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12 quotations by Ray Charles

QuoteThere's nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, ''If you believe in Me, you ain't going to have no troubles.Quote

QuoteThe fact of the matter is, you don't give up what's natural. Anything I've fantasized about, I've done.Quote

QuoteMy version of "Georgia" became the state song of Georgia. That was a big thing for me, man. It really touched me. Here is a state that used to lynch people like me suddenly declaring my version of a song as its state song. That is touching.Quote

QuoteMy music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.Quote

QuoteMusic is my life, professionally, for nearly 60 years. To be recognized by the academy is still the highest honor.Quote

QuoteLove is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap.Quote

QuoteLearning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory.Quote

QuoteI was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.Quote

QuoteI never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.Quote

QuoteI don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't been able to hear.Quote

QuoteI did it to myself. It wasn't society... it wasn't a pusher, it wasn't being blind or being black or being poor. It was all my doing.Quote

QuoteAffluence separates people. Poverty knits 'em together. You got some sugar and I don't; I borrow some of yours. Next month you might not have any flour; well, I'll give you some of mine.Quote