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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Kieth Richards Quotes




I don’t sit in trees anymore.

So far, so good.

There's a canvas, it's called silence. Where do you want to make your mark? A little dab here? And don't forget, don't cover the whole canvas — we don't want a Rubens here! 

To learn the blues, it takes a while, and you never stop. What did I learn? I learnt how to learn the blues, but I ain't stopped.

As you get older, younger people think you know where it's at. But it's a forlorn hope. Because everybody's growing up at the same time, you know? Somebody who's fifty, by the time he's fifty-five, he's done a whole lot more shit. That's what I've realized — Jesus Christ, these people think I know what I'm doing. Okay, I'll fool them! But at the same time, you know it's a bluff. The important thing is what comes next, and are you ready for it?

Chuck Berry is food — the man who brought you "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Too Much Monkey Business," "Roll Over Beethoven." Unfortunately, his biggest-selling record was "My Ding-a-Ling." But that's his own preoccupation; I don't want to go there.

Rock 'n' roll's great weapon is humor. 

I love to play lead, too, but I like to sneak in, which is why I love to play with Ronnie [Wood]. With a quick nod and a wink, we can switch over in what we call the ancient form of weaving. It's a druidic sort of thing, we like to think, very mystical — ha! 

I'm an unpure purist, something like that.

Electric is another instrument. Yeah, it looks the same and you've got to make the same moves, but you have to learn how to tame the beast. Because it is a monster. 

Drugs, I think people make far too much of it. 

There's this perennial thing that people have — how do you do it? Why do you do it? Like it's — what do you do? How do you go to an office every day? Compared to that, my job is easy.

Unless you really want to do this all the time, don't jump in the pond. There's piranhas in there, for chrissakes. 

Women are a beautiful complication, and I look forward to far more beauties and far more complications.

I've done a lot of dadding. Whoo, I tell you what — it grows you up pretty quick when that little bugger starts waking up. Suddenly there's this little cute ball of stuff yelling its head off — boom! Snap to! Oh, man, I better take care of this.
Daughters are far easier to bring up. My first was Marlon, my son, and he gave me a good fight, man. He would drag my ass sometimes, before I could talk to him and instill the wisdom of not doing that.

I occasionally borrow pot from my kids. They do a little weed occasionally. "Here, Dad" — or more likely, "Dad, have you got any?" 

Poison's not bad. It's a matter of how much.

You can't believe how great this job is. I'll do it as long as people want to listen to it.

Some guys have a hard way of saying I love you.
Been there, done that.

I’m Sagittarius, half-man, half-horse, with a license to shit in the street.

In the business of crime there’s two people involved, and that’s the criminal and the cops. It’s in both their interests to keep crime a business, otherwise they’re both out of a job.

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

 You can’t accuse me of anything I haven’t already confessed to.

A painter’s got a canvas. The writer’s got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.

I’ve never turned blue in someone else’s bathroom. I consider that the height of bad manners.

Anything you throw yourself into, you better get yourself out of.
  
My epitaph will be: “Fuckers! I told you I wasn’t feeling well!”

Love wears a white Stetson.

I’ve got nothing against daylight. I don’t live totally nocturnally. Only when I feel like it. Which is most of the time.

I hate predictions. They never turn out when I make them.

I read the Bible sometimes, but it bores me to death. I just want to know what other people find so bloody fascinating.

Playing live with the Stones is like living in your own separate country. It’s like having an empire but no land.

What is life but playing with time?
 
Music is a necessity. After food, air, water and warmth, music is the next necessity of life.

Yes, I’ve been trepanned. I’ve got pictures of it. They cut my head, brain, skull open, went in and pulled out the crap and put some back in again.

We all have our own personal laboratories. Life is an experiment, and it’s just a matter of getting the alchemical or chemical combination right.

To me, life is a wild animal. You hope to deal with it when it leaps at you.

I don't regret nuthin.

It was a magical time, because I actually managed to turn my little juvenile fantasies into a way of life.

I reckon there are 3 reasons why American R&B stars don't click with British teeange fans. One they're old; two they're black;three, they're ugly." 1965

5 strings, 2 fingers, one asshole (Keith on open G tuning)

When I started, all I wanted to do was play like Chuck (Berry)

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