The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.
I only got a seventh-grade education, but I have a doctorate in funk, and I like to put that to good use
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.
You got to use what you got to get just what you want.
I've got soul and I'm super bad.
I don't really care what people think, ... I just do my own thing. ... I like being loud and letting people know I'm there.
Don't let nobody take care of your business better than you.
Music, it requires more than brawn. It requires a lot of heart. You gotta put love in there.
I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I'll Get It Myself)
You can't teach others if you are living the same way.
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.
When I'm on stage, I'm trying to do one thing: bring people joy.
You got to live for yourself, yourself and nobody else.
If you don't get it the first time, back up and try it again.
Got ants in my pants and I need to dance, so big fine mama, come give me a chance.
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.
I don't know karate, but I know crazy.
I want to say to you: Help yourself, so you can help someone else.
I taught them everything they know, but not everything I know.
In our advanced technological age, most people deny the possibility of miracles.... Miracles don't happen, we are told, because they contravene the laws of nature and worse, they sound religious! Yet we live and move in a sea of miracle.
Takes a man or a woman to say I'm sorry, and it takes a fool to walk away.
Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he's got it all.
Music has to breathe and sweat. You have to play it live.
As I always said, if people wanted to know who James Brown is, all they have to do is listen to my music.
Get on up, stay on the scene, get on up, like a sex machine.
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