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Motor Mouth: Rocker Lemmy's Famous Quotes

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Lemmy out of Motorhead © Getty Lemmy out of Motorhead

Lemmy was "born to lose, lived to win" according to his bandmates in Motorhead but what did he have to say about himself?

As the biggest names in the music industry pay tribute to the rocker, here are some of his most famous quotes:

1. "If I have to die and be on my deathbed regretting decisions I made, I'm not interested in that."

2. "As you go through life's rich tapestry, you realise that most people you meet aren't fit to shine your shoes. It's a sad fact, but it's true. A good friend is someone who'd hide you if you were on the run for murder. How many of them do you know?” (The Independent, 2005)

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3. "Motorhead is nothing if not democratic, but I don't think it's fair to be waving your d*** around when people are minding their own business and might not want to see it." (White Line Fever: The Autobiography)

4. "If you're going to be a f***ing rock star go be one. People don't want to see the guy next door on stage; they want to see a being from another planet. You want to see somebody you'd never meet in ordinary life." (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

5. "If you didn't do anything that wasn't good for you it would be a very dull life. What are you gonna do? Everything that is pleasant in life is dangerous. Have you noticed that? I'd like to find the b****** that thought that one up."

6. "Death is an inevitability, isn't it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don't worry about it. I'm ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn't complain. It's been good." (Classic Rock, 2015)

7. "I don't do regrets. Regrets are pointless. It's too late for regrets. You've already done it, haven't you? You've lived your life. No point wishing you could change it."

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