The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.
Got ants in my pants and I need to dance, so big fine mama, come give me a chance.
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.
Get on up, stay on the scene, get on up, like a sex machine.
I only got a seventh-grade education, but I have a doctorate in funk, and I like to put that to good use
I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I'll Get It Myself)
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.
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.
When I'm on stage, I'm trying to do one thing: bring people joy.
Music, it requires more than brawn. It requires a lot of heart. You gotta put love in there.
You got to use what you got to get just what you want.
I taught them everything they know, but not everything I know.
Don't let nobody take care of your business better than you.
Money won't change you, but time will take you out.
I don't know karate, but I know crazy.
As I always said, if people wanted to know who James Brown is, all they have to do is listen to my music.
Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he's got it all.
Sometimes I feel like I'm a preacher as well, 'cause I can really get into an audience.
In our advanced technological age, most people deny the possibility of miracles.... Miracles don't happen, we are told, because they contravene the laws of nature and worse, they sound religious! Yet we live and move in a sea of miracle.
Like Christ said, love thee one another. I learned to do that, and I learned to respect and be appreciative and thankful for what I had.
Tell the politicians and the hustlers: live and let live.
I just thank God for all of the blessings.
Thank God that I had the ability to understand that I had a different beat and that I was a drummer.
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