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Janis Joplin quotes

Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.

I'm one of those regular weird people.

Guess what, I might be the first hippie pinup girl.

You know why we're stuck with the myth that only black people have soul? Because white people don't let themselves feel things.

You got to get it while you can.

If I hold back, I'm no good. I'm no good. I'd rather be good sometimes, than holding back all the time.

I won't quit to become someone's old lady.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz.

When I sing, I feel like when you're first in love. It's more than sex. It's that point two people can get to they call love, when you really touch someone for the first time, but it's gigantic, multiplied by the whole audience. I feel chills.

On stage I make love to twenty five thousand people; and then I go home alone.

Texas is OK if you want to settle down and do your own thing quietly, but it's not for outrageous people, and I was always outrageous.

Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.

On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.

Rock on out.

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.

I always wanted to be an artist, whatever that was, like other chicks want to be stewardesses. I read. I painted. I thought.

My father wouldn't get us a TV, he wouldn't allow a TV in the house.

I got treated very badly in Texas. They don't treat beatniks too good in Texas. Port Arthur people thought I was a beatnik, though they'd never seen one and neither had I.