Music to me is the air I breathe it's the blood that pumps through my veins that keeps me alive— Billie Joe Armstrong
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A man once asked me, what's punk? I kicked over a trash can and said that's punk. He kicked over a trash can and then asked me again, Is that punk? I replied no. That's just trendy.
Songs are like a form of chaos that you can control.
It's a form of intelligence that maybe you only understand and you hope that someone else can understand. And you can be anyone you want: you can be as grandiose as you want or you can be as down in the gutter as you want. It's just sort of whatever emotional freeway you're on at the time.
The day you become old is the day you're not looking for new experiences anymore.
It's better to regret something you have done than to regret something you haven't done.
And for our fans, they're just crazy people anyway.
I always look at people in a Green Day shirt, and I think, 'What's wrong with that person? What kind of hang-ups does that person have?' Obviously, it's not just the catchy songs, it goes deeper than that.
I think people are born bisexual, and it's just that our parents and society kind of veer us off into this feeling of 'Oh, I can't'. They say it's taboo. It's ingrained in our heads that it's bad, when it's not bad at all. It's a very beautiful thing.
I'm not as depressed as I used to be. The Prozac's working!
Some times I need to apologize, sometimes I need to admit that I ain't right, sometimes I should just keep my mouth shut, or only say hello, sometimes I still feel I'm walking alone.
They have bad taste. I am not a good-looking guy.
When all else fails...be a rockstar
When someone is in a car accident and they're driving at 100 mph, drunk, who's tape do you think his listening to at that time? Think about it.
Never run in the rain with your socks on.
Pretty and demented at the same time, like me.
I got body lice in Germany! I'd tell you they were crabs, but I wasn't getting laid.
A lot of people, when they talk to me, I can't wait for them to shut up.
Like, shut up. you're a moron. I have nothing to say, you know?
It's okay to grow up, it's just slowing down that's the scary part.
Running out of time. It's okay to grow up, but it doesn't mean you have to become like your parents.
I can't sleep very well at night. It takes me a while to get to sleep. I could just be nocturnal. I have my nighttime witching hour where I hang out, listen to records or watch TV.
Every night I play as if my life depends on it.
I don't feel any shame I won't apologize if there ain't nowhere you can go running away from pain when you've been victimized tales from another broken home.
I think the working-class part of me comes out.
Sometimes the people who have the loudest mouths are upper-class, upper-middle-class. The quietest are often working-class people, people who are broke. There is a fear of losing whatever it is that you have. I come from that background.
The thing is, my education was music.
I knew I'd be playing music no matter what. That's all I thought about, I was obsessed with it. I'm still obsessed with it. It gets the best of me sometimes.
My goal is to be one of the biggest bands in the world, and I have never been bashful about saying that.
I just wanted to get the hell out of my town.
I wanted to leave with reckless abandon. I didn't care where I ended up, as long as I saw as much as humanly possible.
You want a drumstick? Like a ice cream cone or a chicken wing!?
Coffee is the absolute most dependably ordinary thing I could have every single day.
We never fit in completely to [the punk] scene because we were writing love songs that were heartfelt and endearing. Some of the punks didn't know what to make of us, but I finally realized that was what made us punk. We sang what we meant, from the heart, and didn't worry about what anyone was going to think.
We're gonna get high, high, high, when we're low.
The fires burn from better days. She scream why, oh why? I said I don't know!
I love my friends and family, but playing, that's my DNA.
I want to go home and just go for a long walk. And where I want to go, I have no idea
A guy walks up to me and asks, "What's Punk?".
So I kick over a garbage can and say. "That's punk!". So he kicks over the garbage can and says, "That's Punk?", and I say, "No that's trendy!
I just want to write good songs that people love, which is a tough thing to do.
If me and Mike Dirnt are in the same room, it's not quite right if he's not on stage with me.
The musical is amazing. i mean,i don't throw around that word very often unless im talking about myself. Being humble is one of my many fine qualities. IGN Interview May 2009
I'm a dirt bag rock and roller. I want to represent that before anything else
My job description is that I'm a rock star. And I'm good at it.
She smashes her knuckles into winter As autumn's wind fades into black She is the saint of all the sinners, the one whose fallen through the cracks... (iViva la Gloria!)
Time passes by like lightning. Before you know it you're struck down.
History will tell if we were really a good band or just a one day fly.
Woodstock was about the closest thing to anarchy I've ever seen in my whole life, and I didn't like it.
We've been a band for 16 years. This is what you dream about.
You can't live on planet rock star 24/7; you have to be down and dirty and have some fun.
Eventually, if something pops up, that's cool, but I still wanna continue the process of learning how to be a good actor.
We had a lot of fun together. We really were in sync with each other, a lot.Madisyn Shipman is a great kid.
I started off small and then this was just the great opportunity.
The record [American Idiot ] felt special to us, when we recorded it, with all of the artwork and the concept behind it and it being a rock opera, but we didn't really know where it was going to go. It's like I always say, you just follow the music. Not only was American Idiot a special moment for us, but it also led to Ordinary World, too.
Madisyn [Shipman] was great. She's a really talented kid. We got along great. It was fun, in between scenes, I'd pull out my iPod and show her different old rock 'n' roll and punk stuff, and she was really into it.
When I was done with the movie [Ordinary World], I felt really compelled to start working on another album. Little did I know, they were going to come out back to back.
I was on drugs when I wrote some of my songs.
It was a rough time for me, but I'm lucky enough to be one of the people who learned from that experience and moved on, where other people just got addicted and more addicted and more addicted until it killed them.
With the video for Boulevard of Broken Dreams we were going for something a bit like Ladykillers, you know? Pretty and demented at the same time...like me!