Quotes by: Patti Smith

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Patti Smith
Smith performing at Provinssirock festival, Seinäjoki, Finland, June 2007
Background information
Birth name Patricia Lee Smith
Born (1946-12-30) December 30, 1946 (age 70)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Origin Woodbury, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres
Punk rock[1] art punk[2] proto-punk[3] art rock[4]
Occupation(s)
Singer-songwriter poet visual artist author
Instruments
Vocals guitar clarinet
Years active 1971–present
Labels
Arista Columbia
Associated acts
Tom Verlaine Blue Öyster Cult
Website pattismith.net

What I wanted in life always was to write something as good as 'Pinocchio.' I wanted to write. I wanted to evolve. I wanted to grow.
Patti Smith
I was studying Francis of Assisi for quite some time, when Benedict was still the pope. And I was studying it for a song that I did for my last album, 'Banga.'
Patti Smith
The moment of creative impulse is what an artist gives you. You look at a Pollock, and it can't give you the tools to do a painting like that yourself, but in doing the work, Pollock shares with you the moment of creative impulse that drove him to do that work.
Patti Smith
I had a handful of records, but when I was 11 years old, I liked Puccini as much as Little Richard. They both made sense to me.
Patti Smith
A lot of my audience are in their 50s. But they want me to pretend to continue to be pretending.
Patti Smith
All I've ever wanted, since I was a child, was to do something wonderful.
Patti Smith
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
I know that some people have different personas for the different things they do, and I'm not criticizing that - maybe it's a good thing - but I'm the same old person, so I take everything in stride.
Patti Smith
It's taken me other places, but it was the impulse to write that led me to singing. I'm not a musician. I never thought of performing in a rock n' roll band. I was just drawn in. It was like being called to duty - I was called to duty, and I did my duty as best as I could.
Patti Smith
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
Pop music has always been about the mainstream and what appeals to the public.
Patti Smith
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
I was born in 1946, so I was born on the tail end of when everything was deemed important. You made things to last. If you came from a poor family, there was only one can opener.
Patti Smith
I have bigger concerns than what pop stars are doing. I'm more concerned about our environment, what industrialists are doing to it.
Patti Smith
I don't stay in one discipline because it's more lucrative than another. In fact, the most successful thing I ever did was 'Just Kids,' for which I had absolutely no expectations.
Patti Smith
I don't think public life in and of itself can destroy you. I think it's the way people react to it, and some people are more sturdy than others... I don't think any one faction can be blamed for a person's self destruction - a certain amount of that has to be innate.
Patti Smith
My daughter is one of my greatest inspirations. She's an environmentalist, she plays piano, she's raising money for the earthquake victims in Nepal. Every day she surprises me and teaches me something.
Patti Smith
I dreamed of having a book of my own, of writing one that I could put on a shelf.
Patti Smith
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
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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