THE DUKE AND HIS POLITICS
"People aren't very bright, you know. They say they want freedom, but when they get the chance, they pass up Nietzsche and choose Hitler, because he would march into a room and music and lights would come on at strategic moments. It was rather like a rock 'n' roll concert."
"I believe very strongly in Fascism. The only way we can speed up the sort of liberalism that's hanging foul in the air at the moment is to speed up the process of a right-wing, totally dictorial tyranny and get it over as fast as possible."
"Adolf Hitler was one of the first rock stars. Look at some of his films and see how he moved. I think he was quite as good as Jagger."
"Really, I would like to be Prime Minister, but I think I'd have to set up my own country first. I don't want to be Prime Minister of the old country. I'd have to create the state that I wish to live in first."
"I was always a sort of throwback to the Beat period in my early thinking. And when the hippies came along with all their funny tie-dyes and things, it all seemed niave and wrong."
"I hate weak things. I can't stand weakness. I wanted to hit everybody that came along wearing love beads."
"I'm not one for delicate social nicities. If I jump into the pool, I generally swallow all the water."
THE DUKE AND HIS FEELINGS (YES HE DOES HAVE SOME)
"I've always thought the only thing to do was try to go through life as Superman, right from the word go. I felt far too insignificant as another person. I couldn't exist thinking all that was important was to be a good person. I don't want to be another honest Joe."
"I used to sit in bed and pick on one thing a week that I either didn't like or couldn't understand. And during the course of the week, I'd try to kill it off. My lack of humour was the first thing I picked on. Then prissiness. I spewed myself up. I'm still doing it. I seem to know exactly what makes me sad."
"I took a look at my thoughts, my appearance, my expressions, my mannerisms and idiosyncracies and didn't like them. So I stripped myself down, chucked things out and replaced them with a completely new personality. When I heard someone say something intelligent, I used it later as if it were my own. When I saw a quaility in someone that I liked, I took it. I still do that."
THE DUKE AND HIS CONTROVERSY
"Rest assured the stuff was not mine. I can't say much more, but it did belong to the others in the room that we were busted in. Bloody potheads. What a dreadful irony - me popped for grass. The stuff sickens me. I haven't touched it in a year."
"That did not happen. I just waved. Believe me. On the life of my child, I waved. And the bastard caught me. In mid-wave, man ...as if I'd be foolish enough to pull a stunt like that. I died when I saw the photo."
"Oh that was just bullshit. Something I said off the cuff. Some paper wanted me to say something and I didn't have much to say so I made things up. They took it all in."