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In the summer of '84, you just couldn't escape ...
by Henry Rollins

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

I need to do things on my own, need to be left alone.
- 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 love to go on stage and sing.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'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 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'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 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 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

Experience life in all possible ways -
good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter.
Experience all the dualities.
Don't be afraid of experience,
because the more experience you have,
the more mature you become.
- Osho

Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.
- Hosea Ballou

Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow
on top of a mountain in late May or June.
There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
- Russell Baker

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there
was in me an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus

Nothing is more memorable than a smell.
One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting,
yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.
- Diane Ackerman

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth,
the air and you.
- Langston Hughes

'Tis now the summer of your youth: time has not cropped
the roses from your cheek,
though sorrow long has washed them.
- Edward Moore

I was posted to China in the summer of 1988,
which was the greatest time ever, I think,
to have been in China.
- John Pomfret

It will not always be summer; build barns.
- Hesiod

By all these lovely tokens September days are here,
With summer's best of weather And autumn's best of cheer.
- Helen Hunt Jackson

I raised frogs every spring in our house from tadpoles
and by end of summer our house was overrun with frogs.
- William Joyce

In the summer of 1776 our Founding Fathers sought to
secure our independence and the liberties that remain
the foundation of our nation today.
- Doc Hastings

Summer is a promissory note signed in June,
its long days spent and gone before you know it,
and due to be repaid next January.
- Hal Borland

I started out in summer stock, and that's really what I prefer.
- Andrea Martin

I like summer.
I like warmer weather and long days.
I'm one of those silly people who still enjoy lying in the sun -
my children are horrified!
- Danielle Steel

I kept having chills.
This was in the middle of the summer and I was wearing
a sheepskin jacket and I was chilling.
I was shaking all over.
- Dick York

Spring and summer 1942 was probably the worst period
of internal terror in Slovakia.
It was also the time of mass deportation of Slovak
Jews to the extermination camps in Poland.
- Alexander Dubcek

In summer winter rain or sun, it's good to be on horseback.
- Mike Oldfield

In the summer of '80, Silhouette bought my first book.
- Nora Roberts

By then I was in Brooklyn and drank my way through that summer.
I stopped when I got sick of that and got a job at the Strand bookstore,
which was a little better than the tax job.
- Robert Quine

The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad,
like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone,
but never hustled.
- Henry Adams

Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have
it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.
- Hal Borland

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.
- Anton Chekhov

Now, I was the Summer Concert guy.
I played every Summer concert there was.
- John Sebastian

Now I take the summer off, relax, and I know that at
the end of July we're gonna start another season.
- Jerry Orbach

Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter
to do something next summer;
this is how commencement speakers are caught.
- Sydney J. Harris


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