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.
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 Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I'll Get It Myself)
Money won't change you, but time will take you out.
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.
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.
Tell the politicians and the hustlers: live and let live.
Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he's got it all.
I just thank God for all of the blessings.
My expectations of other people, I double them on myself.
I only got a seventh-grade education, but I have a doctorate in funk, and I like to put that to good use
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.
It doesn't matter how you travel it, it's the same road. It doesn't get any easier when you get bigger, it gets harder. And it will kill you if you let it.
I don't know karate, but I know ka-razy!
Michael Jackson has a very good heart. He was crying when he was giving me the award, 'cause his mind went back over the early days.
I had to tell about my colonic, which expresses the fact why I'm so neat today as opposed to a few years ago. I never knew that the weight made that much difference.
Don't let nobody take care of your business better than you.
We can never be like it was at Penn State with Joe Paterno. That was an anomaly in an of itself.
Some like them fat, some like them tall, some like them short, skinny legs and all. I like them all.
Thank God for the journey.
You can't teach others if you are living the same way.
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