45 Total Quotes

Joni Mitchell Quotes

I want to have fun. I want to shine like the sun. I want to be the one that you want to see. I want to knit you a sweater. I want to write you a love letter. I want to make you feel better. I want to make you feel free.
Joni Mitchell
#Desire

Oh, the jealousy, the greed is the unraveling. It's the unraveling and it undoes all the joy that could be.
Joni Mitchell
#Greed

I love you when I forget about me.
Joni Mitchell
#I Love You

Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels/ The dizzy dancing way you feel/ As every fairy tale comes real/ I've looked at love that way.
Joni Mitchell
#Dancing

Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell.
Joni Mitchell
#Canadian Musician #Sorrow

You know that it never has been easy/ Whether you do or do not resign/ Whether you travel the breadth of the extremities/ Or stick to some straighter line.
Joni Mitchell
#Travel

Tears and fears and feeling proud to say 'I love you' right out loud.
Joni Mitchell
#I Love You

I've looked at life from both sides now/ From win and lose and still somehow/ It's life's illusions I recall/ I really don't know life at all.
Joni Mitchell
#Life

And the seasons, they go round and round,/ And the painted ponies go up and down./ We're captive on the carousel of time.
Joni Mitchell
#Seasons

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

People think it's being remodeled, ... I tell them, and they say, 'What? What do you mean they're tearing down the old high-school building?'
Joni Mitchell
#People

They paved paradiseAnd put up a parking lot,With a pink hotel,A boutique, and a swinging hot spot.
Joni Mitchell
#Paradise

I remember that time you told me, you said "Love is touching souls." Surely you touched mine 'Cause part of you pours out of me In these lines from time to time. You're in my blood like holy wine, You taste so bitter and so sweet.
Joni Mitchell
#Love

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
#Canadian Musician

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

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
#Canadian Musician

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
#Canadian Musician

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

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

I assume there must be some kind of genetic thrust. My two grandmothers were very different, but both of them were frustrated musicians.
Joni Mitchell
#Canadian Musician

I can't remember anything I ever wrote.
Joni Mitchell
#Canadian Musician

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
#Canadian Musician

I hate show business.
Joni Mitchell
#Canadian Musician

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
#Canadian Musician

I learned a woman is never an old woman.
Joni Mitchell
#Canadian Musician

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

I've got 50 different tunings in the guitar.
Joni Mitchell
#Canadian Musician

Ira Gershwin, shame on him. I mean, some of the writing.
Joni Mitchell
#Canadian Musician

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