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A collection of quotations and sayings by Keith Richards on life, music, rock, singing, drugs, philosophy, liberty, emotions, inspiration and jazz.

33 Famous Quotes By Keith Richards For A Rhythmic Life

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Born On: December 18, 1943

Keith Richards is a famous British guitarist, songwriter, singer, memoirist and the founder of ‘The Rolling Stones’. He has written various hit rock songs and is believed to be the pioneer of the ‘state-of-the-art rhythm’.  His love for the American blues made him unite with his childhood acquaintance ‘Mick Jagger’ and guitarist ‘Dick Taylor’ to perform in a few gigs. They were further joined by ‘Brian Jones’ to form ‘The Rolling Stones’ band. Their albums were a hit and were popular on a global scale. His solo song ‘I Can't Get No Satisfaction’ topped the US charts and is regarded as one of the greatest rock songs. He is included in the ‘Songwriters Hall of Fame’ and was awarded with the ‘Rock Immortal Award’. Richards was also ranked among the top five best electric guitar players. We bring to you a treasure trove of quotes that have been excerpted from his work, writings, songs, lyrics, interviews and thoughts. Go through this collection of quotes by Keith Richards that will give you a glimpse of his journey in the musical world.
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If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.

Keith Richards

When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.

Keith Richards

Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.

Keith Richards

I've never had inner turmoil about all this. You find a lot of people these days who cannot stand to be alone. You could lock me up in solitary for weeks on end, and I'd keep myself amused.

Keith Richards

Why would you want to be anything else if you're Mick Jagger?

Keith Richards

We age not by holding on to youth, but by letting ourselves grow and embracing whatever youthful parts remain.

Keith Richards

You can't always get what you want, but if you really need something, you usually find it.

Keith Richards

Memory is fiction,

Keith Richards

The rock's easy, but the roll is another thing...

Keith Richards

I don't have a problem with drugs, I have a problem with policemen.

Keith Richards

It's really good to be here and as I always say, it's really good to be anywhere!

Keith Richards

I don't regret nuthin...

Keith Richards

But I'm not here just to make records and money. I'm here to say something and to touch other people, sometimes in a cry of desperation: "Do you know this feeling?

Keith Richards

Preaching is tax free. Very little to do with God, a lot to do with money

Keith Richards

Some people think I'm a mythical genius, others think I'm a junkie madman.

Keith Richards

True friends. Hardest thing to find, but you never look for them - they found you ; you just grow into each other

Keith Richards

I'm all for a quiet life. I just didn't get one.

Keith Richards

My life is full of broken halos.

Keith Richards

And then I think we realized, like any young guys, that blues are not learned in a monastery. You've got to go out there and get your heart broke and then come back and then you can sing the blues.

Keith Richards

Love has sold more songs than you've had hot dinners.

Keith Richards

One of the great things about songwrighting; it's not an intellectual experience

Keith Richards

Rock and roll ain't nothing but jazz with a hard backbeat.

Keith Richards

[John] Belushi was an extreme experience even by my standards.

Keith Richards

I like it here in Austin. Anybody got a room?

Keith Richards

If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use both feet.

Keith Richards

A gut-string classical Spanish guitar, a sweet, lovely little lady. The smell of it. Even now, to open a guitar case, when it's an old wooden guitar, I could crawl in and close the lid.

Keith Richards

Its called a playground, but its nearer to a battlefield. It can be brutal

Keith Richards

I am not doing it just for the money or for you.I am doing it for me.

Keith Richards

A familiar Gusism was to greet a friend with 'Hello, don't be a cunt all your life.

Keith Richards

I was husband for a week. Changed the baby's diapers. There's somebody in a suburb in Melbourne who doesn't even know i wiped his ass

Keith Richards

We bought Candy Twirls and Bull's-Eyes and Licorice & Blackcurrant. We weren't going to lower ourselves and score at the supermarket, were we?

Keith Richards

Wild Horses" started in a B-minor chord, and Stu didn't play minor chords, "fucking Chinese music.

Keith Richards

All the contortions we go through just not to be ourselves for a few hours.

Keith Richards