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Ray Charles Quotes and Sayings

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My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood,
musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
- Ray Charles

Related topics: Music

What is a soul? It's like electricity -
we don't really know what it is,
but it's a force that can light a room.
- Ray Charles

There'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."
- Ray Charles

What makes my approach special is that I do different things.
I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth.
I do them all, like a good utility man.
- Ray Charles

 

Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped
me develop a damn good memory.
- Ray Charles

Music is my life, professionally, for nearly 60 years.
To be recognized by the academy is still the highest honor.
- Ray Charles

I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't been able to hear.
- Ray Charles

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There are many spokes on the wheel of life.
First, we're here to explore new possibilities.
- Ray Charles

Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it.
You say the word too much and it becomes cheap.
- Ray Charles

I 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.
- Ray Charles

I 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.
- Ray Charles

The fact of the matter is, you don't give up what's natural.
Anything I've fantasized about, I've done.
- Ray Charles

I never wanted to be famous.
I only wanted to be great.
- Ray Charles

Affluence 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.
- Ray Charles

Music's been around a long time, and there's going
to be music long after Ray Charles is dead.
I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind.
If it's a big record, that's the frosting on the cake,
but music's the main meal.
- Ray Charles

My 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.
- Ray Charles

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People PHOTO

Don't die with your music still inside you.
Listen to your intuitive inner voice
and find what passion stirs your soul.
- Wayne Dyer PHOTO

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

When I hear music, I fear no danger.
I am invulnerable. I see no foe.
I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
- Henry David Thoreau

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
- Berthold Auerbach

Don't die with your music still inside you.
- Wayne Dyer

Music takes us out of the actual
and whispers to us dim secrets
that startle our wonder as to who we are.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When the music changes, so does the dance.
- African Proverb

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

All music is beautiful.
- Billy Strayhorn

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.
- Herbie Hancock

When words leave off, music begins.
- Heinrich Heine

Music should be your escape.
- Missy Elliot

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.
- Robert Browning

My music, my songs are 100 percent inspired by girl power.
- Paulina Rubio

Music is something that always lifts my spirits and makes me happy,
and when I make music I always hope it will have the
same effect on whoever listens to it.
- Aaron Carter

Count your blessings. Once you realize
how valuable you are and how much you have going for you,
the smiles will return, the sun will break out,
the music will play, and you will finally
be able to move forward the life that God intended
for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
- Og Mandino

Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order,
and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.
- John Ruskin

Music is my religion.
- Jimi Hendrix

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture.
The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
- Frank Zappa

Music is always changing and the changes are unpredictable.
- Billy Sheehan

If you want to make beautiful music,
you must play the black and the white notes together.
- Richard M. Nixon

Music is intended and designed for sentient beings
that have hopes and purposes and emotions.
- Jacques Barzun

Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.
- Thomas Fuller

Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you,
following you right on up until you die.
- Paul Simon

Music's staying power is a function of how timeless the lyrics,
song and production are.
- Gary Wright

Music's not like becoming a doctor, who can walk into
a community and find people who need him.
- Charlie Byrd

But when you get music and words together,
that can be a very powerful thing.
- Bryan Ferry

Music is the soul of language.
- Max Heindel

I don't care much about music.
What I like is sounds.
- Dizzy Gillespie

Any good music must be an innovation.
- Les Baxter

Music is very spiritual, it has the power to bring people together.
- Edgar Winter

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
- Kin Hubbard

I think music in itself is healing.
It's an explosive expression of humanity.
It's something we are all touched by.
No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
- Billy Joel

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
- Thomas Carlyle

Music doesn't lie.
If there is something to be changed in this world,
then it can only happen through music.
- Jimi Hendrix

Music is a performance and needs the audience.
- Michael Tippett

He has Van Gogh's ear for music.
- Billy Wilder

Music is the best means we have of digesting time.
- W. H. Auden

The iPod completely changed the way people approach music.
- Karl Lagerfeld

Music is love in search of a word.
- Sidney Lanier

If a composer could say what he had to say in words
he would not bother trying to say it in music.
- Gustav Mahler

Everywhere in the world, music enhances a hall,
with one exception: Carnegie Hall enhances the music.
- Isaac Stern

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.
- Jean Paul

All good music resembles something.
Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the
objects and feelings which motivated it.
- Jean Cocteau

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing
the inexpressible is music.
- Aldous Huxley

If you look deep enough you will see music;
the heart of nature being everywhere music.
- Thomas Carlyle

I don't know anything about music.
In my line you don't have to.
- Elvis Presley

There's nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it.
- Mickey Hart

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
- Lao Tzu

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
- Ludwig van Beethoven


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