Staley

I was in a band when I was 15. We were a glam band. Then I couldn’t afford to buy makeup. At the time that was the thing. – Layne Staley

We started this band as kids, and as time has gone on, we’ve grown and are learning to accommodate each others’ differences. – Layne Staley

I started out when I was about 12, playing drums. I started singing when I was about 15. – Layne Staley

A lot of power-pop comes out of LA, a lot of speed metal comes out of New York. – Layne Staley

I don’t do much else but stay in my hotel room. – Layne Staley

I guess I can go anywhere I want. If only I knew where to go. – Layne Staley

People have the right to ask questions and dig deep when you’re hurting people and things around you, but when I haven’t talked to anyone in years, and every single article I see is dope this, junkie that, whiskey this- that ain’t my title…my bad habits aren’t my title. My strengths and talents are my title. – Layne Staley

Whatever dramas are going on in my life, I always find that place inside my head where I see myself as the cleanest, tallest, strongest, wisest person that I can be. – Layne Staley

I’d like to fly, but my wings have been so denied. – Layne Staley

I’m dumbfounded by me all the time. Wow! What a…. thrill…..and a joy – Layne Staley

I wrote about drugs, and I didn’t think I was being unsafe or careless by writing about them. I didn’t want fans to think her**n was cool. But then I’ve had fans come up to me and give me the thumbs up, telling me they’re high. That’s exactly what I didn’t want to happen. – Layne Staley

If I can’t be my own, I’d feel better dead – Layne Staley

Drugs are not the way to the light. They won’t lead to a fairy-tale life, they lead to suffering. – Layne Staley

When everyone goes home, you’re stuck with yourself. – Layne Staley

Music is the doorway that has led me to drawing, photography, and writing. – Layne Staley

We Die Young is about gang violence. That was something that was happening in Seattle, something that kinda opened our eyes. It just seemed like things were getting out of hand. Incidents where kids were getting shot, and getting their tennis shoes ripped off their dead bodies. It just seems like these kids are dying at younger and younger ages and getting involved in gang activity. – Layne Staley

I saw all the suffering that Kurt Cobain went through. I saw this real vibrant person turn into a real shy, timid, withdrawn person. – Layne Staley

The songs are about things that we were thinking and we wrote ’em down, and when you listen to ’em, whatever you think it’s about… THAT’S what it’s about! – Layne Staley

Sure God’s all powerful, but does he have lips? – Layne Staley

I wish I could just hug you all, but I’m not gonna. – Layne Staley

Our perception of songs that we’ve written… the meaning changes from day to day… to whatever stage we’re at in our life and careers. – Layne Staley

I don’t think any drug that can cause brain damage, failing kidneys, hardening arteries, pain, and suffering should be made available. – Layne Staley

Music is the career I’m lucky enough to get paid for, but I have other desires and passions. – Layne Staley

My bad habits aren’t my title, my strengths and talents are my title. – Layne Staley

I’ve always looked for the perfect life to step into. – Layne Staley

What do you mean, I’m a wild front man! I’m jumping all over, I do the dance moves. – Layne Staley