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

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.

“You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.”

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

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

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