17 Mick Jagger Quotes That Are as True Now as They Were Then

Sir Michael Philip Jagger is an acclaimed English singer. You might’ve heard of him. It seems like he’s been around since the dawn of time itself. Mick Jagger is the front man and one of the founding members of the rock band, the Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger wrote the majority of the band’s songs alongside lead guitarist Keith Richards. Their songwriting partnership will go down as one of the most successful throughout history. We’ll take a look at some of his most infamous quotes now.

1. On letting yourself go

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“It’s all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.”

2. On the past

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“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.”

3. On overdoing it

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“Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.”

4. On his mother

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“My mother has always been unhappy with what I do. She would rather I do something nicer, like be a bricklayer.”

5. On ego boosts

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“Thank you for leaving us alone but giving us enough attention to boost our egos.”

6. On secrets

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“My secrets must be poetic to be believable.”

7. On getting what you want

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“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.”

8. On not taking life too seriously

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“Don’t take life too seriously and always remember, it is just a passing fad.”

9. On losing your dreams

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“Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind.”

10. On rules

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“People are so brainwashed by the rules that they don’t know what really matters.”

11. On expressing your opinions

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“I think people are afraid to express their opinions half the time.”

12. On not growing up

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“Don’t you think it’s sometimes wise not to grow up.”

13. On enjoying life

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“I don’t think enjoying life is an exclusive prerogative of young people.”

14. On knowing your roots

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“Everyone knows what their roots are, but you’ve got to explore everywhere. You’ve got to explore the sky too.”

15. On doing it for the money

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“Of course we’re doing it for the money. We’ve always done it for the money.”

16. On not looking too far ahead

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“You never really know what’s going to happen. You never know what the audience is going to be like or how they’re going to behave.”

17. On tattoos

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“I’ve managed to avoid tattoos so far.”

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