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Joni Mitchell Quotes & Quotations
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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. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
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    Back then, I didn't have a big organization around me. I was just a kid with a guitar, traveling around. My responsibility basically was to the art, and I had extra time on my hands. There is no extra time now. There isn't enough time. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
  • 3
    Buddy Holly and the early rock 'n' roll was no lighter than the way I play. It's very minimal. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
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    Everyone I know has attention deficit, and they say it with great pride. It's a bad time to he right. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
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    I can't remember anything I ever wrote. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
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    I don't understand why Europeans and South Americans can take more sophistication. Why is it that Americans need to hear their happiness major and their tragedy minor, and as jazzy as they can handle is a seventh chord? Are they not experiencing complex emotions? Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
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    I hate show business. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
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    I have one piece of music, since 1997, and I don't see it having lyrics. Where does it go in this world? So I haven't recorded it. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
  • 9
    I think I would go further into fine arts, I think, if I were to continue. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
  • 10
    Ira Gershwin, shame on him. I mean, some of the writing. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
  • 11
    My name had gone stale, and no matter how progressive I got, it was my time to die. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
  • 12
    Nobody understood The Reoccurring Dream, but after September 11, when we were coerced to do a national duty and go out and shop, surely people could begin to see what I was getting at. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
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    Not to dismiss Gershwin, but Gershwin is the chip; Ellington was the block. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
  • 14
    Paul Simon started piling up a lot of words, more than the bar could handle, and I stopped! Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
  • 15
    Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
  • 16
    The Beginning of Survival is my best album. I am very proud of it, and I am surprised at it, too. I thought some of Travelogue was a little heavy, but I don't think this is heavy. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
  • 17
    The more decadent a culture gets, the more they have a need for what they don't have at all, which is innocence, so you end up with kiddie porn and a perverse obsession with youth. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
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    There are things to confess that enrich the world, and things that need not be said. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
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    This is a nation that has lost the ability to be self-critical, and that makes a lie out of the freedoms. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
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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. Joni-MitchellJoni Mitchell
  • 21
    We managed to put together a compilation that had some creativity to it. In the meantime I was listening to the free radio stations and I noticed that during their war coverage they were playing these songs born out of the Vietnam War that were all critical of the soldiers. Joni-Mitchell/">Joni Mitchell
  • 22
    When you reach that kind of successful pinnacle, it is the nature of the business and the press and everything that they go about tearing you down. Joni-Mitchell/">Joni Mitchell
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    When you're trying to pass on the best of the stuff you're culling to what should be a hungry culture but you have it diminished... that's kind of disappointing. Joni-Mitchell/">Joni Mitchell
  • 24
    With a painting, you don't have to go back and paint it again. Joni-Mitchell/">Joni Mitchell