"I conceived in art college at the age of 20, near the end of term."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."Joni Mitchell on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."Joni Mitchell on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."Joni Mitchell on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."Joni Mitchell on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."Joni Mitchell on Robert Frost
"I see music as fluid architecture."
"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."
"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."