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.
All the men in my life have been two things: an epic and an epidemic.
There was one emotional outlet my people always had when they had the blues. That was singing.
You are a person of the greatest importance when you are a mother of the family.
I'm not afraid to die. I'm looking forward to it. I know the Lord has His arms wrapped around this big sparrow.
We never had a bathtub. Mom would bathe me in the wooden or tin washtub in the kitchen, or in a big lard can.
Negroes are human beings with exactly the same faults and virtues as members of the other races.
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.
When you dominate other people's emotions, the time has to come when you will have to pay, and heavily, for that privilege.
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.
Today or any day that phone may ring and bring good news.
Though I was excited about the Sojourner Truth play, it was not reassuring to think that my entire future might depend on the success of that one show.
Nothing can beat the smell of dew and flowers and the odor that comes out of the earth when the sun goes down.
I never accepted the idea that I was all through. I guess no person who has once been a star can do that, ever.
I am an isolationist.
When I act I try to express the suffering or joy I've known during my lifetime.
Basically there is no difference between whites and blacks, browns and yellows. I decided to think no more of people as Northerners and Southerners.
Whenever I write for hotel reservations, I always enclose a set of rules I have made for the hotels.
There is a great supply of amateur undertakers in show business.
The greatest acts in colored show business had long made Harlem their home and favorite stamping ground.
New York is only 97 miles from Philadelphia but was the Big Time as no other American city has ever been.
I never felt I belonged. I was always an outsider.
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