"In almost every interview someone asks what does HIM stand for. I can't even remember our latest lie about that. When Hanson was hot, we said it means Hanson Is Murder. The name doesn't have a particular history. His Infernal Majesty was a totally different band. I think HIM derives from some death metal joke."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Ville Valo on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Ville Valo on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Ville Valo on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Ville Valo on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Ville Valo on Thomas Jefferson
"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."