Chuck Berry was revolutionary. He was the driving force in the creation of rock’n’roll. His legacy is so great, the number of lives he touched is so great. Undoubtedly there are still many people mourning this loss. After all, every great rock n roll musician and then some looks up to him. Like the death on any artist, the best way to appreciate them is to surround yourself in their art and wisdom.

Here are the late, great Chuck Berry’s best quotes:



“It’s amazing how much you can learn if your intentions are truly earnest.”


“I grew up thinking art was pictures until I got into music and found I was an artist and didn’t paint.”

“I would sing the blues if I had the blues”

“Praise doesn’t mean anything to me. I don’t judge myself”


“Rock’s so good to me. Rock is my child and my grandfather.”

“A song is a song. But there are some songs, ah, some songs are the greatest. The Beatles song ‘Yesterday.’ Listen to the lyrics.”

“It amazes me when I hear people say, ‘I want to go out and find out who I am.’ I always knew who I was. I was going to be famous if it killed me.”


“Rock ‘n’ roll accepted me and paid me, even though I loved the big bands… I went that way because I wanted a home of my own. I had a family. I had to raise them. Let’s don’t leave out the economics. No way.”

“Science and religion are both the same thing. They’re there; they’re life. If it’s not science, it’s not a fact.”

“If the people in the audience are talking, you’re being ignored. If the people are gazing at you, you’ve got something they want to hear.”


“You know, your ears record. You might can sing a song once you hear it.”

“In a way, I feel it might be ill-mannered to try and top myself. The music I play is a ritual. Something that matters to people in a special way. I wouldn’t want to interfere with that.”

“The Big Band Era is my era. People say, ‘Where did you get your style from?’ I did the Big Band Era on guitar. That’s the best way I could explain it.”


“You don’t just go to the studio and say, ‘I’m going to write a hit.’ It becomes a hit when people like your compositions.”


“My music is simple stuff. Anybody can sit down, look at a set of symbols and produce sounds the music represents.”

“I love poetry. I love rhyming. Do you know, there are poets who don’t rhyme? Shakespeare did not rhyme most of the time, and that’s why I do not like him.”

“Don’t let the same dog bite you twice.”

“It’s gotta be rock and roll music, if you wanna dance with me.”

“It used to be called boogie-woogie, it used to be called blues, used to be called rhythm and blues…It’s called rock now.”


“The gateway to freedom…was somewhere close to New Orleans where most Africans were sorted through and sold. I had driven through New Orleans on tour and I’d been told my great grandfather had lived way back up in the woods among the evergreens in a log cabin. I revived the era with a song about a coloured boy named Johnny B. Goode. My first thought was to make his life follow as my own had come along, but I thought it would seem biased to white fans to say ‘coloured boy’ and changed it to ‘country boy’.”


“Everything I wrote about wasn’t about me, but about the people listening.”

“Music is music; you can’t change rock and say well this is punk rock and this is acid rock or rockabilly.”

“Music is an important part of our culture and record stores play a vital part in keeping the power of music alive.”

“Prejudice doesn’t make me mad. It just – I guess ‘pisses me off’ is the word.”


“Music is music and I think music people are the delivers, the actors, when they put their music out they want to insert their character in it. So they call it such and such so you know how they live so to speak.”

“There have been so many empires, kings are kinda going out of style.”


Chuck Berry was an absolute legend. He deserves all the respect in the world. For his music, and art we thank him. Rock in Peace Chuck Berry.