Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.
When you sing gospel you have a feeling there is a cure for what's wrong.
It is easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing, that's the Lord's test.
God can make you anything you want to be, but you have to put everything in his hands.
Baby, black promoters oppressed me before white promoters ever got hold of me. Don't talk skin to me.
Gospel songs are the songs of hope. When you sing gospel you have the feeling there is a cure for what's wrong, but when you are through with the blues, you've got nothing to rest on.
I sing God's music because it makes me feel free. It gives me hope. With the blues, when you finish, you still have the blues.
Without a song, each day would be a century.
The mind and the voice by themselves are not sufficient.
If you believe in God, He will open the windows of heaven and pour blessings upon you.
I close my eyes when I sing so I can feel the song better.
Do you know most of the Jewish songs have the same trend of sadness as Negro spirituals?
When you are through with the blues, you've got nothing to rest on.
How can you sing of amazing grace and all God's wonders without using your hands?
If you want me to sing this Christmas song with the feeling and the meaning, you better see if you can locate that check.
One thing about playing the real jazz is that you can't count it.
Money just draws flies.
Gospel music in those days of the early 1930s was really taking wing. It was the kind of music colored people had left behind them down South and they liked it because it was just like a letter from home.
My hands, my feet, I throw my whole body to say all that is within me.
Sometimes you ask God for something and you don't know what you're asking.
The Lord doesn't like us to be dead. Be alive. Sometimes I dance to the glory of the Lord, because He said so.
Someday the sun is going to shine down on me in some faraway place.
I don't worry too much about the script, I just ad lib, like Pearl Bailey.
They thought I was a success as soon as I started paying the bills.
You're blessed if you have the strength to work.
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