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    Art is by nature optimistic. Art is optimistic because it is alive.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: nature 
     
    I understood that in this small space of time we had mutually surrendered our loneliness and replaced it with trust.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: time  trust  space  loneliness 
     
    That's what artists do, that's what poets do - we all do it. We start with something, and sometimes we destroy everything that we've made in order to get to the core place where we started from.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: poet  artist 
     
    Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don't make compromises, don't worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work. Protect your work and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. Life is like a roller coaster ride, it is never going to be perfect. It is going to have perfect moments and rough spots, but it's all worth it.
    — Patti Smith
    I think really that's just the basic Christian lesson that sometimes takes us years and years to understand - have equal concern for another human being as you have for yourself or perhaps even more concern for another human being than you have for yourself.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: lessons  human  christian  year 
     
    I wasn't attractive, I wasn't very verbal, I wasn't very smart in school. I wasn't anything that showed the world I was something special, but I had this tremendous hope all the time. I had this tremendous spirit that kept me going... I was a happy child, because I had this feeling that I was going to go beyond my body physical... I just knew it.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: children  time  smart  world  body  child  school  hope  spirit 
     
    To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It's freedom.
    — Patti Smith
    The artist seeks contact with his intuitive sense of the gods, but in order to create his work, he cannot stay in this seductive and incorporeal realm. He must return to the material world in order to do his work. It's the artist's responsibility to balance mystical communication and the labor of creation.
    — Patti Smith
    Life isn't some vertical or horizontal line - you have your own interior world, and it's not neat.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: world 
     
    Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: young  questions 
     
    Freedom is...the right to write the wrong words.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: freedom  right  wrong  write 
     
    For life is the best thing we have in this existence. And if we should desire to believe in something, it should be a beacon within. This beacon being the sun, sea, and sky, our children, our work, our companions and, most simply put, the embodiment of love.
    — Patti Smith
    Make your interactions with people transformational, not just transactional.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: people 
     
    Grief starts to become indulgent, and it doesn't serve anyone, and it's painful. But if you transform it into remembrance, then you're magnifying the person you lost and also giving something of that person to other people, so they can experience something of that person.
    — Patti Smith
    If we keep our little flame alive, our first feeling of enthusiasm of who we are, without the influence or intervention of others, we will prevail.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: influence 
     
    You can't make a mistake when you improvise.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: mistakes 
     
    To be an artist - actually, to be a human being in these times - it's all difficult. " What matters is to know what you want and pursue it.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: time  human  artist 
     
    Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: desires  sadness 
     
    Life is an adventure of our own design intersected by fate and a series of lucky and unlucky accidents.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: fate  adventure 
     
    I daydream a lot - that's how I get my ideas. If I'm sitting in a café, I'm not on my phone because I want to hear my mind. I think that those periods of small solitude that we are really losing are so important.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: solitude  mind  ideas 
     
    Swift is the arrow, dark is the thorn, the slate is clean, the future awaits, awake.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: future  dark  awake 
     
    Put down your cell phones, put everything away, and feel your blood pulsing in you, feel your creative impulse, feel your own spirit, your heart, your mind. Feel the joy of being alive and free.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: heart  joy  blood  mind  spirit  creative 
     
    We go through life. We shed our skins. We become ourselves.
    — Patti Smith
    As far as I'm concerned, being any gender is a drag.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: gender 
     
    When I'm on my own with my camera, taking these pictures, it feels as if I am in a room of my own, a self-contained world.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: world 
     
    The moment of creative impulse is what an artist gives you. You look at a Pollock, and it can't give you the tools to do a painting like that yourself, but in doing the work, Pollock shares with you the moment of creative impulse that drove him to do that work.
    — Patti Smith
    I don't know about that. I'm not a very analytical person. I have various impulses. I've often quoted Walt Whitman's phrase "I contain multitudes." I understand that.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: people 
     
    In the war of magic and religion, is magic ultimately the victor? Perhaps priest and magician were once one, but the priest, learning humility in the face of God, discarded the spell for prayer.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: magic  humility  god  prayer  war  learning 
     
    Rock n' roll is dream soup, what's your brand?
    — Patti Smith
    tags: dreams 
     
    Most women writers don't interest me because they're hung up with being a woman, they're hung up with being Jewish, they're hung up with being somebody or other. Rather than just going, just spurting, just creating.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: women 
     
    A writer, or any artist, can't expect to be embraced by the people [but] you just keep doing your work - because you have to, because it's your calling.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: people  work  artist 
     
    Why can't I write something that would awake the dead? That pursuit is what burns most deeply.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: awake  write 
     
    I don't think the average American understands what patriotism truthfully is. That's why when I attack our country or attack the government, it's sometimes looked at as unpatriotic. It's not.
    — Patti Smith
    Pissing in a river, watching it rise.
    — Patti Smith
    I'm certain, as we filled down the great staircase, that I appeared the same as ever, a moping twelve years-old, all arms and legs. But secretly I knew I had been transformed, moved by the revelation that human beings create art, that to be an artist was to see what others could not.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: human  artist 
     
    I know fashion is a material thing, but we live in a material world and I love clothes.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: fashion  live  world 
     
    Acknowledge all man as fellow creation, but don't follow him.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: men  creation 
     
    New York has closed itself off to the young and the struggling. But there are other cities. Detroit. Poughkeepsie. New York City has been taken away from you. So my advice is: Find a new city.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: advice  young 
     
    I'm right here right now and I want now to be the Golden Age ...if only each generation would realize that the time for greatness is right now when they're alive ... the time to flower is now.
    — Patti Smith
    tags: time  greatness  age  right  flowers 
     
    No one expected me. Everything awaited me.
    — Patti Smith
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