Henry Rollins quotes

Born
February 13, 1961 Washington, D.C. United States.

Occupation
Musician, actor, writer, television and radio host, and comedian.

Henry Lawrence Garfield, better known by his stage name Henry Rollins, is an American musician, actor, writer, television and radio host, and comedian.He hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW, and is a regular columnist for LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia.

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

More guns equaling more safety is a slippery slope, and what makes it so is human blood.
– 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

There’s 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

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

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

With any advent in technology, any technological innovation, there is the good and the bad.
– Henry Rollins

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.
– Henry Rollins

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

I try to be well informed. I don’t know how well I do all the time, but I try nonetheless.
– Henry Rollins

I know I was a generic dysfunctional child, but I think a lot of people are.
– Henry Rollins

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

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

There is no place in the world like Australia. Not even its beautiful neighbor New Zealand.
– 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

I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.
– Henry Rollins

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

Nothing brings people together more, then mutual hatred.
– Henry Rollins

Having an identity is one thing. Being born into an identity is quite a different matter.
– Henry Rollins

To this day, my haircut is the number two clippers, which I apply to myself every month.
– Henry Rollins

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

Scott Asheton was a brilliant drummer, a natural musician.
– Henry Rollins

I still have dreams about CBGB’s. I still miss the place.
– Henry Rollins

Why do you think the old stories tell of men who set out on great journeys to impress the gods? Because trying to impress people just isn’t worth the time and effort.
– Henry Rollins

I mean I appreciate fan mail and that the people like what I am doing but I can’t answer it. If I would answer 25 letters a day I would be just a guy answering mail and not an artist anymore.
– Henry Rollins

Miles Davis would have this lineup of all these amazing musicians and one day would just say, ‘We’re done.’ After tons of great records and tickets sold, he said, ‘Now I’m going to grow my hair out and play my horn through a wah-wah pedal.’ Rather than play it safe, he went on.
– 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

Live music is the cure for what ails ya.
– Henry Rollins

You must never lower yourself to being a person you don’t like.
– Henry Rollins

I wonder how Colin Powell sleeps at night. I would like to have a word with him because he lied. He lied. He lied to me. He lied to my face through the camera at the U.N.
– Henry Rollins
I don’t have a crystal ball, but I’m willing to bet one of my arms right now that as long as there’s electricity, Ramones music is going to be relevant.
– Henry Rollins
America is off-the-hook gay. I will not go all Ann Coulter on you and say, ‘Our gays are better than their gays,’ but as far as countries go, we are in-your-face gay.
– Henry Rollins
The prison-industrial complex and the military-industrial complex are here with us and are multi-billion dollar enterprises. We can make more money off the kid in Compton if he’s a criminal instead of a scholar. It’s business.
– Henry Rollins
I’ve made some great mistakes in my life, but, you know, they were honest mistakes.
– Henry Rollins
I contribute a large amount of money to the Southern Poverty Law Center, so I’m on their mailing list for all their Klan Watch newsletters. I’m very well aware of White Power movements in America.
– Henry Rollins
Every summer, around late July and into August, I find myself in Europe, performing at any festival that will have me.
– 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
One of the nice things about a favorite pop song is that it’s an unconditional truce on judgment and musical snobbery. You like the song because you just do, and there need not be any further criticism.
– Henry Rollins
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
August, the summer’s last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor.
– Henry Rollins
My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.
– Henry Rollins
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
– Henry Rollins
In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.
– Henry Rollins
Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.
– Henry Rollins
Barack Obama’s administration responded to the Haitian crisis within 24 hours. Here comes the soldiers, here comes the food, go go go… Rush Limbaugh told his multi-millions of listeners that Obama only did that to gain favour with black people in America. This is the kind of idiocy that I have to deal with in my country.
– 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 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 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
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
Castle Face Records, run by The Oh Sees main man, Johnny Dwyer is always worth checking in with.
– Henry Rollins
My first visit to West Berlin was in February 1983. The drive through East Berlin, the fact that West Berlin was surrounded by a wall that was more than 100 miles long – the absurdity and intensity of it really knocked me out.
– 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
This is my own little rock theory: In my mind, Nirvana slayed the hair bands. They shot the top off the poodles.
– 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 believe that contentment or any sustained period of joy that doesn’t inspire thought that leads to action almost immediately is useless.
– Henry Rollins
As long as I tell the truth I feel that nobody can touch me.
– Henry Rollins
I am not immune to the lure of a signed record, flier or set list. The fact that your music heroes potentially had, in their own hands, the record you now have in yours is kind of cool. When the musician has departed, it can give the thing a unique power.
– Henry Rollins
Now, if someone wants to spit on me, I just roll up the window of my BMW 540i.
– Henry Rollins
To my ears, jazz sounds better in warm weather and after the sun has gone down. While I will listen to some of my favorite jazz records in cooler weather, it’s the warmer nights that really make them come alive. Something about those sounds and the heat of the night really makes it happen for me.
– 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
August brings into sharp focus and a furious boil everything I’ve been listening to in the late spring and summer.
– 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
Musicians should not play music. Music should play musicians.
– Henry Rollins
I am on until I am dead, like a light bulb.
– Henry Rollins
Keep your blood clean, your body lean, and your mind sharp.
– Henry Rollins
My motto is, ‘Never quit.’
– 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
Where there is young people and vitality, you’re going to find punk rock.
– Henry Rollins
I’m not interested in censorship. I like the First Amendment very much.
– 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
I think about the meaning of pain. Pain is personal. It really belongs to the one feeling it. Probably the only thing that is your own. I like mine.
– Henry Rollins
Change is hard, but change is good.
– 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
Collecting records is, for many, beyond a hobby.
– 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
I never thought about getting any tattoos removed.
– Henry Rollins
The truth is an anti-war statement in itself.
– Henry Rollins