"Then I read Little Women, and of course, like a lot of really young girls, I was very taken with Jo - Jo being the writer and the misfit."
"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."Patti Smith on Eleanor Roosevelt
"I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot."Patti Smith on Marilyn Monroe
"Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent."Patti Smith on Friedrich Nietzsche
"The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles."Patti Smith on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot."Patti Smith on John Lennon
"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'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."