If your world doesn't allow you to dream, move to one where you can.
I love it when someone insults me. That means that I don't have to be nice anymore.
It doesn't matter about money; having it, not having it. Or having clothes, or not having them. You're still left alone with yourself in the end.
Rock isn't art, it's the way ordinary people talk.
Let's sink another drink, cause it will give me time to think.
I am hopelessly divided between the dark and the good, the rebel and the saint, the sex maniac and the monk, the poet and the priest, the demagogue and the populist. Pen to paper, I put it all down - I'm out on a limb here, so watch my back.
I don't care what stage or what reason, as long as we're playing.
I think love's exciting and happy, as well as being able to make you sad.
I don't think punk ever really dies, because punk rock attitude can never die.
We want flesh, flesh for fantasy.
I'm not trying to hide from my past. I want to roll in it. Like a dog, rolling in feces, I'm rolling in the feces of my greatest hits - that's a bit of a wild way of looking at it, but I am a man, and we do like rolling in our own feces at times.
I rocked the cradle of love.
Part of the punk attitude was that you should project your music through your whole body... show your personality as much as possible.
When I started out, everyone seemed to be adopting these names... Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious. I wasn't really Rotten or Vicious or Nasty, so I wanted something a bit more funny - yet something that seemed real rock 'n' roll... something that acknowledged my ambition.
My hair used to be real long, and my parents were encouraged when I cut it. They thought I was going 'straight,' but I was just getting weirder - at least in their eyes. I was getting into the punk thing.
The world goes on, you go on and you change. You want to show the fans those changes, and you want to be able to verbalize them.
There was a time when my whole life was in chaos, really, and I didn't help myself sort it out. But one day I came to my senses, and I think I was lucky because a lot of people don't.
My dad was one of the reasons I got into rock and roll, because I was learning the ropes of his business, which was selling powertools, and I was looking for a way out from under his heel. I was like, 'Where's the fun? Where's the glamour?
The biggest misconception people have about me is that I'm stupid.
When the other man has none, you don't need a gun.
Your empty eyes seem to pass me by and leave me dancing with myself.
Elvis a fight the dying light, Johnny Ray he's always crying.
Such a human waste, your eyes without a face.
I am quite a romantic person, really, and I should have put that into my music earlier, but I was probably denying it... I didn't want to be soft because I felt I had to be so hard to get people to believe in me.
They wouldn't play my records on American radio because I had spiky hair. They said, 'Punk rock doesn't sell advertising, it won't make any money.'
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