Critics don't bother me because if I do badly, I know I'm bad before
they even write it. And if I'm good, I know I'm good. I know best about myself,
so a critic doesn't anger me.
I lived in a plenty tough neighborhood. When somebody called me a 'dirty
little Guinea', there was only one thing to do - break his head. When I got
older, I realized that you shouldn't do it that way. I realized that you've
got to do it through education. Children are not to blame. It is the parents.
How can a child know whether his playmate is an Italian, a Jew or Irish,
unless the parents have discussed it in the privacy of their homes.
I think my greatest ambition in life is to pass on to others what I
I wish that one of these days somebody would learn to do [my art] so
it doesn't die where it is.
I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living
life, a man who had good friends, fine family - and I don't think I could
ask for anything more than that, actually.
You only live once, and the way I live, once is enough.
I believe in you and me. I'm like Albert Schweitzer and Bertrand Russell
and Albert Einstein in that I have a respect for life--in any form. I believe
in nature, in the birds, the sea, the sky, in everything I can see or that
there is real evidence for. If these things are what you mean by God, then
I believe in God.
I'm supposed to have a Ph.D. on the subject of women. But the truth
is I've flunked more often than not. I'm very fond of women; I admire them.
But, like all men, I don't understand them.
Live every day like it's your last.
Stay alive, stay active, and get as much practice as you can.
People often remark that I'm pretty lucky. Luck is only important in
so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After
that, you've got to have talent and know how to use it.
There are several things I think I would have done if I had the chance
again. I would have been a little more patient about getting out into the
world. I would have seen to it that I had a more formal education. I would
have become an accomplished musician, in the sense that I would have studied
formally, even if I never used it.
I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning,
that's as good as they're going to feel all day.
Rock 'n Roll is the most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of
expression that has been my misfortune to hear.
I'm gonna live till I die.
When lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday
and absolution on Sunday, cash me out.
Hell hath no fury like a hustler with a literary agent.
Fear is the enemy of logic. There is no more debilitating, crushing,
self-defeating, sickening thing in the world--to an individual or to a nation.
Cock your hat - angles are attitudes.
Basically, I'm for anything that gets you through the night - be it
prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.
All day long, they lie in the sun, and when the sun goes down, they
lie some more.
Don't get even, get mad.
Throughout my career, if I have done anything, I have paid attention
to every note and every word I sing - if I respect the song. If I cannot
project this to a listener, I fail.
Never yawn in front of a lady.
Orange is the happiest color.
Oh, I just wish someone would try to hurt you so I could kill them
I'm not one of those complicated, mixed-up cats. I'm not looking for
the secret to life.... I just go on from day to day, taking what comes.
If I did half of what they say, I wouldn't be here - I'd be in a jar
I like intelligent women. When you go out, it shouldn't be a staring
Too many times I've been asked to say something about friends who are
gone - this is one of the hardest....Dean was my brother - not through blood,
but through choice....He has been like the air I breathe - always there,
always close by.
Fresh air makes me throw up. I can't handle it. I'd rather be around
three Denobili cigars blowing in my face all night.
The martial music of every side burned delinquent on the face of the
Dare to wear the foolish clown face.
I don't know what other singers feel when they articulate lyrics, but
being an 18-karat manic-depressive and having lived a life of violent emotional
contradictions, I have an over acute capacity for sadness as well as elation.
I know what the cat who wrote the song is trying to say. I've been there
- and back. I guess the audience feels it along with me. They can't help
it. Sentimentality, after all, is an emotion common to all humanity.
The best revenge is massive success.
Here's to the confusion of our enemies!