There was a knock on our dressing-room door. Our manager shouted, 'Keith! Ron! The Police are here!' Oh, man, we panicked, flushed everything down the john. Then the door opened and it was Stewart Copeland and Sting.— Keith Richards
The most interesting Keith Richards quotes that will add value to your life
I've never had a problem with drugs. I've had problems with the police.
When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.
I look for ambiguity when I'm writing because life is ambiguous.
If you don't know the blues... there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.
You've got the sun, you've got the moon, and you've got the Rolling Stones.
True friends. Hardest thing to find, but you never look for them - they found you ; you just grow into each other
Everyone talks about rock these days; the problem is they forget about the roll.
You don't find a style. A style finds you
I'm not getting old I'm evolving.
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 to see who's hanging around. Mick's rock and I'm roll.
A painter's got a canvas. The writer's got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.
The public library is the great equaliser.
I like it here in Austin. Anybody got a room?
Nobody wants to get old, but nobody wants to die young either.
Guitar is easy, all it takes is 5 fingers, 6 strings and 1 a**hole
[joking about the length of the Rolling Stones' career] You have the sun, you have the moon, you have the air that you breathe - and you have the Rolling Stones!
Let me be clear about this. I don't have a drug problem. I have a police problem.
And then I think we realized, like any young guys, that blues are not learned in a monastery. You've got to go out there and get your heart broke and then come back and then you can sing the blues.
I'm all for a quiet life. I just didn't get one.
I've always been suspicious of TV, I've always found music and video to be an unhappy marriage.
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.
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.
If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use both feet.
Rock and Roll: Music for the neck downwards.
Getting old is a fascination thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.
I consider my job [being a musician] is to have a little idea and nurture it and put it in some form that everybody else can understand and then sort of pass it on. It's really a passing through. In other words, you receive and you transmit.
Its called a playground, but its nearer to a battlefield. It can be brutal
About myself I have no great illusions.
I know what I am. I know what I'm good at. I know what I ain't. I'm always hoping to surprise myself. But I do have a love of music and I do love to communicate it, and that's the best I can do, really. And I can raise a good family, too.
Yes, I've been trepanned. That's quite an interesting experience, especially for my brain surgeon, who saw my thoughts flying around in my brain.
What is life but playing with time?
Some people think I'm a mythical genius, others think I'm a junkie madman.
It's a privilege just to wake up to a new day.
It's great to be here. It's great to be anywhere.
You see, to me, the art of music is listening to it, not playing it.
The real art of it is hearing it.
To make a rock'n'roll record, technology is the least important thing.
If you say I'm great, thank you very much. But I know what I am. I could be better, man, you know?
Art is the last thing I'm worried about when I'm writing a song.
As far as I'm concerned, art is just short for 'Arthur.'
Everybody starts by imitating their heroes. For me it was Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters.
I achieved everything I wanted to achieve by being in the Rolling Stones and making records.
I've never had inner turmoil about all this.
You find a lot of people these days who cannot stand to be alone. You could lock me up in solitary for weeks on end, and I'd keep myself amused.
Fame has killed more very talented guys than drugs.
Jimi Hendrix didn't die of an overdose, he died of fame.
Some of my most outrageous nights- I can only believe actually happened because of corroborating evidence. No wonder I'm famous for partying! The ultimate party- if it's any good- you can't remember it.
It's an addiction... and addiction is something I should know something about.
Before Elvis, everything was in black and white. Then came Elvis. Zoom, glorious Technicolor.
The electric guitar was vital in helping what I've achieved where would I be without it? Playing awfully quietly, for a start.
You're always learning about this thing everytime you pick it up
Why would you want to be anything else if you're Mick Jagger?
What Muddy Waters did for us is what we should do for others.
It's the old thing, what you want written on your tombstone as a musician: 'He passed it on.'
Good music comes out of people playing together, knowing what they want to do and going for it. You have to sweat over it and bug it to death. You can't do it by pushing buttons and watching a TV screen.