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When you're around someone good, your own standards are raised. ...
by Ritchie Blackmore

When you're around someone good, your own standards are raised.
- Ritchie Blackmore

When I was 20, I didn't give a damn about song construction.
I just wanted to make as much noise and play as fast and as loud as possible.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I was impressed by Hendrix.
His attitude was brilliant.
Even the way he walked was amazing.
- Ritchie Blackmore

When something is not good, it's bad.
Period.
- Ritchie Blackmore

 

The only way you can get good, unless you're a genius,
is to copy.
That's the best thing.
Just steal.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I criticize my own work pretty harshly.
- Ritchie Blackmore

Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and I wanted to be a hard rock band -
we wanted to play rock and roll only.
- Ritchie Blackmore

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Session work makes you more strict.
You can't hit notes all over the place.
You've got to make each one really count.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I was impressed by Hendrix.
Not so much by his playing, as his attitude -
he wasn't a great player,
but everything else about him was brilliant.
- Ritchie Blackmore

Playing a Fender is an art itself.
They're always going out of tune.
- Ritchie Blackmore

Simplicity is the key.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I like leaping around on stage as long as it's done with class.
None of this jumping up in the air and doing the splits.
- Ritchie Blackmore

Jimi...
He was the gov'nor and that's it.
He was brilliant, wasn't he?
- Ritchie Blackmore

If a ballet dancer falls over, it's knowing how to
get out looking clumsy that counts.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I've always played every amp I've ever had full up,
because rock and roll is supposed to be played loud.
Also, that's how you get your sustain.
- Ritchie Blackmore

When you're recording, if you're not really clean in your playing,
it sounds like a mess.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I feel like I own the stage.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I don't put myself on Jeff Beck's level,
but I can relate to him when he says he'd rather be
working on his car collection than playing the guitar.
- Ritchie Blackmore

If you can play well in the studio, you can play well on stage.
- Ritchie Blackmore

But you have to give your whole life to a cello.
When I realized that, I went back to the guitar and
just turned the volume up a bit louder.
- Ritchie Blackmore

Stevie Ray Vaughan was very intense.
Maybe that's what caught everybody's attention.
As a player, he didn't do anything amazing.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I'm not good enough, technically, to be a classic musician.
I lack discipline.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I'm very moved by Renaissance music,
but I still love to play hard rock -
though only if it's sophisticated and has some thought behind it.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I however don't go to clubs to show off and to be seen,
and certainly not to make statements.
I just want to be able to quietly watch a band.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I don't use the twang bar anymore.
It's become too popular.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I can imagine that Rod Stewart likes giving autographs
because he's pure showbusiness.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I had given up the guitar between '75 and '78.
I completely lost interest.
I was sick of hearing other guitar players and I was tired of my tunes.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I can do the old hand vibrato just fine,
but I like attacking the strings.
- Ritchie Blackmore

What's the point of re-releasing an album? The original sounded good,
why change something about it?
- Ritchie Blackmore

Johnny Winter is one of the best blues players in the world.
He's very underrated.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I can never remember what I do even in the studio.
- Ritchie Blackmore

Those record companies don't know what's happening at all.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I can turn on some jazz guitarist, and he won't do a thing for me,
if he's not playing electrically.
But Jeff Beck's great to listen to.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I don't see myself as such an important guitarist.
- Ritchie Blackmore

When you've toured for about 10 years like me,
you end up feeling like you're always waiting for somebody or something.
The whole day is a drag.
- Ritchie Blackmore

Pete Townshend used to crash chords and let the guitar feed back.
He's overrated.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I have never met one person who likes Grand Funk.
- Ritchie Blackmore

Everything I do is usually totally spontaneous.
- Ritchie Blackmore

I'm not into that Keith Richard trip of having all
those guitars in different tunings.
I never liked the Rolling Stones much anyway.
- Ritchie Blackmore

The cello is such a melancholy instrument,
such an isolated, miserable instrument.
- Ritchie Blackmore

Learning to play with a big amplifier is like trying to control an elephant.
- Ritchie Blackmore

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard


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