White collar conservative flashin down the street, pointing that plastic finger at me, they all assume my kind will drop and die, but I'm gonna wave my freak flag high.
— Jimi Hendrix
You have to give people something to dream on.
If it was up to me, there wouldn't be no such thing as the establishment.
You don't have to be singing about love all the time in order to give love to the people. You don't have to keep flashing those words all the time.
I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around.
All I'm writing is just what I feel, that's all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland.
When I played God Bless The Queen, I was wondering if they was gonna dig us, then quite naturally I'd go on and try to get it together.
My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art.
If I'm free, it's because I'm always running.
Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you'll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you're gonna be rewarded.
You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.
In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first.
Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.
Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.
I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.
It's funny how most people love the dead, once you're dead, you're made for life.
Excuse me while I kiss the sky.
We have time, there's no big rush.
I don't have nothing to regret at all in the past, except that I might've unintentionally hurt somebody else or something.
It all has to come from inside, though, I guess.
The reflection of the world is blues, that's where that part of the music is at. Then you got this other kind of music that's tryin' to come around.
I was trying to do too many things at the same time, which is my nature. But I was enjoying it, and I still do enjoy it.
My nature just changes.
It's funny the way most people love the dead. Once you are dead, you are made for life.
I wish they'd had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would've been straightened out.
I got a pet monkey called Charlie Chan.
Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
You have to forget about what other people say, when you're supposed to die, or when you're supposed to be loving. You have to forget about all these things.
I've been imitated so well I've heard people copy my mistakes.
Music is my religion.
When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do.
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Even Castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.
Every city in the world always has a gang, a street gang, or the so-called outcasts.
See, that's nothing but blues, that's all I'm singing about. It's today's blues.
To be with the others, you have to have your hair short and wear ties. So we're trying to make a third world happen, you know what I mean?
I have this one little saying, when things get too heavy just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man.
When we go to play, you flip around and flash around and everything, and then they're not gonna see nothin' but what their eyes see. Forget about their ears.
All I'm gonna do is just go on and do what I feel.
I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me. I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors, now the whole world is here for me to see.
I'm gonna put a curse on you and all your kids will be born completely naked.
When I die, just keep playing the records.
Music makes me high on stage, and that's the truth. It's like being almost addicted to music.
When things get too heavy, just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man.
Rock is so much fun. That's what it's all about - filling up the chest cavities and empty kneecaps and elbows.
I try to use my music to move these people to act.
Music is a safe kind of high.
The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.
The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar.