Gene Simmons quotes

  • You can't go through life and leave things the way they are. We can all make a difference, and if I die today, I know I made a difference.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Differences #Making A Difference #Today

  • When you're busy doing your own stuff it's like running a race. You try not to look over your shoulder to see who else is in the race, you do the best you can.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Running #Race #Over You

  • The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered,
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Rocks #Age #Natural

  • I don't know whether you [musician] can be all things to everybody, which is why there are different kinds of music.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Musician #Different #Kind

  • There’s an old adage that says that money is the root of all evil. Bullshit. Lack of money is the root of all evil.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Roots #Evil #Bullshit

  • If your songs connect with the fans and they pump their fists in the air and go "Yeah!!" that's when a song really works. That's the electric church of it. The glory hallelujah of it.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Song #Air #Church

  • Rock is about finding who you are. You don't necessarily have to play your instrument very well at all. You can just barely get by and you can be in a rock band.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Reality #Play #Rocks

  • It is really sad for the new artists. Where's the next Elvis, where's the next Beatles, where's the Zeppelin? They're out there but they don't have a chance because once upon a time we [musicians of the 60s] had record companies, and they would support you and have point of purchase material and they would give you advances. In other words, they gave you the air to breathe to find yourself and spend the time to learn how to run.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Running #Artist #Air

  • Wealth for its own sake is an empty shell. Wealth that includes making other people's lives better will reward you even more than the beautiful mansion you live in.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Inspirational #Beautiful #People

  • I wanted to be in a band that gave bang for the buck. I wanted to be in the band who didn't look like a bunch of guys who, you know, should be in a library studying for their finals.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Guy #Progress #Library

  • Women, you have all this power, I'm telling you. In business, you have something called an inferred fiduciary duty to yourself. Look at the other hugely successful women in industry, commerce, science and everywhere else and you'll see women who are feminine, beautiful but also do not rely on men for their self-empowerment.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Beautiful #Successful #Men

  • When you really think about it, I'm not delusional enough to think that what I do is important to life as we know it on this planet. No. But neither is what you do.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Thinking #Important #Enough

  • England is a profoundly bizarre place that has produced thousands of bands the world has worshipped.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Band #World #England

  • The makeup is simply an extension of the personality and colors, clothing, makeup all express something.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Makeup #Reality #Color

  • Life is too short to have anything but delusional notions about yourself.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Life #Too Short #Delusional

  • I also learned that I love making money. Anyone who is not afraid of work will be happy with the money they make.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Making Money #Love Making #Not Afraid

  • Believe me, the library is the temple of God. Education is the most sacred religion of all.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Believe #Library #Sacred

  • Before you go out there and try to conquer the universe... get your act together.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Trying #Together #Conquer

  • My mother is probably the wisest person I've ever known. She's not schooled, she's not well read. But she has a philosophy of life that makes well-read people seem like morons.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Mother #Philosophy #People

  • The problem you ultimately want to have, as an entrepreneur, is deciding who to help, not deciding who can help you.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Inspirational #Entrepreneur #Want

  • Walk amongst the natives by day, but in your heart be Superman.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Heart #Walks

  • James Bond has a license to kill, rockstars have a license to be outrageous. Rock is about grabbing people's attention.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Rocks #People #Attention

  • The sad thing is most people have to check with someone before they do the things that make them happy. We're all passing through; the least we can do is be happy, and the only way to do that is by being selfish.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Being Happy #Selfish #People

  • Fiscally, I'm very conservative. I don't believe in welfare states. I believe in giving people jobs.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Jobs #Believe #People

  • I don't wait for the calendar to figure out when I should live life.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Live Life #Waiting #Calendars

  • The only jobs kids have are to do well in school, to be charming and polite, and be thankful. That's it. I'll house you, protect you, I'll even give my life for you, and in return, you will behave.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Jobs #School #Kids

  • Never underestimate the power of being popular in pop culture. You have to be able to do something. You can have a good seat at the restaurant, but you still have to pay for the meal. Fame is important, but to be rich is more important.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Important #Pay #Able

  • If you're the greatest, it's okay to say you're the greatest. My suggestion to everybody is to be their own greatest fan. Weaker personas and personalities define that as egotistical or arrogant, but what it means is their self-esteem isn't that strong.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Strong #Self Esteem #Mean

  • I'd like to think that the boring lady who's talking to me now is a lot sexier and more interesting than the one who's doing NPR. You know, studious and reserved, and - I bet you're a lot of fun at a party.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Fun #Party #Thinking

  • I would urge all bands that say they only care about credibility and don't care about money to send Gene Simmons every dollar that they don't want. I'd be happy to take it off them.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Want #Dollars #Band

  • I know that you like to see a man in the kitchen, but I'm skeptical of men who cook. A man should be focusing his attention on the woman, and not what's on the stove.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Men #Kitchen #Attention

  • I don't wanna go on vacation. There's nothing about it that appeals to me. People look forward to doing that; I look forward to getting up every day and doing something.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Vacation #People #Looks

  • Don't believe bands who say it's all about the fans and they want to give their music away for free. The result is they will continue to live in their mother's basement.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Mother #Believe #Giving

  • William Shakespeare sounds to me like some kind of faggot.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Writing #Sound #Kind

  • If a vacuum cleaner salesman rings your front door, he will be selling HIMSELF first. The vacuum cleaner is secondary.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Inspirational #Doors #Vacuums

  • Anyone who tells you they got into rock'n'roll for reasons other than girls, fame and money is full of s***.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Girl #Rocks #Rock N Roll

  • Being a Jew, you realize your strongest weapon is your mind.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Mind #Weapons #Realizing

  • It's very professionally done, very clever songwriting. I like Backstreet Boys more than 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, it's all very well done stuff. Much better than the Partridge Family and New Kids On The Block. I took my kids to see Backstreet Boys live and they flipped out
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Clever #Block #Kids

  • Belief is self-knowing. Even Yoda out of Star Wars said, do or do not. There is no 'try'
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Stars #War #Self

  • Imagine there are no men in life,
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Men #Imagine

  • My sense is that file sharing started in predominantly white, middle- and upper-middle-cl ***** young people who were native-born, who felt they were entitled to have something for free, because that's what they were used to.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #White #People #Ass

  • I would recommend you watch the movie 'Jobs' starring Ashton Kutcher, if you don't have time to read Jobs's biography.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Inspirational #Jobs #Watches

  • No one has the right to shake his finger in your face.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Inspirational #Faces #Your Face

  • Unless you took courses in architecture, engineering, or pre-med, the rest of your liberal arts education hardly prepares you for life as the business warrior and champion you envision yourself to be.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Inspirational #Art #Warrior

  • Anybody who picks up a guitar and tells you that there's some inner message that they're trying to convey... it's nonsense. They're not being honest. The reason they're doing this is they wanna get lots of chicks and they don't want to work for a living.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Guitar #Trying #Want

  • It's better to be an octopus than a fish. If an octopus loses a tentacle to a predator, the octopus will survive with seven tentacles left for itself.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Inspirational #Octopus #Predator

  • When you walk through a bad neighborhood, you don't want a poodle by your side. You want a Rottweiler.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Your Side #Rottweilers #Poodles

  • When you are a rock star in front of 20,000 people, you receive instant gratification. A rock star on tour is a king in his domain.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Kings #Stars #Rocks

  • First, when I was 12, I saw a Spanish girl jumping rope. I never saw her face, but it was still the most beautiful sight I'd ever seen.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Beautiful #Girl #Jumping

  • The biggest financial pitfall in life is divorce. And the biggest reason for divorce is marriage.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Divorce #Pitfalls #Financial

  • My mother had a horrific life. At fourteen, she was in the Nazi concentration camps. Her sense about life now is, every day above ground is a good day.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Mother #Good Day #Nazi

  • I crave ideas, and when an idea hits me, it grips me and it tortures me until I master it.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Ideas #Masters #Torture

  • Marriage is an institution, and you must be fully committed to it.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Institutions #Committed

  • I worship scones and danishes. If I never had another meal, I wouldn't care as long as I could eat pastries and jelly doughnuts.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Long #Meals #Jelly

  • People who are the salt of the earth get up and go to a job that they hate.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Jobs #Hate #People

  • There is nothing that I would do ever to break my mother's heart.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Mother #Heart #Break

  • It's in the history books, the Holocaust. It's just a phrase. And the truth is it happened yesterday. It happened to my mother. I never met my grandmothers or my grandfathers. They were all wiped up in the gas chambers of Nazi Germany.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Mother #Book #Yesterday

  • You know why I'm pulling your leg? Because I can't touch it from where I am.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Legs #Because I Can

  • The root of all evil isn't money; rather, it's not having enough money.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Roots #Evil #Enough

  • Nobody does just one thing. But the real difference between being an entrepreneur and everyone else in the world is the ability to monetize. I am an entrepreneur in the classic mold.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Real #Differences #Entrepreneur

  • Kiss is a Fourth of July fireworks show with a backbeat.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Kissing #July #Fireworks

  • I'm in a weird band. We've done very well. The American Dream is alive and well.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Dream #Band #Done

  • I think I know it all, relatively speaking.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Thinking #Know It All

  • I think it's pathetic that women and men treat each other worse than we treat our pets. It's love or hate.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Hate #Men #Thinking

  • To be in a band on the road is to have anything and everything you want just by picking up the phone.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Phones #Band #Want

  • The Beatles weren't like any other band. Everybody in the band sang, which is why you knew everybody in the band.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Band

  • Television and comic books are, and continue to be, probably the biggest influence in my life. It's the biggest influence on everybody's life.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Book #Television #Influence

  • Sugar-free ice pops are an invention of God. They hardly have any calories since they're mostly water. I eat about 15 pops every two days.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Ice #Two #Water

  • Never negotiate with kids. They don't have life experience, and they don't have repercussions for bad decisions; they still get fed and housed.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Kids #Decision #Life Experience

  • My skin is more beautiful than yours. I would be quite more popular in jail if I so chose.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Beautiful #Jail #Skins

  • Kiss is not a charity. Never, ever mix commerce and charity.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Kissing #Charity #Commerce

  • If you look at the CEOs of some the most successful companies in the world like IKEA, they never fly first class. They always go economy.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Successful #Class #Ikea

  • I fly economy. I do often fly first class, but I don't travel with a posse, or bodyguard, or an assistant.
    -- Gene Simmons

    #Class #Assistants #Firsts