"I gave guitar lessons. I tried to join bands. My mom always said it was obvious that nothing was going to stop me."
"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."Janis Ian on George Washington
"The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children."Janis Ian on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Janis Ian on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Janis Ian on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso."Janis Ian on Pablo Picasso
"That's an amazing moment, the first time you hear yourself on radio. It's still thrilling."
"I learned the truth at seventeen, That love was meant for beauty queens, And high school girls with clear skinned smiles, Who married young and then retired."
"I've always been an avid reader. If I don't have a book in the car, I'll stop and pick one up just to have something to read. I don't even remember learning to read."
"Once you're halfway home, you know that you can probably get the rest of the way there."
"At the end of the day, all you can hope for is to go on. The older I get, the more I realize that just keeping on keeping on is what life's all about."