Henry Rollins

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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.

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More guns equaling more safety is a slippery slope, and what makes it so is human blood.

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It took me until my teenage years to realize that I was medicating with music. I was pushing back against my stupid school uniform, instructors who called me by my last name and my classmates, who, while friendly enough, were not at all inspiring.

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So I'm more at home with my backpack, sleeping in a hotel room or on a bus or on an airplane, than I am necessarily on a bed. It's weird being here. It feels like I'm standing next to my real life.

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I don't want to pass through life like a smooth plane ride.

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I spend several days at a time without enough sleep. At first, normal activities become annoying. When you are too tired to eat, you really need some sleep. A few days later, things become strange. Loud noises become louder and more startling, familiar sounds become unfamiliar, and life reinvents itself as a surrealist dream.

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My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.

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I think that humans have a huge capacity to carry pain and sadness. There are things that haunt us our entire lives; we are unable to let them go. The good times seem almost effervescent and dreamlike in comparison with the times that didn't go so well.

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Keep your blood clean, your body lean, and your mind sharp.

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Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor.

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Pizza makes me think that anything is possible.

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Henry Rollins – quotes and aphorisms

You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.

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Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but I feel more lonely in a crowed room with boring people than I feel on my own.

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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.

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

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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.

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It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.

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

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