Janis Joplin Quotes and Sayings

38 great Janis Joplin Quotes:

You know you’ve got it, if it makes you feel good.

Janis Joplin on Performing

Onstage, I make love to 25,000 people – then I go home alone

I can’t talk about my singing; I’m inside it. How can you describe something you’re inside of?

I’m full of emotion and I want a release, and if you’re on stage and if it’s really working and you’ve got the audience with you, it’s a oneness you feel. I’m into me, plus they’re into me, and everything comes together. You’re full of it. I don’t know, I just want to feel as much as I can, it’s what ‘soul’ is all about

It’s a supreme emotional and physical experience-I live for that one hour on stage. It’s full of feeling-it’s a rush, honey.

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.

Janis Joplin Quotes About Music

People, whether they know it or not, like their blues singers miserable. They like their blues singers to die afterwards

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.

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

Buried Alive in the Blues

Other Great Janis Joplin Quotes

 Janis Joplin Quotes of inspiration

Don’t compromise yourself. It’s all you’ve got.

You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow

I feel, you know, I hurt, please help.’ I’m saying words, man, and if I look at an audience and they ain’t understanding me, it’s just like getting kicked in the teeth

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

I’m one of those regular weird people.

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

Now that I’m here, where am I?

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

I read a story about some old opera singer once, and when a guy asked her to marry him, she took him backstage after she had sung a real triumph, with all the people calling for her, asked, ‘Do you think you could give me that?’ That story hit me right, man. I know no guy ever made me feel as good as an audience.

I hope you’re going to edit this stuff. I don’t want to sound like a senile, self-pitying chick babbling on and on about her days of glory

Well, to summarize, Big Brother is doing great and I just may be a “star” one day. You know, it’s funny. As it gets closer and more probable, being a star is losing its meaning, But whatever it means I’m ready!

I’m tired of all these hippie jack-offs.

After they see me, when their mothers are feeding them all that cashmere sweater and girdle , maybe they’ll have a second thought – that they can be themselves and win.

Honey, to them I’m just a chick who is hung over at 11:00 in the morning. My hair isn’t combed, I’m wearin’ funny lookin’ clothes, plus I’m wearin’ feathers. I walk in here and say I want a drink. These people don’t want to see me, baby. I mean, let’s face it, they don’t want me in here – period. So there’s three old cats sayin’, ‘What is this chick doin’ here and why?’ They’d just as soon be talkin’ about the Mets game and they don’t want this chick walkin’ in with bells on and a big sack of beads. There’s the snide remarks I’m not supposed to hear, but loud enough, of course, for me to hear. Everybody gets it, man. Getting’ treated like a hippie, that’s what I’m talkin’ 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.

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

People expect Janis Joplin to be a tough bitch, and say I start talking to them like a lonely little girl–that’s not in their image of me–they don’t see it. Say you meet somebody you’ve heard about, you don’t ever see them, you don’t see who they are and who they need to be recognized as, you see who you need them to be

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

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

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

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

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.

My father was like a secret intellectual, a bookreader, a talker, and a thinker. He was very important to me, because he made me think.

I’d trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday.

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

You know you’ve got it, if it makes you feel good

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

The biggest thing in our house was when you learnt to write your name, you got to go and get a library card.

You got to get it while you can.

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