Henry Rollins Quotes on Life, Love and Discipline

Henry Lawrence Garfield, also known as Henry Rollins, is an American singer, author, spoken word artist, actor, and presenter. He was born on February 13, 1961. Rollins fronted the Californian hardcore band Black Flag from 1981 to 1986 after playing in the short-lived hardcore punk band State of Alert in 1980. After the band disbanded, he founded a record label and publishing company to distribute his spoken word albums and the Rollins Band, which went on tour from 1987 to 2003 and again in 2006.

72 Henry Rollins Quotes

Henry Rollins Quotes
  1. “Life will not break your heart. It’ll crush it.”
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2. “Love heals scars love left”

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3. “Respect is not a one way street”

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4. “Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.”

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5. “It is sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.”

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6. “I get tired of talking when I want to be silent.”

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7. “Knowledge without mileage equals bullshit.”

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8. “I’ll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.”

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9. “I got my heart broken. My spirit got shattered and mutilated. I will not be coming back from this. I don’t want to.”

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10. “The material you work with is that which you will come to resemble. That which you work against will always work against you, including yourself.”

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11. “When you title yourself, you immediately lend yourself to all kinds of pretension”

12. “People are best on records and books because you can turn them off or put them back on the shelf.”

13. “Do it or don’t. It’s amazing how many things in life are that easy.”

14. “I know you’ll never love me but maybe you’ll stay for awhile.”

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15. “Hope is the last thing a person does before they are defeated.”

16. “It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.”

17. “I am too far gone to be rehabilitated.”

18. “Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.”

19. “Half of life is fucking up, the other half is dealing with it.”

20. “Books are cool, but knowledge without mileage doesn’t mean anything to me.”

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21. “I just want to be able to stand up straight for a little while before I get cut down.”

22. “You can get away with a lot of shit if it looks like it`s all you know how to do.”

23. “I feel like a visitor that got left behind by his ride.”

24. “No magic. I do believe you might have taken it all with you when you went away.”

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25. “Nothing brings people together more than mutual hatred.”

26. “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.”

27. “Anyone who wants to help me doesn’t. Anyone who wants to kill me might. Anyone who wants to love me better not.”

28. “Basically, men are afraid of women and can’t handle the fact that they came out of the same thing they spend the rest of their lives trying to get back into.”

29. “Help me to withstand your beauty as it stands out of reach. Give me the capacity to forget ever having felt your touch.”

30. “My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.”

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31. “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?”

32. “Everything you do makes my body scream with loneliness.”

33. “You can’t right the wrongs because you’ll never understand the cause and you’ll be too busy dodging the effect.”

34. “My love runs deeper than the wounds.”

35. “Best not to mix the past with the present. The present paints the past with gold. The past paints the present with lead.”

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

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37. “You always know the mark of a coward. A coward hides behind freedom. A brave person stands in front of freedom and defends it for others.”

38. “A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.”

39. “The times I have tried to get close to someone resulted in me feeling threatened and weak.”

40. “You’re going to do what you’re going to do and that’s all there is. That’s all you got and that’s that.”

41. “Everything you do makes my body scream with loneliness. When I see you, the room swallows me. I find myself at the bottom of the pool.”

42. “I don’t want to pass through life like a smooth plane ride. All you do is get to breathe and copulate and finally die. I don’t want to go with the smooth skin and the calm brow.”

43. “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.”

44. “Love is self deception. I am a living creature. Hate is only self love. I am a double feature.”

45. “It is you who makes me see what I really am.”

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46. “Discipline is money in the bank. A real friend, true strength.”

47. “It is our destiny to be born beautiful into an ugly age.”

48. “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.”

49. “I like the idea of someone else’s love safely sealed in a song or a book.”

50. “I would like to be able to gently drift in and out of existence when I wanted to.”

51. “My feelings for you shame me into silence.”

52. “The times I have tried to get close to someone resulted in me feeling threatened and weak.”

53. “I have gone to great lengths to expand my threshold of pain.”

54. “She left an empty house in my heart. The lights don’t work anymore, the heater’s broken.”

55. “When I am near people, I can’t hear the wind. Nights are wasted when spent around others”

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56. “Keep your blood clean, your body lean, and your mind sharp.”

58. “I don’t ask for much. I should ask for a lot, then maybe I might get some.”

59. “I cling to my memories of glorious desperation.”

60. “I learned that you can get away with a lot of shit if you just do it like it’s all you knew how to do.”

61. “It’s about time that governments feared the people instead of the other way around.”

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62. “Strength is the product of struggle, you must do what others don’t to achieve what others won’t.”

63. “In my world there would be as many public libraries as there are Starbucks.”

64. “Life will not break your heart. It will crush it.”

65. “perfection. I have been waiting all my life to be with you. My heart slams against my ribs when I think of the slaughtered nights I spent all over the world waiting to feel your touch.”

66. “It would be nice to be touched by hands that didn’t want to kill or congratulate me. Sometimes the hands that want to kill me are mine.”

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67. “Sometimes it’s hard to convince yourself that you’re not an idiot.”

68. “We try to understand the pain of others but we can only understand it our way.”

69. “Music makes life possible.”

70. “There’s a great feeling when you’re totally resolved. When you make the jump from being lonely to being only. When you’re so totally alone and absolute.”

71. “I wish I wasn’t alive as much as you are dead”

72. “Freedom gives you everything you need to fail on a monumental scale.”

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