I just aspire to pick people up. That's my ambition.
To be a mother you must be strong. Even if you don't feel it, you have to pretend.
Once a song's out there, it's no longer mine. And that's the whole purpose of music: to belong to people.
When I go into the studio, I completely detach. I let my emotions come out.
People generally let me be me. People are aware that I'm not someone particularly begging for attention. They hold back a bit with me.
I always said that if I could just find a guy who could chop wood and had a nice smile, it wouldn't bother me if he was a thug or an aristocrat, as long as he was a good guy. And I've ended up with an educated thug.
Whatever I'm doing, I'm in that moment and I'm doing it. The rest of the world's lost. If I'm cooking some food or making soup, I want it to be lovely. If not, what's the point of doing it?
The anxiety I feel when I'm late is nothing like the anxiety I feel when I'm on time.
What could equal the bliss? / The thrill of the first kiss / It'll blow right to you / It's never as good as the first time.
All the cliches of glamorous sophistication have little appeal to me. Do I want to live the British version of 'Dynasty?' No thanks!
I always see myself as much more of a musician than a celebrity.
When you play arenas you can create whatever you want. At a theater the height of the stage and the limitations of the theater can make you feel more separate from the audience.
I only make records when I feel I have something to say. I'm not interested in releasing music just for the sake of selling something. Sade is not a brand.
I've made sacrifices. I'm not anti-fashion but I've always had a bit of a punk attitude. That's important, I think. I do my own thing.
I don't get easily bored. I'm not that kind of person.
My father was a very difficult man.
I don't like looking outrageous.
I am a reluctant celebrity, in some ways.
I'm not over the top; I'm not wacky. I'm fairly understated, and that reflects in the way I sing.
I love writing songs.
I'm uneasy with fame so I do my best to avoid places that will bring me more attention.
I think you only really feel like an outsider if you've been an insider.
Radio interviews are really snappy and I'm just bad at that. I just close down.
I am fairly classless because it is very difficult to class someone who comes from a mixed marriage.
There isn't a class structure in Nigeria; there's a tribal structure and prestige as far as money is concerned.
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