"I find a lot of poetry to be narcissistic."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Joni Mitchell on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Joni Mitchell on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Joni Mitchell on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Joni Mitchell on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Joni Mitchell on Robert Frost
"I conceived in art college at the age of 20, near the end of term."
"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."