Music to me means so much, such beautiful things, and it seemed impossible that you could find people who would curb you, stop you, from doing a thing which is beautiful. I wasn’t trying to sway anybody into any movements or anything of that sort, you know. I just wanted to sing and share.

As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold the person down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.


I suppose I might insist on making issues of things. But that is not my nature, and I always bear in mind that my mission is to leave behind me the kind of impression that will make it easier for those who follow.

Sometimes, it’s like a hair across your cheek. You can’t see it, you can’t find it with your fingers, but you keep brushing at it because the feel of it is irritating. [about racism]

When you stop having dreams and ideals–well, you might as well stop altogether.

Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Edward R. Murrow

Everyone has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend.

Sometimes you’re overwhelmed when a thing comes, and you do not realize the magnitude of the affair at that moment. When you get away from it, you wonder, did it really happen to you?

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