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100 Inspiring Quotes By Henry Rollins, The Author Of Get In The Van

Famous As: Lead Vocalist of Los Angeles Hardcore Group 'Black Flag'
Born On: February 13, 1961
Born In: Washington, D.C., United States
Age: 61 Years

Henry Rollins, born as Henry Lawrence Garfield, is an American polymath of the entertainment industry. He has held several profiles including being a musician, actor, television and radio host and comedian. Rollins love for music traces back to his university days when he first developed an interest in punk rock, after getting hands on a copy of The Ramones's debut album. Rollins’ music career thrived as he became the frontman and vocalist of ‘State of Alert’ band. In times to follow, he was a key member of the Black Flag and Rollin Stone bands. He made several important contributions as a solo artist as well.  Music career aside, Rollins is famous for his antics as a television and radio host. He hosts the weekly radio show on KCRW, and is a regular columnist for LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia. He has also done a couple of dramatic roles for various televisions series. Apart from his career in the entertainment industry, Rollins has powerfully used his social position to campaign for and promote LGBT rights, World Hunger Relief, the West Memphis Three and an end to war in particular. The rich legacy of his work includes some of the highly meaningful quotes that he has written over the years. These quotes touch various aspects of life and provide some food for thought. Check out some of the most famous quotes by Henry Rollins.  

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

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

Henry Rollins
I'll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.

I'll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.

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

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

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

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

Henry Rollins
Girls aren't beautiful, they're pretty. Beautiful is too heavy a word to assign to a girl. Women are beautiful because their faces show that they know they have lost something and picked up something else.

Girls aren't beautiful, they're pretty. Beautiful is too heavy a word to assign to a girl. Women are beautiful because their faces show that they know they have lost something and picked up something else.

Henry Rollins
Half of life is fucking up, the other half is dealing with it.

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

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.

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
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.

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 am ready for whatever's coming. I expect nothing but to be let down or turned away. I am alone. Goddamn. The shit hurts sometimes, but I realize what I am, what I have become.

I am ready for whatever's coming. I expect nothing but to be let down or turned away. I am alone. Goddamn. The shit hurts sometimes, but I realize what I am, what I have become.

Henry Rollins
My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.

My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.

Henry Rollins
Do it or don't. It's amazing how many things in life are that easy.

Do it or don't. It's amazing how many things in life are that easy.

Henry Rollins
It is sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.

It is sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.

Henry Rollins
You don't make me feel like you used to.
That's why I'm leaving
That's why people leave each other
They come to their senses and get selfish again.

You don't make me feel like you used to. That's why I'm leaving That's why people leave each other They come to their senses and get selfish again.

Henry Rollins
Love heals scars love left

Love heals scars love left

Henry Rollins
Knowledge without mileage equals bullshit.

Knowledge without mileage equals bullshit.

Henry Rollins
I get tired of talking when I want to be silent.

I get tired of talking when I want to be silent.

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.

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

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

Henry Rollins
When life hands you a lemon, say, 'Oh yeah, I like lemons! What else ya got?

When life hands you a lemon, say, 'Oh yeah, I like lemons! What else ya got?

Henry Rollins
Gay people don't have a personality problem. They have a problem with small-minded motherfuckers who can't conquer a 1-inch high curb.

Gay people don't have a personality problem. They have a problem with small-minded motherfuckers who can't conquer a 1-inch high curb.

Henry Rollins
Respect is not a one way street

Respect is not a one way street

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

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
Nothing brings people together more than mutual hatred.

Nothing brings people together more than mutual hatred.

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.

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 will do my best to dodge tonight's depression
Hide in sleep
Damage myself in dreams
Wake up older, slightly more used.

I will do my best to dodge tonight's depression Hide in sleep Damage myself in dreams Wake up older, slightly more used.

Henry Rollins
My love is a thousand French poets puking black blood on your Cure CD collection.

My love is a thousand French poets puking black blood on your Cure CD collection.

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?

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

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

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.

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
Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but i feel more lonely in a crowded room with boring people then i feel on my owm.

Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but i feel more lonely in a crowded room with boring people then i feel on my owm.

Henry Rollins
Don't push me
I've got a corner at my back
I've nowhere to go except over you.

Don't push me I've got a corner at my back I've nowhere to go except over you.

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.

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
A rose trapped inside a fist.

A rose trapped inside a fist.

Henry Rollins
I am well protected
Too locked up
Inside myself
To get free

I am well protected Too locked up Inside myself To get free

Henry Rollins
Don't hide behind the Constitution or the Bible. If you're against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet 'H' on your shirt, and say, 'I am a homophobe!

Don't hide behind the Constitution or the Bible. If you're against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet 'H' on your shirt, and say, 'I am a homophobe!

Henry Rollins
I want you bad like a natural disaster. You are all I see. You are the only one I want to know.

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

Henry Rollins
Somewhere, someone isn’t impressed by your looks. Not all men jump through the hoops of your fire. You’re unbelievably boring to more people than you’ll ever know.

Somewhere, someone isn’t impressed by your looks. Not all men jump through the hoops of your fire. You’re unbelievably boring to more people than you’ll ever know.

Henry Rollins
I’m packed with broken glass and memories and it all hurts.

I’m packed with broken glass and memories and it all hurts.

Henry Rollins
My dick is a macho shithead but the rest of me is a sensitive, caring and gentle guy.

My dick is a macho shithead but the rest of me is a sensitive, caring and gentle guy.

Henry Rollins
I would like to be able to gently drift in and out of existence when I wanted to.

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

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

You can find me in the frozen mood section.

Henry Rollins
Books are cool, but knowledge without mileage doesn't mean anything to me.

Books are cool, but knowledge without mileage doesn't mean anything to me.

Henry Rollins
Anyone who wants to help me doesn't. Anyone who wants to kill me might. Anyone who wants to love me better not.

Anyone who wants to help me doesn't. Anyone who wants to kill me might. Anyone who wants to love me better not.

Henry Rollins
I'll be here tomorrow
If I can make it through today.

I'll be here tomorrow If I can make it through today.

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.

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

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

Henry Rollins
I just want to be able to stand up straight for a little while before I get cut down.

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

Henry Rollins
My feelings for you shame me into silence.

My feelings for you shame me into silence.

Henry Rollins
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.

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.

Henry Rollins
When you title yourself, you immediately lend yourself to all kinds of pretension

When you title yourself, you immediately lend yourself to all kinds of pretension

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

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

Henry Rollins
I think of the thrill of an intelligent woman talking just to me.

I think of the thrill of an intelligent woman talking just to me.

Henry Rollins
You can still function as a living ruin.

You can still function as a living ruin.

Henry Rollins
You are the untold story. You are the impassioned truth wanting to scream its existence, to be forever trapped by a strong hand clapped firmly over the mouth of my soul.

You are the untold story. You are the impassioned truth wanting to scream its existence, to be forever trapped by a strong hand clapped firmly over the mouth of my soul.

Henry Rollins
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?

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?

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

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

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.

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

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

Henry Rollins
Always knowing you're going to die
And until then knowing you've got to live.

Always knowing you're going to die And until then knowing you've got to live.

Henry Rollins
Everything you do makes my body scream with loneliness.

Everything you do makes my body scream with loneliness.

Henry Rollins
I have heard people say that they felt closer to their parents after they have died. Maybe if I treat people as if they were dead, I could get along with them better

I have heard people say that they felt closer to their parents after they have died. Maybe if I treat people as if they were dead, I could get along with them better

Henry Rollins
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.

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.

Henry Rollins
I feel like a visitor that got left behind by his ride.

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

Henry Rollins
He looked at her
Something
Turned cancerous
He was in love.

He looked at her Something Turned cancerous He was in love.

Henry Rollins
Life forgets me but will not let me forget
Holds me down and tells me that I'm free.

Life forgets me but will not let me forget Holds me down and tells me that I'm free.

Henry Rollins
It is you who makes me see what I really am.

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

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

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

Henry Rollins
Here in this moment we are beautiful, nocturnal creatures and our thoughts and words are jewels guarded by the moon.

Here in this moment we are beautiful, nocturnal creatures and our thoughts and words are jewels guarded by the moon.

Henry Rollins
Horror jolts me when I look at one of you and see a pair of beautiful eyes that make me think your mind might contain a world that could hold me as the bolts shake loose and fly from my frame.

Horror jolts me when I look at one of you and see a pair of beautiful eyes that make me think your mind might contain a world that could hold me as the bolts shake loose and fly from my frame.

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

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

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.

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

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

Henry Rollins
You can't right the wrongs because you'll never understand the cause and you'll be too busy dodging the effect.

You can't right the wrongs because you'll never understand the cause and you'll be too busy dodging the effect.

Henry Rollins
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.

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.

Henry Rollins
No magic. I do believe you might have taken it all with you when you went away.

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

Henry Rollins
I hate it when men go to strip bars. It lowers the rest of us that know if a man has to pay to see a woman naked, he is a loser and probably should get weeded out.

I hate it when men go to strip bars. It lowers the rest of us that know if a man has to pay to see a woman naked, he is a loser and probably should get weeded out.

Henry Rollins
I am too far gone to be rehabilitated.

I am too far gone to be rehabilitated.

Henry Rollins
Damn, I was lonely that autumn. I wished for a girl I could hang out with. I never
really did anything to meet girls, too shy, too fucked up. Autumn makes
me think of women.

Damn, I was lonely that autumn. I wished for a girl I could hang out with. I never really did anything to meet girls, too shy, too fucked up. Autumn makes me think of women.

Henry Rollins
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.

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.

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

Life will not break your heart. It will crush it.

Henry Rollins
It is our destiny to be born beautiful into an ugly age.

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

Henry Rollins
In my world there would be as many public libraries as there are Starbucks.

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

Henry Rollins
Love is self deception. I am a living creature. Hate is only self love. I am a double feature.

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

Henry Rollins
I don't want to go with the smooth skin and the calm brow. I hope I end up a
blithering idiot cursing the sun - hallucinating, screaming, giving
obscene and inane lectures on street corners and public parks.

I don't want to go with the smooth skin and the calm brow. I hope I end up a blithering idiot cursing the sun - hallucinating, screaming, giving obscene and inane lectures on street corners and public parks.

Henry Rollins
I'm not close to people, I am close to myself. I spend a lot of time inside.

I'm not close to people, I am close to myself. I spend a lot of time inside.

Henry Rollins
We came to the end, we found nothing. Nothing!!! And we cursed because we were hoping for so much less.

We came to the end, we found nothing. Nothing!!! And we cursed because we were hoping for so much less.

Henry Rollins
I've got a knife and I want to talk to you
I've got a prayer and I want to carve it to you
I've got no chance, that's why I'm looking to you
O Lord, ride with me

I've got a knife and I want to talk to you I've got a prayer and I want to carve it to you I've got no chance, that's why I'm looking to you O Lord, ride with me

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

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

Henry Rollins
I see walking bombs on the street
Hearts not beating, but ticking

I see walking bombs on the street Hearts not beating, but ticking

Henry Rollins
What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup.

What goes best with a cup of coffee? Another cup.

Henry Rollins
I cling to my memories of glorious desperation.

I cling to my memories of glorious desperation.

Henry Rollins
You know, we are one nation under a god. Yes, you were right. An angry, crack slinging god who decorates with bullets and spent condoms.

You know, we are one nation under a god. Yes, you were right. An angry, crack slinging god who decorates with bullets and spent condoms.

Henry Rollins
Don't let despair mutate your flesh
Look at my twisted stumps of thought
See the fingers, listen to the voice
I am slowly becoming the end of the line.

Don't let despair mutate your flesh Look at my twisted stumps of thought See the fingers, listen to the voice I am slowly becoming the end of the line.

Henry Rollins
A man came up to me the other day and said he hadn't had a bite in weeks. So you know what I did? I walked by him like he didn't even exist.

A man came up to me the other day and said he hadn't had a bite in weeks. So you know what I did? I walked by him like he didn't even exist.

Henry Rollins
A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.

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

Henry Rollins
For some there is no music
No lights
No fire
No untamed madness that breathes life
There is work
Anguish
Frustration
Rage
Despair
A dullness that rings like wooden thunder

For some there is no music No lights No fire No untamed madness that breathes life There is work Anguish Frustration Rage Despair A dullness that rings like wooden thunder

Henry Rollins
I have gone to great lengths to expand my threshold of pain.

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

Henry Rollins
She lit my soul and inhaled deeply
Flicking my ashes occasionally.

She lit my soul and inhaled deeply Flicking my ashes occasionally.

Henry Rollins
I think to myself: 
I don't want to survive this one
I want to burn up in the wreckage

I think to myself: I don't want to survive this one I want to burn up in the wreckage

Henry Rollins
It's about time that governments feared the people instead of the other way around.

It's about time that governments feared the people instead of the other way around.

Henry Rollins