I only got a seventh-grade education, but I have a doctorate in funk, and I like to put that to good use
The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.
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 don't really care what people think, ... I just do my own thing. ... I like being loud and letting people know I'm there.
I've got soul and I'm super bad.
I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I'll Get It Myself)
Music, it requires more than brawn. It requires a lot of heart. You gotta put love in there.
Don't let nobody take care of your business better than you.
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.
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.
Got ants in my pants and I need to dance, so big fine mama, come give me a chance.
You can't teach others if you are living the same way.
If you don't get it the first time, back up and try it again.
You got to live for yourself, yourself and nobody else.
I taught them everything they know, but not everything I know.
I don't know karate, but I know crazy.
I want to say to you: Help yourself, so you can help someone else.
Music has to breathe and sweat. You have to play it live.
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.
My expectations of other people, I double them on myself.
Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he's got it all.
Our silence is deafening and deadly.
It doesn't matter how you travel it, it's the same road. It doesn't get any easier when you get bigger, it gets harder. And it will kill you if you let it.
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