Quotes by: Flea

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I wanted to play in a band, and I wanted to do music for a living, and that's what I dedicated my life to.
Flea
We always write way more than we put on a record. We always write a lot-lot.
Flea
When I first heard about Twittering, I thought it was the most disgusting thing I'd ever heard of in my life. It's like the devil: the idea that your personal life is there for everybody.
Flea
I grew up with all these old jazz guys in the '70s in L.A., and they grew up idolizing Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Lester Young - all of these incredible musicians.
Flea
I exercise; I have a big career. I'm a parent, and I run a music school.
Flea
I did record a bunch of stuff, but the thing that usually stops me from doing that is that I'm a terrible singer. I made a bunch of instrumental music, and it feels really good, but just as a singer, I'm not good.
Flea
I was raised to think that rock was music for ignorant people who didn't think for themselves.
Flea
About 13-14 years ago, I went back to my alma mater, Fairfax High School, and ran into the music teacher. She invited me to come speak to the kids about the viability of a music career. When I went into the room where I used to play every day in a big orchestra, they had nothing!
Flea
I had a friend who had been teaching music for a long time, and he knew a bunch of teachers, so I just put up the money and started a school.
Flea
When I got with Nina Greenberg, I had been running for a few months already without a trainer. But then she gave me a program and guided me through my runs, showing me how to take care of myself and letting me know I should ice my legs and stretch - stuff I hadn't been doing.
Flea
When something comes up, and it's interesting, and I have the time, I'll do it.
Flea
I'm always put in the unfortunate position of asking people to donate money and people I know in bands to play benefit concerts and all this stuff.
Flea
Running opened up something beautiful in my life. I try to send the energy all over my body. I love the feeling of it.
Flea
All my career, all that I've really done has been based on emotion and intuition and gravitating toward what sounds good.
Flea
Steven Adler and I played football in the street when we were 12. I remember rehearsing in my bedroom with my first band, and some kid climbed over the fence of my backyard and peeked his head in the window to see who was rocking. It was Slash.
Flea
Later in high school, I met Hillel Slovak, who was the original guitar player of the Chili Peppers, and we became really close. We had a band, and we didn't like the bass player, so I started playing bass, and I got a bass two weeks later.
Flea
Lucky enough, through the public school system, I had been able to have some music education, and that gave me something to focus on, and discipline - like a family to feel part of. There was a healthy family.
Flea
I worked full time jobs, basically doing manual labor until I could make enough money supporting myself as a musician.
Flea
It's fun to just get out there and have a nice conversation when I'm running. To be honest, when I do longer runs, the trail that I like to run up in Malibu has mountain lions, so I always feel I want to run with someone else.
Flea
Playing music is a beautiful thing. But listening to music is just as great.
Flea
When I was a kid, and it was time to go to college, I thought, 'College is for people who don't have the street smarts to make it on their own - get in a band, get in a van, and get rockin'.
Flea
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