"In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Patti Smith 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."Patti Smith on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Patti Smith on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Patti Smith on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Patti Smith on Oscar Wilde
"We tried not to age, but time had its rage."
"I'm not saying I wasn't flawed or amateurish. But you can never say I did anything to appease the music business."
"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."