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Nina Simone Quotes and Sayings

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From the beginning, it has been a no-no for a black
man to touch a white woman.
- Nina Simone

I would like a man now who is rich, and who can give me a boat -
a sailboat.
I want to own it and let him pay for it.
My first love is the sea and water, not music.
Music is second.
- Nina Simone

I'm a real rebel with a cause.
- Nina Simone

Jazz is a white term to define black people.
My music is black classical music.
- Nina Simone

 

Slavery has never been abolished from America's way of thinking.
- Nina Simone

The worst thing about that kind of prejudice...
is that while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it,
it feeds you self-doubt.
You start thinking, perhaps I am not good enough.
- Nina Simone

I don't like rap music at all.
I don't think it's music.
It's just a beat and rapping.
- Nina Simone

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There's no excuse for the young people not knowing
who the heroes and heroines are or were.
- Nina Simone

I had spent many years pursuing excellence,
because that is what classical music is all about...
Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.
- Nina Simone

I think if I were over there in America,
protest music would be more important.
But I'm not going.
- Nina Simone

To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt,
and that's not what I play.
I play black classical music.
- Nina Simone

I think the rich will eventually have to cave in too,
because the economic situation around the world is
not gonna tolerate the United States being on top forever.
- Nina Simone

Desegregation is a joke.
- Nina Simone

I think the rich are too rich and the poor are too poor.
I don't think the black people are going to rise at all;
I think most of them are going to die.
- Nina Simone

Once I understood Bach's music, I wanted to be a concert pianist.
Bach made me dedicate my life to music,
and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world.
- Nina Simone

Greed has driven the world crazy.
And I think I'm lucky that I have a place over here that I can call home.
- Nina Simone

I try to swim every damn day I can,
and I've learned to scuba dive and snorkel.
- Nina Simone

This may be a dream, but I'll say it anyway:
I was supposed to be married last year,
and I bought a gown.
When I meet Nelson Mandela, I shall put on this gown
and have the train of it removed and put aside,
and kiss the ground that he walks on and then kiss his feet.
- Nina Simone

When I was studying...
there weren't any black concert pianists.
My choices were intuitive, and I had the technique to do it.
People have heard my music and heard the classic in it,
so I have become known as a black classical pianist.
- Nina Simone

Another Sunrise, Another New Beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

You can't cross the sea merely by
standing and staring at the water.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.
- Aristotle

Whatever you want in life, start today.
Not tomorrow - today.
Let it be a small beginning - a tiny beginning.
Your happiness depends on starting today - every day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
- T. S. Eliot

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
- Bertrand Russell

Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything.
You are you and that is the beginning and the end -
no apologies, no regrets.
- Henry Kissinger

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative,
to which all beings owe their beginning
and which permeates all heaven.
- Lao Tzu

People in their handlings of affairs
often fail when they are about to succeed.
If one remains as careful at the end
as he was at the beginning,
there will be no failure.
- Lao Tzu

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

The mystery of the beginning
of all things is insoluble by us;
and I for one, must be content to remain an agnostic.
- Charles Darwin

Happiness isn't at the end of the rainbow.
Happiness is at the beginning of the rainbow.
Following the rainbow is happiness,
not getting to the end of it.
- Werner Erhard

Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.
- Henry Ford

Small opportunities are often
the beginning of great enterprises.
- Demosthenes

The beginning of wisdom is to
call things by their right names.
- Chinese proverb

Consider a new beginning with your family -
choose to take them less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship,
and it is far the best ending for one.
- Oscar Wilde

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears,
when benevolence is lost right conduct appears,
when right conduct is lost, expedience appears.
Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth;
it is the beginning of disorder.
- Lao Tzu

Stop holding on to the past.
Release your regrets about whatever you may have done
or failed to do that turned out poorly.
Forgive others for whatever they may have done
or failed to do that cause you harm.
Declare today to be a new beginning.
Let go of the past and move on with creating
a joyful new future for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The ending of a job or a relationship
may appear as the darkest night,
but it is merely the Winter season -
the time of renewal and rebirth
that precedes the new planting -
the beginning of the next great cycle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every day is a new beginning -
a day for a new plan and new action.
If today, in conscious awareness, you choose
the same plan as yesterday, you are wise.
If you choose a different plan, you are equally wise.
Whatever you choose, choose with intention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
- Og Mandino

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others
will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
- Helen Keller

Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone
what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song -
The song from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In the beginning was the Word.
- John 1:1

At the beginning and at the end of love,
the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Let us always meet each other with a smile,
for the smile is the beginning of love.
- Mother Teresa

Fear of the unknown is
the greatest fear of humankind,
and death the greatest unknown.
Acknowledging these doubts and the fears
is a powerful beginning.
It is liberating to say,
"Yes, I don't know, and yes, I am afraid."
Beyond that, the path to happiness
lies in living in the moment -
enjoying what you are doing today.
You don't need a reason to be happy,
just a choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I can do no other than be reverent
before everything that is called life.
I can do no other than to have compassion
for all that is called life.
That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.
- Albert Schweitzer

There was no "before" the beginning of our universe,
because once upon a time there was no time.
- John D. Barrow

One lifetime is never enough to accomplish one's horticultural goals.
If a garden is a site for the imagination,
how can we be very far from the beginning?
- Francis Cabot Lowell

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens
we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
- Andre Gide

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President;
I'm beginning to believe it.
- Clarence Darrow

So women are at the beginning of building a language,
and not all women are conscious of it.
- Judy Chicago

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
- Thomas Carlyle

Not all is doom and gloom.
We are beginning to understand the natural world and
are gaining a reverence for life -
all life.
- Roger Tory Peterson

At the beginning, we are in relationship
because we are attracted to the other person -
we think they are sexy, smart, funny,
whatever it is that we find appealing.
But very quickly, the focus of the relationship
turns to whether we feel appreciated.
If we don't feel appreciated, we don't feel loved.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Learning is the beginning of wealth.
Learning is the beginning of health.
Learning is the beginning of spirituality.
Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
- Jim Rohn

A story should have a beginning, a middle,
and an end...
but not necessarily in that order.
- Jean-Luc Godard

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
- Jim Rohn

The beginning is the most important part of the work.
- Plato

Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living.
It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built.
Where trust is, love can flourish.
- Barbara Smith

Belief is not the beginning but the end of all knowledge.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.
- Leonardo da Vinci

When I came to England at the very beginning of commercial
television it was easy for me because I was only doing
one or two shows a week at most.
It was really a holiday.
- Richard Lester

The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning,
not the end.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

I believe that I am only at a beginning,
only knocking at a door, and I believe that the best is yet to come.
- Pat Buckley

I did all the work at the beginning up until the point
where I couldn't handle the increasingly heavy art production burden alone.
I needed, and got, assistance.
- Joe Shuster


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