"Back then, I didn't have a big organization around me. I was just a kid with a guitar, traveling around. My responsibility basically was to the art, and I had extra time on my hands. There is no extra time now. There isn't enough time."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Joni Mitchell on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Joni Mitchell on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Joni Mitchell on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Joni Mitchell on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Joni Mitchell on Oscar Wilde
"I conceived in art college at the age of 20, near the end of term."
"I see music as fluid architecture."
"I hate show business."
"I heard someone from the music business saying they are no longer looking for talent, they want people with a certain look and a willingness to cooperate."
"You could write a song about some kind of emotional problem you are having, but it would not be a good song, in my eyes, until it went through a period of sensitivity to a moment of clarity. Without that moment of clarity to contribute to the song, it's just complaining."