Patti Smith

I'm not afraid of terrorism at all. I'm afraid of loss of our freedom, loss of mobility, loss of global comradeship.Patti Smith

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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.Patti Smith

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Mohammed personally mapped out seven heavens. If he got to seven, you know there's more.Patti Smith

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As far as I'm concerned, being any gender is a drag.Patti Smith

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I want to be around a really long time. I want to be a thorn in the side of everything as long as possible.Patti Smith

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Even as a child, I knew what I didn't want. I didn't want to wear red lipstick.Patti Smith

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I was raised in rural south Jersey, and there was no culture there. There was a small library, and that was it. There was nothing else.Patti Smith

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Truthfully, I don't really think of myself as a photographer. I don't have all the disciplines and knowledge of a person who's spent their life devoted to photography.Patti Smith

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I was in musical comedy. And I did very well, but the memorization killed me. I'm not good at memorizing, and it gave me a lot of anxiety. I hated the makeup. I hated all that pancake makeup. I didn't really like dressing for parts.Patti Smith

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The Bible is very resonant. It has everything: creation, betrayal, lust, poetry, prophecy, sacrifice. All great things are in the Bible, and all great writers have drawn from it and more than people realise, whether Shakespeare, Herman Melville or Bob Dylan.Patti Smith

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I remember when the Bic pen was controversial. They came from France. They were cheap, and when one was out of ink, you threw it away; you didn't dip it into more ink.Patti Smith

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If you feel good about who you are inside, it will radiate.Patti Smith

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I get up, and if I feel out of sorts, I'll do some exercises, I'll feed my cat, then I go get my coffee, take a notebook, and write for a couple of hours.Patti Smith

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Sometimes you're doing really well, then, after three or four years, everything inexplicably crashes like a house of cards and you have to rebuild it. It's not like you get to a point where you're all right for the rest of your life.Patti Smith

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If I feel any marginalisation, it's because the things that concern me aren't so important to other people.Patti Smith

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Nothing will stifle your human evolution more than fame and fortune.Patti Smith

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It was always my belief that rock and roll belonged in the hands of the people, not rock stars.Patti Smith

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First of all, anybody who has lasted 30 and went through the 60's is really a survivor.Patti Smith

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What I say should always be prefaced with this: I'm not really politically articulate. I just try to be like Thomas Paine: what is common sense? So when I say these things to you, I am speaking from a humanist point of view. I just look around and see what's wrong.Patti Smith

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An artist wears his work in place of wounds.Patti Smith

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The thing I've always liked about performing is that I decide what I want to wear, whether I want to comb my hair.Patti Smith

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I come from a working-class family, and I've been working since I was 13, from babysitting to blueberry picking to factory work to bookstore work. And of course, being a mother and homemaker, the hardest work of all.Patti Smith

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An artist may have burdens the ordinary citizen doesn't know, but the ordinary citizen has burdens that many artists never even touch.Patti Smith

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No, my work does not reflect my sexual preferences, it reflects the fact that I feel total freedom as an artist.Patti Smith

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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.Patti Smith

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People called me the godmother of punk, but I never name myself anything.Patti Smith

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To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It's freedom.Patti Smith

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I had this idea that the coolest thing that could happen to you was talking with God. My father was always talking about God, and I idolized my father, so I'd spend hours trying to have mental telepathy with God.Patti Smith

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In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth.Patti Smith

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Good news doesn't necessarily have to be a positive thing. Bringing good news is imparting hope to one's fellow man.Patti Smith

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