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Top 34 Janis Joplin Quotes on Life & Singing (INSPIRE)

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Top 14 Most Famous Janis Joplin Quotes (BEST)

“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.”

Janis Joplin
Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.
Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely.
Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely.
I just want to feel as much as I can, it's what soul is all about.
I just want to feel as much as I can, it’s what soul is all about.

“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.”

Janis Joplin
Being an artist is about being vulnerable and sharing what you feel with people.
Being an artist is about being vulnerable and sharing what you feel with people.
Singing, it's like it's like loving somebody, it's a supreme emotional and physical experience.
Singing, it’s like it’s like loving somebody, it’s a supreme emotional and physical experience.
You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.
You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.
The more you live, the less you die.
The more you live, the less you die.

“I’ve been looking around, and I noticed something: how much you really need to be loved. Ambition isn’t just a desperate quest for positions or money. It’s just love – lots of love.”

Janis Joplin
When you hold somebody, you gotta hold them like it's the last minute of your life.
When you hold somebody, you gotta hold them like it’s the last minute of your life.
Freedom is just another word for when you have nothing left to lose.
Freedom is just another word for when you have nothing left to lose.
You know you've got it, if it makes you feel good.
You know you’ve got it, if it makes you feel good.
As good as you've been to this world is as good as it's gonna be right back to you.
As good as you’ve been to this world is as good as it’s gonna be right back to you.

4 Janis Joplin Quotes on Singing

“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
I don't think I'm singing. I feel like I'm playing a trumpet or a saxophone. What comes out is what I feel.
I don’t think I’m singing. I feel like I’m playing a trumpet or a saxophone. What comes out is what I feel.
All of a sudden, someone threw me in front of this rock and roll band. And I decided then and there that was it. I never wanted to do anything else.
All of a sudden, someone threw me in front of this rock and roll band. And I decided then and there that was it. I never wanted to do anything else.
I can't talk about my singing. I'm inside it. How can you describe something you're inside of
I can’t talk about my singing. I’m inside it. How can you describe something you’re inside of?

8 Thought-provoking Janis Joplin Quotes that will Make You Think

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 know why we’re stuck with the myth that only black people have soul? Because white people don’t let themselves feel things.
On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.
On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.
People, whether they know it or not, like their blues singers miserable. They like their blues singers to die afterwards.
People, whether they know it or not, like their blues singers miserable. They like their blues singers to die afterwards.
I think I think too much. That's why I drink!
I think I think too much. That’s why I drink!
It's not what isn't, it's what you wish was that makes unhappiness.
It’s not what isn’t, it’s what you wish was that makes unhappiness.
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
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?
I'm tired of all these hippie jack-offs.
I’m tired of all these hippie jack-offs.
As it gets closer and more probable, being a star is really losing its meaning.
As it gets closer and more probable, being a star is really losing its meaning.

8 Janis Joplin Quotes About Life

“You’re only as much as you settle for. If they settle for being somebody’s dishwasher that’s their own f***ing problem. If you don’t settle for that and you keep fighting it, you know, you’ll end up anything you want to be.”

Janis Joplin
I always wanted to be an artist, whatever that was, like other chicks want to be stewardesses. I read. I painted. I thought.
I always wanted to be an artist, whatever that was, like other chicks want to be stewardesses. I read. I painted. I thought.
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 I hold back, I’m no good. I’m no good. I’d rather be good sometimes, than holding back all the time.
You are what you settle for.
You are what you settle for.
You got to get it while you can.
You got to get it while you can.

“It used to make me unhappy, all that feeling. I just didn’t know what to do with it. But now I’ve learned how to make feeling work for me… I don’t know, I just want to feel as much as I can, it’s what ‘soul’ is all about.”

Janis Joplin
If you've got a today, don't wear it tomorrow. Tomorrow never happens. It's all the same day.
If you’ve got a today, don’t wear it tomorrow. Tomorrow never happens. It’s all the same day.
I'm one of those regular weird people.
I’m one of those regular weird people.

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