My sunglasses are like my guitar.

— Patti Smith

The most mind-blowing Patti Smith quotes that will activate your desire to change

Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.


Life isn't some vertical or horizontal line -- you have your own interior world, and it's not neat.


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.


I imagined myself as Frida to Diego, both muse and maker.

I dreamed of meeting an artist to love and support and work with side by side.


Swift is the arrow, dark is the thorn, the slate is clean, the future awaits, awake.


In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth.


Make your interactions with people transformational, not just transactional.


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.


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.


We used to laugh at our small selves, saying that I was a bad girl trying to be good and that he was a good boy trying to be bad. Through the years these roles would reverse, then reverse again, until we came to accept our dual natures. We contained opposing principles, light and dark.


Polaroid by its nature makes you frugal.

You walk around with maybe two packs of film in your pocket. You have 20 shots, so each shot is a world.


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.


About Patti Smith

Quotes 454 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

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.


Wisdom was a teapot, pouring from above. Desolation angels, served it up with love.


Paths that cross will cross again


Even as a child, I knew what I didn't want. I didn't want to wear red lipstick.


Life is an adventure of our own design intersected by fate and a series of lucky and unlucky accidents.


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.


Everything comes down so pasteurized everything comes down 16 degrees they say your amplifier is too loud turn your amplifier down are we high all alone on our knees memory is just hips that swing like a clock the past projects fantastic scenes tic/toc tic/toc tic/toc fuck the clock!


As far as I'm concerned, being any gender is a drag.


People say hello to me. I mean, sometimes the sanitation truck goes by and says, hey Patti.


We were walking toward the fountain, the epicenter of activity, when an older couple stopped and openly observed us. Robert enjoyed being noticed, and he affectionately squeezed my hand. "oh, take their picture," said the woman to her bemused husband, "I think they're artists." "Oh, go on," he shrugged. "They're just kids.


Love is an angel disguised as lust.


My father was always talking about God, and I idolized my father, so I'd spend hours trying to have mental telepathy with God.


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.


When I was a teenager, I had trouble getting a boyfriend, so I imagined Arthur Rimbaud or Bob Dylan as my boyfriend.


Got to lose control before you take control.


Freedom is...the right to write the wrong words.


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.


I understood that in this small space of time we had mutually surrendered our loneliness and replaced it with trust.


I wanted to go to Portland because it's a really good book town.


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.


The film [Dream of Life], in the end, is life-affirming, and I think it's always useful for people to be reminded that no matter how rough things get, no matter what kind of twists and turns our lives can take, we can keep going, we can create something new.


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.


We were as Hansel and Gretel and we ventured out into the black forest of the world.


What is the soul? What color is it? I suspected my soul, being mischievous, might slip away while I was dreaming and fail to return. I did my best not to fall asleep, to keep it inside of me where it belonged.


We need a new cosmology. New gods. New sacraments. Another drink.


Vowels are the most illuminated letters in the alphabet.

Vowels are the colors and souls of poetry and speech. (1976 Penthouse interview)


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.


A good artist's always got his hand in his zipper.


Life is like a roller coaster. It's never going to be perfect - it is going to have perfect moments, and then rough spots, but it's all worth it.


I never really wanted to be a singer - not with any longevity. But I always wanted to be a writer.


I always enjoyed doing transgender songs.


When I was young, I knew William Burroughs really well.

And William's secret desire, which he never quite did, was to write a straightforward detective novel.


If the postman is saying hello to you, then I feel like, wow, thats something special.


I was horny, but I was innocent 'cause I was a real-late bloomer and not particularly attractive. In fact, homely.


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


I hadn't performed or been in the public eye for about 16 years.

When my husband passed away, I was obliged to go back to work to take care of our kids. I also wanted to do a record in memory of him. So we did Gone Again. During that process, I had to be photographed and had to go back to doing articles and interviews.


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.