The Best Jerry Garcia Quotes

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      Jerry Garcia quotes on work


      If something doesn’t work, it becomes obvious immediately. This just isn’t going to work. -Jerry Garcia

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      Some things may work, but they definitely won’t work every time. Some things may work at various times. -Jerry Garcia

      The only way things work around here is if everybody wants it to work. If everybody wants it to work, then it has a prayer. Even then, there’s no guarantee. But at least it has a prayer. -Jerry Garcia

      If you’re able to enjoy something, to devote your life to it or a reasonable amount of time and energy, it will work out for you. -Jerry Garcia

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      The satisfaction of producing a work of art is the thing of getting off on it on some level. -Jerry Garcia

      Either you were a hoodlum, or you were a puddle on the sidewalk. -Jerry Garcia

      We’re sort of like the town whore that’s finally become an institution. We’re finally becoming respectable. -Jerry Garcia

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      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

      It’s much too late to do anything about rock & roll now. -Jerry Garcia

      The performances in the future would be like an audience wired to somebody who was sort of instigating, and then moment-to-moment creation would be transmuted individually. -Jerry Garcia

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      There is no dogma, there isn’t anything about how the universe works. -Jerry Garcia

      People may need something to celebrate. They need a context in which to celebrate things. They need something that fills the void that’s left by the bankruptcy of religion and so forth. -Jerry Garcia

      Every silver lining has a touch of grey. -Jerry Garcia

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      Don’t tell me this town ‘aint got no heart -Jerry Garcia

      I have always had this basic biological question in terms of evolution, if the drive to evolution is to like survive. An organism that survives well, there is really no need for consciousness in there. -Jerry Garcia

      To get really high is to forget yourself. And to forget yourself is to see everything else. And to see everything else is to become an understanding molecule in evolution, a conscious tool of the universe. -Jerry Garcia

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      Run faster, jump higher, reach farther, and you’ll always win! -Jerry Garcia

      Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see. Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been. -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

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      American society has gone completely into denial. -Jerry Garcia

      Hang me, oh, hang me, so I’ll be dead and gone. I wouldn’t mind hanging, boys, but you wait in jail so long. -Jerry Garcia

      We didn’t invent the Grateful Dead, the crowd invented the Grateful Dead. We were just in line to see what was going to happen. -Jerry Garcia

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      Jerry Garcia quotes on life


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

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      We would all like to be able to live an uncluttered life, a simple life, a good life. -Jerry Garcia

      What is life but being conscious? And good and evil are manifestations of consciousness. If you reject one, you’re not getting the whole thing that’s there to be had. -Jerry Garcia

      Live life expecting the worst, hoping for the best, and living for the future! -Jerry Garcia

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      If you assume you haven’t learned anything yet, there’s no reason your playing can’t stay dynamic all your life. -Jerry Garcia

      We’ve been trying to sell out for years, nobody’s buying! -Jerry Garcia

      Everybody needs adventure, and everybody needs something to enlarge his or her lives. -Jerry Garcia

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      I equate Deadheads to people that like black licorice. There aren’t many people that like black licorice, but the ones that do, REALLY REALLY like it! Or buttermilk, or whatever. -Jerry Garcia

      The Japanese are hard to figure out. -Jerry Garcia

      I am not a keyboard person. The mouse is better. -Jerry Garcia

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      Jerry Garcia quotes on america


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

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      Kerouac was a breeze, some kind of incredible super-American, mythos personality blasting through the highways of 1947 America. -Jerry Garcia

      Right now, America is under the gun. It’s being tested and is being co-opted in a big way. -Jerry Garcia

      I think The Grateful Dead kind of represents the spirit of being able to go out and have an adventure in America at large. -Jerry Garcia

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      Jerry Garcia quotes on reality


      There is some art that says the same thing to everybody. WE need something like that. What that is, I don’t know. But virtual reality may be the key to it. -Jerry Garcia

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      It’s pretty clear now that what looked like it might have been some kind of counterculture is, in reality, just the plain old chaos of undifferentiated weirdness. -Jerry Garcia

      The world that you can go walk outside and walk around the block. That’s reality. The reality that’s being talked about is something else entirely. -Jerry Garcia

      At some point or another, our boundaries run into the boundaries of the exterior reality. Like we run into laws and other things that we don’t own or don’t have control over. -Jerry Garcia

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      Jerry Garcia quotes on part


      It’s all part of it, man. -Jerry Garcia

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

      With the recognition comes additional responsibility, because then we’re no longer a one-shot. We’re now part of the environment. -Jerry Garcia

      If you think of music as a language, the space part is where you throw out all the syntax. -Jerry Garcia

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      That’s part of that thing of transcending languages. Every person will have their own language. -Jerry Garcia

      There’s a lot there to enlarge you. That’s part of the value of being in an extended family is that it enlarges you. It makes you bigger. It makes you more. -Jerry Garcia

      The pursuit of happiness is such a large of concept. -Jerry Garcia

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      Every mind is at least as heavy as mine -Jerry Garcia

      You can’t make rules regarding the moral behavior of something unless you know what the hell it is, and what it’s capacities are. What it can do, what it can’t do. -Jerry Garcia

      It’s odd that there is a high level of appreciation of nature. There is the aesthetic side that really loves nature and beauty. -Jerry Garcia

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      If you are going to develop beast technology, you want to start by having cage technology. You want to make the rules first, you know. -Jerry Garcia

      Nobody stopped thinking about those psychedelic experiences. Once you’ve been to some of those places, you think, ‘How can I get back there again but make it a little easier on myself?’ -Jerry Garcia

      We’re involved in a society which is undergoing some really weird changes now. -Jerry Garcia

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      Jerry Garcia quotes on music


      Magic is what we do, music is how we do it. -Jerry Garcia

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      Now there is no place you can go where you don’t hear certain types of music. -Jerry Garcia

      If you think of music as a universal language, it still has some very powerful dialects. -Jerry Garcia

      We were very fortunate to have a a little time in history when LSD was still legal and were able to experiment with drugs just like we were doing with music. -Jerry Garcia

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      Music is more objective, I think, than a lot of art is, but a surprising amount of it is cultural. -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

      Western ears have a hard time hearing anything that isn’t in four-four time. A lot of cultures experience music in five-eight, for example, five-four. -Jerry Garcia

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      For me, I think the only danger is being too much in love with guitar playing. The MUSIC is the most important thing, and the guitar is only the instrument. -Jerry Garcia

      In the last 100 years since the invention of sound reproduction, music has really taken off and it is much more a common language because of records and transportation. -Jerry Garcia

      Listening. That’s what music is about. You hear it. And I’d listen to it and something would move me one way or another; and I would try and play it. -Jerry Garcia

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      I’m not Beethoven! -Jerry Garcia

      How many Beethovens are there that just for lack of the training, the world doesn’t get exposed to. -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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      Jerry Garcia quotes on time


      Done time in the lock-up, done time on the streets. Done time on the upswing, and time in defeat. I know what I’m askin’. I know it’s a lot. Just to say that I love you. Believe it or not. -Jerry Garcia

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      You can’t repeat things because each time is different. The universe has changed. Everything has changed. -Jerry Garcia

      The sun will shine in my back door one day.. -Jerry Garcia

      Seems like everything lead up to this day and it’s just like every day that’s ever been. Sun goin’ up and then the sun it goin’ down. -Jerry Garcia

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      Jerry Garcia quotes on stuff


      This virtual reality stuff is the technological equivalent, really, of psychedelics. -Jerry Garcia

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

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

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      The real problems are cultural. The problems of the people who take drugs as a cultural trap-I think there’s a real problem there, the crack stuff, the hopelessness of the junkie. The urban angst. -Jerry Garcia

      You reach into cyberspace and you grab some cyber stuff, build it up, and the computer will give you a 360 of it. -Jerry Garcia

      Most musicians, regardless of what culture they come from, can get together and agree on some stuff about music. As there is going to be a common ground. -Jerry Garcia

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      In this universe the top end is light and the bottom end is real hard stuff. -Jerry Garcia

      Seeing sound, the high order stuff that’s not audible still affects how everything else behaves. There might be a visual metaphor for that somewhere. -Jerry Garcia

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

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      Jerry Garcia quotes on problem


      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

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      If you are picking the lesser of two evils, you are still picking Evil. -Jerry Garcia

      Truth is something you stumble into when you think you’re going someplace else. -Jerry Garcia

      We’re like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice. -Jerry Garcia

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      There’s a need for a ritual and for real joy and real bliss. Real fun. -Jerry Garcia

      Sometimes you have to be clever. -Jerry Garcia

      To me, that’s the key thing, the pursuit of happiness. That’s the basic, ultimate freedom. -Jerry Garcia You don’t want to be the best at what you do, you want to be the only one. -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

      Somebody has to do something, and it’s just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us. -Jerry Garcia And the live show is still our main thing. -Jerry Garcia

      Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil. -Jerry Garcia

      I sat down to my supper, twas a bottle of red whiskey. -Jerry Garcia It’s not enough to be the best at what you do. You must be perceived as the only one who does what you do. -Jerry Garcia

      What a long strange trip it’s been. -Jerry Garcia

      Too much of a good thing is just about right -Jerry Garcia Our strong suit is what we do, and our audience. -Jerry Garcia

      We are not completely autonomous. -Jerry Garcia

      I’m shopping around for something to do that no one will like. -Jerry Garcia The bigger issue, was the whole takeover of the food industry by big corporations. -Jerry Garcia

      If the thunder don’t get ya then the lightning will. -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 You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only one who does what you do. -Jerry Garcia

      What’s been great about the human race gives you a sense of how great you might get, how far you can reach. -Jerry Garcia

      Nothing left to do but smile. -Jerry Garcia I mean, whatever kills you kills you, and your death is authentic no matter how you die. -Jerry Garcia

      The pursuit of happiness is an overview kind of thing. It’s not in the Bill of Rights. -Jerry Garcia

      You ain’t gonna learn what you don’t wanna know. -Jerry Garcia Cats on the bandstand, give them each a big hand, anyone who sweats like that must be all right. -Jerry Garcia

      There is a road, no simple highway, between the dawn and the dark of night, and if you go, no one may follow, that path is for your steps alone -Jerry Garcia

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

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