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The 7 Best Marianne Faithfull Quotes

The 7 Best Marianne Faithfull Quotes

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Anorexia, drug addiction, attempted suicide, breast cancer…Marianne Faithfull’s been through it all and lives to tell the tale, or rather sing it, with a voice that holds every love and hardship in its cracks and crevices. Faithfull rose to quick fame with a recording of “As Tears Go By” when she was just 17 years old. It was written by Keith Richards and her future boyfriend Mick Jagger, making them the couple at the nexus of Swinging London. “I always childishly thought that was where my problems started, with that damn song," she once told Time Magazine. Those troubles included homelessness, heroin, and rebuked custody of her son during a tumultuous ride through the ’70s and early ’80s. They also included irreparable damage to her vocal cords, giving her the gravelly voice with which she re-recorded the track in 1987—and sang live in the 2009 performance here—when she felt she had the experience to back it up. We love Faithfull’s voice, no matter its register, especially because she uses it to say whatever the hell she wants, like the following gems.

1) “Feminism is the best thing to come out of the ’60s.”

2) “For some people, marriage may be very groovy. For me, it really isn’t. I don’t think it really is for most people anyway. Most people are not very happy.” 

3) “The voice of God, if you must know, is Aretha Franklin’s.”

4) “Never apologize, never explain—didn’t we always say that? Well, I haven’t and I don’t.”

5) “I haven’t got purity, and I don’t think I ever did. I have always been, even as a child, a very decadent little person.” 

6) “Bad behavior makes men more glamorous. Women get destroyed, thrown out of society and locked up in institutions.”

7) “I’ve got to where I’ve always wanted to be. I just feel more myself, and I’ve learned not to care what other people think. It’s happened slowly, very slowly. But I did it.”