If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.
An artist, if he is truly an artist, is only interested in one thing and that is to wake up the minds of men, to have mankind and womankind realize that there is something greater than what we see on the surface.
Politics and hypocrites is turning us all into lunatics.
Crime is increasing, trigger happy policing. Panic is spreading, God knows where we're heading.
To be an artist is a blessing and a privilege. Artists must never betray their true hearts. Artists must look beneath the surface and show that there is more to this world than what meets the eye.
Music is one of the closest link-ups with God that we can probably experience. I think it's a common vibrating tone of the musical notes that holds all life together.
Don't play with something you should cherish for life...
I'd been studying the microphone for a dozen years, and I suddenly saw what I'd been doing wrong. I'd been singing too loud. One night I was listening to a record by Lester Young, the horn player, and it came to me. Relax, just relax. It's all going to be all right.
Art is a way of possessing destiny.
Don't you know how sweet and wonderful life can be?
Marriage is miserable unless you find the right person that is your soulmate and that takes a lot of looking.
Give out some love and you'll find peace sublime.
I want to stop and thank you baby, how sweet it is to be loved by you.
War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate
Every chance you get you seem to hurt me more and more, but each hurt makes my love stronger than before.
If you escape from people too often,, you wind up escaping from yourself.
To share is precious, pure and fair. Don't play with something you should cherish for life. Don't you wanna care, ain't it lonely out there?
When I get that feeling, I want some sexual healing.
Music, not sex, got me aroused.
Jesus left a long time ago, said he would return. He left us a book to believe in, in it we've got an awful lot to learn.
Anger destroys your soul.
I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don't quite know how to explain it but it's there. These can't be the only notes in the world, there's got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys.
Detroit turned out to be heaven, but it also turned out to be hell.
I don't make records for pleasure. I did when I was a younger artist, but I don't today. I record so that I can feed people what they need, what they feel. Hopefully, I record so that I can help someone overcome a bad time
Ain't nothing like the real thing.
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