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Henry Rollins Sayings: Sometimes it's not catastrophic. Sometimes you only come to the bottom of your coffee cup. Sometimes it's not catastrophic. Sometimes you only come to the bottom of your coffee cup. Sometimes you have a good day. No one wants to know. No one wants to tell you about theirs either. You might somehow take it. Turn it against them. See the flaw. You always tell them the whole thing sucks. It keeps you alive. They figure if you're out there having a rotten time, everything's fine and you're doing your part. No one will ever try to take your bad times away from you but they'll come swarming for your happiness.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: When you have to work with and exist amongst cynical, burned-out personnel on a set, When you have to work with and exist amongst cynical, burned-out personnel on a set, it doesn't matter what you're shooting or how much you're being paid - it's not worth it.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: It's always been impressive to me when someone can really do what they want onstage. It's always been impressive to me when someone can really do what they want onstage. The audience has confidence in the performer and the performer has confidence in the crowd.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: In the theory of evolution there is no talk of God and no Bibles are In the theory of evolution there is no talk of God and no Bibles are used. They're not looking for higher powers, extraterrestrials, or anything else that could be found in the science fiction section, because they are not dealing with fiction.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: Life is death in slow motion. Life is death in slow motion.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: Everyone should have the right to go off and do their music or do their Everyone should have the right to go off and do their music or do their books. The people who are in the position to censor they're really not down to reality where that certain artists are coming from.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: I think Americans suffer for their lack of travel, awareness of the world. It has I think Americans suffer for their lack of travel, awareness of the world. It has horribly warped our sense of place in the scheme of things.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: I don't hate people - not remotely other than they make you crazy in traffic, I don't hate people - not remotely other than they make you crazy in traffic, but as I get older I kind of see more and more why people do what they do.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: As miserable as life may be I hold it pretty precious As miserable as life may be I hold it pretty precious
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Henry Rollins Sayings: I have always maintained that Iggy Pop is the Heavyweight Champion of Rock & Roll. I have always maintained that Iggy Pop is the Heavyweight Champion of Rock & Roll.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: Certainly, there are huge, multiplatinum bands whose singers command their audience's attention. Sadly, much of Certainly, there are huge, multiplatinum bands whose singers command their audience's attention. Sadly, much of the time they have little to say.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: August, the summer's last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor. August, the summer's last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: I am ready for whatever's coming. I expect nothing but to be let down or I am ready for whatever's coming. I expect nothing but to be let down or turned away. I am alone. Goddamn. The shit hurts sometimes, but I realize what I am, what I have become.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: For me the music is not so much anger as much as it is of For me the music is not so much anger as much as it is of passion. And I've always associated that kind of intense emotional output with music just because the nature of the music that's attracted me as far as live.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: For me, jazz will always be the soundtrack of the civil rights movement. For me, jazz will always be the soundtrack of the civil rights movement.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: The ecstatic insanity of romantic pursuit can be so enhanced by music that entire romantic 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.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: I'm not a thrill seeker. I'm not looking to get kidnapped. I'm not looking to I'm not a thrill seeker. I'm not looking to get kidnapped. I'm not looking to get a shot at. I've been shot at. I didn't like it.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don't. I have always learned more 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.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: I would never be innovative enough to "blaze my own trail," I'm just trying to I would never be innovative enough to "blaze my own trail," I'm just trying to be interesting. So I don't look to anyone else as far as inspiration.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: What I've found is that a lot of soldiers are surprisingly apolitical. Their reality is, What I've found is that a lot of soldiers are surprisingly apolitical. Their reality is, "Today I'm going to leave the gate for twelve hours, and I'm going to make it back to the dining facility by sundown with the arms and legs of me and my buddies intact."
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Henry Rollins Sayings: The easy solution isn't the solution, it's the problem. The easy solution isn't the solution, it's the problem.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: She is the gin. Cold, intoxicating. Gives you a rush, makes you warm inside, makes She is the gin. Cold, intoxicating. Gives you a rush, makes you warm inside, makes you lose your head. Take too much, it makes you sick and shuts you down.
He is the coffee, hot, steaming, filtered. You have to add stuff to it to make it taste good. Grinds your stomach, makes you jittery, wired, and tense. Bad trip, keeps you up, burns you out.
Coffee and gin don't mix, never do, everybody keeps trying and trying to make it taste good.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: I get tired of talking when I want to be silent. I get tired of talking when I want to be silent.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: America's foreign policy lacks the backbone to do the right thing in Afghanistan - which America's foreign policy lacks the backbone to do the right thing in Afghanistan - which is leave.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: When you're kept out of the adult world, it's a blessing in disguise. When you're kept out of the adult world, it's a blessing in disguise.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: I wear my sunglasses. Keeps you on one side and me on the other. I wear my sunglasses. Keeps you on one side and me on the other.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: As long as I tell the truth I feel that nobody can touch me. As long as I tell the truth I feel that nobody can touch me.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: I'm not harmful, just introspective. You can probably think I'm weird, but it's not harmful I'm not harmful, just introspective. You can probably think I'm weird, but it's not harmful weird.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: So, one way or another, I found myself in a few movies. I take it So, one way or another, I found myself in a few movies. I take it seriously when I'm on the set, but I don't take myself seriously as an actor.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: To me, getting muscular was the first thing I ever achieved by working at it, To me, getting muscular was the first thing I ever achieved by working at it, and it was a game changer for me, because it was the first time I ever had confidence.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: Don't do anything by half. If you love someone, love them with all your soul. 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.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: There's something about being under-rested and knowing that the situation is going to remain that There's something about being under-rested and knowing that the situation is going to remain that way for quite some time that makes things more meaningful.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: The Internet, the camera cellphone and the like have not only sped up the world's 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.
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Henry Rollins Sayings: I was at the first Minor Threat show, and you could tell, 'This band is I was at the first Minor Threat show, and you could tell, 'This band is going to be the king of the town.' It was obvious. They were so good.
Henry Rollins Sayings: There's tons of junk food for your mind on the Internet. You can sit there 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 Sayings: You must never lower yourself to being a person you don't like. You must never lower yourself to being a person you don't like.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I think we are in fact, losing free speech. We don't seem to care though. I think we are in fact, losing free speech. We don't seem to care though. Many of us don't seem to notice. We will have to do a lot of work to bring back the American way to America.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I can't imagine being sixty years of age and playing music I wrote when I I can't imagine being sixty years of age and playing music I wrote when I was in my twenties. I would rather sail the sea of consequence to new lands. Laps around the shallow end of the pool, not for me.
Henry Rollins Sayings: Scott Asheton was a brilliant drummer, a natural musician. Scott Asheton was a brilliant drummer, a natural musician.
Henry Rollins Sayings: He said that hate makes the world go roundPeople are afraid of what they really He said that hate makes the world go round
People are afraid of what they really want
They make enemies of all the things that they would like to be
They condition themselves to not embrace what they are
Love is a clinging nausea
I tried to disagree with him
It was no use
I never saw a more honest look in anyone's eyes.
Henry Rollins Sayings: The only thing about sanctions is that, like a lot of drone strikes, there are The only thing about sanctions is that, like a lot of drone strikes, there are countless unintended victims. Cutting off aid to Uganda only increases the pain there.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I'm actually on the Twitter like all those crazy young kids are, and if I'm 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 Sayings: My mother taught me how to read very early on and at school I was My mother taught me how to read very early on and at school I was ahead of everyone in class. Reading was always something that I liked because I could do it alone and I was alone a lot of the time with my mother working the hours she did. Books became my friends very early on.
Henry Rollins Sayings: If it's a man's world, as they say, then men: your world is a poorly If it's a man's world, as they say, then men: your world is a poorly run carnage fest.
Henry Rollins Sayings: In many ways, America is on the receiving end of a pendulum that has been In many ways, America is on the receiving end of a pendulum that has been swung with great force, and for a long time, outward into the world. The impact is a wake-up call on every level.
Henry Rollins Sayings: When you start to doubt yourself the real world will eat you alive. When you start to doubt yourself the real world will eat you alive.
Henry Rollins Sayings: The scarcity of the music not only makes the music itself enjoyable but it also The scarcity of the music not only makes the music itself enjoyable but it also gives the collector a strange sense of superiority.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I'm a big Germs fan; most people are. I'm a big Germs fan; most people are.
Henry Rollins Sayings: No child asks to get born, so when they are here, they should be shielded No child asks to get born, so when they are here, they should be shielded from any possible horror.
Henry Rollins Sayings: There's nothing funny about, 'Yeah, I took a First Class plane ticket and I went There's nothing funny about, 'Yeah, I took a First Class plane ticket and I went to some designer beach and made out with a Laotian slave girl.' Who cares?
Henry Rollins Sayings: I like the idea of going out with a woman and not doing anything, and I like the idea of going out with a woman and not doing anything, and just eating dinner and talking, and that's cool, too. So, someone might look at me and say, "No way, man. He's just banging strippers." And I do that, but not all the time.
Henry Rollins Sayings: You don't have to twist my arm to work. You don't have to twist my arm to work.
Henry Rollins Sayings: Girls aren't beautiful, they're pretty. Beautiful is too heavy a word to assign to a 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 Sayings: That's where the economy is going. It went somewhere. Just not to America. And the That's where the economy is going. It went somewhere. Just not to America. And the money made? That went to the Cayman Islands and Switzerland. Not back here. Never to be taxed.
Henry Rollins Sayings: Of course same sex marriage is constitutional! The right to be yourself, to pursue life, Of course same sex marriage is constitutional! The right to be yourself, to pursue life, liberty, and property, is protected several ways over several amendments. John Boehner should know this.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I'm a big fan of the American Tapes label. But that's very hard to keep I'm a big fan of the American Tapes label. But that's very hard to keep a grip on that because you blink your eyes and they've released three records, all of which are limited edition, all sold at one show. So you have to follow in drips and drops on eBay, which I do.
Henry Rollins Sayings: As a young person, I was on the road playing music, so I was getting As a young person, I was on the road playing music, so I was getting new environments shoved in my face whether I wanted them or not.
Henry Rollins Sayings: Before the Civil War, the Southern states were selling a lot of cotton to England Before the Civil War, the Southern states were selling a lot of cotton to England and didn't seem to mind British occupation. By and large, the Revolutionary War wasn't at all great for business.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I've never killed anybody ... but I've definitely thought about it. I've never killed anybody ... but I've definitely thought about it.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I remember when Martin Luther King was assassinated. I was up early watching television and I remember when Martin Luther King was assassinated. I was up early watching television and watched the announcement. I didn't understand what the word 'assassinated' meant.
Henry Rollins Sayings: Half of life is up - the other half is dealing with it. Half of life is up - the other half is dealing with it.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I am a white guy in America with an education, albeit high school, but a I am a white guy in America with an education, albeit high school, but a pretty good one. Another guy from a different demographic or different ethnicity in America can look at me and say, "You take a lot for granted." Well ... okay. I just live in a white male American reality, where I hear you but I don't know if I necessarily read you.
Henry Rollins Sayings: Watching a documentary with people hacking their way through some polar wasteland is merely a Watching a documentary with people hacking their way through some polar wasteland is merely a visual. Actually trying to deal with cold that can literally kill you is quite a different thing.
Henry Rollins Sayings: Texas is a hotbed of insanely good bands and musicians. Texas is a hotbed of insanely good bands and musicians.
Henry Rollins Sayings: When I am in Africa, I always have the feeling that it's where everything started. When I am in Africa, I always have the feeling that it's where everything started. When I am in New York, I know it is where everything ended up.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I have to keep moving I don't want to think I'm going to work all I have to keep moving I don't want to think I'm going to work all day today I don't want to stop Don't want to let my brain catch up my thoughts How will I be able to tell them that I'm a shadow A grey patch of cold rotting life
Henry Rollins Sayings: But I have a good life. I enjoy what I do. I am married to But I have a good life. I enjoy what I do. I am married to work.
Henry Rollins Sayings: Kids need parents who love and support them unconditionally, full stop. Kids need parents who love and support them unconditionally, full stop.
Henry Rollins Sayings: The GOP grows more and more unpopular with female voters seemingly every time one of The GOP grows more and more unpopular with female voters seemingly every time one of its leaders gets in front of a microphone. Misogynist is as misogynist does. The GOP and its bloviating pundits don't like women and they are unable to hide it, nor do they seem to make much attempt to do so.
Henry Rollins Sayings: Trying to write music, be in a band and keep it all happening is one Trying to write music, be in a band and keep it all happening is one of the hardest, morale-destroying, heartbreaking things you will ever try to do - and that's when it's going well.
Henry Rollins Sayings: It is our destiny to be born beautiful into an ugly age. It is our destiny to be born beautiful into an ugly age.
Henry Rollins Sayings: In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move. In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.
Henry Rollins Sayings: Now, if someone wants to spit on me, I just roll up the window of Now, if someone wants to spit on me, I just roll up the window of my BMW 540i.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I'm a recognizable person and some people feel the need for some reason to take I'm a recognizable person and some people feel the need for some reason to take me to task. You're really messing with the wrong person on that one.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I don't get a rush from anything. I did music as hard as I could. I don't get a rush from anything. I did music as hard as I could. Acting for me at least, is a far more restrained performance than music. It requires a lot of skill and discipline. I'm not any good at it but I enjoy trying to be good at it.
Henry Rollins Sayings: Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on. Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I think that America certainly has racism, I think that any industrialized country does. But I think that America certainly has racism, I think that any industrialized country does. But when you see how many million fans Barack Obama has who are not black, it would lead one to the conclusion that millions of Americans are in fact not burdened by the albatross of racism.
Henry Rollins Sayings: My unconditional sure thing is that I don't have one. My unconditional sure thing is that I don't have one.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I'm trying to be confrontational and direct. If I lack directness then I only have I'm trying to be confrontational and direct. If I lack directness then I only have myself to blame because I lack the skills to make my point clear.
Henry Rollins Sayings: The history of apartheid-era South Africa is incredibly sad and at times infuriatingly incomprehensible. The history of apartheid-era South Africa is incredibly sad and at times infuriatingly incomprehensible.
Henry Rollins Sayings: Fish is the only kind of respirating thing that I consume. Everything else I don't Fish is the only kind of respirating thing that I consume. Everything else I don't want any part of.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I guess I am famous in a way. I would rather consider it recognizable - I guess I am famous in a way. I would rather consider it recognizable - I think that is more logical. I don't feel famous.
Henry Rollins Sayings: We spend millions of dollars to remove pain from our lives. It's why so many We spend millions of dollars to remove pain from our lives. It's why so many people get hooked on painkillers. The body becomes addicted to painlessness. That tells you a lot.
Henry Rollins Sayings: Punk-rock gave music back to people. For a long time, when I was very young, Punk-rock gave music back to people. For a long time, when I was very young, I went to go see arena rock bands. I was 16 and it was all I could get in to see, legally. And I saw Led Zeppelin and Ted Nugent and Van Halen and all that. Me and [Minor Threat and Fugazi vocalist] Ian MacKaye would go to these concerts, and it was fun.
Henry Rollins Sayings: South Sudan is one of the most hard-put places in the world. South Sudan is one of the most hard-put places in the world.
Henry Rollins Sayings: If I think of the audience too much, then I'm going to start catering to If I think of the audience too much, then I'm going to start catering to them ... and it turns into entertainment. And I've got time for entertainment; I'm just not at all that interested in doing it myself. I'd rather go for some pretty raw expression.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I don't want to go with the smooth skin and the calm brow. I hope I don't want to go with the smooth skin and the calm brow. I hope I end up a
blithering idiot cursing the sun - hallucinating, screaming, giving
obscene and inane lectures on street corners and public parks.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I guess, topic to topic, you could consider me a left-leaning person. I guess, topic to topic, you could consider me a left-leaning person.
Henry Rollins Sayings: The times I have tried to get close to someone resulted in me feeling threatened The times I have tried to get close to someone resulted in me feeling threatened and weak.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I'd rather work on my radio show, which no one hears but I put about I'd rather work on my radio show, which no one hears but I put about eight hours of programming and writing into it for those 30 people who do tune in.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I listen to blues music a lot and that's a good person feeling bad and I listen to blues music a lot and that's a good person feeling bad and celebrating that pain by releasing it in that kind of joyous fashion.
Henry Rollins Sayings: A man with an excruciatingly painful condition wrote me and told me that his doctor A man with an excruciatingly painful condition wrote me and told me that his doctor said that the only cure for what he has is death, and he might want to consider suicide. What do you say to him? I doubt the, "Hey let's go get some coffee and talk" thing is going to be at all helpful.
Henry Rollins Sayings: You don't make me feel like you used to.That's why I'm leavingThat's why people leave You don't make me feel like you used to.
That's why I'm leaving
That's why people leave each other
They come to their senses and get selfish again.
Henry Rollins Sayings: I definitely learned a lesson this time. I know that I can be broken. I I definitely learned a lesson this time. I know that I can be broken. I am not as tough as I thought. I see it now. At this point, it's the only thing good that came out of all of this. I know myself better now and know what I have to do.
Henry Rollins Sayings: When you're holding people's attention, I feel you must give them high-quality ingredients. They deserve When you're holding people's attention, I feel you must give them high-quality ingredients. They deserve nothing but your best. And if they need information, get it, cross-check it, and try to be right. Do not waste their time; do not enjoy the ego trip of being onstage.
Henry Rollins Sayings: After having read a lot of fiction, literature, whatever you want to call it, from After having read a lot of fiction, literature, whatever you want to call it, from Wolfe to Houellebecq, I think you have to have an understanding and insight of the human condition that is informed and motivated by a desire to immerse yourself in the human world and bring these stories to bear.
Henry Rollins Sayings: He looked at her Something Turned cancerous He was in love. He looked at her Something Turned cancerous He was in love.
Henry Rollins Sayings: Human beings should not be reduced to a state to where they almost get into Human beings should not be reduced to a state to where they almost get into a fight over a small bar of soap.
Henry Rollins Sayings: The arts in America exist in spite of America, not because of America. The arts in America exist in spite of America, not because of America.
Henry Rollins Sayings: If the world gives you the blues, if you wake up in the middle of If the world gives you the blues, if you wake up in the middle of the night with waves of fear and senseless panic washing over you, I am your friend. If you're overcome by a desperation that makes your mouth open for a scream that never comes out but just freezes your face in mute despair, then you and I have something in common. If you can't understand them for the life of you, even though you've tried so hard, when that dislocation makes you feel like you're the only one of your species on the planet, I know I can confide in you. If this endless ghetto of lies and heart break, this life-long run of fences and flickering neon signs, night sweats and suicidal urges makes you feel like stopping, just stopping, like stopping breathing, wait. Wait. You don't have to tell me your name. You don't have to prove yourself to me. I accept you. If you're finding life to be the one thing that's trying to kill you, I want you to stay alive to rise with the sun and fight back.