27 Stupendous Henry Rollins Quotes

Henry Rollins is an American musician, actor, and radio host. As a regular columnist in the LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia, Rollins established his own record label and publishing company as well as hosted an educational history television series. Here is a look at some of the most notable Henry Rollins quotes ever recorded.

“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.”

“For myself, I can’t understand a life without a job. I don’t know what I would do without employment. Retirement is out of the question for me.”

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

“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 don’t consider myself an actor, for me it’s employment. Like the actor who’s a waiter a lot, I’m an actor when I’m not on tour, in that that’s a job I can do.”

“I guess I am famous in a way. I would rather consider it recognizable – I think that is more logical. I don’t feel famous.”


“I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.”

“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 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.”

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

“I’d defend myself. But I don’t go around shoving people around; that’s not me at all – that’s for a cop. I’m not into that type of behavior at all.”

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

“It’s hard for me to sympathize with a young person who chooses to go into the military because they know where they’re going. I think we need to start depopulating the military.”

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

“Knowledge without mileage equals bullshit.”

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

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

“My love runs deeper than the wounds.”

“My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.”

“No such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time, no such thing as down time. All you got is life time. Go.”

“Nothing brings people together more, then mutual hatred.”

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

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

“The blues is losing someone you love and not having enough money to immerse yourself in drink.”

“Want a good body? Work at it. Want to be a success? Work at it. Want to be truly exceptional? Be a touch insane… You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.”

“We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don’t. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success.”

“When you start to doubt yourself the real world will eat you alive.”

Here is a talk with Henry Rollins as he discusses critical conversations and the importance of being a global citizen.

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