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Henry Lawrence Garfield (born February 13, 1961), known professionally as Henry Rollins, is an American musician, singer, actor, presenter, comedian, and activist. He hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW, is a regular columnist for Rolling Stone Australia, and was a regular columnist for LA Weekly.\n\nAfter performing in the short-lived band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the California hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1981 to 1986. Following the band's breakup, he established the record label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums, and formed the Rollins Band, which toured with a number of lineups from 1987 to 2003 (and again in 2006).

Rollins has hosted numerous radio shows, such as Harmony in My Head on Indie 103, and television shows such as The Henry Rollins Show, 120 Minutes, and Jackass. He had recurring dramatic roles in the second season of Sons of Anarchy, in the final seasons of the animated series The Legend of Korra as Zaheer, and has also had roles in several films. He has campaigned for various political causes in the United States, including the promotion of LGBT rights, World Hunger Relief, the West Memphis Three, and an end to all war.


Strength is the product of struggle. You must do what others don't to achieve what others won't.



We occupy the planet with a vengeance. We seek to dominate it.



What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup.



If an American company has a drop of patriotic blood coursing through its system, then surely it would set up in America and employ Americans, right?





A man came up to me the other day and said he hadn't had a bite in weeks. So you know what I did? I walked by him like he didn't even exist.



The average is the borderline that keeps mere men in their place. Those who step over the line are heroes by the very act. Go.



The rich survive and everyone else gets ready to work 2 1 2 to 3 1 2 jobs and what do you get? Blade Runner. Welcome to your science fiction. Your 21st century. I think that's where it goes. The rich get richer and everyone else... the middle class kind of starts dropping lower and lower.



If you really want a true confrontation, you treat your opponent with respect.



An adult has the opportunity to enjoy the wisdom gleaned from previous decades of living and experience.



I'm not a conservative or a republican but I know that there's conservative republicans who I probably vigorously disagree with but I also am smart enough, or something enough, to understand that they really think that they're right, and they're looking at me like I'm crazy.



When you're little and you don't have much dough, you have to innovate. You have to be sharp.



For myself, I can't understand a life without a job. I don't know what I would do without employment. Retirement is out of the question for me.



I have no pride about anything I have done. It's just not the way I think about things. I do the work, always, as hard as I can, to the point of pain, injury, exhaustion, if that is what it takes. Once I am done, I move on.



Break from self rejection, try some introspection.



When life hands you a lemon, say, 'Oh yeah, I like lemons! What else ya got?'



I don't really write for fun; it's not an enjoyable experience. For me, art, or whatever the hell it is I do, has always been a refuge from that which makes me want to tear my lungs out. That's why I play like I play; I'm not into entertainment.



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.



Humans will take a rain forest and lose it and cover it with concrete. They will take the woods and turn it into a parking garage and I am not saying that's bad. I am just saying that's what we do. We occupy the planet with a vengeance. We seek to dominate it.





When I was a kid looking at pictures of the Sphynx, and the Pyramids, and different tribes in Africa, all of that stuck with me, and I always wanted to see those things and meet those people.



Retirement in another country is your body is too racked with pain and your hands are too arthritic from the life in the rice patty fields, so you can't work anymore.



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.



I lack the skill to hold a story line for the length required for a novel or even a short story. I have never had an idea that could withstand a hundred thousand words, or even ten thousand words of rubber meeting the road.





Shirley Sherrod seems like a good and dedicated person.





I remain hopeful that science, innovation and kindness will come to the fore as things become more and more tense in parts of the world. I think what you are seeing in the world right now is kind of a leveling or an attempt to level the playing field.



I think to myself:
I don't want to survive this one
I want to burn up in the wreckage.



I'm not trying to say I'm a big tough guy... I'm a typical American-waist deep in this violent culture.



I don't consider myself an actor, for me it's employment. Like the actor who's a waiter a lot, I'm an actor when I'm not on tour, in that that's a job I can do.



I believe in North, South, East, West, The seasons, life and death, geography. That which is provable, absolute and most of all, functional. I believe in things that can kill me.



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.



Misery, depression, elation all mine, refine confinement all my design.



I do think that Americans are poorly served by their media, at times extremely poorly served by their elected officials who are non responsive to majority feelings and cut off to a certain degree from the affairs of the world.



I am a pretty crazy person, so it's best for me to be on my own most of the time.



You can find me in the frozen mood section.



I think that Goldman Sachs and the Pentagon determine more of America's outcome then any president or any congress, that sounds a bit cynical, but I think I am right.



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.



Always knowing you're going to die And until then knowing you've got to live.



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.



I continually remind myself to live by a code. It's very important to me. I've got a bad temper.



The best revenge is to always survive yourself.



My desires are foolish. The things I want are better kept to myself. The hand of silence is steady. The hard blade of silence is clean like night. The code is absolute. Silence is eternal and patient. Silence never makes a fool of itself like I have so many times.



Is it a shame that I can't accept love? Am I too burned out to move towards what will keep me alive or too smart to get pulled into someone else's world?



I'm so burned out, the only person I can stand is myself. I'm the only one I would put through this. Wheels and wings, The ride is everything. I'm all I've got. I'm all I can take. Another day has destroyed a part of me. So far so good.







The destructive power of a lie is stronger than the truth.





For me, speaking to anyone -- on a stage, in an elevator -- I am looking for impact and connection. The same goes for writing.



I don't have a wife, I don't have any kids, I don't have any addictions that keep me drooling on the couch, and I'm kind of target oriented.



When I write lyrics, it's only when I'm angry or hurt or sad. So lyrically it's never really easy going. And the music is always really intense.





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.



When the Iron doesn't want to come off the mat, it's the kindest thing it can do for you. If it flew up and went through the ceiling, it wouldn't teach you anything.



When you start thinking as far as what's a good photo, unfortunately everything starts looking like a good photo.



Hating someone is giving them too much, just leave them alone.



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.



Life forgets me but will not let me forget Holds me down and tells me that I'm free.



After... The seas have dried out The trains have come to a shrieking holt The hounds of the abyss cease to howl The prisons have closed their doors The pigs have no one to arrest except themselves The drugs no longer have an effect When it's all over All I'll remember is you.



If I was gay, there would be no closet. You would never see the closet I came out of. Why? Because I'd have burned it for kindling by the time I was twelve... If I was gay, at this stage of the game?age 37, aging alternative icon?I'd be taking out ads.



The talking shows allow me to come out of my cave and that's why those shows go on for so long. I hate walking off stage. Sometimes I walk off and I miss them as I'm walking off the stage. I wonder if they'll let me go another hour. That's why I do it: to communicate, to get points across.



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.



I live my life by the numbers. Not only am I an American, I am an Americanist.



Love heals scars love left.



I don't really have any women in my life, actually those two -- the women in my life are two married women who work at my office.



All I have is me. Over-worked, under-appreciated, middle-aged, and shriveled up.



I spend a lot of time alone so I get a lot done. I don't do much else but work, check things out.



I do a lot of stuff for free anyway. Like a lot of people who you see who don't need money. Mick Jagger -- he needs money? He just likes to go sing Satisfaction every night. If I wrote that song I probably would do it too.







I am always interested in an opportunity to learn something.



While I have not ruled out the possibility of doing music, what I don't want to do is go onstage and perform old songs. I do, all the time, but I don't think it is artistically brave.



Don't push me I've got a corner at my back I've nowhere to go except over you.



There's a lot of stuff like that that American's don't know and since a lot of Americans don't have a passport, I'll get a passport for them and since a lot of Americans don't know what a war looks like thirty, forty years later and it's still doing damage.





From those who agonize that they may no longer be able to write off their private jet to someone who doesn't feel like making the three mile hike to the well to get water and carry it back, everyone struggles.





Pride is not a word or sentiment I can ascribe to anything I have done or do. As far as regret, it is a luxury I can not afford. Anything I did, that was bad or wrong or regretful, I stand accused, I am guilty and I'm ready to serve my time.



Americans are poorly served by their media, you know, for the war machine and propaganda machine and the global empire and they're poorly served by what they are being told is representative government.







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?



Half of life is up -- the other half is dealing with it.



Too sick and freaked out not to want a bullet for every passer by, too sick and freaked out to breathe, too sick and freaked out to care, too sick and freaked out to think of anything but the annihilation of my mind and denial of my life. So sick and freaked out that I think everyone is my friend.



In America, quite often, for people from a certain economic position two choices become very evident as to their adult life. One is crime, one is the military. And it is quite often that some people choose one or the other, their options not being as many as someone from a higher income.



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.





It's hard to get along with people. As much as you try to like them and accept them as individuals, it becomes difficult because they keep getting out of line and wasting your time.



I think it's very sad that the political landscape is so dotted with religious extremists who feel the need to infringe upon the lives of decent, free and harmless Americans who want nothing more than to be in love and to spend the rest of their lives together.



I was raised in Washington, DC, very violent place. I grew up with violence. My introduction to music was violent. The years I've spent on tours, some of that was extremely violent.







When you're very young, images that you upload into your very young mind tend to stay with you.



The visceral nature of hard rock music, the fact that you can have this sledge hammering sound -- and that you can hook a lyric up and a feeling up to something and make the lyric jump into this machine that crushes. That has always been really attractive to me, that kind of power.



Here you can be a billionaire, like Mark Zuckerberg rich, but you are going to die and you are here for a while and ultimately all of your stuff is kind of like a rental.







As the middle class is predated upon with an ever greater malicious intensity, their children stand to lose more and harder than their parents ever did.



I am well protected Too locked up Inside myself To get free.



When you see the Escalades and the Hummers driving down the street, at least in Los Angeles, this dry, flat desert with shopping malls, when you see someone driving one of those through this you're like, 'You are definitely part of the problem.'





But can a song stop a war? If Bob Marley and Bob Dylan couldn't do it, it can't be done.



If I could go to Kabul and not die, I would go back to Afghanistan as soon as I could. And, that was the most interesting place that I've been to.



You are the untold story. You are the impassioned truth wanting to scream its existence, to be forever trapped by a strong hand clapped firmly over the mouth of my soul.



Once you say something, it stays said. I apologized to anyone who may have been hurt by what I said, and I really meant it. I am absolutely not interested in hurting anyone, or being mean or insensitive.



No time for drug addiction, no time for smoke or booze. Too strong for a shortened life span, I've got no time to lose.



I want you bad like a natural disaster. You are all I see. You are the only one I want to know.





The government is a functionary of the corporations -- and there's nothing new about that. You can find people in the 1930s talking about the army basically working for Wall Street in all of these countries it invades.



How memories lie to us. How time coats the ordinary with gold. How it breaks the heart to go back and attempt to re-live them. How crushed we are when we discover that the gold was merely gold-plating thinly coated over lead, chalk and peeling paint.



In the worst of times the best among us never lose their moral compass, and that is how they emerge relatively unscathed.



Books are cool, but knowledge without mileage doesn't mean anything to me.



We're just very belligerent, and I'm not trying to put Americans down, by and large I think we're nice people, but we operate with the information we're given and we are limited by the ignorance that is kind of injected into the media and into the TV shows.



I live my life through the prism of capitalism and physiological limits and eventualities.



Will punk rock ever die? Pal, if you have to ask it's dead to you.



I have watched independent record stores evaporate all over America and Europe. That's why I go into as many as I can and buy records whenever possible. If we lose the independent record store, we lose big. Every time you buy your records at one of these places, it's a blow to the empire.



I'm usually busy -- if you call me at the house, I get about four phone calls there a year -- I'm usually running around the house with a pen in my mouth holding onto something, folding it, or doing something to it, and it's always a bad time.



I never think of what it's going to be like later. I only think in the present tense. The only time I think backwards is when I have to reissue something.


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