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If the band's slightly lacking in energy, it's because we spent all last night fucking. We do our best!
- Mick 1979

To me, the main thing about living on this planet is to know who the hell you are and be real about it. That's the reason I'm still alive
- Keith

You have the sun, you have the moon, you have the air to breathe - and you've got The Rolling Stones!
- Keith 1995

Hope ya didn't have to pay a lot for tickets, I didn't have to pay much
- Mick 1978

The only things Mick and I disagree about is the band, the music and what we do
- Keith

I don't think anything about them. Personally, I don't think he should think anything about them either
- Keith (about Mick's solo albums)

Ronnie's a great mixture of talent and bullshit
- Keith

Hillary Clinton, gimme a blowjob
- Mick 1993

God forbid they should ever get around to making a Stones movie! I certainly wouldn't want to watch it. I hope I'm dead and gone by then. Never mind Mick and I. Who'd play Charlie?
- Keith

It's Charlie Watts' band - without him we wouldn't have a group
- Keith

Five strings, three notes, two fingers, an asshole, and you've got it!
- Keith

I figure, if you can get five or six guys to work together in perfect harmony, it is quite possible that the whole world could
- Keith

Like I said many years ago, I've never had a problem with drugs, only with cops
- Keith

Why have Mick and I stayed together all this time? Well, we do so somewhat reluctantly
- Keith

Bill's this very noncommittal guy, which is why I can't talk to him on the phone. Charlie said maybe we could threaten to replace him with a chick maybe that will do the trick
- Keith 1992

Keith is the sort of guy you should leave alone. He's the classic naughty boy. He's the sort of guy I knew at school who hated the head boy. And I love Keith because of that
- Charlie

Music, to me, is the joy, right? I love my kids most of the time, and I love my wife most of the time. Music I love all the time. It's the only constant thing in my life. It's the one thing you can count on
- Keith

I'm tired of being number one in the naughty boys drug poll. It's time they picked on somebody else
- Keith

Because we couldn't remember their fucking names
- Keith (when asked why the new album was called Some Girls)

At first you got the impression that Keith was just trailing around with Mick. The first fifteen minutes he was trailing around but it didn't take any longer to realize Keith wasn't trailing around at all. He just happened to be quieter
- Alexis Korner

He's still in love with his music, and literally the lines dissappear from his face when he picks up that guitar
- Bono (about Keith)

I got news for you. We're still a bunch of tough bastards. String us up and we still won't die
- Keith 1994

Rock and roll - it's like a heart machine, it's gotta' go up and down - otherwise, you're dead, you know
- Keith

I was looking for Leonardo da Vinci's book on anatomy. I learned a lot about anatomy but didn't find the book
- Keith

White drummers don't swing, except for Charlie Watts
- Keith

If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet
- Keith

Sometimes an orgasm is better than being onstage. Sometimes being onstage is better than an orgasm
- Mick

It does get boring people asking me, 'Is this the last Stones tour?' They been asking that since 1964
- Mick 1976

True friendship is being able to bash someone over the head and not be told, you're not my friend anymore
- Keith 1981

At some point in the show you just lose it. You should let yourself go, I mean, have those moments when you really are quite out of your brain
- Mick

We worked our asses off non stop. In three years, at the start, I believe we had two weeks off. I tell that to BB King and he'll say - that's nothing I've been doing it for years
- Keith

I'd rather be dead than singing 'Satisfaction' when I'm 45
- Mick

People have this obsession; They want you to be like you were in 1969. They want you to, because otherwise their youth goes with you, you know
- Mick

I think it's a lot of hype. I like 'Honky Tonk Woman' but I think Mick is a joke with all that fag dancing
- John Lennon

Getting older is a fascinating thing. The older you get, the older you want to get
- Keith

Come to think of it, maybe the reason why the Stones are still going is because we've always been aware of what's going to be influenced but not so that we slavishly follow trends
- Mick 1974

Keith Richards is the original punk rocker. You can't really out-punk keith - it's a useless gesture
- Mick

Mick was able to deal with success - that was the virtue that saved him... Success wrecked Andrew Oldham, and it wrecked Brian Jones, and it made a wreck out of Keith Richards although somehow he kept staggering to his feet, like a punch-drunk prizefighter who refuses to get knocked out
- Chris Jagger

Rock'n'roll is only any good when you're confident about it. Hesitate and you're lost, especially on stage
- Keith

We never did anything consciously to shock people. All we did was answer the call of nature

Guys, whatever you do, don't grow up gracefully
- Pete Townshend (to the Stones)

I'll be playing rock in a wheelchair. It's what I do for a living
- Keith

It was reported today that Mick Jagger has moved back in with Jerry Hall just so he can be near his children. Then someone pointed out that Mick can live anywhere and be near his children.
- Conan O'Brien

Beauty is only skin deep, underneath we all look the same, it's blood and bones.
- Keith

Last update: November 26 1999