You need music, I don't know why. It's probably one of those Joe Campbell questions, why we need ritual. We need magic, and bliss, and power, myth, and celebration and religion in our lives, and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it.

— Jerry Garcia

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To get really high is to forget yourself.

And to forget yourself is to see everything else. And to see everything else is to become an understanding molecule in evolution, a conscious tool of the universe.

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Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.

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Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.

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I Don't Think There's A Good Excuse For Being Unhappy.

I'm Not Particularly Unhappy, But I Know What Pain Is. I think That Life Is Characterized By Pain, Partly. Part Of The Way You Can Tell You're Alive Is By How Much Pain You're Experiencing, Or How Little.

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It's pretty clear now that what looked like it might have been some kind of counterculture is, in reality, just the plain old chaos of undifferentiated weirdness.

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Live life expecting the worst, hoping for the best, and living for the future!

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We're involved in a society which is undergoing some really weird changes now.

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To me, that's the key thing, the pursuit of happiness. That's the basic, ultimate freedom.

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If the thunder don't get ya then the lightning will.

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What is life but being conscious? And good and evil are manifestations of consciousness. If you reject one, you're not getting the whole thing that's there to be had.

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The great thing is the thing of being able to see things through many points of view. That's enlarging. I mean, it saves you from ultimately from the boredom of having one point of view, like being locked in a room with nothing but your own point of view, your own references.

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We would all like to be able to live an uncluttered life, a simple life, a good life.

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About Jerry Garcia

Quotes 130 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Musician
Birthday August 1, 1942

Done time in the lock-up, done time on the streets.

Done time on the upswing, and time in defeat. I know what I'm askin'. I know it's a lot. Just to say that I love you. Believe it or not.

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You have to get past the idea that music has to be one thing.

To be alive in America is to hear all kinds of music constantly: radio, records, churches, cats on the street, everywhere music. And with records, the whole history of music is open to everyone who wants to hear it.

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The real problems are cultural. The problems of the people who take drugs as a cultural trap - I think there's a real problem there, the crack stuff, the hopelessness of the junkie. The urban angst.

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Too much of a good thing is just about right

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What we need is something, a definition of a human, starting from the ground up, so that the suitable moral structure that goes around it makes sense. The context has to come from the human first, rather than bits and pieces of fragments of old religion and all of the old moral superstructure, whatever it used to be.

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For me, the lame part of the Sixties was the political part, the social part.

The real part was the spiritual part.

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Right now, America is under the gun. It's being tested and is being co-opted in a big way.

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If you assume you haven't learned anything yet, there's no reason your playing can't stay dynamic all your life.

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If you think of music as a universal language, it still has some very powerful dialects.

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We are experiencing a real confusion here in the United States, you know.

Why is it OK to drink, but it's not OK to take drugs? Blah, blah, blah. What's a crime? What's criminality? What can you do, what can't you do, and so forth. All these things are really confusing. A lot of it is really contradictory; it doesn't really make sense.

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You can't repeat things because each time is different.

The universe has changed. Everything has changed.

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You have to be ready, and also you have to discard notions that are fondly held by a lot of musicians, about sequences and notes and about scales and musical systems as a whole. If you think of music as a language, the space part is where you throw out all the syntax.

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For me, I think the only danger is being too much in love with guitar playing.

The MUSIC is the most important thing, and the guitar is only the instrument.

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Whistle through your teeth and spit cuz, it's Alright

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The bigger issue, was the whole takeover of the food industry by big corporations.

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There's a lot there to enlarge you. That's part of the value of being in an extended family is that it enlarges you. It makes you bigger. It makes you more.

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I think that America is in danger of losing its adventurous spirit in the cause of some kind of illusion of safety, or substitute of law and order there.

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See, there's only two theaters, man that are set up pretty groovy all around for music and for smooth stage changes, good lighting and all that - the Fillmore and The Capitol Theatre. And those are the only two in the whole country.

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Either you were a hoodlum, or you were a puddle on the sidewalk.

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Run faster, jump higher, reach farther, and you'll always win! live life expecting the worst, hoping for the best, and living for the future! Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.

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If something doesn't work, it becomes obvious immediately. This just isn't going to work.

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American society has gone completely into denial.

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The sun will shine in my back door one day.

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I'm goin' where the wind don't blow so strange, maybe off on some high cold mountain chain.

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The pursuit of happiness is an overview kind of thing. It's not in the Bill of Rights.

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People may need something to celebrate.

They need a context in which to celebrate things. They need something that fills the void that's left by the bankruptcy of religion and so forth.

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If you are picking the lesser of two evils, you are still picking Evil.

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It's odd that there is a high level of appreciation of nature.

There is the aesthetic side that really loves nature and beauty.

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There's a need for a ritual and for real joy and real bliss. Real fun.

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There is some art that says the same thing to everybody.

WE need something like that. What that is, I don't know. But virtual reality may be the key to it.

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I think the Muslim religious is a little too tight.

It doesn't fit humans. Humans can't possibly fit into it, so there are a lot of really unhappy people, terribly repressed. It is a religion that works against you because the template don't fit. It's not human, you know.

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You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best.

You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.

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In my own musical existence I don't feel that being a guitar player is like the best thing on earth to be. I would rather be a balanced musician. Playing in a group, I'm tending to think more about the music and less about the guitar. That's just me getting older. I'm not interested in being a virtuoso guitar player or anything like that.

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One of the things that's attractive about cyberspace is that it can be construed as no threat. If you see it through the video game keyhole, the amusement keyhole, the entertainment keyhole, it is no threat. If you see it through the LSD keyhole, the consciousness-expanding keyhole, it's like electronic drugs: it is a threat.

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At some point or another, our boundaries run into the boundaries of the exterior reality. Like we run into laws and other things that we don't own or don't have control over.

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The point is there is more information now then you can pass along comfortably in an oral tradition, say a strictly speaking culture. That is a problem.

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The pursuit of happiness is such a large of concept.

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