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Joni Mitchell

  • By the time we got to Woodstock / We were half a million strong, / And everywhere was song and celebration, / And I dreamed I saw the bombers / Riding shotgun in the sky, / Turning into butterflies / Above our nation.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • "Woodstock," Ladies of the Canyon ()
  • I am a woman of heart and mind, looking for affection and respect, a little passion.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • "You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio," For the Roses ()
  • In a pure anonymous encounter you find a world alive and full of character. In New York, the street adventures are incredible. There are a thousand stories in a single block. You see the stories in people's faces. You hear the songs immediately. Here, in Los Angeles, there are fewer characters because they are all inside automobiles.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • in Leonore Fleischer, Joni Mitchell ()
  • I hang my laundry on the line when I write.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • in Leonore Fleischer, Joni Mitchell ()
  • The most important thing is to write in your own blood. I bare intimate feelings because people should know how other people feel.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • in Leonore Fleischer, Joni Mitchell ()
  • Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • in Leonore Fleischer, Joni Mitchell ()
  • I create by feeling rather than by intellectualizing.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • in Leonore Fleischer, Joni Mitchell ()
  • Love is a very hard feeling to keep alive. It's a very fragile plant.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • in Leonore Fleischer, Joni Mitchell ()
  • I've looked at life from both sides now, / From win and lose, and still somehow ... / It's life's illusions I recall ... / I really don't know life at all!

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • "Both Sides, Now" (1967), Clouds ()
  • Happiness is the best face-lift.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • in Good Housekeeping ()
  • They paved paradise / And put up a parking lot.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • "Big Yellow Taxi," Ladies of the Canyon ()
  • I see music as fluid architecture.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • in Stacy Luftig, The Joni Mitchell Companion: Four Decades of Commentary ()
  • Love is touching souls.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • in Malka Marom, Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words ()
  • Daydreamin' drugs the pain of living.

  • An unhappy mother does not raise a happy child.

    • Joni Mitchell
  • An artist needs a certain amount of turmoil and confusion.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • in Joni Mitchell and Malka Marom, Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now ()
  • ... depression can be the sand that makes the pearl. Most of my best work came out of it.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • in Mark Bego, Joni Mitchell ()
  • If you get rid of the demons or the disturbing things, if you get rid of them, then the angels fly off too.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • in Mark Bego, Joni Mitchell ()
  • You wake up one day and suddenly realize that your youth is behind you, even though you're still young at heart. You've got to get through this lament for what was.

    • Joni Mitchell,
    • in Stacy Luftig, The Joni Mitchell Companion: Four Decades of Commentary ()

Joni Mitchell, Canadian-born U.S. singer, songwriter

(1943)

Full name: Roberta Joan Anderson Mitchell.