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    If the thunder don't get ya then the lightning will.
    — Jerry Garcia
    Magic is what we do. Music is how we do it.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: magic  music 
     
    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
    tags: people  black 
     
    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
    tags: time  work  energy 
     
    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
    We're involved in a society which is undergoing some really weird changes now.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: society 
     
    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
    tags: time 
     
    Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: evil 
     
    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
    tags: reality  chaos 
     
    I Don't Think There's A Good Excuse For Being Unhappy. I'm Not Particularly Unhappy, But I Know What Pain Is. I think That Life Is Characterized By Pain, Partly. Part Of The Way You Can Tell You're Alive Is By How Much Pain You're Experiencing, Or How Little...
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: pain 
     
    All I know is, if you listen to society, you'll never get anywhere!
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: society 
     
    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
    If we had any nerve at all, if we had any real balls as a society, or whatever you need, whatever quality you need, real character, we would make an effort to really address the wrongs in this society, righteously.
    — Jerry Garcia
    You don't want to be the best at what you do, you want to be the only one.
    — Jerry Garcia
    Nothing left to do but smile.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: smile 
     
    To me, that's the key thing, the pursuit of happiness. That's the basic, ultimate freedom.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: happiness  freedom  key 
     
    Truth is something you stumble into when you think you're going someplace else.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: truth 
     
    You ain't gonna learn what you don't wanna know.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: learn 
     
    We're like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: people 
     
    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
    You need music, I don't know why. It's probably one of those Joe Campbell questions, why we need ritual. We need magic, and bliss, and power, myth, and celebration and religion in our lives, and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: power  live  magic  questions  music 
     
    ... Grateful Dead - that's it !! ... nobody in the band liked it, (the name) I didn't like it, either, but it got around that that was one of the candidates for our new name, and everyone else said, 'Yeah, that's great.' It turned out to be tremendously lucky. It's just repellent enough to filter curious onlookers and just quirky enough that parents don't like it.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: parent 
     
    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
    If you assume you haven't learned anything yet, there's no reason your playing can't stay dynamic all your life.
    — 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
    It's a joke. Greed and the desire to take drugs are two separate things. If you want to separate the two, the thing you do is make drugs legal. Accept the reality that people do want to change their consciousness, and make an effort to make safer, healthier drugs.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: desires  people  reality  greed  drugs 
     
    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
    tags: invent 
     
    For me, the lame part of the Sixties was the political part, the social part. The real part was the spiritual part.
    — Jerry Garcia
    In folk music, I've always been fond of the fragment. The song that has one verse. And you don't know anything about the characters, you don't know what they're doing, but they're doing something important. I love that. I'm really a sucker for that kind of song.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: character  song  music 
     
    If you think of music as a universal language, it still has some very powerful dialects.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: language  powerful  music 
     
    The nature of what we're doing is something, which is by its very nature, is non-formulaic. There's no way that you can make it happen by intention alone. It's something that you have to sort of allow it to happen, and you have to allow for it to happen.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: nature  alone 
     
    Right now, America is under the gun. It's being tested and is being co-opted in a big way.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: right  america 
     
    You have to be ready, and also you have to discard notions that are fondly held by a lot of musicians, about sequences and notes and about scales and musical systems as a whole. If you think of music as a language, the space part is where you throw out all the syntax.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: language  space  music 
     
    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
    tags: time  believe 
     
    You have to get past the idea that music has to be one thing. To be alive in America is to hear all kinds of music constantly: radio, records, churches, cats on the street, everywhere music. And with records, the whole history of music is open to everyone who wants to hear it.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: past  music  cat  church  america  ideas 
     
    What a long strange trip it's been.
    — Jerry Garcia
    We would all like to be able to live an uncluttered life, a simple life, a good life.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: live 
     
    Too much of a good thing is just about right
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: right 
     
    America is still mostly xenophobic and racist. That's the nature of America, I think.
    — Jerry Garcia
    tags: nature  america 
     
    The great thing is the thing of being able to see things through many points of view. That's enlarging. I mean, it saves you from ultimately from the boredom of having one point of view, like being locked in a room with nothing but your own point of view, your own references.
    — Jerry Garcia
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