As kids we're not taught how to deal with success; we're taught how to deal with failure. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. If at first you succeed, then what?
What you come to discover is, it isn't how you get there, it's that you get there. If that's what it took to get me where I'm at today, so be it.
I've always been pretty old-fashioned. I'm kind of a missionary guy.
I just didn't believe I was like everybody else. I thought I was unique.
I've got volumes on how not to behave. I've got more information now than a guy should have at my age.
I try to be known more for my work than for anything else.
I was with one at a time with the other four watching. It was a little uncomfortable, actually. I wouldn't recommend five at once. There's just not enough guy to go around.
Fame is empowering. My mistake was that I thought I would instinctively know how to handle it. But there's no manual, no training course.
Dad almost died of a heart attack in the middle of making Apocalypse Now, the biggest movie of his life. It doesn't make you want to jump into that business.
When friends asked me, Can we help? I'd say, Not unless you can alter time, speed up the harvest or teleport me off this rock. I used that line from Star Wars.
There have to be more important things going on in the world than my past.
I saw 28 Days. I don't remember rehab being like a day camp or being that funny. Rehab is a dumping ground. It's a big landfill.
I knew if I got loaded I was going away for a while. People would say, Oh, you're just sober because you're on probation.
I think I have a duty as a recovering guy to help, to make my knowledge of what I went through accessible.
What is a normal childhood? We weren't rich, we were pretty middle-class. My dad survived from job to job; with him taking care of so many relatives, he couldn't save any money.
Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.
Uncertainty is a sign of humility, and humility is just the ability or the willingness to learn.
I still don't have all the answers. I'm more interested in what I can do next than what I did last.
I just don't want to live like I used to. And at some point, I'm going to put a gag order on myself in terms of talking about the past. I've got to slam the door and deal with the present and the future.
Usually in a battle sequence when a bomb is going off, you forget you're acting.
The paramedic called the press and sold me like a loaf of bread. This was news, and he wanted to be the one to report it.
Slash sat me down at his house and said, You've got to clean up your act. You know you've gone too far when Slash is saying, Look, you've got to get into rehab.
Dad kept us out of school, but school comes and goes. Family is forever.
The most damage I did was to myself and to the people who got caught in the maelstrom. The worst thing that happened was the overdose. But I didn't go in with three other dudes who overdosed with me. No, you overdose alone.
I was never shut down by the drugs; that was my problem. Cocaine was an aphrodisiac. I think that was a bit of a curse.