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Quotes from Patti Smith

"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."

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

"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."

"Horses pretty much broke as a record in England."

"I always enjoyed doing transgender songs."

"I didn't really expect it to go anywhere."

"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 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 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 never thought I was gonna live to 30."

"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'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 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."

"Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine."

"Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine - My sins are my own, they belong to me."

"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."

"Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire."

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

"People have the power to redeem the work of fools."

"Rock n' roll is dream soup, what's your brand?"

"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."

"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."

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

"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."

Total Quotes: 43

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