We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.
I am somebody cause God don't make no junk
Many people know how to criticize, but few know how to praise.
Only those who are being burned know what fire is like.
There was one emotional outlet my people always had when they had the blues. That was singing.
Today or any day that phone may ring and bring good news.
You are a person of the greatest importance when you are a mother of the family.
All the men in my life have been two things: an epic and an epidemic.
We miss a lot in life because we don't know when to quit, what to leave out.
When you dominate other people's emotions, the time has to come when you will have to pay, and heavily, for that privilege.
Mom never quit on me. My only regret is that she didn't live long enough to share some of the money and comforts my work in show business has brought me.
Negroes are human beings with exactly the same faults and virtues as members of the other races.
I'm not afraid to die. I'm looking forward to it. I know the Lord has His arms wrapped around this big sparrow.
I wondered what I would do if I didn't have my God to turn to and be able to read the Book He had divinely inspired.
We never had a bathtub. Mom would bathe me in the wooden or tin washtub in the kitchen, or in a big lard can.
We show girls were forced to live in whorehouses in each town, no other accommodations being available.
Whenever I write for hotel reservations, I always enclose a set of rules I have made for the hotels.
I've never been able to feel that there is anything undignified about making your living by the sweat of your brow.
I learned early in life not to judge others. We outcasts are very happy and content to leave that job to our social superiors.
Nothing can beat the smell of dew and flowers and the odor that comes out of the earth when the sun goes down.
My aunts lived on liquor and seldom felt like eating much. I don't know what's wrong about a kid stealing when he's hungry.
The big compliment came from the beer drinkers who didn't know me. They wouldn't drink or move when I sang. If they had their glasses in mid-air, the glasses wouldn't come down.
The greatest acts in colored show business had long made Harlem their home and favorite stamping ground.
Basically there is no difference between whites and blacks, browns and yellows. I decided to think no more of people as Northerners and Southerners.
I could always open shows, perform through the middle, and close shows.
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