Inspirational Quotes to Live By from Rock Legends
Who doesn’t love a good quote? The right quote can pick you up when you’re feeling down, inspire you to create or take risks, empower you, or help you get some perspective. And the most powerful quotes often come from those we admire, like great writers, scientists, or legendary musicians.
Whether you’re a fan of rock or not, there are plenty of rockers out there who have some wise words to share. Here are some inspirational quotes by rock legends to inspire you to create, dream, live well, tackle challenges head on, and be the best version of yourself you can be.
“The past is a great place and I don't want to erase it or to regret it, but I don't want to be its prisoner either.” - Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger is one of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll, and one of the most influential frontmen in history. Even in his 70s, he’s still touring worldwide with the Rolling Stones and releasing new music and live albums. So if anyone — even one of the greatest rock legends of all time — knows anything about not getting stuck in the glory days of the past, it’s Jagger. But that also holds true for not getting stuck in the painful moments of the past. Take it from Jagger: Find a way to recognize and deal with the past, and more forward. And keep moving forward, no matter what.
"People don't run out of dreams — people just run out of time." - Glenn Frey
Glenn Frey was a founding member of the Eagles. He was the lead singer and frontman, and he continued to tour with the band until months before his death. He preferred to live life in the fast lane, whether he was touring nonstop with the band, playing high-stakes poker, or living that rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. But if there was one thing Frey knew, it was to never stop dreaming — or trying to make those dreams come true, since we only have so much time to do so. And you can say, without a doubt, that he dreamed big and often — after all, the Eagles are one of the best-selling and most successful groups of all time.
"Your graciousness is what carries you. It isn't how old you are, how young you are, how beautiful you are, or how short your skirt is. What it is, is what comes out of your heart. If you are gracious, you have won the game." - Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks has led a long and successful career as both a solo artist and a member of Fleetwood Mac. As a female rock ‘n’ roller in a man’s world — especially when she first came on the scene in the 1970s — she’s certainly had her share of difficulties over the years. Still, she’s remained fearless and gentle throughout it all, refusing to succumb to the pressure to change or be anyone other than herself. So, what does her advice come down to? Be kind and polite, not only to others, but also to yourself — that’s what really matters in life.
Don’t be hard on yourself. And take as many chances, risks, as you can. - Robert Plant
Legendary frontman, Robert Plant, is best known for his distinctive voice, stage presence, and songwriting abilities as a member of Led Zeppelin. But he’s also had a successful solo career since the 80s, in addition to numerous other acts besides Led Zeppelin. Besides Jagger, he’s often considered to be one of the most influential frontmen in history. Rockers like Jack White, Axl Rose, and Freddie Mercury have all cited him as being a major influence on their vocal and performing styles. When it comes to his advice, it’s pretty self-explanatory: Be kind to yourself, don’t be afraid to take risks, and don’t beat yourself up for doing so or if you fail. What kind of life will you lead if you don’t take a chance on anything, or stop taking chances after a while?
With these quotes in mind, you’ll be able to tackle anything life throws at you — and rock on!