100+ Quotes by Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix, an unparalleled musician, redefined the possibilities of the electric guitar and forever altered the landscape of rock music. His innovative use of distortion, feedback, and otherworldly techniques elevated the instrument to new heights, creating an immersive sonic experience that captivated audiences worldwide. Hendrix's fusion of rock, blues, and psychedelia resulted in a sound that was both mesmerizing and revolutionary. Beyond his musical virtuosity, he embodied the spirit of a generation challenging societal norms. Hendrix's charismatic stage presence and distinctive style left an indelible mark on pop culture. Tragically, his life was cut short, but his legacy continues to resonate through his timeless recordings, influencing generations of musicians and reminding us of the transcendent power of artistic expression.

Jimi Hendrix Quotes

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.

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Technically, I'm not a guitar player, all I play is truth and emotion.

Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.

You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.

Butterflies and zebras And moonbeams and fairy tales That's all she ever thinks about Riding with the wind.

I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.

The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar.

Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you'll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you're gonna be rewarded.

Knowledge talks, wisdom listens.

I've been imitated so well I've heard people copy my mistakes.

Excuse me while I kiss the sky.

Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.

I wish they'd had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would've been straightened out.

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The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.

May the dreams of your past be the reality of your future.

In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first.

When things get too heavy, just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man.

I'm gonna put a curse on you and all your kids will be born completely naked.

Music is a safe kind of high.

I don't have nothing to regret at all in the past, except that I might've unintentionally hurt somebody else or something.

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

All I'm gonna do is just go on and do what I feel.

Before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.

My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art.

Music is Magic. Magic is Life

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Anybody can do anything, it's up to themselves. All it takes is the right intentions.

If it was up to me, there wouldn't be no such thing as the establishment.

We want our sound to go into the soul of the audience, and see if it can awaken some little thing in their minds... 'Cause there are so many sleeping people.

You have to give people something to dream on.

I want to get up in the morning and just roll over in my bed into an indoor swimming pool. And then swim to the breakfast table.

I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me. I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors, now the whole world is here for me to see.

Purple haze all in my eyes, don't know if it's day or night. You got me blowin', blowin' my mind. Is it tomorrow or just the end of time?

I want to thank you my sweet darling for digging in the mud and picking me up.

You have to be a freak in order to be different.

The sweet love between the moon and the deep blue sea.

When I'm sad, she comes to me with a thousand smiles.

Purple Haze all in my brain, lately things don't seem the same. Actin' funny but I don't know why. 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky.

Don't use your brain to play it, let your feelings guide your fingers.

You have to forget about what other people say, when you're supposed to die, or when you're supposed to be loving. You have to forget about all these things.

Manic depression's touching my soul. I know what I want, but I just don't know how to go about getting it.

If I'm free, it's because I'm always running.

Even Castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.

Now if I don't meet you no more in this world, then I'll, I'll meet you in the next one, and don't be late, don't be late, cause I'm a voodoo chile.

My own thing is in my head. I hear sounds and if I don't get them together nobody else will.

Rock is so much fun. That's what it's all about - filling up the chest cavities and empty kneecaps and elbows.

Jesus shouldn't have died so early and then he could have got twice as much across. They killed him and then twisted so many of the best things he said. Human hands started messing it all up and now so much of religion is hogwash.

The story of love is hello and goodbye, until we meet again.

Music makes me high on stage, and that's the truth. It's like being almost addicted to music.

Oh say, can you see, it's really such a mess. Every inch of earth is a fighting nest. Giant pencial and lipstick tube shaped things, continue to rain and cause scream and pain, and the arctic stains from silver blue to bloody red.

Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.

My sons and their wives landed on Mars to start another race.

Knowledge is speaking, wisdom is listening

Let me live my life the way I want to.

Every city in the world always has a gang, a street gang, or the so-called outcasts.

Don't waste your time thinkin' about bad things.

You've got to know much more than the mere technicalities of notes. You've got to know sounds and what goes between the notes.

Hey Joe, where you going with that gun in your hand? I'm going out to find my woman, caught her messing around with another man.

You're a woman, at least you taste like you are.

I have to get involved in my own kind of way 'cause I always want to respect my own judgments. I have to respect my own time.

They've imitated me so good that sometimes I hear people copying my mistakes

I didn't mean to take up all your sweet time... I'll give it right back to you, one of these days

The dollar bill is God in the States. All those Pelican people just believe in money and nothing else.

Drifting, On a sea of forgotten teardrops, On a lifeboat, Sailing for Your love

Music is my religion.

I'd like to get something together - like a Handel, Bach, Muddy waters, flamenco type of thing. If I could get that sound, I'd be happy

With the power of soul, anything is possible.

The world is nothing but a big gimmick.

The Telecaster has two sounds - a good one and a bad one.

It's funny how most people love the dead, once you're dead your made for life.

May I love you away from the evils of today to the dreams of tomorrow, you know heaven has no sorrow.

You got me sitting on the shelf, while you're out bewitching someone else.

Don't let your imagination take you by surprise.

I wouldn't say that I'm the greatest guitarist ever. I'd say probably that I'm the greatest guitarist sitting in this chair.

Please pass me the peace weed, and take some heed. Throw away all that mixed up speed.

The smiling portrait of you is still hanging on my frowning wall.

You're just like crosstown traffic, so hard to get through to you.

I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around.

Well I stand up next to a mountain, and I chop it down with the edge of my hand

When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do.

I think that we honor ourselves by honoring our past.

I was thinking too fast. It seems like a person has the tendency to get bored, because he always wants to try to do all these accomplishments.

I love Dylan. I only met him once, about three years ago, back at the Kettle of Fish on MacDougal Street. That was before I went to England. I think both of us were pretty drunk at the time, so he probably doesn’t remember it.

Lots of the things we do are dangerous, but life itself is dangerous; nothing is really worth bothering with that isn't full of danger

This is your life - you must die by yourself, so for heaven's sake, live for yourself and no one else. . . .

You know you are a sweet little heart breaker, foxy lady.

Well, obviously religion must come from inside.

Music is going to break the way because music is in a spiritual thing of its own. It's like the waves of the ocean. You can't just cut out the perfect wave and take it home with you.

Spiritually, it's always there. It gets better and better all the time. One of these days I'll just finally release all that out.

Sorry for the tune up between time, but what the hell, cowboys are the only ones who stay in tune, anyway.

I'll always touch you.

Evil man make me kill you.

Music is a safe type of high. It's more the way it was supposed to be. That's where highness came, I guess, from anyway. It's nothing but rhythm and motion.

You don't have to be singing about love all the time in order to give love to the people. You don't have to keep flashing those words all the time.

Happiness is within you... so unlock the chains from your heart and let yourself grow- like the sweet flower you are. I know the answer- just spread your wings and set yourself free.

You have to use fantasy to show different sides to reality. That's how it can bend.

I try to use my music to move these people to act.

I try all night to play a pretty note.

One time I said: maybe I should burn a guitar tonight. You know smash a guitar or something like that. And they said: yeah, yeah! I said: you really think I should? They said: yeah, that'd be cool. I said: well, ok.

Now if six turned up to be nine, I don't mind, I don't mind.

After awhile, your, your cheap talk don't even cause me pain, so let your bullets fly like rain.

The way I write things, I just write them with a clash between reality and fantasy mostly. You have to use fantasy to show different sides of reality; it's how it can bend.

When I die, just keep playing the records.

Music is religion for me. There'll be music in the hereafter, too.

I use to live in a room full of mirrors, all I could see was me.

Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.

Telephone message on his manager's answering machine shortly before dying of heroin overdose: I need help bad, man.

Genealogists live in the past lane.

I'm a million miles away, and at the same time I'm right here in your picture frame.

Really I'm just an actor. The only difference between me and those cats in Hollywood is that I write my own script.

I got a pet monkey called Charlie Chan.

I believe everybody should have a room where they get rid of all their releases. So my room was a stage.

It all has to come from inside, though, I guess.

I was trying to do too many things at the same time, which is my nature. But I was enjoying it, and I still do enjoy it.

All I'm writing is just what I feel, that's all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland.

The reflection of the world is blues, that's where that part of the music is at. Then you got this other kind of music that's tryin' to come around.

A girl asked me if she could comb my hair. Nobody can comb my hair, I can’t even comb my hair.

There are too many heavy songs out nowadays. music has been getting too heavy, almost to the state of unbearable.

So you want to be married, oh baby, trying to put me on a chain, ain't that some shame? You must be losing your weak little mind.

The truth is straight ahead, so don't burn yourself instead.

I dig Strauss and Wagner, those cats are good...

Sometimes the music people put you into these big, rush things.

There's a lot of political things happening out there that I'd really have to get away from.

Kenny Burrell that's the sound I'm looking for.

If I live by illusions, you live by excuses.

I found myself in too much of a box situation.

Freaks, they are very prejudiced. You have to have your hair long and talk in a certain way in order to be with them. In order to be the other way you have to have your hair short and wear ties.

Be respected as being new, and probably a decent change or a help for the human race or whatever, instead of keep carrying the same old burdens around with you.

If my baby don't love me no more, I know her sister will.

Your people I do not understand, so to you I shall put an end, and you'll never hear surf music again.

If 6 turned out to be 9, I don't mind.

The one that rambles for a million miles, yes, I walk down this road searching for your love.

Will the wind ever remember the names it has blown in the past? And with its crutch, its old age, and its wisdom, it whispers no this will be the last.

The artist draws the people. The whole idea is for people to dig themselves, just mingle around meeting different other people. That's cool.

As you well know, you just can't believe everything you see and hear, can you?

Have you ever been experienced? Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful.

Of course war is horrible, but at present it's still the only guarantee of peace.

I'm up here in this womb, I'm looking all around. We'll, I'm looking out my belly button window and I see a whole lot of frowns.

This morning came on to me, silver wings silhouetted against the child's sunrise.

I want to play music that draws a picture of the world and its space.

The night I was born, Lord I swear the moon turned a fire red.

― Jimi Hendrix Quotes

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