It’s Jimi Hendrix’s Birthday, ‘Scuse Us While We Celebrate With 70 Words of His Wisdom


Jimi Hendrix may have left us in Sept. 1970, but his presence is still felt every time his music fills a room. 

The music legend would have been 70 today, and in celebration of his legacy, we’ve compiled exactly 70 words of wisdom from the revolutionary guitarist. Of course, no Hendrix tribute would be complete without a soundtrack, so while you enjoy his sage thoughts, feast your ears on one of his greatest musical accomplishments. “I don’t really live on compliments. As a matter of fact, I find them distracting.” —Hendrix during an interview on The Dick Cavett Showin 1969 Total Word Count: 15 “Even castles made of sand fall into the sea eventually.” —Lyrics from “Castles Made of Sand” New Total Word Count: 25 “I’m the one who has to die when it’s time for me to die/ So let me live my life the way I want to.” —Lyrics from “If 6 was 9″ New Total Word Count: 50 “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” —Hendrix* New Total Word Count (so close!): 65 “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” —Hendrix* New Total Word Count: 7-0(Ta-da!) *These quotes are widely attributed to Hendrix, though many people note the similarities to quotes by William Gladstone and Oliver Wendell Holmes, respectively, and have suggested Hendrix’s word were inspired by them. Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: Wenn] More: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ First Look: The Quarter Quell Begins! — PICS Cory and Topanga Are In! ‘Girl Meets World’ Pilot Nabs Danielle Fishel, Ben Savage Staff Picks: The 14 Best Songs of 2012 (And 5 We’d Like to Forget)

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Celebrity Editor Kelsea Stahler was born in a pile of dirt. Okay, she was actually born in an old Naval hospital in San Diego, which then became a pile of dirt and remained as such for a number of years before becoming a parking lot perfectly sized for circus tents, and finally a museum. She eventually left San Diego to attend New York University, where she studied Journalism and English literature — two less-than profitable liberal arts degrees about which guidance counselors warned her. Against all odds, she now resides in Brooklyn, where she fights the constant fear that the locals will soon discover she isn’t quite cool enough to live there, and makes a living writing absurd, pop culture features about Batman, zombies, vampires, funny people, and Ron Swanson.