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“I reflected on the fact that no matter how good I aspired to be, I was never going to achieve perfection”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
tags: art
“Poets don't finish poems, they abandon them.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“I was never going to become anything but myself, that i was of the clan of Peter Pan and we did not grow up”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“I was superstitious. Today was a Monday. I was born on Monday. It was a good day to arrive in New York City. No one expected me. Everything awaited me.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“The mind of a child is like a kiss on the forehead — open and disinterested”
Patti Smith, Woolgathering
“I believe in movement. I believe in that lighthearted balloon, the world. I believe in midnight and the hour of noon. But what else do I believe in? Sometimes everything. Sometimes nothing. It fluctuates like light flitting over a pond. I believe in life, which one day each of us shall lose. When we are young we thing we won't, that we are different. As a child I thought that I would never grow up, that I could will it so. And then I realized, quite recently, that I had crossed some line, unconsciously cloaked in the truth of my chronology. How did we get so damn old?”
Patti Smith, M Train
“I was there for these moments, but so young and preoccupied with my own thoughts that I hardly recognized them as moments.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“People say beware, but I don't care. Their words are just rules and regulations to me.”
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“I may not know what is in your mind, but I know how your mind works.”
Patti Smith, M Train
“I suspected my soul, being mischievous, might slip away while I was dreaming and fail to return.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“I imagined a lot of things. That I would shine. That I'd be good. I'd dwell bareheaded on a summit turning a wheel that would turn the earth undetected, amongst the clouds, I would have some influence; be of some avail.”
Patti Smith, Woolgathering
“I got over the loss of his desk and chair, but never the desire to produce a string of words more precious than the emeralds of Cortés.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“We sometimes eclipse our own dreams with reality.”
Patti Smith, M Train
“For a time Robert protected me, then was dependent on me, and then possessive of me. His transformation was the rose of Genet, and he was pierced deeply by his blooming.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“I was attracted to Robert's work because his visual vocabulary was akin to my poetic one, even if we seemed to be moving toward different destinations. Robert always would tell me, "Nothing is finished until you see it.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“He wrote me a note to say we would create art together and we would make it, with or without the rest of the world.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
tags: art
“My great quandary was what coat to wear and which books to bring.”
Patti Smith, M Train
“Shard by shard we are released from the tyranny of so-called time. A curtain of purple wisteria partially conceals the entrance to a familiar garden... In a wink, a lifetime, we pass through the infinite movements of a silent overture.”
Patti Smith, M Train
“Tearing things apart (is) a powerful aspect of human nature.”
Patti Smith, Devotion
“The city was a real city, shifty and sexual. I was lightly jostled by small herds of flushed young sailors looking for action on Forty-Second Street, with it rows of x-rated movie houses, brassy women, glittering souvenir shops, and hot-dog vendors. I wandered through Kino parlors and peered through the windows of the magnificent sprawling Grant’s Raw Bar filled with men in black coats scooping up piles of fresh oysters. The skyscrapers were beautiful. They did not seem like mere corporate shells. They were monuments to the arrogant yet philanthropic spirit of America. The character of each quadrant was invigorating and one felt the flux of its history. The old world and the emerging one served up in the brick and mortar of the artisan and the architects. I walked for hours from park to park. In Washington Square, one could still feel the characters of Henry James and the presence of the author himself … This open atmosphere was something I had not experienced, simple freedom that did not seem oppressive to anyone.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“—You have misplaced joy, he said without hesitation. Without joy, we are as dead. —How do I find it again? —Find those who have it and bathe in their perfection.”
Patti Smith, M Train
“Closure is an illusion, the winking of the eye of a storm. Nothing is completely resolved in life, nothing is perfect. The important thing is to keep living because only by living can you see what happens next." - on Murakami's ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage' in The New York Times”
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“I don't like categorizing stuff, but women's roles all through history have been to act as hierophant or someone who's guarded the secrets or guarded the temple. I'm a girl doing what guys usually did, the way that I look, the goals and kinds of things I want to help achieve through rock. It's more heroic stuff and heroic stuff has been traditionally male. Like Hendrix and Jim Morrison and all those people. I mean, Jim Morrison was trying to elevate the word; he was the poet in rock & roll before me. He was an academic poet. Lou Reed -- another academic poet. I'm more like down-to-earth than them guys”
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“There's always new stuff, that's for sure.”
Patti Smith , Just Kids
tags: true
“Nothing is ever solved, Solving is an illusion. There are moments of spontaneous brightness, when the mind appears emancipated, but this is more epiphany.”
Patti Smith, Year of the Monkey
“The Lord gives us wings
He gives us a stomach
we can fly or vomit”
Patti Smith, Woolgathering
“As far as I'm concerned, being any gender is a drag.”
Patti Smith
“Nobody sees as we do, Patti" he said again. Whenever he said things like that, for a magical space of time, it was as if we were the only two people in the world.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“Nothing bothered me, not even the things that bothered me.”
Patti Smith, Year of the Monkey
“I didn’t feel for Warhol the way Robert did. His work reflected a culture I wanted to avoid. I hated the soup and felt little for the can. I preferred an artist who transformed his time, not mirrored it.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids


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