"There's an honesty in our family - my kids and I are able to talk about things without me putting the fear of God into them."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."Billie Joe Armstrong on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."Billie Joe Armstrong on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."Billie Joe Armstrong on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."Billie Joe Armstrong on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."Billie Joe Armstrong on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"The things that people do now in sports, you can't even believe. These are complete total athletes. To see what human beings can do in the highest level is amazing."
"I'd love to go to art school. I'd love to learn how to draw. I'd love to be fluent in Spanish. I'd like to be a brain surgeon."
"A lot of punk rock is not going to be in the mainstream. It's below the radar. The beauty of it is that you're not supposed to always know. It's subterranean."
"Set lists are tough because you come up with this structure of how the songs are going to go from one to the next, but at the same time, you have to be spontaneous and take requests and change the set list at the drop of a hat."
"I'm a father. It isn't just my life any more. I don't want my kid finding bottles in the house or seeing his father completely smashed."