Patti Smith, fully Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith

Smith, fully Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith

American Writer, Poet, Recording Artist, Singer-Songwriter and Visual Artist

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I have loved books all my life. There is nothing more beautiful in our material world than the book.

I never thought I was gonna live to 30.

I wanted to go to Portland because it's a really good book town.

If I've learned one thing in life, it's not to be so judgmental of other people.

It seemed as if the whole of the world was slowly being stripped of innocence. Or maybe I was seeing a little too clearly.

Laughter. An important material in order to survive. And we were laughing often.

My mother taught me to pray, taught by her own mother was a dude like this: Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray my soul to Jesus for protection. At night, I knelt beside my bed, small repeating his words, he has not dropped the cigarette from his mouth and waits for standing by my side, she would listen to me. My only wish was to pray, but the words would confuse me and my mother did not question the amount of rain. What is the soul? What is color? My soul for being so naughty I was afraid you would not come back asleep after sneaking away. I fall asleep I'd do my best to avoid; my soul in me, so I could have kept where it belongs.

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

Rock Hard.

The idea of redemption is always good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times.

I imagined a lot of things. That I would shine. That I'd be good. I'd dwell bareheaded on a summit turning a wheel that would turn the earth undetected, amongst the clouds, I would have some influence; be of some avail.

I paced while he slept, ricocheting like a dove skidding the lonely confines of a Joseph Cornell box.

I was attracted to Robert's work because his visual vocabulary was akin to my poetic one, even if we seemed to be moving toward different destinations. Robert always would tell me, Nothing is finished until you see it.

If your label won't let you have the cover you want or sing the songs you want, then leave!

It walked up to me and I took off running and went and called my father and said you've got to see this and help 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.

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.

People came at me with all sorts of offers, wanting to make me into a hard-core Cher. I had no desire for any amount of money to be reformed for someone's vision, because in the end, that's what you got: your clay in someone else's hands.

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

The issue of gender was never my biggest concern; my biggest concern was doing good work. When the feminist movement really got going, I wasn't an active part of it because I was more concerned with my own mental pursuits.

I imagined myself as Frida to Diego, both muse and maker. I dreamed of meeting an artist to love and support and work with side by side.

I personally am not interested in people trying to pigeonhole me.

I was getting frustrated with writing; it wasn?t physical enough.

I'm a worker. I do the work to communicate, and I want people to embrace it, and when they do I'm happy.

It was a good day to arrive in New York City. No one expected me. Everything awaited me.

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American Writer, Poet, Recording Artist, Singer-Songwriter and Visual Artist