Punk rock isn't something you grow out of Punk rock is an attitude, and the essence of that attitude is 'give us some truth'

— Joe Strummer

The most floundering Joe Strummer quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

When I started, they told me I only needed 3 chords and the truth.

.. It turned out I could manage with 2 and some vague ideas.


In fact, punk rock means exemplary manners to your fellow human beings.


When you blame yourself, you learn from it.

If you blame someone else, you don't learn nothing, cause hey, it's not your fault, it's his fault, over there.


The future is unwritten.


The toughest thing is facing yourself.

Being honest with yourself, that's much tougher than beating someone up. That's what I call tough.


If I had five million pounds I'd start a radio station because something needs to be done. It would be nice to turn on the radio and hear something that didn't make you feel like smashing up the kitchen and strangling the cat.


People can change anything they want to, and that means everything in the world.


Strummer's Law: No input, no output.


All the power's in the hands of people rich enough to buy it.


Greed, it ain't going anywhere. They should have that in a big billboard across Times Square. Without people you're nothing.


I have a weird life because I live on songwriting royalties, which are a strange income. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it doesn't.


You have the right not to be killed, unless it was done by a policeman or an aristocrat.


About Joe Strummer

Quotes 56 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

There is nothing more common than unsuccessful men with talent.


When you're out to get the honey you don't go killing all the bees


My motto is, 'What's the hurry?' I'm trying to get it across to the modern world that we need to sit around and think a little bit more.


There is a time to dance to techno and a time not to.


Yeah, all those things, responsibility, pressure.

It's a bit stressful. I try and come to terms with it by not thinking about it.


Nonsmokers should be banned from buying any product a smoker created.


The hippy movement was a failure.


I think we're going to have to forget about the radio and just go back to word of mouth.


All hippies around now just represent complete apathy.


A lot of people... use a calculator!


With The Simpsons you can go back to work with a keen heart.


For me the music is a vehicle for my lyrics. It's a chance to get some really good words across.


The only place I considered home was the boarding school, in Yorkshire, my parents sent me to.


If you're allowed to make your mistakes, I think you should.

But people don't really like hearing you admit them. Although I'd never wanted to dump on the musicians that were involved in that... Because it was not their fault.


everybody has a story to tell


Don't write slogans, write truths.


I'd like to say that people... people can change anything they want to; and that means everything in the world. Show me any country and there'll be people in it. And it's the people that make the country. People have got to stop pretending they're not on the world... It's time to take that humanity back into the center of the ring and follow that for a time... Think on that. Without people you're nothing.


We aren't particularly talented. We try harder!


I`m kind of like one of those people that picks up small and interesting bits of wood and doesn`t want to let go of them. Or, you know, I`m fascinated with the wrapper on a sardine can. A little cuckoo.


If you ain't thinkin about man and God and law, then you ain't thinkin about nothin'.


I hate it when I go out and I see parents going, 'don't do that', or 'stop doing that' when some kid's just hanging off a staircase or something. There's too much of this, 'don't do that'. The whole thing baffles me.


I began thinking there should be an American phrase book, 'cause I've got an Italian phrase book, and an Arabic one... now a British one. I think it'd be pretty good to have an American phrase book.


I'm far more dangerous now, because I don't care at all.


Authority is supposedly grounded in wisdom, but I could see from a very early age that authority was only a system of control and it didn't have any inherent wisdom. I quickly realised that you either became a power or you were crushed


You've gotta be slightly stupid.


Anybody who makes speeches written by someone else is just a robot.


I like to just feel how I feel and not worry about it really.


Don't forget you're alive. 'Cause sometimes when you walk around the city and you're in a bad mood, you can think, hey, wait a minute, we're alive! We don't know what the next second will bring and what a fantastic thing this is. This can get easily forgotten in the routine of life, and that's something I'm trying to bring to my attention at all times. Don't forget you're alive. We're not dead, you know. This is the greatest thing.


The way you get a better world is, you don't put up with substandard anything.


I want to grow up with my audience. I don't expect to be getting through to the younger pop crowd. I learned that from Paul Simon.


What I like about playing America is you can be pretty sure you're not going to get hit with a full can of beer when you're singing and I really enjoy that!


Everyone has got to realise you can't hold onto the past if you want any future.

Each second should lead to the next one.


A lot of the time I'm semi-insane, but there is a slight bit of intelligence there.


I learnt that fame is an illusion and everything about it is just a joke.

I'm far more dangerous now, because I don't care at all.


I don't want to look back. I want to keep going forward, I still have something to say to people.


To me our music is like Jamaican stuff - if they can't hear it, they're not supposed to hear it. It's not for them if they can't understand it.


I just want to go back to rockin', but I'm uncertain as to what to actually do.

The truth is, I never stopped thinking about rock'n'roll for a second that I'm on holiday.