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Patti Smith Quotes: "I work to Glenn Gould in the morning and go to sleep listening to Parsifal."

I work to Glenn Gould in the morning and go to sleep listening to Parsifal.




Patti Smith Quotes: "Life is at the bottom of things and belief at the top, while the creative impulse, dwelling in the center, informs all."

Life is at the bottom of things and belief at the top, while the creative impulse, dwelling in the center, informs all.



Patti Smith Quotes: "Please, no matter how we advance in technology please don't abandon the book-there is nothing in our material world more beautiful than a book."

Please, no matter how we advance in technology please don't abandon the book-there is nothing in our material world more beautiful than a book.



Patti Smith Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "He picks the lock of her dreams with her own hairpin."

He picks the lock of her dreams with her own hairpin.



Patti Smith Quotes: "Bringing good news is imparting hope to one's fellow man. The idea of redemption is always good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times."

Bringing good news is imparting hope to one's fellow man. The idea of redemption is always good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times.



Patti Smith Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "My mom loved rock n' roll. My father hated it. We couldn't play it when he was around. He liked classical music and Duke Ellington."

My mom loved rock n' roll. My father hated it. We couldn't play it when he was around. He liked classical music and Duke Ellington.



Patti Smith Quotes: "He took twelve pictures that day.Within a few days he showed me the contact sheet. "This one has the magic, " he said. When I look at it now, I never see me. I see us."

He took twelve pictures that day.Within a few days he showed me the contact sheet. "This one has the magic, " he said. When I look at it now, I never see me. I see us.



Patti Smith Quotes: "You can't change the world you can't fix the whole environment. But you can recycle. You can turn the water off when you're brushing your teeth. You can do small things."

You can't change the world you can't fix the whole environment. But you can recycle. You can turn the water off when you're brushing your teeth. You can do small things.



Patti Smith Quotes: "Christ was a man worthy to rebel against, for he was rebellion itself."

Christ was a man worthy to rebel against, for he was rebellion itself.



Patti Smith Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "It had started with the moon, inaccessible poem that it was."

It had started with the moon, inaccessible poem that it was.



Patti Smith Quotes: "I had no proof that I had the stuff to be an artist, though I hungered to be one"

I had no proof that I had the stuff to be an artist, though I hungered to be one



Patti Smith Quotes: "My parents had three kids right after the Second World War, and we were all sort of sickly. Then I had a fourth sibling, with very serious asthma. The medical bills... So my parents always struggled."

My parents had three kids right after the Second World War, and we were all sort of sickly. Then I had a fourth sibling, with very serious asthma. The medical bills... So my parents always struggled.



Patti Smith Quotes: "I learned from him that often contradiction is the clearest way to truth"

I learned from him that often contradiction is the clearest way to truth



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

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 Quotes: "It ain't so easy writing about nothin"

It ain't so easy writing about nothin



Patti Smith Quotes: "There's always new stuff, that's for sure."

There's always new stuff, that's for sure.



Patti Smith Quotes: "Perhaps priest and magician were once one, but the priest, learning humility in the face of God, discarded the spell for prayer."

Perhaps priest and magician were once one, but the priest, learning humility in the face of God, discarded the spell for prayer.



Patti Smith Quotes: "-What is nothing? I impetuously asked.-It is what you can see of your eyes without a mirror, was the answer."

-What is nothing? I impetuously asked.-It is what you can see of your eyes without a mirror, was the answer.



Patti Smith Quotes: "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."

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

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



Patti Smith Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "I wanted to cry so bad, but my tears are inside. A blindfold keeps them there. I can’t see today. Patti, I don’t know anything."

I wanted to cry so bad, but my tears are inside. A blindfold keeps them there. I can’t see today. Patti, I don’t know anything.



Patti Smith Quotes: "The new artists coming through were very materialistic and Hollywood, not so engaged in communication."

The new artists coming through were very materialistic and Hollywood, not so engaged in communication.



Patti Smith Quotes: "Who can know the heart of youth but youth itself?"

Who can know the heart of youth but youth itself?



Patti Smith Quotes: "I came into music because I thought the presentation of poetry wasn't vibrant enough. So I merged improvised poetry with basic rock chords. That was my original mission."

I came into music because I thought the presentation of poetry wasn't vibrant enough. So I merged improvised poetry with basic rock chords. That was my original mission.



Patti Smith Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "And the eye became a body, the murky heart of a rose. The sinister shadow of an orchid. Or the indolent poppy balanced behind the ear of Baudelaire."

And the eye became a body, the murky heart of a rose. The sinister shadow of an orchid. Or the indolent poppy balanced behind the ear of Baudelaire.



Patti Smith Quotes: "Why can't I write something that would awake the dead? That pursuit is what burns most deeply."

Why can't I write something that would awake the dead? That pursuit is what burns most deeply.



Patti Smith Quotes: "He wasn't supposed to die, ' he cried out, somewhat desperately, petulantly, like a spoiled child. But I could hear other thoughts racing between us.Neither are you.Neither am I."

He wasn't supposed to die, ' he cried out, somewhat desperately, petulantly, like a spoiled child. But I could hear other thoughts racing between us.Neither are you.Neither am I.



Patti Smith Quotes: "Make your interactions with people transformational, not just transactional."

Make your interactions with people transformational, not just transactional.



Patti Smith Quotes: "The thing is that as you grow through life, the pursuit of art and the pursuit of new ideas, all these things keeps your mind elastic."

The thing is that as you grow through life, the pursuit of art and the pursuit of new ideas, all these things keeps your mind elastic.



Patti Smith Quotes: "Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand."

Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand.



Patti Smith Quotes: "My mom loved rock 'n roll. My father hated it. We couldn't play it when he was around."

My mom loved rock 'n roll. My father hated it. We couldn't play it when he was around.



Patti Smith Quotes: "In the war of magic and religion, is magic ultimately the victor? Perhaps priest and magician were once one, but the priest, learning humility in the face of God, discarded the spell for prayer."

In the war of magic and religion, is magic ultimately the victor? Perhaps priest and magician were once one, but the priest, learning humility in the face of God, discarded the spell for prayer.



Patti Smith Quotes: "I'm a human being, I'm a friend, I'm a mom, I'm a writer, and I'm an artist. I do play electric guitar and all of that, but in the end, I'm just a person."

I'm a human being, I'm a friend, I'm a mom, I'm a writer, and I'm an artist. I do play electric guitar and all of that, but in the end, I'm just a person.



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

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



Patti Smith Quotes: "It was like being at an Arabian hoedown with a band of psychedelic hillbillies (p. 171)."

It was like being at an Arabian hoedown with a band of psychedelic hillbillies (p. 171).



Patti Smith Quotes: "I refuse to believe that Hendrix had the last possessed hand, that Joplin had the last drunken throat, that Morrison had the last enlightened mind."

I refuse to believe that Hendrix had the last possessed hand, that Joplin had the last drunken throat, that Morrison had the last enlightened mind.



Patti Smith Quotes: "He wrote me a note to say we would create art together and we would make it, with or without the rest of the world."

He wrote me a note to say we would create art together and we would make it, with or without the rest of the world.



Patti Smith Quotes: "What I really like is an intelligent review. It doesn't have to be positive. A review that has some kind of insight, and sometimes people say something that's startling or is so poignant."

What I really like is an intelligent review. It doesn't have to be positive. A review that has some kind of insight, and sometimes people say something that's startling or is so poignant.



Patti Smith Quotes: "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."

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.



Patti Smith Quotes: "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 was younger, I felt it was my duty to wake people up. I thought poetry was asleep. I thought rock 'n' roll was asleep.



Patti Smith Quotes: "I didn't love Jim Morrison 'cause he was self-destructive. I loved him because of his work. Because of the way he merged poetry and rock-and-roll. Because he did something new."

I didn't love Jim Morrison 'cause he was self-destructive. I loved him because of his work. Because of the way he merged poetry and rock-and-roll. Because he did something new.



Patti Smith Quotes: "All I needed for the mind was to be led to new stations. All I needed for the heart was to visit a place of greater storms."

All I needed for the mind was to be led to new stations. All I needed for the heart was to visit a place of greater storms.



Patti Smith Quotes: "Freedom is...the right to write the wrong words."

Freedom is...the right to write the wrong words.



Patti Smith Quotes: "People wouldn't know this about me, but I adore ball gowns. I love their cut, their architecture and the thought of the hands of so many seamstresses working on them."

People wouldn't know this about me, but I adore ball gowns. I love their cut, their architecture and the thought of the hands of so many seamstresses working on them.