"If you don't know the blues... there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Keith Richards on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Keith Richards on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Keith Richards on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Keith Richards on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Keith Richards on Ray Charles
"Another thing to do with the blues is how they were recorded. They were done on the quick, and some of that stuff was made on wire, not even tape, let alone digital."
"Good music comes out of people playing together, knowing what they want to do and going for it. You have to sweat over it and bug it to death. You can't do it by pushing buttons and watching a TV screen."
"Yes, I've been trepanned. That's quite an interesting experience, especially for my brain surgeon, who saw my thoughts flying around in my brain."
"To me, my biggest fear is getting a big head, and that is when I get the hammer. Because it's very easy in this game to believe you're something special."
"It's great to be here. It's great to be anywhere."