"I'm not saying I wasn't flawed or amateurish. But you can never say I did anything to appease the music business."
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."Patti Smith on Mark Twain
"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."Patti Smith on Albert Einstein
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."Patti Smith on Colin Powell
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."Patti Smith on Dale Carnegie
"If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance."Patti Smith on Abraham Lincoln
"We tried not to age, but time had its rage."
"In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth."
"I don't think the Palestinian people or Afghan children or some other things I'm concerned about are at the top of other people's agendas - not right now, when America is going through such a recession and people are suffering across the board financially. But I think all that will change."
"I've always looked the same. Since I was a child, I hated having to deal with my hair. I hated having to change my clothes. As a kid, I had a sailor shirt and the same old corduroy pants, and that's what I wanted to wear everyday."
"The new artists coming through were very materialistic and Hollywood, not so engaged in communication."