We're captive on the carousel of time, we can't return we can only look behind.

ā€” Joni Mitchell

The most breathtaking Joni Mitchell quotes that will transform you to a better person

And the seasons they go 'round and 'round And the painted ponies go up and down We're captive on the carousel of time We can't return we can only look behind From where we came And go round and round and round In the circle game.

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Keep a good heart. That's the most important thing in life. It's not how much money you make or what you can acquire. The art of it is to keep a good heart.

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You could write a song about some kind of emotional problem you are having, but it would not be a good song, in my eyes, until it went through a period of sensitivity to a moment of clarity. Without that moment of clarity to contribute to the song, it's just complaining.

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Joni Mitchell quote Don't it always seem to go, that you don

Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got till its gone.

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We are stardust, we are golden and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden.

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Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels The dizzy dancing way you feel As every fairy tale comes real I've looked at love that way.

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Ira Gershwin, shame on him. I mean, some of the writing.

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All my battles were with male egos. Iā€™m just looking for equality, not to dominate. But I want to be able to control my vision.

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Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees, please.

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Oh, the jealousy, the greed is the unraveling.

It's the unraveling and it undoes all the joy that could be. .

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I am as constant as a northern star

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A few drinks later you're not so choosy when the closing lights strip off the shadows on this strange new flesh you've found.

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I loved Debussy, Stravinsky, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, anything with romantic melodies, especially the nocturnes. Nietzsche was a hero, especially with Thus Spoke Zarathustra. He gets a bad rap; hes very misunderstood. Hes a maker of individuals, and he was a teacher of teachers.

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About Joni Mitchell

Quotes 226 sayings
Nationality Canadian
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

All I really, really want our love to do is to bring out the best in me and in you too.

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Sorrow is easy to express and so hard to tell.

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Rationally I have no hope, irrationally I believe in miracles.

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Lord, there's danger in this land, you get witch hunts and wars when church and state hold hands.

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The only thing I have to give to make you smile, to win you with, are all the mornings still to live.

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They won't give peace a chance, that's just a dream some of us had

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All romantics meet the same fate some day. Drunk and cynical and boring someone in some dark cafe.

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I see music as fluid architecture.

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Fly silly sea bird, no dreams can possess you, no voices can blame you for sun on your wings.

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When I think of your kisses my mind see-saws.

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I wanna be strong, I wanna laugh along, I wanna belong to the living.

Alive, alive, I wanna get up and jive, Wanna wreck my stockings in some jukebox dive.

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The God of the Old Testament is the depiction of evil.

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My family could only afford to get me the box of eight Crayola crayons, but I craved the one with all 24 colours. I wanted magenta and turquoise and silver and gold.

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They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

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Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell.

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I got in before SoHo was SoHo. It was just Little Italy when I was in there. It's still off the touristy track. It's just away from the Saturday action, the crowds and everything. It's too expensive. It's insane. You've got to be a billionaire to live on Manhattan now.

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Land of snap decisions, land of short attention spans, nothing is savored long enough to really understand.

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I don't know who I am but you know, life is for learning.

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Some get the gravy, some get the gristle.

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Morgellons is constantly morphing. There are times when it's directly attacking the nervous system, as if you're being bitten by fleas and lice. It's all in the tissue and it's not a hallucination. It was eating me alive, sucking the juices out. I've been sick all my life.

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If you see yourself as a kingly type, then you need your serfs and your army and so on around you.

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But now old friends are acting strange They shake their heads, they say I've changed Well something's lost, but something's gained In living every day

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In a pure anonymous encounter you find a world alive and full of character.

In New York, the street adventures are incredible. There are a thousand stories in a single block. You see the stories in people's faces. You hear the songs immediately. Here, in Los Angeles, there are fewer characters because they are all inside automobiles.

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Bows and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air and feather canyons everywhere, I've looked at clouds that way.

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Sunlight will renew your pride.

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Heaven's full of astronauts and the Lord's on death row.

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We have a war dictator who was not elected, he snuck in.

so he punishes people that threaten him in any way, or even say something he doesn't like. It has no resemblance to democracy.

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My childhood was very difficult. I had every childhood disease and then some, but my parents didnt mollycoddle me. They left me to fight those battles on my own. I guess that was very Canadian, very stoic. But its good. I had to become a warrior. I had to give up hope and find a substitute for hope that would be far more stable.

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Once I got the open tunings for some reason, I began to get the harmonic sophistication that I heard that my musical fountain inside was excited by. Once I got some interesting chords to play with, my writing began to come.

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There are things to confess that enrich the world, and things that need not be said.

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I don't like being too looked up at or too looked down on.

I prefer meeting in the middle to being worshipped or spat out.

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Sex sells everything and sex kills.

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Just before our love got lost you said "I am as constant as a northern star" And I said, constantly in the darkness, Where's that at? If you want me I'll be in the bar.

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My name had gone stale, and no matter how progressive I got, it was my time to die.

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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.

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Paul Simon started piling up a lot of words, more than the bar could handle, and I stopped!

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It's in my stars to invent; I was born on Madame Curie's birthday. I have this need for originals, for innovation. That's why I like Charlie Parker.

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