Inspirational Quotes from Jerry Garcia

By | May 20, 2017

Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.

Jerry Garcia

I think it’s too bad that everybody’s decided to turn on drugs, I don’t think drugs are the problem. Crime is the problem. Cops are the problem. Money’s the problem. But drugs are just drugs.

Jerry Garcia

America is still mostly xenophobic and racist. That’s the nature of America, I think.

Jerry Garcia

We’re not uncomfortable with it, and we’ve already been through enough of the music business where I’m not really worried that commercial success is going to in some way – we’re already past saving, you know what I mean? It’s too late for us.

Jerry Garcia

But audio is a component of video, so there’s always been that anyway, and although we’ve never expressed a visual side apart from the Grateful Dead movie, I don’t find it that remote, you know what I mean? It’s a departure of sorts, but it’s like a first cousin.

Jerry Garcia

I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I’m more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.

Jerry Garcia

Death comes at you no matter what you do in this life, and to equate drugs with death is a facile comparison.

Jerry Garcia

I don’t wake up in the morning and say, ‘Jeez, I feel great today. I think I’ll write a song.’ I mean, anything is more interesting to me than writing a song. It’s like, ‘I think I’d like to write a song… No, I guess I better go feed the cat first.’ You know what I mean? It’s like pulling teeth. I don’t enjoy it a bit.

Jerry Garcia

If we had any nerve at all, if we had any real balls as a society, or whatever you need, whatever quality you need, real character, we would make an effort to really address the wrongs in this society, righteously.

Jerry Garcia

Hunter can write a melody and stuff like that, but his forte is lyrics. He can write a serviceable melody to hang his lyrics on, and sometimes he comes up with something really nice.

Jerry Garcia

Stuff that’s hidden and murky and ambiguous is scary because you don’t know what it does.

Jerry Garcia

For me, the lame part of the Sixties was the political part, the social part. The real part was the spiritual part.

Jerry Garcia

I’m shopping around for something to do that no one will like.

Jerry Garcia

Our strong suit is what we do, and our audience.

Jerry Garcia

I mean, just because you’re a musician doesn’t mean all your ideas are about music. So every once in a while I get an idea about plumbing, I get an idea about city government, and they come the way they come.

Jerry Garcia

The process of selecting the tone on the guitar is an aesthetic process like any other, so you try a lot of different things.

Jerry Garcia

I mean, whatever kills you kills you, and your death is authentic no matter how you die.

Jerry Garcia

What we do is as American as lynch mobs. America has always been a complex place.

Jerry Garcia

I don’t think that Slaughterhouse-Five was successful movie material. In fact, Vonnegut’s books mostly I don’t feel are movie material.

Jerry Garcia

And the live show is still our main thing.

Jerry Garcia

My guitar is a mutation between a classic Fender Stratocaster guitar, which I played for years, and a Gibson solid-body like an SG or a Les Paul. It contains all sounds of the basic classic rock n’ roll guitars. It does what I want it to do.

Jerry Garcia

I have all the patience in the world about Sirens. For me it’s not a Grateful Dead project, it’s a Me project.

Jerry Garcia

But hey, when you live in Watts, you need a little smack to get by, you know what I mean? You need something soft and comfortable in your life, ’cause you’re not going to get it from what’s around you. And society isn’t going to give it to you.

Jerry Garcia

And as far as I’m concerned, it’s like I say, drugs are not the problem. Other stuff is the problem.

Jerry Garcia

The alternate media are becoming important and viable alternatives to playing live. Records, videos, that kind of thing. They’re going to start to count for something. Because there’s only a limited amount of us-time available to us.

Jerry Garcia

And there’s a lot of that stuff with people bringing their kids, kids bringing their parents, people bringing their grandparents – I mean, it’s gotten to be really stretched out now. It was never my intention to say, this is the demographics of our audience.

Jerry Garcia

My kids seem to be more mature and older than I am now somehow. They’ve gotten ahead of me somehow. But they’re very patient with me.

Jerry Garcia

Yeah, I think we have to. If we want our shows to be – if we want the quality of the shows to be good, and we want the energy to be high, and if we want to be in good enough physical shape to do them, and not exhaust ourselves on the road, and not get stale, we have to pace.

Jerry Garcia

I’m not trying to clock scores in this lifetime, it’s just that things are better now than they were like five, ten years ago. Music has gotten a lot better. There’s a lot of people who are committed to – soulfully.

Jerry Garcia

So it’s one of those things where we have to – our problem is pacing ourselves and still reaching a large enough number of our audience. Because we don’t want to burn the audience. And we don’t want to be excluding anybody.

Jerry Garcia

I don’t know why, it’s the same reason why you like some music and you don’t like others. There’s something about it that you like. Ultimately I don’t find it’s in my best interests to try and analyze it, since it’s fundamentally emotional.

Jerry Garcia

I don’t think I’ve ever actually written from inspiration, actually had a song just go, ‘Bing!’ I only recall that happening to me twice – once was with ‘Terrapin’ and the other was ‘Wharf Rat.’ I mean, that’s twice in a lifetime of writing!

Jerry Garcia

And for me there’s still more material than 20 lifetimes that I can use up.

Jerry Garcia

And Warner Bros. seems to be pretty much into re-releasing all of their catalog. So there’s the Warner Bros. stuff and the stuff that we have control over, we’re gradually re-releasing it. Some stuff we don’t have control over.

Jerry Garcia

So we are pretty convinced we don’t want to play huge stadiums unless we can play them well.

Jerry Garcia

I listen to anything anyone gives me. I always go back to a few basic favorites. I can always listen to Django Reinhardt and hear something I haven’t heard before. I like to listen to Art Tatum and Coltrane and Charlie Parker. Those are guys who never seem to run out of ideas.

Jerry Garcia

I have one custom guitar which I play almost exclusively. I have others – sometimes you want a little texture, kind of a different sound or something.

Jerry Garcia

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