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Loneliness adds beauty to life.
by Henry Rollins

Loneliness adds beauty to life.
It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
- Henry Rollins

Hope is the last thing a person does before they are defeated.
- 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

Being an artist is dragging your innermost feelings out,
giving a piece of yourself, no matter in which art form,
in which medium.
- Henry Rollins

 

My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.
- Henry Rollins

As long as I tell the truth I feel that nobody can touch me.
- Henry Rollins

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.
- Henry Rollins

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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 can only write about personal stuff,
about my point of view.
- Henry Rollins

What I don't want to do is go out there and not be able to mean it,
you know?
- Henry Rollins

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

Keep your blood clean, your body lean,
and your mind sharp.
- Henry Rollins

To hate is to show you still care, who needs that,
focus on what's really important.
- Henry Rollins

Life will not break your heart.
It'll crush it.
- Henry Rollins

I want to change things for the better,
just like everybody else.
- Henry Rollins

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

It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.
- Henry Rollins

The blues is losing someone you love and not having
enough money to immerse yourself in drink.
- Henry Rollins

Giving a good performance, giving it all is what it's all about.
I love to perform.
- Henry Rollins

I can deal with people who watch me on stage but I
am not good in communicating with people any other
way than through my work.
- 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

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

The only difference between me and others is that they
think they can change something with cute little poems,
nice cards or embracing trees and being nice to little lapdogs.
- Henry Rollins

There's no such thing as an ex-junkie.
- Henry Rollins

I love to go on stage and sing.
- Henry Rollins

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.
- Henry Rollins

I need to do things on my own, need to be left alone.
- Henry Rollins

I don't mind The Boss.
I think he's an honest guy.
I have some of his records, not all of them.
I've met a couple of the E-Street guys,
and they seem really cool.
- Henry Rollins

I can't remember that I ever had just a minute of stage fright.
- Henry Rollins

In the summer of '84, you just couldn't escape the Born in the USA record.
- Henry Rollins

I forged myself out of a vacuum.
I crawl along the highway on hacked off stumps year after year.
Some wonder how and why.
I never do.
- Henry Rollins

Sometimes the truth hurts.
And sometimes it feels real good.
- Henry Rollins

Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue.
Realize the strength, move on.
- Henry Rollins

It is just that I don't want a wife and I don't want kids.
- 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

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.
- 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

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.
- Henry Rollins

Well, we run my ship differently.
Any offer that comes in, I yay or nay it,
no matter how insane it is.
Like, if someone asks me if I'm interested in doing a porn film,
the answer to that is going to be no,
but it comes to me anyway.
I'm responsible for making the call.
- Henry Rollins

I don't mean to be arrogant and I really appreciate
my fans but talking about what I am doing is not something I'm good at.
I do what I do and that's it.
I want to get back to my work and do more of it instead of talking about it.
- Henry Rollins

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.
- Henry Rollins

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.
- 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'm 36 and if I met a woman of my own age and married her,
I'd also be marrying her former life,
her past.
It might be OK for some people - I don't want to judge it or anything -
but it's not for me.
It would destroy my creativity.
- Henry Rollins

Language... has created the word "loneliness"
to express the pain of being alone.
And it has created the word "solitude"
to express the glory of being alone.
- Paul Tillich

Life ... full of loneliness, and misery,
and suffering, and unhappiness,
and it's all over much too quickly.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

Loneliness is not what it seems.
One does not feel lonely because one is alone,
but because of a feeling of lack -
a feeling that something is missing.
Loneliness is essentially independent
of how many other humans are around.
It has much more to do with one's self-esteem -
one's sense of inherent worth.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are all so much together,
but we are all dying of loneliness.
- Albert Schweitzer

The most terrible poverty is loneliness
and the feeling of being unloved.
- Mother Teresa

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted
is the most terrible poverty.
- Mother Teresa

When you are alone you are not alone,
you are simply lonely -
and there is a tremendous difference
between loneliness and aloneness.
When you are lonely you are thinking of the other,
you are missing the other.
Loneliness is a negative state.
You are feeling that it would have been
better if the other were there -
your friend, your wife, your mother,
your beloved, your husband.
It would have been good if the other
were there, but the other is not.
Loneliness is absence of the other.
Aloneness is the presence of oneself.
Aloneness is very positive.
It is a presence, overflowing presence.
You are so full of presence
that you can fill the whole universe
with your presence and there is no need for anybody.
- Osho

Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered
from the anguish of loneliness.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things;
knows not the livid loneliness of fear.
- Amelia Earhart

An artist is always alone - if he is an artist.
No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
- Henry Miller

Music was my refuge.
I could crawl into the space between the notes and
curl my back to loneliness.
- Maya Angelou

Fame always brings loneliness.
Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.
- Vicki Baum

I had become, with the approach of night,
once more aware of loneliness and time -
those two companions without whom no journey can yield us anything.
- Lawrence Durrell

Yoga is a way to freedom.
By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear,
anguish and loneliness.
- Indra Devi

Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for,
great enough to die for.
- Dag Hammarskjold

If there is a look of human eyes that tells of perpetual loneliness,
so there is also the familiar look that is the sign of perpetual crowds.
- Alice Meynell

Forget sex or politics or religion, loneliness is the
subject that clears out a room.
- Doug Coupland

There is no loneliness like that of a failed marriage.
- Alexander Theroux

The principal contributor to loneliness in this country is television.
What happens is that the family 'gets together' alone.
- Ashley Montagu

The loneliness you get by the sea is personal and alive.
It doesn't subdue you and make you feel abject.
It's stimulating loneliness.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt
in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.
- Germaine Greer

I also wanted to express the strength of cinema to hide reality,
while being entertaining.
Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness.
- Pedro Almodovar

Loneliness is the ultimate poverty.
- Abigail Van Buren

Reading - the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.
- William Styron

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.
- May Sarton

I would have to say loneliness is next to uncleanliness.
- Janeane Garofalo

People drain me, even the closest of friends,
and I find loneliness to be the best state in the union to live in.
- Margaret Cho


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