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Tragic Genius: Quotes from Janis Joplin

Updated on October 4, 2008

Man, you and any housewife have all sorts of pain and joy. You'd have soul if you'd give in to it.

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

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'd trade all my tommorows for a single yesterday

As a matter of fact, as we discovered on the train, tomorrow never happens, man. It's all the same f***ing day, man.

I'm one of those regular weird people.

You got to get it while you can. . .

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.

It's gonna be a long hard drag, but we'll make it

Why should I hold back now and sound mediocre just so I can sound mediocre twenty years from now?

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

It's hard to be free but when it works, it' s worth it!

Fourteen heart attacks and he had to die in my week. In MY week.

One of my talking points will be the accident of geography.

What's happening never happens there

Oh, Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz, my friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.

Nonsense environment.

Absolute poison.

Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.

Buried Alive in the Blues.

Which showed that my interest in rock was not based in a vast knowledge of their work. It was about them.

She was electrifying. It was like she was channeling Bessie Smith or something.

Because they're not what you call in the groove.

The apple of her mother's eye.

My Baby

Freedom's just another word for nothin left to loose. Nothin, don't mean nothin honey if it ain't free. And feelin good was easy, Lord, when he played the blues. You know feelin good was good enough for me, good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

Janis Joplin   American Singer (1943-1970)
Janis Joplin American Singer (1943-1970)


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