Say what you will about Courtney Love but whether revealing plans for a Kurt Cobain musical, tweeting conspiracy theories about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane or delivering stormin’ gigs in tiny Clapton cafes (all of which she’s done recently), the Hole star is never boring. Here’s 30 of her greatest, wisest and most unusual quotes from over the years.

30 On truth…

“I might lie a lot but never in my lyrics.”

29 On ambition…

“I’m driven. I am. I’m driven for some reason. But I don’t know where I’m going.”

28 On surgery…

“I don’t need plastic in my body to validate me as a woman.”

27 On cocaine…

“Cocaine is like really evil coffee.”

26 On image…

“I used to do drugs, but don’t tell anyone or it will ruin my image.”

25 On personality…

“I found my inner bitch and ran with her.”

24 On proficiency…

“I wanted to be the best guitar player in the world, but I’m such a lazy bastard that it never happened.”

23 On impact…

“I’m not a woman, I’m a force of nature.”

22 On women in music…

“I want every girl in the world to pick up a guitar and start screaming.”

21 On being offensive…

“I’m not going to apologise for offending you. Actually, I think you should thank me.”

20 On language…

“The language of love letters is the same as suicide notes.”

19 On power…

”I’ve never picked on harmless people. I’ve always picked on people I felt were corrupt or more corrupt than me.”

18 On coming out on top…

“I want to be the girl with the most cake.”

17 On misogyny…

“I wore a dress that was so restricting and shoes that were five inches high, I could barely stage-dive, Then I got the best write-ups, for being feminine, I guess. I couldn’t move well and I was restrained, which equals great review. That’s pretty horrid.”

16 On karma…

“On Sofia Coppola’s 16th birthday, way back in 1987, I stole a lip gloss from her Sistine Chapel of a bedroom. Years later, I left a Chanel lip gloss in the reception of the Mercer Hotel for her. You know why? I believe that you’ve got to fix your karma.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL2C55CFB06694277D

15 On celebrity…

“’Rock Courtney’ and ‘Acting Courtney’ is where the talent is and that needs to be really protected by me, spiritually and in all sorts of ways. And then there’s ‘Celebrity Courtney’ who gets ripped of for money and gets in all sorts of tabloid trouble.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yeJquwuUzI

14 On rivalry…

“I don’t have one rival. Madonna wakes up every day and someone wants to be her. Nobody wants to be me which is awesome.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY4Xvjaup0w

13 On addiction…

“If you want to ask about my drug problem, go ask my big, fat, smart, ten pound daughter. She’ll answer any questions you have about it.”

12 On mainstream success…

“I would love to not have to use Kurt’s cheques any more, to not have to live on Kurt’s money. I want my money, my money that I’m going to make with my own fuckin’ hands. [But] I’m fucking terrified. Commercial success killed my husband. I’m not sure I’m comfortable with commercial success. But I’m not going to let it fuck me up this time.”

11 On outsiderdom…

“Dont be bitter and mean cos you don’t fit in, it’s a GIFT. Look at you. you’ve got your individuality, you don’t have the herd instinct, you can read Nietzsche and understand it. Only dumb people are happy.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQwtMsGtI2U

10 On Steve Albini…

“The only way Steve Albini would think I was a perfect girlfriend would be if I was from the East Coast, played the cello, had big tits and small hoop earrings, wore black turtlenecks, had all matching luggage, and never said a word.”

9 On education…

“I am just the classic person who wants to learn stuff. I want good tutors, and with Kurt I had the best.”

8 On social boundaries…

“Appropriateness doesn’t come easily for me sometimes.”

7 On the law…

“I am God and my lawyers are my 12 disciples… do not fuck with me!”

6 On rock music…

“I like there to be some testosterone in rock, and it’s like I’m the one in the dress who has to provide it.”

5 On Dave Grohl…

“I’m not going to hurt anybody other than that dick who keeps writing songs about me.”

4 On attitude…

“If you treat a girl like a dog she’s going to piss on you.”

3 On diva tendencies…

“I don’t mean to be a diva, but some days you wake up and you’re Barbara Streisand.”

2 On fame…

“Being famous is just like being in high school. But, I’m not interested in being the cheerleader. I’m not interested in being Gwen Stefani. She’s the cheerleader, and I’m out in the smoker shed.”

1 On childhood…

“I tried out for the Mickey Mouse Club when I was 11. But I read a Sylvia Plath poem about incest, so that wasn’t really flying with Disney.”