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My philosophy is the thicker the wood the thicker the sound, the bigger the string the bigger the sound. My smallest string is a 14 gauge.

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I don't live with the 'right' people. I don't want to. I don't want to live with the rich in Beverly Hills or walk the streets of Hollywood. I want to go to K-mart and get good deals.

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Every time I do an album, I say, 'That's the last one'.

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I smashed my tailbone and couldn't sit for five years, and I broke my clavicle because I thought I was a great surfer, and of course, I could be a great snowboarder, too. Man, was I wiped out!

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My philosophy is that on a scale of 1 to 10, I will go to 15. No matter what!

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Kids don't see me as an oldies person when I go out on stage. They see me as an energy force.

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Guitar Player Magazine says Dick Dale is the father of Heavy Metal, blowing up 48 amplifiers, creating the first power amplifier.

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People ask about love. Real love. I was never in love; the people around me didn't love me. They were just along for the ride.

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When I play, I don't cheat. I played for 490,000 in Berlin, and I'll play just as hard for 100.

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I try to read the audience, see what they're in the mood for.

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Springsteen — he's the Lord God.

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Dick Dale — quotes and aphorisms

That's what my music does for me. It makes people happy. When I play, I thank the Lord I've never seen someone walk away from a Dick Dale dance not having a good time. That's what it's all about.

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I make jokes because humor is the greatest healing factor that there is.

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As I'd go out learning to surf, I'd feel the power of waves coming over my body. It's like you're with God.

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Every song is like a painting.

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I was reading a magazine when I was a little kid, probably about twelve years old, and an ad said that if you sell so many jars of Noxzema skin cream, we'll sell you a ukulele. So I went out and banged on doors in the snow in Quincy, Massachusetts, where I was raised, and I sold the skin cream.

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Whatever you do, don't take shortcuts. It's great advice to take and live by.

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There's a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a dog, feed it and keep it around.

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