"When I was younger, I felt it was my duty to wake people up. I thought poetry was asleep. I thought rock 'n' roll was asleep."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Patti Smith on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Patti Smith 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."Patti Smith on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Patti Smith on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Patti Smith on Robert Frost
"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."