On having a pre-tour medical:
"The doctor stuck electrodes all over my body, hooked up more monitors than the Stones use on stage, and told me I was 'normal.'
F---! Can you imagine telling Keith Richards he's 'normal' ? 1994
"The idea of retiring
is like killing yourself. It's almost like hari-kari. I intend to live to be one hundred and go down in history." 2004
On music, career and ambition:
"Everything I've ever planned has never worked out. I've relied on accidents all my life." ~ 2001
On racial "differences" :
I like hanging with black people. They think I am one anyway. I'm just in disguise.
To me, the other side of the tracks is where I can really rest. ~1997
When asked which model of guitar he likes best:
"Give me five minutes and I'll make 'em all sound the same."
On the relationships between the Stones:
"Sometimes when you're in the dressing room before going on, you look around and think, There's Mick, there's Charlie, there's Ron.....all right.....there's me. And you suddenly think, Is that all there is? Where's the one that knows everything?" ~ 1994
On the longevity of the Rolling Stones:
"For younger generations born after 1963, '64, you've got the sun, the moon, the air they breathe, and you've got the Rolling Stones. We've always been there." 1985
On the early days of being in The Rolling Stones
"When we first started, we were looking at that first record contract and thinking, 'Oh, Christ! Two years at the most!' Nobody got longer than that ---except Elvis---and then you were dead as a dodo." 2008
On discovering rock 'n' roll
"There was a certain point with my generation where something went bang! And suddenly rock 'n' roll came along. Little Richard, Elvis, Chuck Berry were all flying at me like an artillery barrage. " Keith Richards ~ 1997
On Music, Career and Amibition:
"I've said it before: this is all I can do. I'm a lousy plumber." 1989
"I love my kids most of the time, and I love my wife most of the time. Music I love all the time." ~ 1988