53 Timeless Jimi Hendrix Quotes That Will Inspire You

Jimi Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians in the history of rock music. As a guitar player myself, Hendrix was a huge inspiration for me and paved the way for so many other guitarists like Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, John Mayer, and countless others. Born in Seattle, Washington in 1942, Hendrix began playing guitar at an early age and quickly developed a unique style that combined blues, rock, and psychedelia.

He moved to London in the mid-1960s and formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience, which went on to become one of the most popular and innovative bands of the era. Hendrix’s electrifying performances and groundbreaking guitar playing revolutionized the genre and cemented his place as a musical icon.

Tragically, he died at the age of 27 in 1970, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire and influence musicians and fans around the world. Beyond his musical legacy, Hendrix’s words continue to inspire and resonate with people today.

From his musings on love and life to his insights on the power of music, his quotes capture the essence of his creative spirit and offer a glimpse into the mind of a true artist. Today, we’ll explore 53 of Jimi Hendrix’s most memorable quotes and the enduring wisdom they hold. Join us as we delve into the mind of a musical genius and discover the timeless truths within his words.

I hope you enjoy these Jimi Hendrix quotes…

"Music is a safe kind of high." - Jimi Hendrix

1) “Music is a safe kind of high.”

2) “Ain’t afraid no more. After a while, your cheap talk don’t even cause me pain. So let your bullets fly like rain.”

3) “All I’m writing is just what I feel, that’s all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland.”

4) “I’ll always touch you.”

5) “Are you experienced? Have you ever been experienced?”

6) “Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.”

7) “I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.”

8) “Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.”

9) “A broom is drearily sweeping up the broken pieces of yesterday’s life.”

Great music quotes from the song Little Wing.

"Butterflies and zebras and moonbeams and fairy tales, That's all she ever thinks about, Riding with the wind." - Jimi Hendrix

10) “Butterflies and zebras and moonbeams and fairy tales, That’s all she ever thinks about, Riding with the wind.”

11) “When I die, just keep playing the records.”

12) “Even Castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.”

13) “Excuse me while I kiss the sky.”

14) “It’s funny how most people love the dead. Once you’re dead, you’re made for life. You have to die before they think you are worth anything.”

15) “All I’m gonna do is just go on and do what I feel.”

16) “I don’t have nothing to regret at all in the past, except that I might’ve unintentionally hurt somebody else or something.”

17) “I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me. I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors, now the whole world is here for me to see.”

18) “If I’m free, it’s because I’m always running.”

19) “Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.”

Are you ready to change the world?

"In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first." - Jimi Hendrix

20) “In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first.”

21) “Music is my religion.”

22) “It all has to come from inside, though, I guess.”

23) “I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around.”

24) “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”

25) “Life is Quicker Than a Blink of an Eye”

26) “Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”

27) “My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art.”

28) “I’m the one that has to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.”

29) “I have only one burning desire. Let me stand next to your fire.”

Quotes by Jimi Hendrix on peace…

"Peace, Love, and Happiness." - Jimi Hendrix

30) “Peace, Love, and Happiness.”

31) “People still mourn when people die. That’s self-sympathy. All human beings are selfish to a certain extent, and that’s why people get so sad when someone dies. They haven’t finished using him.”

32) “When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do.”

33) “When I played God Bless The Queen, I was wondering if they was gonna dig us, then quite naturally I’d go on and try to get it together.”

34) “Pretty soon I believe people will have to rely on music to get some kind of peace of mind, or satisfaction, or direction, actually. More so than politics, the big ego scene. You know it’s an art of words… Meaning nothing.”

35) “Don’t raise me up, I am but a messenger.”

36) “Rock is so much fun. That’s what it’s all about – filling up the chest cavities and empty kneecaps and elbows.”

37) “Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded.”

38) “The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.”

39) “There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.”

Jimi Hendrix Quotes

"The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar." - Jimi Hendrix

40) “The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar.”

41) “When things get too heavy, just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man.”

42) “It’s time for a new National Anthem. America is divided into two definite divisions. The easy thing to cop out with is sayin’ black and white. You can see a black person. But now to get down to the nitty-gritty, it’s getting to be old and young – not the age, but the way of thinking. Old and new, actually… because there are so many even older people that took half their lives to reach a certain point that little kids understand now.”

43) “I want to thank you my sweet darling for digging in the mud and picking me up.”

44) “I try to use my music to move these people to act.”

45) “Don’t use your brain to play it, let your feelings guide your fingers.”

46) “We want our sound to go into the soul of the audience, and see if it can awaken some little thing in their minds… ‘Cause there are so many sleeping people.”

47) “When we go to play, you flip around and flash around and everything, and then they’re not gonna see nothin’ but what their eyes see. Forget about their ears.”

48) “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”

49) “White collar conservative flashin’ down the street, pointing that plastic finger at me, they all assume my kind will drop and die, but I’m gonna wave my freak flag high.”

Quotes by Jimi Hendrix on the power of love and soul…

"With the power of soul, anything is possible." - Jimi Hendrix

50) “With the power of soul, anything is possible.”

51) “Who are you to judge the life I live, I know I’m not perfect and I don’t live to be. But before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.”

52) “I will be dead in five years’ time, but while I am here, I will travel many highways and I will, of necessity, die at a time when my message of love, peace, and freedom can be shared with people all over the world.”

53) “You have to forget about what other people say when you’re supposed to die, or when you’re supposed to be loving. You have to forget about all these things. You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.”

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