Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.
My mother had a rule, obviously, that I couldn't go across the street by myself, but I had to find a way of doing it.
My father really was not the dominant person who raised the family, it was my mother who raised the family.
My mother gave me an understanding that as good as you think you are, you're not so great. There's always room for improvement. The reality is when people don't have someone to give them a sense of guidance, and say, "Hey, man, that's not happening," it's really hard.
I always wanted my mother to be Queen for a Day. I always used to watch that show that came on television.
My mother would cry about my blindness and the hopelessness of my ever seeing, but I told her I wasn't sad. I believed God had something for me to do.
My mother told me, if you call yourself 'Little' Stevie Wonder, you'd better be as good as Little Willie John.
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