Corey Taylor is one of the most prominent figures in rock today and for good reason: He always has something interesting to say, and it seems like that trait isn’t something that’s waning with age.

One of the funniest things Taylor said in 2023 was his rant against a certain Beatles song. That song? The 1967 stand-alone single “All You Need Is Love.” In fact, his hatred led to him writing “All I Want Is Hate” for his second solo album CMF2.

In an August appearance on the Zach Sang Show, Taylor said, “‘All You Need Is Love’ is one of the biggest pieces of sh-t that I’ve ever heard in my life. And every time I hear it, I feel like I’m getting shot at.”

Taylor’s forthcomingness is truly part of his charm and what makes him so appealing. This year marks his 50th birthday. While some might shy away from the subject of such a milestone birthday, Taylor doesn’t. Speaking with WRIF’s Meltdown back in May, Taylor said about turning 50, “I think about it constantly. I think about it when I get up out of bed. I think about it when I step on stage, and I break my back. I’m like, ‘What am I doing?!'”

He continued, referencing his solo shows, “But, then I have to remember: I’m a mental person, so this is all I want to do. Obviously, it’s a different kind of set I used to do when I was younger, when I was a kid. At the same time, I still love to play. I still love performing, and I love to get out there and try to do it as hard as I can. Until I break my neck again, I think I’ll just keep going.”

Obviously, Taylor is no stranger to the interview pull quote. After all, he is also an accomplished author. In honor of Taylor’s birthday today (December 8), here are five quotes from his books everyone should live by.

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