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All Quotes by author - Joni Mitchell
" America is in a runaway-train position and dragging all the world with it. It's grotesquely mentally ill. "
" Americans have decided to be stupid and shallow since 1980. "
" An unhappy mother does not raise a happy child. "
" At the point where I'm trying to force something and it's not happening, and I'm getting frustrated with, say, writing a poem, I can go and pick up the brushes and start painting. At the point where the painting seems to not be going anywhere, I go and pick up the guitar. "
" Augustine, Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath are confessional writers and all three make me sick. I have nothing in common with them. "
" Back then, I didn't have a big organization around me. I was just a kid with a guitar, traveling around. My responsibility basically was to the art, and I had extra time on my hands. There is no extra time now. There isn't enough time. "
" Because I'm so busy and because I think of myself as a painter, I desperately guard the time that I have to paint. And sometimes I'm irresponsible to my career in order to paint. Because painting is obsessive. I forget to eat. I forget to sleep. "
" Buddy Holly and the early rock 'n' roll was no lighter than the way I play. It's very minimal. "
" But I have a tremendous will to live and a tremendous 'joie de vivre,' alternating with irritability. "
" Drag wasn't always counterculture. "
" Edith Piaf knocked my socks off when I was 8, but I didn't know what she was singing about. "
" Eventually, with success, I started to feel more and more isolated - like I didn't have a community of artists. "
" Everyone I know has attention deficit, and they say it with great pride. It's a bad time to be right. "
" Fame is a series of misunderstandings surrounding a name. "
" For the first time in my career, I'm working in a fine-arts arena, so I'm finally getting some intelligent reviews. "
" I always thought the women of song don't get along, and I don't know why that is. "
" I believe that I am male and I am female. "
I Believe That
" I came through folk music simply because it was easy to get into it. "
" I can't remember anything I ever wrote. "
" I certainly don't want to be an angry old artist. "
" I come from pioneer stock, developers of the West, people who went out into the wilderness and set up home with nothing but a pair of oxen. "
" I conceived in art college at the age of 20, near the end of term. "
" I couldn't see passion as a bad thing. "
" I'd had a rough childhood. "
" I do have this reputation for being a serious person. "
" I don't like being too looked up at or too looked down on. I prefer meeting in the middle to being worshiped or spat out. "
" I don't like to make fluffy little songs, but now I want to make some light songs. "
" I don't understand why Europeans and South Americans can take more sophistication. Why is it that Americans need to hear their happiness major and their tragedy minor, and as jazzy as they can handle is a seventh chord? Are they not experiencing complex emotions? "
" If I'm censoring for anyone, it's for my parents. They are very old-fashioned and moral people. They still don't understand me that well. "
" I find a lot of poetry to be narcissistic. "
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