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“No one expected me. Everything awaited me.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“Everything distracted me, but most of all myself.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don't abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book."

(Acceptance speech, National Book Award 2010 (Nonfiction), November 17, 2010)”
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“Well I haven't fucked much with the past,
But I've fucked plenty with the future.

- Babelogue
Patti Smith, Patti Smith Collected Lyrics, 1970-2015
“I learned from him that often contradiction is the clearest way to truth”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“Freedom is...the right to write the wrong words.”
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“I imagined myself as Frida to Diego, both muse and maker. I dreamed of meeting an artist to love and support and work with side by side.”
patti smith, Just Kids
“What will happen to us?" I asked. "There will always be us," he answered.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“The artist seeks contact with his intuitive sense of the gods, but in order to create his work, he cannot stay in this seductive and incorporeal realm. He must return to the material world in order to do his work. It's the artist's responsibility to balance mystical communication and the labor of creation.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“I believe that we, that this planet, hasn't seen its Golden Age. Everybody says its finished ... art's finished, rock and roll is dead, God is dead. Fuck that! This is my chance in the world. I didn't live back there in Mesopotamia, I wasn't there in the Garden of Eden, I wasn't there with Emperor Han, I'm right here right now and I want now to be the Golden Age ...if only each generation would realise that the time for greatness is right now when they're alive ... the time to flower is now.”
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“I have loved books all my life. There is nothing more beautiful in our material world than the book.”
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“I refuse to believe that Hendrix had the last possessed hand,
that Joplin had the last drunken throat,
that Morrison had the last enlightened mind.”
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“Who can know the heart of youth but youth itself?”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“I don't think," he insisted. "I feel.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“Make your interactions with people transformational, not just transactional.”
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“Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine.

- Gloria
Patti Smith, Patti Smith Collected Lyrics, 1970-2015
“So my last image was as the first. A sleeping youth cloaked in light, who opened his eyes with a smile of recognition for someone who had never been a stranger.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“Yet you could feel a vibration in the air, a sense of hastening. It had started with the moon, inaccessible poem that it was. Now men had walked upon it, rubber treads on a pearl of the gods. Perhaps it was an awareness of time passing, the last summer of the decade. Sometimes I just wanted to raise my hands and stop. But stop what? Maybe just growing up.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“We used to laugh at our small selves, saying that I was a bad girl trying to be good and that he was a good boy trying to be bad. Through the years these roles would reverse, then reverse again, until we came to accept our dual natures. We contained opposing principles, light and dark.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“We went our separate ways, but within walking distance of one another.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“For life is the best thing we have in this existence. And if we should desire to believe in something, it should be a beacon within. This beacon being the sun, sea, and sky, our children, our work, our companions and, most simply put, the embodiment of love.”
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“I had no proof that I had the stuff to be an artist, though I hungered to be one.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“When we got to the part where we had to improvise an argument in a poetic language, I got cold feet. "I can't do this," I said. "I don't know what to say."

"Say anything," he said. "You can't make a mistake when you improvise."

"What if I mess it up? What if I screw up the rhythm?"

"You can't," he said. "It's like drumming. If you miss a beat, you create another."

In this simple exchange, Sam taught me the secret of improvisation, one that I have accessed my whole life.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“Why can't I write something that would awake the dead? That pursuit is what burns most deeply.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“We wanted, it seemed, what we already had, a lover and a friend to create with, side by side. To be loyal, yet be free.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“I thought to myself that he contained a whole universe that I had yet to know.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“I immersed myself in books and rock 'n' roll, the adolescent salvation ...”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth. For nothing is more precious than the life force and may the love of that force guide you as you go.”
Patti Smith, Early Work, 1970-1979
“Paths that cross will cross again.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids

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