"When I'm home on a break, I lock myself in my room and play guitar. After two or three hours, I start getting into this total meditation. It's a feeling few people experience, and that's usually when I come up with weird stuff. It just flows. I can't force myself. I don't sit down and say I've got to practice."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Eddie Van Halen on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Eddie Van Halen on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Eddie Van Halen on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Eddie Van Halen on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Eddie Van Halen on Mark Twain
"I never took guitar lessons. I took classical piano lessons from the age of six when we lived in Holland. And when we moved to America, it was just the typical thing except I was really good at it so was my brother."
"I never took guitar lessons. I took classical piano lessons from the age of six when we lived in Holland."
"I'm not a rock star. Sure I am, to a certain extent because of the situation, but when kids ask me how it feels to be a rock star, I say leave me alone, I'm not a rock star. I'm not in it for the fame, I'm in it because I like to play."
"On 'Van Halen,' I was a young punk, and everything revolved around the fastest kid in town, gunslinger attitude. But I'd say that at the time of 'Fair Warning,' I started concentrating more on songwriting. But I guess in most people's minds I'm just a gunslinger."
"I never dreamt of being a musician for my livelihood. I certainly never would have wanted to be in the business that I'm in, meaning the fame and the glory, the glitter, the rock star, the famous part."