Don't terrorize. Organize. Don't burn. Give kids a chance to learn . . . The real answer to race problems in this country is education. Not burning and killing. Be ready. Be qualified. Own something. Be somebody. That's Black Power.
The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.
I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I'll Get It Myself)
I only got a seventh-grade education, but I have a doctorate in funk, and I like to put that to good use
Got ants in my pants and I need to dance, so big fine mama, come give me a chance.
I taught them everything they know, but not everything I know.
I've got soul and I'm super bad.
Sometimes you struggle so hard to feed your family one way, you forget to feed them the other way, with spiritual nourishment. Everybody needs that.
I want to say to you: Help yourself, so you can help someone else.
My music wasn't written by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach or Schubert. It's written by God and me. They go "a one and a two and up." We start on the downbeat. Bam! And that's where we got them.
I don't really care what people think, ... I just do my own thing. ... I like being loud and letting people know I'm there.
You got to use what you got to get just what you want.
Music, it requires more than brawn. It requires a lot of heart. You gotta put love in there.
As I always said, if people wanted to know who James Brown is, all they have to do is listen to my music.
This is a revolution of the mind, get your mind together and get away from drugs.
Get on up, stay on the scene, get on up, like a sex machine.
Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he's got it all.
Tell the politicians and the hustlers: live and let live.
When I'm on stage, I'm trying to do one thing: bring people joy.
You got to live for yourself, yourself and nobody else.
You can't teach others if you are living the same way.
Money won't change you, but time will take you out.
Thank God for the journey.
I don't know karate, but I know crazy.
I just thank God for all of the blessings.
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