The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.
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.
Got ants in my pants and I need to dance, so big fine mama, come give me a chance.
I only got a seventh-grade education, but I have a doctorate in funk, and I like to put that to good use
Get on up, stay on the scene, get on up, like a sex machine.
I want to say to you: Help yourself, so you can help someone else.
I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I'll Get It Myself)
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.
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've got soul and I'm super bad.
Our silence is deafening and deadly.
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.
You got to use what you got to get just what you want.
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.
Tell the politicians and the hustlers: live and let live.
I don't know karate, but I know crazy.
I just thank God for all of the blessings.
When I'm on stage, I'm trying to do one thing: bring people joy.
Don't let nobody take care of your business better than you.
Money won't change you, but time will take you out.
I taught them everything they know, but not everything I know.
Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he's got it all.
I'm the most sampled and stolen. What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine, too... I got a song about that... But I'm never gonna release it. Don't want a war with the rappers. If it wasn't good, they wouldn't steal it.
Sometimes I feel like I'm a preacher as well, 'cause I can really get into an audience.
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