Nice work if you can get it,
And you can get it if you try.
Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.
I've been a woman for a little over 50 years and have gotten over my initial astonishment. As for conducting an orchestra, that's a job where I don't think sex plays much part.
At the heart of personality is the need to feel a sense of being lovable without having to qualify for that acceptance.
I don't want to be the oldest performer in captivity... I don't want to look like a little old man dancing out there.
Do it right or don't do it at all. That comes from my mom. If there's something I want to do, I'm one of those people that won't be satisfied until I get it done. If I'm trying to sing something and I can't get it, I'm going to keep at it until I get where I want it.
Live every day like it's your last.
We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.
The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.
A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of.
Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing.
The music business was not safe, but it was FUN. It was like falling in love with a woman you know is bad for you, but you love every minute with her, anyway.
New York was an assault on my senses in every way.
"My music is best understood by children and animals."
If I am not making music, I have no reason for existing.
"If...Berg departs so radically from tradition, through his substitution of a symmetrical partitioning of the octave for the asymmetrical partionings of the major/minor system, he departs just as radically from the twelve-tone tradition that is represented in the music of Schoenberg and Webern, for whom the twelve-tone series was always an integral structure that could be transposed only as a unit, and for whom twelve-tone music always implied a constant and equivalent circulation of the totality of pitch classes."
You ask if I would have been different without "Party guidance"? Yes, almost certainly. No doubt the line I was pursuing when I wrote the Fourth Symphony would have been stronger and sharper in my work. I would have displayed more brilliance, used more sarcasm, I could have revealed my ideas openly instead of having to resort to camouflage.
I have never seen faces, but because I have looked people in the eye, only their gazes.
Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die.
Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.
Education is the first step towards justice.
All music is folk music, I ain't never heard no horse sing a song.
When Jerry Lewis and I were big, we used to go to parties, and everybody thought I was big-headed and stuck up, and I wasn't. It was because I didn't know how to speak good English, so I used to keep my mouth shut.
It's hard to be free but when it works, it' s worth it!
"I thought about this question. I answered it as best I could [at the press conference]. I felt I didn't tell [the reporter] what I really wanted to say. He thought I was Christian. And I am by birth; my parents were and my early teachings were Christian. But as I look upon the world, I feel all men know the truth. If a man was a Christian, he could know the truth and he could not. The truth itself does not have any name on it. And each man has to find it for himself, I think."
All dope can do for you is kill you the long hard way. And it can kill the people you love right along with you.
You can't just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You've got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.
If you understood everything I say, you'd be me!
"When I came to New York it was the first time I'd ever taken a plane, the first time I'd ever gotten a taxi-cab, the first time for everything. And I came here with 35 dollars in my pocket. It was the bravest thing I'd ever done."
champions know there are no shortcuts to the top. They climb the mountain one step at a time. they have no use for helicopters!
How I wish we lived in a time when laws were not necessary to safeguard us from discrimination.