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Quotes of the day: Jerry Garcia

Published Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 8:59 PM EDT
Jul 31 2014

Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American musician who was best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era. Though he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or "spokesman" of the group. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


America is still mostly xenophobic and racist. That's the nature of America, I think.

And as far as I'm concerned, it's like I say, drugs are not the problem. Other stuff is the problem.

Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.

Death comes at you no matter what you do in this life, and to equate drugs with death is a facile comparison.

For me, the lame part of the Sixties was the political part, the social part. The real part was the spiritual part.

I mean, whatever kills you kills you, and your death is authentic no matter how you die.

I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I'm more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.

I'm basically going out there hoping my guitar is in tune.

If the thunder don't get ya then the lightning will.

If we had any nerve at all, if we had any real balls as a society, or whatever you need, whatever quality you need, real character, we would make an effort to really address the wrongs in this society, righteously.

It's pretty clear now that what looked like it might have been some kind of counterculture is, in reality, just the plain old chaos of undifferentiated weirdness.

Nothing left to do but smile.

Our audience is like people who like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.

Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.

Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see. Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it's been.

Talk about your plenty, talk about your ills, One man gathers what another man spills.

There is a road, no simple highway, between the dawn and the dark of night, and if you go, no one may follow, that path is for your steps alone.

You need music, I don't know why. It's probably one of those Joseph Campbell questions, why we need ritual. We need magic and bliss, and power and myth, and celebration and religion in our lives and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it.

Truth is something you stumble into when you think you're going someplace else.

We've been trying to sell out for years. Nobody's buying!

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