Henry Rollins Quotes & Wallpapers

Henry Rollins
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I think that one of the hardest things in the world to be is a black male. I mean everyone hates your guts. White men are afraid of you. White women are afraid of you. The cops hate you. The government wants you dead. Your own people want to shoot you for what you got. You just can't get over it. And even if you are able to get over it you're forced to do it on the white guy's terms. Henry Rollins

Anywhere you hang yourself is home. Henry Rollins

I'm not like paparazzi. I never force myself on anyone. I always ask, and some places offer money. And so I try and get these photos to give you, the viewer, a real look at what I was seeing. Henry Rollins

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. Henry Rollins

I like the idea of someone else's love safely sealed in a song or a book. Henry Rollins

All my big heroes are literary, writers. I'd love to meet Jimmy Hendrix or John Coltrane, but I'd much rather meet Thomas Wolfe, or F. Scott Fitzgerald. Words and books have always meant a lot to me. That someone can take words and string them together to where they will move me is just a hell of a thing. It's amazing to me; more amazing to me than music or painting. It's always been the written word or the spoken word, like a great lecture or a great lyric, or a great poem. To me it's just amazing. And I always aspire toward capturing that, or my version of it. Henry Rollins

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

The most interesting place by far was Afghanistan. Just because it is a place that I cannot see myself living. The hardness of the people and the history of the country is just so completely intense. Henry Rollins

While I disagree with our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, I have nothing but respect and admiration for the men and women deployed in these places. Henry Rollins

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. Henry Rollins

Do' think about it. Do it. Do' talk about it. Do it. Henry Rollins

I know you"ll never love me but maybe you"ll stay for awhile. Henry Rollins

There's got to be someone for me. It's not too much to ask. Just someone to be with. Someone to love. Someone to give everything to. Someone. Henry Rollins

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

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

I'm a liar. I'll rip your mind up. I'll burn your soul, I'll turn you in to me. Henry Rollins

Just understand that the end began long ago We got here just in time Look All the squares in the sidewalks were already there All these strangers have more money than you do All the good riffs have been taken And everyone is so scared Murder is commonplace I don't even flinch at the gunshots outside my window I feel lonely without them Henry Rollins

Best not to mix the past with the present. The present paints the past with gold. The past paints the present with lead. Henry Rollins

I used to fight the pain, but recently this became clear to me: pain is not my enemy; it is my call to greatness. But when dealing with the Iron, one must be careful to interpret the pain correctly. Most injuries involving the Iron come from ego. I once spent a few weeks lifting weight that my body wasn't ready for and spent a few months not picking up anything heavier than a fork. Try to lift what you're not prepared to and the Iron will teach you a little lesson in restraint and self-control. Henry Rollins

Your commander would never lie to you. That's the vice president's job. Henry Rollins

You have to realize there are other people, other economies, governments, cultures, religions, and destinies going on at the same time as yours. You have to widen the scope of your lens and start seeing more. Henry Rollins

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.' Henry Rollins

I think in rural settings, people have a different appreciation for animals than might the city dweller. In parts of India where poisonous snake bite is common, people have a much different value system. I live in a city. I'm not thinking about wolves, lions, etc. Henry Rollins

I have built my life to pursue the new. I don't have family, don't know many people and I am usually ready to leave within an hour. Henry Rollins

I believe that capitalism, at least how it's used by major corporations, and environmental concerns are in opposition. To be ecologically aware, productivity of many things would slow down at least for awhile. Stockholders don't want to hear about the saving of the whales or some stream in Kentucky. They want a return on their investment. Henry Rollins

I beg young people to travel... Henry Rollins

Hopefully, one enhances [when growing older] his sense of humor. As he approaches 50, he'll need all the humor he can get. Henry Rollins

I have no desire to write anything for screen. That's a great talent. Henry Rollins

I think as resources become more dear, we really need to consider population. Henry Rollins

If there was a god, he wouldn't let a guy walk right up and shoot you in the face now would he? That's right, now you get the picture. Truth burns doesn't it? Henry Rollins

Knowledge without mileage equals bullshit. 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

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

If you paid Americans a living wage, they would be able to pay for products made by Americans in America. Henry Rollins

I think it is incumbent on anyone who can to lift human dignity to the highest possible levels, maintaining one's own and helping to raise that of others. Henry Rollins

August brings into sharp focus and a furious boil everything I've been listening to in the late spring and summer. Henry Rollins

I don't want to pass through life like a smooth plane ride. Henry Rollins

Life is weird, great and dangerous. 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 would like to become a better photographer. I'm working on that. Henry Rollins

I never thought I was right for TV or that TV was right for me. Henry Rollins

As a teen, I heard the second Velvet Underground album, 'White Light/White Heat,' and it was too much for my limited scope of appreciation. It was intense, but I didn't get it. Henry Rollins

I wasn't playing the music, the music was playing me... and once that went away, and I had the feeling I was playing music, I had to stop. The need to go onstage and get my brain flattened every night left me, and what I didn't wanna do is go onstage and perpetrate a fraud... You cannot fool an audience. Henry Rollins

Literally thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the NFL by retired players, many of whom say that information on brain injury in football was withheld from them. Henry Rollins

For the last 30-plus years, I have been doing one long, uninterrupted improv. Henry Rollins

Harmony is boring. Henry Rollins

And I love the hate mail I get, the unsigned, misspelled letters I get telling me to go back to Russia or wherever. Henry Rollins

The public library system of the United States is worth preserving. Henry Rollins

I have lived in public as a somewhat recognizable person since I was a teenager. Emails I answer end up posted on sites; pictures of me and someone I just met, taken by a cellphone, literally number in the thousands and are easily accessed. Henry Rollins

We city dwellers, we residents of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, are for the most part urbanized to some extent. We know deadlines, start times and traffic. Henry Rollins

After I left D.C. to join Black Flag, I felt I was in a band. Henry Rollins

I come from a town of great musicians: Washington, D.C. It's no joke, that history. Henry Rollins

No one should die when they're 50. Henry Rollins

Anything in this culture that stands still long enough eventually becomes okay if a person can derive an income from it. Eventually, pay-per-view public execution will happen, and it will be half-time entertainment. Henry Rollins

It wasn't until my late twenties that I learned that by working out I had given myself a great gift. I learned that nothing good comes without work and a certain amount of pain. When I finish a set that leaves me shaking, I know more about myself. When something gets bad, I know it can't be as bad as that workout. Henry Rollins

I'm constantly around people that talk a lot but say nothing. A sad case. Henry Rollins

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

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. Henry Rollins

If you have an idea of what you want to do in your future, you must go at it with almost monastic obsession...you have to go at it single-mindedly and let nothing get in your way. Henry Rollins

The times I have tried to get close to someone resulted in me feeling threatened and weak. Henry Rollins

I cling to my memories of glorious desperation. Henry Rollins

You can find me in the frozen mood section. Henry Rollins

I look at pictures of you because I am afraid that you would notice me staring in real life. I looked at your picture today for countless minutes. It is closer than I'll ever get to you for real. I felt like I was looking at a captured animal at a safe distance. If you knew I was doing this, you would feel sickened and frightened. That's why you'll never know. Years will go by and you'll never know. I will never say the things that I want to say to you. I know the damage it would do. I love you more than I hate my loneliness and pain. Henry Rollins

There's got to be someone for me. It's not too much to ask. Just someone to be with. Someone to love. Someone to give everything to. Someone. Henry Rollins

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. Henry Rollins

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

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. Henry Rollins

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. Henry Rollins

Why let your fury lay deep inside you, sullenly boiling your blood into silent steam and griding your bones to dust? I it not better to thrust it out with great velocity from every pore, with your every action? Let your actions speak your legend. The physical is the manifestation of the spirit. Let your spirit be teeming with fury. Let your strength be unusual and controlled. 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. Henry Rollins

You"ll never know that just sitting across a room full of people, I have transformed you into a goddess. A destroyer of despair. Henry Rollins



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