Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That’s what music is to me.
I have to have the 'umph.' I've got to feel it, because if it's not getting through to me, the audience sure as hell aren't going to feel it either.
Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got.
At least we know we tend to be afraid. If you object to my plural noun, I'll retract it.
Oh, Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz -- My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Don't you know that you're nothing more than a one night stand?
Why should I hold back now and sound mediocre, just so I can sound mediocre twenty years from now?
I just want to feel as much as I can, it's what soul is all about.
You know why we're stuck with the myth that only black people have soul? Because white people don't let themselves feel things.
I can't talk about my singing. I'm inside it. How can you describe something you're inside of?
You can't stay in your home town and play because the two people will get tired of seeing you.
I won't quit to become someone's old lady.
When you hold somebody, you gotta hold them like it's the last minute of your life.
If you've got a today, don't wear it tomorrow. Tomorrow never happens. It's all the same day.
Hippies believe the world could be a better place. Beatniks believe things aren't going to get better and say the hell with it, stay stoned and have a good time.
The older the grapes, sweeter the wine.
Singing, it's like it's like loving somebody, it's a supreme emotional and physical experience.
Honey, if you've had your eye on a piece of talent and that chick down the road has been getting all the action, then you know what you gotta do... Try A Little Bit Harder.
After they see me, when their mothers are feeding them all that cashmere sweater and girdle -- -- - expletive deleted by the New York Times, maybe they'll have a second thought -- that they can be themselves and win.
If I hold back, I'm no good. I'm no good. I'd rather be good sometimes, than holding back all the time.
If someone comes along, gonna give you some love and affection, I say get it while you can.
Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.
Rock on out.
Guess what, I might be the first hippie pinup girl.
As it gets closer and more probable, being a star is really losing its meaning.
I want a bigger band with higher highs, a bigger ladder. And I want more bottom -- I want an incredible amount of bottom. I want more noise. When I do a rock tune I want it to be so HUGE.
At my concerts most of the chicks are looking for liberation, they think I'm gonna show 'em how to do it.
To be true to myself, to be the person that was on the inside of me, and not play games. That's what I'm trying to do mostly in the whole world, is not bullshit myself and not bullshit anybody else.
My business is to enjoy and have fun. And why not, if in the end everything will end, right?
In my insides, it really hurts if someone doesn't like me. It's silly.
Don't compromise your self, you're all you got.
I'd rather have ten years of superhypermost than live to be seventy sitting in some goddamn chair watching TV.
People, whether they know it or not, like their blues singers miserable. They like their blues singers to die afterwards.
I'm just doing what I wanted to and what feels right and not settling for bullshit and it worked. How can they be mad at that?
The more you live, the less you die.