Keith Richards may be hard to understand, but he’s one of the coolest guys ever! So no shit he has some pretty cool quotes!
These are some of my favourites:

Keith Richards, ya dig?
Keith Richards, ya dig?

“If you’ve gotta think about being cool, you aint cool.”

“You don’t find a style. A style finds you.”

“Everybody talks about rock these days; the problem is they forget about roll.”

“I’ve never had a problem with drugs. I’ve had problems with the police.”

“Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.”

Keith Richards
Keith Richards

“I’ve got nothing against daylight. I don’t live totally nocturnally. Only when I feel like it. Which is most of the time.”

“I like it here in Austin, anybody got a room?”

“If you don’t know the blues… theres no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or another form of popular music.”

“I never plan anything, which is probably the difference between Mick and myself. Mick needs to know what he’s gonna do tomorrow and I’m just happy to wake up and see who’s hanging around. Mick’s rock and I’m roll.”

Keith Richards
Keith freaking Richards

“I don’t wave a flag for anything. I’m a musician”

“I only get ill when I give up drugs”

“And then I realized, like any young guys, that Blues are not learned in a monastery. You’ve got to go out there and get your heart broken and then come back and then you can sing the blues.”

“The Rock is easy, but the roll is another thing…”

Oh look, it's Jack Sparrows dad!
Oh look, it’s Jack Sparrows dad!

“A painters got a canvas. The writers got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.”

“I am not doing it just for the money or for you. I am doing it for me.”

“I never sleep alone. If there is no one to sleep next to, I’ll sleep next to a stuffed animal. It makes me feel secure and safe. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, I’m an old man now. It’s important to me though.”

“I’m not getting old, I’m evolving.”

“My life is full of broken halos.”


“To me, the main thing about living on this planet is knowing who the hell you are and be real about it. Thats the reason I’m still alive.”

“You have the sun, you have the moon, you have the air you breath- and you have the Rolling Stones!”

“But I’ve always felt very comfortable on stage, even if I screw up. It always felt like a dog, this is my turf, piss around it. While I’m here, nothing else can happen. All I can do is screw up. Otherwise, have a good time.”


“It’s great to be here. It’s great to be anywhere.”

“I was awe sometimes listening to Mick Taylor. Everything was there in his playing, the melodic touch, a beautiful sustain and a way of reading a song.”

“Music is a necessity. After food, air, water and warmth, music is the next necessity of life.”

“Some people think I’m a mythical genius, others think I’m a junkie madman.”

Keith Richards - mythical genius
Keith Richards – junkie madman

“The thing about being a songwriter, once you realize you are one is that to provide ammo, you start to become an observer… You’re constantly on the alert. That faculty gets trained in you over the years: observing people, how they react to one another, which in a way makes you weirdly distant… It’s a little of Peeping Tom, being a song writer.”

“You see, to me, the art of music is listening to it, not playing it. The real art of it is hearing it.”

“The only things Mick and I disagree about is the band, the music and what we do.”
Mick and Keith being rad


“Theres something beautifully, friendly and elevating about a bunch of guys playing music together. This wonderful little world that is unassailable. Its really teamwork, one guy supporting the others and it’s all for on purpose, and theres no flies in the ointment, for a while. And nobody conducting, it’s all up to you. It’s really Jazz- thats the big secret. Rock and Roll aint nothing but jazz with a hard backbeat.”

“Fame has killed more very talented guys then drugs. Jimi Hendrix didn’t die of an overdose, he died of fame.” 

“To make a rock’n’roll record, technology is the least important thing.”
Keith Richards - mythical genius
Keith Richards – mythical genius

“But I’m not here just to make records and money. I’m here to say something and to touch other people, sometimes in a cry of desperation: “Do you know this feeling?” ”

“I’ve always been suspicious of TV, I’ve always found music and video to be an unhappy marriage.”

“Everybody starts by imitating their heroes. For me is was Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters.”

 “Somethings get better with age, like me.”
“To me, my biggest fear is getting a big head, and that is when I get the hammer. Because It’s very easy in this game to believe you’re something special.”

“We age not by holding on to youth, but by letting ourselves grow and embracing whatever youthful parts remain”

“If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.”
Keith Richards will never die.
Keith Richards will never die.