You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.— Janis Joplin
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To be true to myself, to be the person that was on the inside of me, and not play games. That's what I'm trying to do mostly in the whole world, is not bullshit myself and not bullshit anybody else.
Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
Life is too damn short and [screwed] up to go through it silently loving someone and never telling them how you feel. [Screw] the consequences, [screw] the implications of the actions, to hell with it all... whatever happens as a result is better than the nothingness that is inevitable with silence.
Do not compromise yourself. You are all you have got.
Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That's what music is to me.” – Janis Joplin
Singing, it's like it's like loving somebody, it's a supreme emotional and physical experience.
Oh, Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz - My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.
Like most girls I'm always really self-conscious about do I look fat, if my legs are short, if I'm weird shaped, but when I go on stage, man, it never occurs to me. I think I look beautiful.
I got treated very badly in Texas. They don't treat beatniks too good in Texas. Port Arthur people thought I was a beatnik, though they'd never seen one and neither had I.
When you hold somebody, you gotta hold them like it's the last minute of your life.
You're only as much as you settle for.
If they settle for being somebody's dishwasher that's their own f***ing problem. If you don't settle for that and you keep fighting it, you know, you'll end up anything you want to be.
If you've got a today, don't wear it tomorrow. Tomorrow never happens. It's all the same day.
You know you've got it, if it makes you feel good.
When I sing, I feel like when you're first in love.
It's more than sex. It's that point two people can get to they call love, when you really touch someone for the first time, but it's gigantic, multiplied by the whole audience. I feel chills.
Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz.
Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
I always wanted to be an artist, whatever that was, like other chicks want to be stewardesses. I read. I painted. I thought.
Don't you know that you're nothing more than a one night stand?
Hippies believe the world could be a better place.
Beatniks believe things aren’t going to get better and say the hell with it, stay stoned and have a good time.
This whole thing that's happened to me, you see, this whole success thing.
.it hasn't yet really compromised the position that I took a long time ago in Texas, that was to be true to myself, to be the person that I...that was on inside of me and not play games.
I'm just doing what I wanted to and what feels right and not settling for bullshit and it worked. How can they be mad at that?
If someone comes along, gonna give you some love and affection, I say get it while you can.
I'd rather have ten years of superhypermost than live to be seventy sitting in some goddamn chair watching TV.
On stage I make love to twenty five thousand people; and then I go home alone.
Don't go looking for Mr. Right. Look for Mr. Right Now.
Why should I hold back now and sound mediocre, just so I can sound mediocre twenty years from now?
Guess what, I might be the first hippie pinup girl.
I won't quit to become someone's old lady.
After they see me, when their mothers are feeding them all that cashmere sweater and girdle ----- [expletive deleted by the New York Times], maybe they'll have a second thought - that they can be themselves and win.
In my insides, it really hurts if someone doesn't like me. It's silly.
My father wouldn't get us a TV, he wouldn't allow a TV in the house.
Texas is OK if you want to settle down and do your own thing quietly, but it's not for outrageous people, and I was always outrageous.
You can't stay in your home town and play because the two people will get tired of seeing you.
They asked me, How did you learn to sing the blues like that? How did you learn to sing that heavy? I just opened my mouth and that's what I sounded like. You can't make up something that you don't feel. I didn't make it up. I just opened my mouth and it existed.
I started out to be a person on the street, just like everybody else.
I didn't start out to be a singer. But I got sort of swept up in this singing thing, and after I got involved in it it got really important to me if I was good or not.
At least we know we tend to be afraid. If you object to my plural noun, I'll retract it.
Honey, if you've had your eye on a piece of talent and that chick down the road has been getting all the action, then you know what you gotta do... Try A Little Bit Harder.
Freedom is just another word for when you have NOTHING left to lose.
I had a lot of hurts and confusions. You know, it's hard when you're a kid to be different. You're all full of things, and you don't know that it's about.
If you can get them once, man, get them standing up when they should be sitting down, sweaty when they should be decorous, smile when they should be applauding politely-and I think you sort of switch on their brain, man, so that makes them say: 'Wait a minute, maybe I can do anything.' Whoooooo! It's life. That's what rock and roll is for, turn that switch on, and man, it can all be.
It's hard to be free but when it works, it's worth it!
It used to make me unhappy, all that feeling.
I just didn't know what to do with it. But now I've learned how to make feeling work for me... I don't know, I just want to feel as much as I can, it's what 'soul' is all about.
I believe the only people who truly experience and test the application of equality are twins.
I think I think too much. That's why I drink!
All any girl really wants is just love and a man. But what man can put up with a rock-n-roll star?
Distance cannot kill this relationship.
Time cannot breakdown anything we have. This is a relationship that I am ready to sacrifice and stand up for.
The older the grapes, sweeter the wine.
When everything is together - the band, me, the audience, it's boss! It's just like magic.
You can feel all things at once, so why not wear all things at once?
As good as you've been to this world is as good as it's gonna be right back to you.