"I didn't have any role models really. My best friend was a dog. My mum and dad saved a dog from the gutter and that dog was my brother before Jesse was born. Sami was his name and he was my role model."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Ville Valo on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Ville Valo on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Ville Valo on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."Ville Valo on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Ville Valo on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Art is always criticized and always an outsider gets the blame."
"Falling in love is the best way to kill your heart because then it's not yours anymore. It's laid in a coffin, waiting to be cremated."
"Music's always been really cathartic. It's the best drug for me to get away from the everyday pressures just for a second via a good song."
"It's the same with visual arts, you have some really cool, wonderful striking images that make you think and then again you have wonderful striking images that just take you away from the existing world for a second. And I like the latter a bit more."
"I haven't been baptised. My dad's not in the church and is not a religious person. My mum is more spiritual - she does Thai-chi and goes to Stonehenge and things like that. I'm proud to be pagan. Finland is not really a religious country. I'm still looking for my god."