I don’t think the Palestinian people or Afghan children or some other things I’m concerned about are at the top of other people’s agendas – not right now when America is going through such a recession and people are suffering across the board financially. But I think all that will change.

I’ve always looked the same. Since I was a child I hated having to deal with my hair. I hated having to change my clothes. As a kid I had a sailor shirt and the same old corduroy pants and that’s what I wanted to wear everyday.

Patti Smith Change Quotes

I came into music because I thought the presentation of poetry wasn’t vibrant enough. So I merged improvised poetry with basic rock chords.

What I wanted to do in rock ‘n roll was merge poetry with sonic scapes and the two people who had contributed so much to that were Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison.

When I was younger I felt it was my duty to wake people up. I thought poetry was asleep. I thought rock ‘n’ roll was asleep.

Patti Smith Poetry Quotes