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 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)
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.
I only got a seventh-grade education, but I have a doctorate in funk, and I like to put that to good use
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.
When I'm on stage, I'm trying to do one thing: bring people joy.
I don't know karate, but I know crazy.
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.
Money won't change you, but time will take you out.
Don't let nobody take care of your business better than you.
Get on up, stay on the scene, get on up, like a sex machine.
As I always said, if people wanted to know who James Brown is, all they have to do is listen to my music.
I taught them everything they know, but not everything I know.
Sometimes I feel like I'm a preacher as well, 'cause I can really get into an audience.
Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he's got it all.
Got ants in my pants and I need to dance, so big fine mama, come give me a chance.
Tell the politicians and the hustlers: live and let live.
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.
I just thank God for all of the blessings.
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.
Thank God for the journey.
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