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Top 26 Charles Manson Quotes: On Cults, Murders, and Music

Charles Milles Manson, an American criminal and cult leader, was responsible for several murders in the US. In 1967, he formed the “Manson Family”, a quasi-commune based in California. He began gathering his own cult following as a singer-songwriter on the fringe of the LA music industry.

Manson claimed that his perception of the Beatles’ lyrics guided him, and he adopted the term “Helter Skelter” to describe an impending apocalyptic race war. Here are some of the most famous Charles Manson quotes.

26 Charles Mason Quotes That Will Leave You Wide Eyed

Charles Manson Quotes that Sound Philosophical but Aren’t

#1. “In my mind’s eye my thoughts light fires in your cities.” — Charles Manson.

#2. “Sanity is a small box; insanity is everything.” — Charles Manson.

#3. “The real strong have no need to prove it to the phonies.” — Charles Manson.

#4. “Death is the greatest form of love.” — Charles Manson.

#5. “The mind is endless. You put me in a dark solitary cell, and to you that’s the end, to me it’s the beginning, it’s the universe in there, there’s a world in there, and I’m free.” — Charles Manson.

#6. “You got to realize; you’re the Devil as much as you’re God.” — Charles Manson.

Charles Manson Quotes Where He Blames Everyone Else

#7. “You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody’s crazy.” — Charles Manson.

#8. “It seems a shame to have to sneak to get to the truth. To make the truth such a dirty old nasty thing. You gotta sneak to get to the truth, the truth is condemned. The truth is in the gas chamber. The truth has been in your stockyards. Your slaughterhouses. The truth has been in your reservations, building your railroads, emptying your garbage. The truth is in your ghettos. In your jails. In your young love, not in your courts or congress where the old set judgment on the young. What the hell do the old know about the young? They put a picture of old George on the dollar and tell you that he’s your father, worship him. Look at the madness that goes on, you can’t prove anything that happened yesterday. Now is the only thing that’s real. Every day, every reality is a new reality. Every new reality is a new horizon, a brand-new experience of living. — Charles Manson.

#9. “These children that come at you with knives–they are your children. You taught them. I didn’t teach them. I just tried to help them stand up.” — Charles Manson.

#10. “Remorse for what? You people have done everything in the world to me. Doesn’t that give me equal right?” — Charles Manson.

Other Crazy Charles Manson Quotes

#11. “I can’t judge any of you. I have no malice against you and no ribbons for you. But I think that it is high time that you all start looking at yourselves, and judging the lie that you live in.” — Charles Manson.

#12. “Look down at me and you see a fool, look up at me and you see a god, look straight at me and you see yourself.” — Charles Manson.

#13. “We’re not in Wonderland anymore, Alice.” — Charles Manson.

#14. “I don’t wanna take my time going to work, I got a motorcycle and a sleeping bag and ten or fifteen girls. What the hell I wanna go off and go to work for? Work for what? Money? I got all the money in the world. I’m the king, man. I run the underworld, guy. I decide who does what and where they do it. What am I gonna run around like some teeny bopper somewhere for someone else’s money? I make the money man; I roll the nickels. The game is mine. I deal the cards.” — Charles Manson.

#15. “Do you feel blame? Are you mad? Uh, do you feel like wolf kabob Roth vantage? Gefrannis booj pooch boo jujube; bear-ramage. Jigiji geeji geeja geeble Google. Begep flagaggle vaggle veditch-waggle bagga?” — Charles Manson.

#16. “You people would convict a grilled cheese sandwich of murder and the people wouldn’t question it.” — Charles Manson.

#17. “If you’re going to do something, do it well. And leave something witchy.” — Charles Manson.

#18. “Pain’s not bad, it’s good. It teaches you things. I understand that.” — Charles Manson.

#19. “I’d take this book and beat you to death with it, and I wouldn’t feel a thing.” — Charles Manson.

#20. “Death is peace from this world’s madness and paradise in my own self. Death as I lay in my grave of constant vibration, endless now.” — Charles Manson.

#21. “Prison is a frame of thought, we’re all our own prisons, we’re each our own wardens and we do our own time. See prison in your mind, can’t you see I’m free?” — Charles Manson.

#22. “I know and understand you are much more than what I think you are but first I must deal with you the way I think you even if that’s only my own thinking and not you.” — Charles Manson.

#23. “Animals shouldn’t be hunted and nature shouldn’t be disturbed, even destroyed, to benefit the whims of mankind.” — Charles Manson.

#24. “I have ate out of your garbage cans to stay out of jail. I have wore your second-hand clothes…I have done my best to get along in your world and now you want to kill me, and I look at you, and then I say to myself, You want to kill me? Ha! I’m already dead, have been all my life. I’ve spent twenty-three years in tombs that you built.” — Charles Manson.

#25. “I’m Jesus Christ, whether you want to accept it or not, I don’t care.” — Charles Manson.

#26. “Your Bibles didn’t mean anything to me. A Bible had driven my mother from her home. The people you chose to raise me beat and raped me and taught me to hate and fear. From what I have seen throughout my life, the laws of the land are practiced only by the little guy. Those who have money and success abuse every law written and get away with it. I admit my reasoning comes from the wrong side of the tracks, but once these opinions are formed and reinforced a few times, it is hard to believe otherwise. So even if I don’t shed a tear, I console myself: I had some help in becoming the person I am.” — Charles Manson.


Manson was perceived as an emblem of insanity, violence, and the macabre. This propelled him to notorious fame and made him a pop culture icon. His song recordings were released commercially and musicians around the world have covered some of them. His death sentence was reduced to life with the possibility of parole in 1972.

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