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Patti Smith Quote: “Why is one compelled to write? To set oneself apart, cocooned, rapt in solitude, despite the wants of others. Virginia Woolf had her room. Proust his shuttered windows. Marguerite Duras her muted house. Dylan Thomas his modest shed. All seeking an emptiness to imbue with words. The words that will penetrate virgin territory, crack unclaimed combinations, articulate the infinite. The words that formed Lolita, The Lover, Our Lady of the Flowers.”
Patti Smith Quote: “I’ve lost lots of men in my life, besides my mother, which is a whole different loss.”
Patti Smith Quote: “My great quandary was what coat to wear and which books to bring.”
Patti Smith Quote: “I may not know what is in your mind, but I know how your mind works.”
Patti Smith Quote: “My mother answers all my fan mail.”
Patti Smith Quote: “For Christmas every year, my mother used to give me those cheap little diaries that would tell your horoscope and provide a little blank slot for each day.”
Patti Smith Quote: “The only way I can lose my mind in bed is to destroy myself in a fantasy.”
Patti Smith Quote: “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 Quote: “You don’t want to OD on improvisation.”
Patti Smith Quote: “My introduction to photography and a lot of how I developed aesthetically was through ’50s and early-’60s fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.”
Patti Smith Quote: “Personally, I’m not much for symbolism. I never get it. Why can’t things be just as they are? I never thought to psychoanalyze Seymour Glass or sought to break down “Desolation Row.” I just wanted to get lost, become one with somewhere else, slip a wreath on a steeple top solely because I wished it.”
Patti Smith Quote: “When does it cease to be something beautiful, a faithful aspect of the heart, to become off-center, slightly off the axis, and then hurled into an obsessional void?”
Patti Smith Quote: “I’ve never felt grounded because of my ancestry or my gender. I think until women get away from that they’re not going to be great writers.”
Patti Smith Quote: “The priest had been kind but could not draw her out. Instead she chose to tell her story in the greater church, the green cathedral that is nature. For nature too is holy, more holy than the icons, more holy than the relics of saints. These were dead things compared to the most insignificant living thing. The fox knows this, and the deer, and the pine.”
Patti Smith Quote: “Acknowledge all man as fellow creation, but don’t follow him.”
Patti Smith Quote: “Shard by shard we are released from the tyranny of so-called time. A curtain of purple wisteria partially conceals the entrance to a familiar garden... In a wink, a lifetime, we pass through the infinite movements of a silent overture.”
Patti Smith Quote: “The dark stone in my heart pulsed quietly, igniting like a coal in a hearth. Who is in my heart? I wondered.”
Patti Smith Quote: “I read and feel that same compulsion; the desire to possess what he has written, which can only be subdued by writing something myself.”
Patti Smith Quote: “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 Quote: “I’m certain, as we filled down the great staircase, that I appeared the same as ever, a moping twelve years-old, all arms and legs. But secretly I knew I had been transformed, moved by the revelation that human beings create art, that to be an artist was to see what others could not.”
Patti Smith Quote: “Ultimately, we are not seeking others to bow to, but to reinforce our individual natures, to help us suffer our own choices, to guide us on our own particular journeys.”
Patti Smith Quote: “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 Quote: “For a brief moment I felt as if I might die; and just as quickly I knew everything would be all right.”
Patti Smith Quote: “I wasn’t thinking so much of music. I wasnt thinking so much of perfection or stardom or any of that stuff.”
Patti Smith Quote: “If I have any regrets, I could say that I’m sorry I wasn’t a better writer or a better singer.”
Patti Smith Quote: “Not all dreams need to be realized.”
Patti Smith Quote: “Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?”
Patti Smith Quote: “It was no hardship to me to spend long hours reading and writing.”
Patti Smith Quote: “I think I work in two worlds. I’ll always try to kick through a wall. I did that when I was younger and I still have my way of doing that.”
Patti Smith Quote: “I wrote every day. I don’t think I could have written ‘Just Kids’ had I not spent all of the 80s developing my craft as a writer.”
Patti Smith Quote: “I got my style from a lot of different people, even my style of reading, even Johnny Carson inspired me.”
Patti Smith Quote: “Why do people want to know exactly who I am? Am I a poet? Am I this or that? I’ve always made people wary. First they called me a rock poet. Then I was a poet that dabbled in rock. Then I was a rock person who dabbled in art.”
Patti Smith Quote: “The thing is, it’s not uncool to worry about people who seem like they’re going on the wrong path. There’s nothing cool about being self-destructive.”
Patti Smith Quote: “I was real religious when I was young. I wanted to be a missionary.”
Patti Smith Quote: “I don’t think people should do biopics of living people. I’m totally opposed to that.”
Patti Smith Quote: “I am not really certain how original my contribution to music is as I am obviously an amateur.”
Patti Smith Quote: “More than anything, that’s been the thread through my life – the desire to write, the impulse to write. I mean, it’s taken me other places, but it was the impulse to write that led me to singing.”
Patti Smith Quote: “I never really wanted to be a singer – not with any longevity. But I always wanted to be a writer.”
Patti Smith Quote: “For I desired, as Youth does, to be taken by the hand and hurled into the world.”
Patti Smith Quote: “I’d try to write my poems in a certain rhythm. I had my rock ‘n’ roll stuff for performing and my denser stuff for writing.”
Patti Smith Quote: “My penance for barely being present in the world, not the world between the pages of books, or the layered atmosphere of my own mind, but the world that is real to others.”
Patti Smith Quote: “My mission is to communicate, to wake people up, just to give them my energy and accept theirs.”
Patti Smith Quote: “I think some of that hopelessness of my generation got passed on to later generations – the sense of uselessness.”
Patti Smith Quote: “By the time I was 10 or 11, I was completely demoralized. I thought, “I’m done. I’m never going to be a missionary,” because my indiscretion column, whether it was little lies or stealing a Chunky bar, kept me from sainthood.”
Patti Smith Quote: “I started resenting how much art robs from life. I’d go to a party and I couldn’t enjoy myself, even sexually. All I could think was how I was going to reinvent the experience into a piece of art.”
Patti Smith Quote: “We seek to stay present, even as the ghosts attempt to draw us away.”
Patti Smith Quote: “Behind her smile I could see o many other things, a catastrophic sadness. I had assisted to the selfless guardians of the unfortunate children who suffered infinite loss, their family, their homes, and nature as they had known and trusted.”
Patti Smith Quote: “After writing all day I go for a walk and see a piece of architecture i want to photograph and i have to take a picture and later a poem comes in my mind.”
Patti Smith Quote: “Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs were all my teachers, each one passing through the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel, my new university.”
Patti Smith Quote: “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.”
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