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Patti Smith Quotes
Patti Smith Quotes
"Americans just don't know what being a movie star's all about." "An artist is somebody who enters into competition with God." "An artist may have burdens the ordinary citizen doesn't know, but the ordinary citizen has burdens that many artists never even touch." "Artists are traditionally resistant to labels." "Besides me wanting to be an artist, I wanted to be a movie star." "Christianity made us think there's one heaven." "Everyone thinks of God as a man - you can't help it - Santa Claus was a man, therefore God has to be a man." "First of all, anybody who has lasted 30 and went through the 60's is really a survivor." "Fred and I raised our children ourselves, and we went through the same kinds of firings other people did, including financial difficulties." "Horses pretty much broke as a record in England." "I always enjoyed doing transgender songs." "I buy a pair of sunglasses a week." "I can't say I was a Rasta but I went through a period when I was studying all aspects of Rastafarianism, including smoking a lot of pot while reading the Bible!" "I didn't really expect it to go anywhere." "I didn't see myself as gifted enough to do the work, but I did think I could stir things up enough to wake people and maybe inspire those who had the greatness and should be working." "I didn't think I was all of a sudden going to start doing poetry readings, or make a record and have a rock 'n' roll band." "I don't feel like I'm particularly deserving of the punk-rock laurel, since that was a movement that came after what my group did." "I had a really happy childhood - my siblings were great, my mother was very fanciful, and I loved to read. But there was always financial strife." "I have 50's Vogues with early pan shots, pale roses and models with necks that went on forever." "I have a daughter who's 11 years old. Maybe she'll grow up independent and really really heavy and become a movie star and she'll play me in my life story." "I like gettin' old." "I look at these kids, you know, and I could be their mother, their mistress, their older woman. Some of the kids at the concerts are 15." "I met DeKooning once in a bar and he put his hand on my knee right away. I knew I could model for him." "I modeled at the Museum School." "I modeled for Robert Mapplethorpe." "I never thought I was gonna live to 30." "I only planned it out till I was 28. I figured at 28, the black dress, the gutter in Paris, I had it - like a B movie of Piaf." "I think I'm constantly in a state of adjustment." "I want to make 40. I want to see it." "I was still a baby bird when I was 28." "I went to Glassboro State Teacher's College in New Jersey, which was about all I could afford because I put myself through school." "I'd like to model for DeKooning." "I've always thrived on the encouragement of others." "If I have any regrets, I could say that I'm sorry I wasn't a better writer or a better singer." "In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth." "In fact, I thought my calling was to be a painter." "In the '70s, I had a very romantic idea about being out in the world and having a network of people working with me. I thought of it more as a military regiment." "In the period where I had to live the life of a citizen - a life where, like everybody else, I did tons of laundry and cleaned toilet bowls, changed hundreds of diapers and nursed children - I learned a lot." "Let's just say that I think any person who aspires, presumes, or feels the calling to be an artist has a built-in sense of duty." "Maybe I'll be 48 and die in the gutter in Paris." "Mohammed personally mapped out seven heavens. If he got to seven, you know there's more." "My mother answers all my fan mail." "My sunglasses are like my guitar." "No, my work does not reflect my sexual preferences, it reflects the fact that I feel total freedom as an artist." "Rimbaud was the first European to explore Ethiopia." "Somehow I started introducing writing into my drawings, and after a time, the language took over and I started getting very involved with the handwriting and then the look of the handwriting." "That's something I learnt from Joan Baez, who often sang songs that had a male point of view." "The first record's like a book. It's like a poetry book." "The new artists coming through were very materialistic and Hollywood, not so engaged in communication." "Then I read Little Women, and of course, like a lot of really young girls, I was very taken with Jo - Jo being the writer and the misfit." "What I wanted to do in rock'n'roll was merge poetry with sonic scapes, and the two people who had contributed so much to that were Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison." "When I was in high school, to me being a model was the heaviest. It was the logical extension of being an artist's mistress." "When I was younger, I also dreamed of being an opera singer, simply because of Maria Callas." "When I was younger, I felt it was my duty to wake people up. I thought poetry was asleep. I thought rock 'n' roll was asleep." "When I went to Paris I stayed at this hotel called the Hotel Of Strangers, in the attic room where Charles Cros and Rimbaud lived together." "In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth."