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Keith Richards (69) the founding member and guitarist of The Rolling Stones is possibly the ultimate rock star – known for his rough appearance, drug problems and marvellous directness, Keith has always been much more than a Stone. In addition to having written or co-written some of the greatest rock songs ever, including “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, Keith Richards is the guy who inspired Johnny Depp when he was developing the character of Jack Sparrow and also appeared as Jack Sparrow’s father in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”.

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Keith Richards Smoking. Copyright EPA/PETER FOLEY

Keith Richards’ unique philosophy and views on life and everything else are popular with everyone, not only The Rolling Stones fans and suggest that Keith Richards would have easily made it as a stand-up comedian had he not gone into music. This is our selection of some of the best Keith Richards quotes. Enjoy.

On Internet and Computers

“I’ve been playing with it and done a few Internet interviews, but I’d rather leave it to my kids. I’m just not interested what other arseholes at the other end of the world think. about this or that. Apart from that, it’s no good for your body or your eyes to sit at the computer all day.”

On Wishes

“I would tell the genie: Do something for the others. Help the Africans, help those who hate each other. Help them to overcome this hatred! I don’t need anything. I got enough! Go and use my wish for the others.”

On Friendship

“Most guys I know are assholes, I have some great asshole friends, but that’s not the point. Friendship has got nothing to do with that. It’s can you hang, can you talk about this without any feeling of distance between you? Friendship is a diminishing of distance between people. That’s what friendship is, and to me it’s one of the most important things in the world.”

On God

“In fact, I take the view that God, in his infinite wisdom, didn’t bother to spring for two joints – heaven and hell. They’re the same place, but heaven is when you get everything you want and you meet Mummy and Daddy and your best friends and you all have a hug and a kiss and play your harps. Hell is the same place – no fire and brimstone – but they all pass by and don’t see you. There’s nothing, no recognition. You’re waving, “It’s me, your father,” but you’re invisible. You’re on a cloud, you’ve got your harp, but you can’t play with nobody because they don’t see you. That’s hell.”

On Solitude

“I’ve never had inner turmoil about all this. You find a lot of people these days who cannot stand to be alone. You could lock me up in solitary for weeks on end, and I’d keep myself amused.”

On Religion

“When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.”

On John Lennon and Drugs

“John Lennon did that, too, … He seemed to be in competition with me over drugs, and I never really understood that.”

On Ageing

“Getting old is a fascinating thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.” 

On Mick Jagger

“The only things Mick and I disagree about is the band, the music and what we do.” 

On Drugs

“Let me be clear about this. I don’t have a drug problem. I have a police problem.” 

On Growing Up

“As you get older, younger people think you know where it’s at. But it’s a forlorn hope. Because everybody’s growing up at the same time, you know? Somebody who’s fifty, by the time he’s fifty-five, he’s done a whole lot more stuff. That’s what I’ve realized — these people think I know what I’m doing. Okay, I’ll fool them! But at the same time, you know it’s a bluff. The important thing is what comes next, and are you ready for it?”

On Honesty

“You can’t accuse me of anything I haven’t already confessed to.”

On Music

“Music is a necessity. After food, air, water and warmth, music is the next necessity of life.”

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