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All Quotes by author - Henry Rollins
" A country that has been through as much as Vietnam has to have some crazy music somewhere. "
" Adolescence is a plague on the senses. "
" After I left D.C. to join Black Flag, I felt I was in a band. "
" Airports in major cities, like LAX, are trippy environments. It is at once a national and international gathering of those in transition: The euphoric, emerging from planes, their journey at an end, and the determined, about to depart. "
" All my big heroes are literary, writers. "
" A lot of Americans don't have a passport, never will have a passport. Not only will they not travel, they don't want to travel. "
" America is a country born from semi-mythologized blood, glory and acts of selfless patriotic sacrifice. "
" America is off-the-hook gay. I will not go all Ann Coulter on you and say, 'Our gays are better than their gays,' but as far as countries go, we are in-your-face gay. "
" America's foreign policy lacks the backbone to do the right thing in Afghanistan - which is leave. "
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" America sold VX nerve gas and anthrax to Iraq for years, even after the Halabja gas attack, which killed thousands of Kurds. "
" America was cool with Saddam Hussein when he was killing Iranians. "
" Amy Winehouse was not a person I ever met, and I can't say that I am overly conversant in all of her music. I do have her albums, and years ago, when I first heard her sing, I thought she was extraordinary. The tone of her voice, her phrasing, her raw appearance - these qualities were extremely captivating to me. "
" And I laugh at myself when I screw things up, which happens all the time. "
" And I love the hate mail I get, the unsigned, misspelled letters I get telling me to go back to Russia or wherever. "
" Anything in this culture that stands still long enough eventually becomes okay if a person can derive an income from it. Eventually, pay-per-view public execution will happen, and it will be half-time entertainment. "
" As a teen, I heard the second Velvet Underground album, 'White Light/White Heat,' and it was too much for my limited scope of appreciation. It was intense, but I didn't get it. "
" As a young person growing up in Washington, D.C., summers were hot, humid and relentless. My friends and I grew more restless and adventurous with every passing year. "
" As a young person, I wanted everyone to agree with me. "
" As a young person, I was on the road playing music, so I was getting new environments shoved in my face whether I wanted them or not. "
" As far as I have been able to understand, the Japanese seem to keep things close to the vest. Friendly but remote and polite to the point of being invisible. It is in the music, literature, film and art that the Japanese really seem to express themselves. "
" As long as I tell the truth I feel that nobody can touch me. "
" As performers grow older, I reckon there are two ways they can go. They can either be up there, playing more deeply from their guts than ever, or they can be phoning it in so crassly that it leaves a lump in your throat as you leave the venue at the end of the show. "
" As so much music is listened to via MP3 download, many will never experience the joy of analog playback, and for them, I feel sorry. They are missing out. "
" As the middle class is predated upon with an ever greater malicious intensity, their children stand to lose more and harder than their parents ever did. "
" A text conversation is a short exchange of often grossly truncated language that corresponds to a thought made all the more shallow by the process. "
" At times, I feel America is something that I can actually put my arms around, more than a land mass and a Constitution, something far more containable and understandable. I don't exactly know what it is, but at these times I feel completely woven into it. "
" August brings into sharp focus and a furious boil everything I've been listening to in the late spring and summer. "
" August in sub-Saharan Los Angeles is one of the great and awful tests of one's endurance, sanity and stamina. "
" August, the summer's last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor. "
" August used to be a sad month for me. As the days went on, the thought of school starting weighed heavily upon my young frame. That, coupled with the oppressive heat and humidity of my native Washington, D.C., only seemed to heighten the misery. "
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