42 Greatest Henry Rollins Quotes

42 Greatest Henry Rollins Quotes

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Henry Rollins is a actor, television host, comedian, writer, and musician from Washington, D.C.. His performance career is ongoing and extensive, beginning with fronting the popular punk band Black Flag until 1986. He then went on to pursue acting, and has been in many roles, including a recurring role on Sons of Anarchy.

“Creating problems is easy. We do it all the time. Finding solutions, ones that last and produce good results, requires guts and care.”

“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.”

“Every year, August lashes out in volcanic fury, rising with the din of morning traffic, its great metallic wings smashing against the ground, heating the air with ever-increasing intensity.”

“I believe that today more than ever a book should be sought after even if it has only one great page in it. We must search for fragments, splinters, toenails, anything that has ore in it,
anything that is capable of resuscitating the body and the soul.”

“I have to use a handbasket, which says ‘I’m only kidding. I’m not really here buying a lot of shit. I’m just buying a few things. I’m just goofing around. Hey!’ It’s a way of avoiding the
truth. It’s like when you come into your apartment, and your two buddies are fucking each other. You know, like ‘Uhhh! Ooohhh! Oh – ha ha ha ha! You’re wondering about this, huh? Ha! We were
just kiddin’ around! We were just goofin’ around! Nothin’ else to do; let’s fuck each other! Go figure!’”

“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.”

“I love capitalism. It rewards me for being brave – it awards me for being innovative and thinking out of the box.”

“I love to go on stage and sing.”

“I must tell you that I was always afraid of the fury with which I loved you. It overwhelmed me. I thought it beyond comprehension, therefore my silence.”

“I need to do things on my own, need to be left alone.”

“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.”

“I want to change things for the better, just like everybody else.”

“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.”

“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.”

“If I was a woman these days, I’d be killing motherfuckers. My handgun would never cool and my hands would be covered in testicular blood. I would have a horrible reputation with a lot of
men because I would be calling them on their weak bullshit left and right.”

“If I was gay, there would be no closet, you would never see the closet I came out of. Why? I would have burned it for kindling by the time I was 12. Because I know with all certainty in my
mind, there is nothing wrong with being gay, and you know it.”

“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.”

“I’m not exactly ambitious as much as I have a very good realization of what I am and what I am capable of.”

“In the summer of ’84, you just couldn’t escape the Born in the USA record.”

“It is just that I don’t want a wife and I don’t want kids.”

“It is no surprise to me that hardly anyone tells the truth about how they feel. The smart ones keep themselves 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 than close to them? It’s so painful to be next to someone you feel strongly about and know you can’t say
the things you want to.”

“It’ll destroy you if you try to make it mean anything to anyone but yourself.”

“It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.”

“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.”

Keep your blood clean, your body lean, and your mind sharp.”

“Life will not break your heart. It’ll crush it.”

“Listen to the stage manager and get on stage when they tell you to. No one has time for the rock star act. None of the techs backstage care if you’re David Bowie or the milkman. When you
act like a jerk, they are completely unimpressed with the infantile display that you might think comes with your dubious status. They were there hours before you building the stage, and they
will be there hours after you leave tearing it down. They should get your salary, and you should get theirs.”

“Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.”

“My motto is, ‘Never quit.’”

“My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.”

“Nothing brings people together more, then mutual hatred.”

“Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.”

“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.”

“Sometimes the truth hurts. And sometimes it feels real good.”

“The blues is losing someone you love and not having enough money to immerse yourself in drink.”

“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.”

“We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.”

“What I don’t want to do is go out there and not be able to mean it, you know?”

“When you start to doubt yourself the real world will eat you alive.”

“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.”

“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.”

“You would think that pot had some kind of power; I mean come on, it’s a plant, not a reason for living. Controlled by a plant, how hilarious. A plant! A fucking plant!”