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Joni Mitchell Quotes and Sayings

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I hate show business.
- Joni Mitchell

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

Not to dismiss Gershwin, but Gershwin is the chip;
Ellington was the block.
- Joni Mitchell

You know, Neil Young is singing Rock n' roll will never die,
and Neil never rocked and rolled in his life.
I mean, he rocked, but he didn't roll.
He has got no swing in him.
- Joni Mitchell

 

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 Mitchell

I've got 50 different tunings in the guitar.
- Joni Mitchell

This is a nation that has lost the ability to be self-critical,
and that makes a lie out of the freedoms.
- Joni Mitchell

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Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell.
- Joni Mitchell

Buddy Holly and the early rock 'n' roll was no lighter than the way I play.
It's very minimal.
- Joni Mitchell

No one likes to have less than they had before.
That's the nature of the human animal.
- Joni Mitchell

Everyone I know has attention deficit,
and they say it with great pride.
It's a bad time to be right.
- Joni Mitchell

I think I would go further into fine arts,
I think, if I were to continue.
- Joni Mitchell

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

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

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

With a painting, you don't have to go back and paint it again.
- Joni Mitchell

I learned a woman is never an old woman.
- Joni Mitchell

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 Mitchell

I can't remember anything I ever wrote.
- Joni Mitchell

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 Mitchell

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

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 Mitchell

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 Mitchell

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

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.
- Joni Mitchell

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 Mitchell

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 Mitchell

You have this mounting aggressive ignorance with the
rabbit's foot of their particular religion.
You don't really have any kind of spiritual law,
just a kind of a rabid mental illness.
The songs are a little slice of life.
- Joni Mitchell

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 Mitchell

There was this mountain village in Russia where my
music was getting in on some German radio station.
I remember this because music used to get up to Saskatchewan from Texas.
Late at night after the local station closed down.
- Joni Mitchell

Life is a reflection of intent.
Love reflects love.
Hate reflects hate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha PHOTO

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Hate destroys, Love builds.
Hate tears down, Love renews and creates.
Hatred holds no hope for the future.
Love creates Today as its own better future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln

You cannot hate other people without hating yourself.
- Oprah Winfrey

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike;
there is but one step from envy to hate.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.
- Yoda, character in Star Wars movie

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time.
Hatred ceases through love.
This is an unalterable law.
- The Buddha

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hatred does not cease by hatred,
but only by love;
this is the eternal rule.
- The Buddha

No one is to be called an enemy,
all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm.
You have no enemy except yourselves.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as
your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

Hatred freezes hearts, while love warms them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we hate our enemies, we are
giving them power over us:
power over our sleep, our appetites,
our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Our enemies would dance with joy if only
they knew how they were worrying us,
lacerating us, and getting even with us!
Our hate is not hurting them at all,
but our hate is turning our own days
and nights into a hellish turmoil.
- Dale Carnegie

Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem,
but you sow the seeds for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Hatred is blind, as well as love.
- Oscar Wilde

Many people love in themselves what they hate in others.
- E. F. Schumacher

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence
but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

That which you hate to be done to you,
do not do to another.
- Ancient Egyptian Proverb

We have no enemies,
we have only friendships that we haven't yet developed
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

We hate in others what we most fear in ourselves.
- Anonymous

Doing an injury puts you below your enemy;
revenging one make you but even with him;
forgiving it sets you above him.
- Benjamin Franklin [attributed]

When love and hate are both absent
everything becomes clear and undisguised.
- Osho

Love reflects love.
Hate reflects hate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Return love for hate.
- Anonymous

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

Envy breeds hate.
- Yiddish Proverb

Hate generalizes; love is particular.
- Erica Jong

There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this,
we are less prone to hate our enemies.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Working at a job you hate is unlikely
to bring you either happiness or success.
Do what you love. You are far more likely to gain success -
recognition and financial reward - if you are working
at something that inspires and excites you.
And, whether wealth follows or not, you will be happy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fear of something is at the root of hate for others,
and hate within will eventually destroy the hater.
- George Washington Carver

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive
is devoid of the power to love.
There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world
that we must love our enemies - or else?
The chain reaction of evil -
hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -
must be broken, or else we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am a Master of Alchemy; I Transmute Fear and Hate Into Love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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