"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."
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."Joni Mitchell on Edmund Burke
"It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come."Joni Mitchell on Dalai Lama
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."Joni Mitchell on Albert Einstein
"Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart."Joni Mitchell on Anne Frank
"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."Joni Mitchell on Abraham Lincoln
"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."