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Patti Smith
December 20, 1946 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

An artist may have burdens the ordinary citizen doesn't know, but the ordinary citizen has burdens that many artists never even touch.


I like gettin' old.


Somehow I started introducing writing into my drawings, and after a time, the language took over and I started getting very involved with the handwriting and then the look of the handwriting.


I always enjoyed doing transgender songs.


I have a daughter who's 11 years old. Maybe she'll grow up independent and really really heavy and become a movie star and she'll play me in my life story.


I've always thrived on the encouragement of others.


Americans just don't know what being a movie star's all about.


My sunglasses are like my guitar.


Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand.


In fact, I thought my calling was to be a painter.


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.


Christianity made us think there's one heaven.


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.


Let's just say that I think any person who aspires, presumes, or feels the calling to be an artist has a built-in sense of duty.


I think I'm constantly in a state of adjustment.


Artists are traditionally resistant to labels.


Rock n' roll is dream soup, what's your brand?


The new artists coming through were very materialistic and Hollywood, not so engaged in communication.


In the period where I had to live the life of a citizen - a life where, like everybody else, I did tons of laundry and cleaned toilet bowls, changed hundreds of diapers and nursed children - I learned a lot.


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