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Patti Smith

  • Best of everything there was / and everything there is to come / is often undocumented.

    • Patti Smith,
    • in Susan Shapiro, "Patti Smith: Somewhere, Over the Rimbaud," Crawdaddy ()
  • Never let go of the fiery sadness called desire.

    • Patti Smith,
    • in The New York Times Book Review ()
  • As far as I'm concerned, being any gender is a drag.

    • Patti Smith,
    • 1975, in Jan Clausen, Beyond Gay or Straight ()
  • I am the spring the holy ground / I am the seed of mystery / the thorn the veil the face of grace / the brazen image the thief of sleep / the ambassador of dreams / the prince of peace.

    • Patti Smith,
    • "Easter," Patti Smith Complete 1975-2006 ()
  • Those who have suffered understand suffering / and thereby extend their hand.

    • Patti Smith,
    • "Rock n Roll Nigger," Patti Smith Complete 1975-2006 ()
  • The people have the power / The power to dream to rule / To wrestle the world from fools ...

    • Patti Smith,
    • "People Have the Power," Patti Smith Complete 1975-2006 ()
  • When I perform I always opt for communication with God and in pursuit of communicating with God you can fall into some very dangerous territory. I have also come to realize that total communication with God is physical death.

    • Patti Smith
  • Jesus died / For somebody's sins / But not mine.

    • Patti Smith,
    • " Gloria: In Excelsis Deo," Horses ()
  • In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth.

  • Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.

    • Patti Smith,
    • Babel
    • ()
  • What I wanted in life always was to write something as good as Pinocchio.

    • Patti Smith,
    • in Marie-Claire ()
  • Make your interactions with people transformational, not just transactional.

    • Patti Smith
  • Why can't I write something that would awaken the dead? That pursuit is what burns most deeply.

  • Everything distracted me, but most of all myself.

Patti Smith, U.S. singer, songwriter, poet, visual artist


Full name: Patricia Lee Smith.